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The Midlands is heralded as one of the most fertile pockets of land within South Africa. With its rich agricultural history and sublime biodiversity, farmers in this region are celebrated for their consistently excellent produce and livestock. In this article, we shine a spotlight on three local farmers in order to get the inside scoop on all things cattle, poultry and trout!   Maggie Scratcher  Maggie Scratcher is a family-run business located on a third...

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Located in the chic new Athlone Circle Development in Pietermaritzburg, Elephant & Co is a haven for design enthusiasts and die hard foodies alike! With its striking triangular structure, this steel framed restaurant is as captivating as it is glamorous. Inspired by international architecture, Elephant & Co bears a significant resemblance to the famed Flatiron building in New York City. Mirrored after the sophisticated storefronts on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue, this local restaurant boasts large brass...

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As I listened for the dial tone to end and the first “hello!” to be uttered, I took a moment to process who the friendly voice on the other end of the line belonged to. Celebrated as a national treasure in the realm of South African rugby, Gavin Ross is synonymous with consistency, honesty and accountability.   As a decorated retired sports coach and current educator at Michaelhouse, Gavin, or rather, “Gav”, as he prefers...

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The Midlands is a popular wedding destination for couples from all corners of the country and has some of the most beautiful wedding venues around. We got to chat with two of the newest wedding venues in the Midlands to find out what they love about weddings and what sets their venue apart from the rest.   Dargle Forest Lodge This gorgeous venue is in Upper Dargle, about 45 kilometres from Howick town. Owners Bridgette...

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  A friendship founded upon a mutual love of fabric, fashion and wanderlust is a friendship that is destined to succeed. Nobody understands this better than childhood friends turned business partners, Andrea and Sarah. From their inherent creativity to their social media savvy, these local ladies are prime examples of entrepreneurial excellence.   When Andrea and her family relocated from Johannesburg to the Midlands, they had no idea that a single shift in geography would...

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Those who have had the privilege of exploring the Midlands, will attest to the fact that a major component of the Meander’s magic lies within the local community’s business ventures. Repurposed is a proudly South African brand, specialising in custom, handcrafted decor and bespoke interior design.   Angela Carle, the owner of Repurposed at St John’s Village Lifestyle, greets us with an enthusiastic smile as we enter the spacious store. Her bubbly personality and passion...

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Moving from the sea breeze of the North Coast, to the fresh air of the quaint and cosy Midlands has been the best decision the Robinsons have ever made. The vast open spaces of farmland are the perfect palette for their wild souls to roam free, and their fixer-upper of a farmhouse keeps them inspired and on their toes. We visit Katie-Jo to hear about her and her family’s new and improved life here on...

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You get dog people and cat people, and even horse people. But cow people? Where would you find those? No other place than The Midlands, of course!  Juliet and Brian Macaskill live and work on the Fairfield Dairy farm here – Brian manages the dairy,  Juliet works at the office, and their two kids, Stuart and Sarah, take full advantage of the lifestyle and freedom that country life provides. 

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Nestled in the heart of Curry’s Post, Thyme Out Accommodation is the epitome of a local hidden gem. A short distance away from the hustle and bustle of city life, this spacious villa offers a brief respite to those in pursuit of a quintessential Midlands getaway.   Located on the magnificent Weltevreden Estate, Thyme Out Accommodation offers guests panoramic views of the Karkloof, coupled with the peaceful seclusion of private farm life. When Nicky Cawood...