A love of mountains and horses led to Mansfield

Born in South Africa and becoming a doctor, Dr Nelda Swart moved to Australia in 2005 and loves what she has found

OUT OF AFRICA: Dr Nelda Swart is very clear on her love for Africa, but finds Mansfield suits her desire to ride horses and live in the country.

AS a child, Petronella (Nelda) Swart moved so often with her family she rarely made lasting friendships.

Born in a township just outside Johannesburg in 1963, in the very year Nelson Mandela was sent to prison for almost 30 years, she spoke Afrikaans as her native language.

“We moved about every two years – you can make friends easily but they don’t stay as close,” Nelda said.

“The one place I really liked was a little country town in the east of South Africa called Nelspruit, near Kruger National Park.

“Of all the schools I was at, this was the only time I cried my eyes out when we left.

“I’m not a city person – I’m really a country girl.

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