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The engineer who saved the Dam

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” The construction of Hartbeespoort Dam was one engineering project envisaged for many years but was so fraught with...

Building Hartbeespoort Dam – The Dutchman who wouldn’t budge

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” Large bodies of water like Hartbeespoort Dam have an aura of timelessness as if they have always been...

The war that history wants to forget

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” One of the growing pains of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek which affected this part of the Magaliesberg was the...

The Boer War in Hartbeespoort

by Ian Copley General Lord Roberts reached Pretoria on June 5th. 1900 from the Cape after several set—piece battles astride the railway line. His extended...

Ambush at Kalkheuwel Pass

by Ian Copley There was no Hartbeespoort Dam in those days. The agricultural storage dam was only created more than twenty years later as was...

Dam of dreams

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” General Hendrik Schoeman has carved his place in history by his role in the First Anglo Boer War and especially the controversy...

Nooitgedacht Battle Field

by Albrecht Holm – Hartbeespoort Environment Heritage Association (HEHA)  After the British invaded Pretoria on 5 June 1900, only one regular set battle took place at...

The brothers of Broederstroom

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” Broederstroom was established in the early 1840s when the Pretorius brothers, Piet, Bart and Wynand settled on the banks...

Was General Schoeman assassinated?

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” The death of General Hendrik Schoeman, Boer general and father of Johan Hendrik, the founder of the town of...

Diary of an exile

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” The history of the Ras family of Bokfontein is dominated by Marthinus Ras’s building of the canon that was used...

Bushveld artiller

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” When there is talk of the Ras family of Bokfontein, one immediately thinks of the Ras canon,...

The die-hards of Rietfontein

by Willie Meyer – from his book “Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope” Longevity is a trademark of the Engelbrecht family of Rietfontein. People who would be regarded by other...
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