I am busy writing a novel and want to make one of my main characters a beekeeper in South Africa. Ive been reading a lot of books about beekeeping but I am looking for information from real beekeepers.
What bees are most common in the Gauteng area?
How do bees behave during thunderstorms?
If I am a beekeeper on a smallholding is there a specific layout that I would adhere to for the hives? Meaning would the hives be far from the main house or close to it? Would I plant flowers for the bees to ensure a better quality or taste of honey?

What are the basic day to day things a beekeeper does? When is the busiest season for beekeepers (Spring/Summer/Winter/Autumn?)
Any interesting facts / stories about bees would be highly appreciated.