Brendan Seery
Deputy Editor
3 minute read
18 Oct 2021
8:56 am

The Karoo was more than just a desert before the ANC found it

Brendan Seery

After years of poor local governance, it seems it's going back to just being a desert where the lone and level sands stretch far away.

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There is something sad about the platteland Karoo towns of the Eastern and Northern Cape: whatever they may have been, back in the heyday of the sheep and wool trade, now they are like a tarted-up trollop trying to turn her last trick before old age swamps her. Part of that is because of the inevitable cycle of life, which forever draws the young, the curious and the energetic towards the bright lights of the cities. But part of it, it cannot be denied, is because our institutions of local government are crumbling. There may be places – like Willowmore,...