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  In the town of: Prince Albert:

Outa Lappies - between Beaufort West & Prince Albert

   By Admin on Saturday, November 01, 2003 - 09:37 pm: Edit Post

From a Sunday Times article:

"But the character who beats them all hands down is Outa Lappies, the legendary wanderer, who sleeps in a tree on the road between Beaufort West and Prince Albert.

Outa Lappies has walked 16 000km, as far as Ermelo, in Mpumalanga, pulling his beautifully decorated handmade cart on his back like a human ox.

Born in 1929 in Seekoeigat, Outa Lappies, aka Jan Schoeman, started wearing his unifom of colourful patchwork sewn on hessian after children laughed at his boyhood friend's patches in church.

Outa Lappies wakes up in his tree, unties the rope which prevents him from falling out when he has dreams which make him laugh at night, and celebrates his birthday every morning.

He refuses to sleep on the ground because the government can't tax him if he sleeps in the air.

"They must tax the tree not me," he says. An ingenious recycler, he creates beautiful objects - wagons, towers and sunflowers growing out of bone marrow - out of scrap metal and glass. His motto is "Yesterday's rubbish is today's masterpiece".

Since childhood, he has kept a journal of his amazing life in thousands of embroidered chapters on cloth, woven with gems of wisdom he picked up from his father, like "Talk is cheap but money buys the whisky".

Ah, perhaps this desert land touches its people with a magic our arid citytamed minds cannot reach."

   By Gerald_d on Sunday, November 02, 2003 - 06:58 pm: Edit Post

From http://www.karooretreat.com/re_what.htm:

Outa Lappies - voted Western Cape Tourism Personality of the Year in 2000, Outa Lappies (Jan Schoeman) lives 42km outside Prince Albert at Prince Albert Road, en route to the N1. Outa, who got his name because he sews his clothes together from scraps of material, believes that nothing should go to waste. He recycles garbage into into extraordinary artworks, lamps and embroidery.

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