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If you have ever had the pleasure of visiting Hartford House Hotel and Summerhill Equestrian, you will understand what a spectacular place it is. Recently, the farm was bought by renowned farmer and horseman Henning Pretorius. Those in the equestrian world might know Henning as the owner of Capital Stud, who produces some of the best warmblood horses in Africa. His purchasing of Hartford and the stud is something incredibly exciting and, as Mick Goss...

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Whether you’re planning a wedding, birthday party, corporate event or anything in between, these local catering companies are ready to provide delicious food and great service!    Capitol Caterers Founded in July 1992 by Giles King, Capitol Caterers has grown from a startup of four contracts in the Eastern Cape to one of the leading contract catering service providers to the education, health care, retirement and commercial sectors, servicing over 100 contracts and employing in...

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In times like these, we really learn what it means to be a community! In this edition, we’re showing our local businesses some love and support.   St John’s D.S.G St John’s D.S.G. is aptly described by its pupils as a “small school with a big heart”. It is a medium-sized, independent girls’ school situated in Pietermaritzburg. From Grade RR to Grade 12, the school offers a liberal education on the foundation of a strong...

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When it comes to luxury long and short stay accommodation in the Midlands, The Living Collective offers something truly unique. We caught up with their founder, Wendy Nwankwo, to find out more about their accommodation.   The Midlands is full of wonderful places to stay, but nothing long term. This is where The Living Collective comes in. Wendy Nwankwo was born and bred in Pietermaritzburg and, after graduating with a Masters of Business Administration from...

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The Midlands is renowned for its rich agricultural history, sustainable farming practices and unwavering embodiment of the South African phrase: “Local is lekker”.  At the forefront of fair market farming in the Midlands are the dynamic husband and wife duo, Andre and Kaitlynn Kaueraf. Prior to the valuable insight I gleaned from the couple, I was very much in the dark regarding the existence of so-called “REKO Rings”. Thankfully, through their passionate advocacy for small-scale...

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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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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...