If Richard had to convince an out of towner to move to Pretoria, he’d lure them with its friendly people, the variety of entertainment and its country feel.
Richard van Zyl, Senior Project Manager at Turner and Townsend, lives in Equestria with his wife, Linde and their son Elijah. “The area is mostly young professionals establishing their family lives. While it could do with a few more trees, it is great to see families out for a walk or taking the dogs for a jog in the afternoons,” he says. According to him, the East of Pretoria is great. “With all the development in that area, it is a good mix of new and established.”
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“Pretoria has that special feeling that is unique to the South African platteland. It is not as busy as Johannesburg or as sleepy as Cape Town and has just the right mix of events and restfulness for us,” Richard explains. He is an adventurer at heart and over the years he has discovered plenty of activities in and around the city that will keep the adventure bugs at bay. He refers to various park runs, races, festivals, outdoor clubs and more. “There is always something to keep you outdoors and in the sunshine.” He says that Pretoria has a strong sporting and outdoor culture, so you never need to adventure on your own either. His favourite way to relax in the Jacaranda City is to spend some time at the Centurion Canoe Club at the Rietvlei Dam. His wife, on the other hand, enjoys the Boeremark on Saturday mornings.
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Introducing a stranger to Pretoria’s local cuisine, he’d recommend Kream Restaurant, Harry’s Pancakes or Old Town Italy for the best experience. Still, he says that nothing beats a slow weekend afternoon or evening with a fire in your backyard and a proper South African braai.
For Richard, Pretoria is a relaxed, friendly city – one that is advanced and inclusive. For Richard and his family, Pretoria is home.
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Image credit: Rich van Zyl