This Day in History: Jul 19, 1786: The town Graaf-Reinet is founded in South Africa
On 19 July 1786 Graaff-Reinet was established by the Dutch East Indian Company (DEIC). The town was named after the Governor Cornelis Jacob van de Graeff and his wife Cornelia Reynet. Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa. It is well known as the home of magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture and over 220 heritage sites. The town’s early history can be traced back to the 1770s, when autonomous farms were set up in the Graaff-Reinet area by Boers trekking from the…
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Skaars 30 km buite Graaff-Reinet op die plaas Waterval is die perfekte oornagplek vir die moeë reisiger: Gryshuisie en Schoemanshuisie. Schoemanshuisie is gebou rondom 1870 as die oorspronklike plaasopstal. Hierdie ouderwetse klein kothuis met sy dik klip- en kleimure sal jou koel hou in die somer en snoesig in die winter. Die kothuis het 'n en suite slaapkamer, 'n eetkamer en kombuis. Dit kan tot vier gaste akkommodeer. Die kombuis is volledig toegerus en daar is buitebraai geriewe. Kom…
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. I wanted to see the Vanderkloof dam. It was overflowing. Not the biggest dam in the country but it has the highest dam wall. You can simply drive across the wall. I was surprised as I had expected it to be closed off. Looking up the lake. Looking downstream. As much water flows through the turbines here as at the Gariep Dam (previously H.F.Verwoed). I was surprised that I did not see a strong current coming out from the turbines (left corner of the picture). The electric cables are not…
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