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The State of the Fresh Fruit market in South Africa

While browsing at my local Supermarket some time back, I had a sudden urge to quaff a long draft of delicious, fresh orange juice. I immediately set off in search of a pocket of the best of what South Africa … Continue reading

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A Short Biography of General Sir Redvers Buller, Victor of the Battle of Long Tom Pass

Redvers Henry Buller was to become a controversial figure but in 1895 he was at the height of his career as Adjutant General of the British Army. He had had a distinguished career, serving in most of the hot spots … Continue reading

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The History of South African Forest Investments

The origin of SA Forest Investments is intimately linked to the fortunes of the gold mining industry in the Sabie and Pilgrims Rest areas. In the late 1800’s the Transvaal Gold Mining Estates operated mines under the control of The … Continue reading

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A Short Biography of Hans Merensky, Renowned Prospector, Successful Farmer and Philathropist

Hans Merensky was born 1n 1871 at his father (Alexander Merensky’s) mission station at Botshabello north of Middelburg. His father’s wide and varied interests and sense of adventure were not the only influences on Merensky’s life. He was also widely … Continue reading

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A Short Biography of Tom McLachlan, Prospector

Karl Mauch’s prophecies about the presence of Gold through the Escarpment below the Drakensberg Range of the old Transvaal were taken seriously by a number of eager prospectors. Some of them were Button, Sutherland, McLachlan and Parsons. Button journeyed up … Continue reading

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The History of the Sabie Gorge and Malieveld Hydro-electric Powerstations

From 1881 established companies, the most notable being Transvaal Gold Mining Estates, Ltd. (TGME) and Messrs. Glynn’s Lydenburg Ltd. took over the mines and converted from alluvial mining to reef mining. Small operators also continued mining and even after the … Continue reading

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Impressions Gained from the Diary of Florence Brooke Shires Diarist of Brooklands

Florence eventually married Joseph Brooke Shires, who seems to have been a country boy himself, from a more or less similar background. He must have been a man of means being able to buy the farm “Onverwacht” which he named … Continue reading

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Swann’s Race

One of the Spitzkop diggers was particularly famous. He was an individual named John Swann. He had made a rich strike somewhere near Spitzkop, but always kept it a close secret. Working on his own at night, he contrived to … Continue reading

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The Battle of The Long Tom Pass

The Pass was named after the final conventional Anglo Boer War battle that took place on the slopes of Mauchsberg between Lydenburg and Sabie, reaching a peak summit of almost 2000 meters. A replica of the Long Tom cannon stands … Continue reading

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Knotty Nook Gallery of Fine Art and The Loft Coffee Shoppe

Welcome to the Knotty Nook Gallery of Fine Art in Sabie. We are able to introduce you through our extensive art network to celebrated local, national and international artists and sculptors, or dealers, for paintings, hand knotted carpets and tapestries, … Continue reading

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