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The Magic of a Small Town

Moving to the Platteland

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Julienne Du Toit

18 April 2019


Phefumlela Bam

Media article

Towns Action Network

South Africa

This article describes potential reasons for older and younger families with online jobs to consider migrating to a safer and more wholesome life which can be found in small towns. The potential offered by internet connectivity has been a game changer for people wanting to downsize and move to the countryside. Why not enjoy a city income in a rural environment with super-rich social capital and a fiercely interconnected life, it asks. Jo Els a magistrate based in Tarkastad who has left the hustle and bustle of the city life says, “We breathe clean fresh country air every day, eat farm eggs and enjoy prime Karoo meat. We have an abundance of doringhout for our fireplaces and braai fires. The people of Tarkastad rely on each other and buy locally where they can. That keeps the town alive.” So why not move to the countryside, they ask. 


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