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Last September we booked a holiday in South Africa from 17 November to 11 December. Once place we booked to go to was a small town called Tzaneen because there is a factory making tapestries sewn by local tribespeople. We have bought these particular tapestries (Kaross) on previous visits to SA but only discovered very recently that the centre was in Tzaneen. In October I hurt my back and needed to go for physiotherapy. I had not previously seen the physiotherapist who treated me as she was new to the practice. Her accent was obviously South African and we got into conversation. Her parents live in Tzaneen and are best friends with the factory manager. They go to the small (and very good) factory canteen for lunch every week. They arranged a special tour for us, met us at out hotel and had lunch with us. A wonderful coincidence. When I told my brother, who has lived in Tasmania for 30 years and used to be a prospecting geologist 40 years ago, he said that he had worked in Tzaneen and described the local area, asking me to look out for a particular fruit farm.
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Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 09:04:12 +0000Coincidence ID:3616