Having real fun is vital for our health. So have the last laugh

12 December 2021 - 00:00

“Tuesday 8.30: Board meeting.”  When estate agent Sally Shaw enters this appointment in her calendar, it means boogie boarding at Muizenberg in Cape Town with friends, not a meeting with suits. The “boogie broads”, mostly professional women in their silvery-blonde years, have been catching waves every week since February, even during storm warnings and when snow blanketed the nearby mountains.

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