It's a sunny day in Herolds Bay. The school holidays are over and the crowds have left the popular Garden Route village. Here and there, local residents wander down to the shops or enjoy having the beach to themselves again.
In a local restaurant two elderly women are having coffee. Nicky van Niekerk (75) and her partner, Lesley Briscoe (also 75), arrived here the week before in their white Mazda. The women, from Krugersdorp, had been looking forward to their holiday. They told friends and neighbours in the Featherbrooke Hills retirement village where they lived that they would visit friends and family in George before heading to nearby Herolds Bay for a beach break.
After booking into a local guesthouse, they called their Krugersdorp neighbour, Anita Richards (71), who was watering their plants while away. “The weather is great,” Nicky told Anita. Later, Anita received a picture via WhatsApp with the caption, “Our view of the beach.”