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By Chris Marais, Julienne du Toit

Award successful commute writers Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit pack their trusty bakkie and force the full size of South Africa's seashores, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east, assembly the bizarre and the fantastic, the felony and the loopy parts of seashore South Africa en route.

This well known writer duo pack their trusty bakkie and force the complete size of South Africa's shorelines, from Alexander Bay within the west to Kosi Bay within the east. On their 10-week trip, they meet the bizarre and the fantastic, the felony and the loopy parts of seashore South Africa. the problems, the drama, the heritage, the journey and the comedian humour one reveals each day at the coast of this state make for a charming armchair go back and forth learn. seashores is all approximately diamond divers, surfers, skippers domestic from the ocean, fishermen, shrewdpermanent baboons, dodgy builders, Rastafarians, Cadillac creditors, woodland adventurers, Transkei nannies, sushi cooks, Zulu-shield makers, abalone poachers and a modern day Robinson Crusoe. It's a beneficiant slice of South African existence, with its foibles, squabbles and the occasional homicidal oyster. are available, the water's fine—for now...

Chris Marais and Julienne du Toit - authors of A Drink of Dry Land and Namibia area - are go back and forth writers who've gained various awards for his or her journal paintings through the years. They traverse Southern Africa looking for solid tales and fascinating humans. beaches is their most up-to-date journey and, when it comes to encounters and concerns, their greatest - and so much profitable - problem thus far.

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The absence of ladies within the early days didn't cease the lads of Alexander Bay from having a roaring sturdy stomp to an previous song on a Saturday evening. Like their opposite numbers within the gold-mining growth in Barberton, they'd ‘bull dance’ until eventually the sunrise, tossing one another approximately with a lot gusto. on the village of Grootderm, the neighborhood headmaster held bull dances for the miners in his tuition canteen. And while the womenfolk begun filtering into the group in later years, they might turn out being flung onto the rafters by means of their enthusiastic male companions. “Go dance along with your friends,” was once a chorus usually uttered by means of particularly bruised other halves. these have been the times of seashore events, with great lobster screeching in 200-gallon drums of boiling water, epic fishing expeditions and the occasional overdose of Cape Smoke, a very vengeful black sheep of the brandy kinfolk. Namaqualand is an enormous, barren quarter of little greater than one hundred twenty 000 souls, a spot that will get a complete of fifty mm of rain every year. That’s approximately equivalent to some of reasonable Johannesburg thunderstorms. “God didn’t supply us rain – He gave us diamonds” is the outdated Namaqualand announcing. And, in accordance with author Pieter Coetzer in Bay of Diamonds, many locals overtly admitted to illegally dealing within the stones. yet at Alexander Bay it’s nonetheless taboo to swing your tongue too freely round the notice ‘diamond’. “We have been taught to regularly use the note ‘product’ whilst conversing approximately, er, diamonds,” stated Pieter Koegelenberg, who had given 1 / 4 of a century to ‘the bay’. youngsters taking part in ‘diamond within the sand’ video games have been instructed to take advantage of the observe ‘pearl’ as a substitute. We stumbled on diamond-mining camp (did they name it a ‘pearl-mining camp’? ) was once a spot of paranoia. If the slightest little bit of suspicion arose approximately you and your personality, you have been packed out of the village sooner than the morning paper arrived from Springbok. As in corporation cities world wide, you needed to adhere to a truly strict code of behaviour. In previous years, in the event that your spouse was once stuck having an affair with one other bloke, you have been all kicked out of camp. No realize, no well mannered ‘first warning’. simply take the following bus south to Port Nolloth and don’t get back. And woe betide you in the event that they discovered diamonds at the soles of your footwear. younger Ernest from Pampierstad close to Kimberley used to be assigned to be our protect, to make sure we didn’t abruptly bend down and slip a likely-looking stone right into a mystery position. within the corporation of Ernest and Helené we drove in the course of the Gothicgrey mining complicated, a rusted dreamscape scoured by means of eighty years of sand, wind, fog and rain. there has been nonetheless a lot rehabilitation to be performed out right here, yet, mockingly, the mining operations had secure a few pristine components to boot. We came upon attractive stretches of stark beach that have been domestic to colonies of seals and cormorants, with the occasional recognizing of jackals, oryx and ostriches. The harbour grasp, Alvin Williams, acknowledged that even if his company used to be as a rule with the little diamond boats (commonly known as ‘Tupperwares’ or ‘tuppies’) moored lower than his workplace, a chinese language fishing trawler in misery was allowed into those waters.

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