Every once in a while I go through an experience that I can immediately tell I'm never going to forget - the type of encounter that makes an indelible impression. This week, I set out on a four-and-a-half-hour trip to Makhado/Louis Trichardt in Limpopo to visit a lodge I was referred to by Limpopo Tourism Agency CEO Nomasonto Ndlovu. But first I must tell you about a gentleman called Kone Sebata. Kone was born in Soweto but his parents came from the fertile Soutpansberg area called Tshilata next to Makhado in the Vhembe district of Limpopo. His parents experienced forced removals by the apartheid regime from the beautiful, fertile mountains that boasted tons of water from the natural springs and rivers of Tshilata. They were sent to the semi-desert around the dusty village of Sin'thumule, about 20km from Makhado, where members of Kone's family still live today. Due to unworkable soil and lack of water in Sin'thumule, subsistence farming ended and many families, including his parents...

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