I was not the first one, and I will not be the last, to be completely smitten with the Garden Route when I first saw it.
While it was beautiful beyond words and spoke to my soul, it was the promised quality of lifestyle that appealed to me most. I was only 20 at the time and had a media career in the big city to pursue, but deep down I knew I would be back. Ten years later I returned with my family so my children could live life in relative freedom, surrounded by beauty.
While the challenges of making a living outside the city can sometimes be frustrating and even downright scary, I am extraordinarily proud and grateful we have made it so far. I believe our children have already established lasting memories and soulful characters as a result of being here.
From starting my career as an intern at the Knysna-Plett Herald in 1994 to my recent appointment as editor of this publication, to which I have contributed as a journalist since its first edition in Spring 2009, the Garden Route and South is a part of me.
I thank Liesl Hattingh, the editor of South since 2010, for trusting me with the dream, and for her continued support as editorial director. Thank you also to the team in the background – you know who you are – who makes this publication work every time.
South will continue to seek out the people and their stories that make the Garden Route and Klein Karoo so great.
We will tell the good news, support local and contribute towards the promotion of our region so we can all continue to live, work and play here.
I look forward to the ride.