Hidden behind a thick curtain of pine which blankets the mountainous landscape, lives a community of loggers and woodsmen largely isolated from the modern urban life which exists beyond the endless forest and rivers.
Most families reside in Sonskyn - a hillside village a few kilometers down from Cape Pine’s Garden Route headquarters. The pine foresting company employs and houses most of the men in Sonskyn as chainsaw operators and loaders - jobs which consist of regular fatalities while harvesting timber many kilometers away from proper medical care, stringent safety policies or conventional work hours.
Women in Sonskyn tend to their gardens and spend most of their time cooking, or brewing moonshine in small outhouses behind their modest pine homes.
Teenagers smoke dirt weed from torn pieces of newspaper, sometimes catching a ride to the nearest Town by logging truck, for a night of partying.
The future of this isolated and deep rooted community hangs in the balance due to Cape Pine’s exit-plantation regulation, in which the forestry area is handed back to the Government - to be managed by SANPARKS or harvested by independent Chinese logging contractors.
In 2020 the people of Sonskyn will most likely be uprooted – unable to gain steady income, and far away from paying jobs.
This knowledge rests heavy within the hearts and minds of Sonskyn residents. Work days crawl slowly across the hills, in the haze hangovers and disillusionment.
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