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We took the Jeep over the mountains to Franschoek to check out the Solms Delta Oesfees, where we heard some really good local music. I wanted to see my chinas in the Radio Kalahari Orkes, who I haven’t heard for a long time. They drove down from Jo’burg in a 1973 Kombi and played a blistering hot set that was an explosion of joy. The biggest figure in their musical heritage is a guy called Dawie de Lange, a 1930’s rebel boeremusikant who was banned from the airwaves by the Afrikaner establishment. I wonder if Pierneef ever heard him?

 

Die Orkes skop gat!

 

J H Pierneef’s Station Panels are cornerstones of South African landscape painting. They were placed in the old Johannesburg Station as adverts to travel the country.

But did these alluring places ever really exist? And how have they changed?

Taking up the invitation to travel 80 years later, Carl Becker set off to find out.

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