KAROO NEWS - The Karoo is a magical place. One of a kind. This is a place that inspires poets and artists, and a place that visitor return to again and again.
But what is it about the Karoo that makes it so special?
Karoobewoners, a new programme that starts broadcasting from 5 January 2021 at 21:00 on kykNET (DStv-channel 144), will share personal stories about a place that appears to have remain unchanged over the years.
There will be visits to some of the Karoo’s lifelong inhabitants, and its newer residents. Viewers can find out more about the loves, passions and everyday existence of these people in the arid, wide open spaces of the Karoo.
The series kicks off in Montagu where Petrus and Liana are living the dream, raising their family at Kogman & Keisie. Jacques and Hein share how they have lovingly restored a 1854 Cape Dutch house.
In the second programme, we visit the Magpie Collective in Barrydale where artists have a passion for the environment and restoration, while Ashley Janicker shows us why their milkshakes are legendary.
Rosheen Kriegler swapped the buzz of the big city for a more peaceful existence on a farm outside Calitzdorp. We learn more about her experiences in the third programme, before stopping over in Zoar to meet tourguide and storyteller, Alistair Reizenberg, who shares his love of language and history with us.
Other programmes in the series will feature the world-renowned ceramic artist, Hylton Nel, the Prince Albert Reeldancers, Lizzy Snoek and her traditional food, as well as a couple who have transformed an abandoned house into an oasis for artists.
BrightRock is the producer and partner to Karoobewoners.
According to Deputy CEO, Suzanne Stevens, their involvement is an extension of BrightRock’s Love Change philosophy: “At BrightRock, we believe in helping people navigate change in their lives, because our needs-matched life insurance is designed to change with people as their lives change. We love sharing stories about how people deal with change in their lives, because we believe that change always brings opportunities with it – and that all of us have the ability to get better at dealing with change in our lives.”
“In fact, South Africans seem to have an immense capacity for change; for spotting its opportunities and embracing fresh ways of thinking and being. Karoobewoners showcases the stories of some of its diverse people, who are doing new and interesting things. It explores their journeys, their ability to adapt to change, why they’ve made the Karoo their home, and even how some of them have achieved global recognition from the apparent stillness and desolation of the Karoo. We hope viewers will find their stories as compelling and inspiring as we do.”
Karoobewoners starts on 5 January at 21:00 on kykNET, DStv-channel 144.
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