|Rather than move to the coast, Ruda Landman prefers to live in Johannesburg and holiday by the sea. "We couldn't get the life we live here anywhere else," she says.|
It is the opportunities that Joburg offers that keep the actuality TV programme host, Ruda Landman, happy in the city.
"There are opportunities in every respect: everything you can wish for is [available] within half-an-hour, like Pilanesberg or the Magaliesberg."
And there is also the freedom of choice – the theatre, movies, art galleries, bookshops, DVD shops . . .
Landman considers Joburg to be a "really beautiful city". She loves the blue skies and the plane trees silhouetted against them. The only time she doesn't like in Jozi is August, when it is windy and dusty, but that "doesn't last long".
She visits the Everard Read, Goodman and Standard Bank galleries, and enjoys shows put on at the Civic Theatre. "There are so many things that you can do here. The level of availability and sophistication in Joburg is amazing."
Living in Joburg, Landman is a long way from her place of birth – Keimoes in the far Northern Cape. After studying in Stellenbosch, she lived in Cape Town for four years, where she worked as a journalist, before she settled in Joburg in 1981.
Branching out into radio and magazines, and then news reading, she joined Netwerk as a co-anchor in 1985. Three years later Landman joined the team of Carte Blanche, the longest-running television actuality programme in the country. She is still there – nearly 20 years and much water under the bridge later.
In addition, she is a director of Media24, the media group, and serves on the council of the University of Stellenbosch.
Landman moved to Melville, the trendy suburb in the west of the city, 24 years ago and just loves it. "I am close to my job, and I have an absolutely lovely garden, which I enjoy."
When asked about the future, Landman says she and her husband often talk about going to Hermanus – but choose rather to holiday at the coast and come back to Joburg.
"We don't feel we can get the life we have here anywhere els