Schalk van der Merwe
The "Living The Dream" idea started in 1965 when I was fifteen years old on my parent's farm in the Kliprivier valley near Heidelberg in the province then known as Transvaal
I always looked at the Suikerbosrand Mountains from home which was about six kilometers away as a bird would fly, wondering what was lying behind them.
When the curiosity became too much to bear one day I took my horse and crossed the Kliprivier. I took a pair of pliers along which was all I needed to overcome any obstacle in my way. My destiny? The mountains beyond and nothing would stop me!
When I came to a barbed wire fence I would simply loosen the wires for the horse to pass until I reached the Suikerbosrand Mountains. On the way I found a security fence with a notice board and a stern warning; "South African Defence Force Missile Testing Site - Do Not Enter!" I duly cut the fence and went all the way to the top until I could see what was lying beyond those mountains.
From there the curiosity never stopped and I always wanted to see what was lying on the other side of the next hill.
Schalk van der Merwe The Journey begins