Tag: Mokopane/Potgietersrus

  • The sustainability of Limpopo’s towns

    If one thing stands out about Limpopo for me, it is that it’s an inside-out province.  The towns, in general, offer no attraction whatsoever while the country areas are stunning!  The towns, generally, are a mess! One Polokwane product owner on CapeInfo wrote to say that Limpopo Tourism is embarking on a roadshow to find […]

  • The town that lost its soul

    This is a story about a mining town where very few people feel good about themselves and the lives they lead.  It’s worst among the whites who feel trapped without upward mobility and with limited opportunity — a characteristic of most mining towns.  It is a very patriarchal, church-going community.  Speak to anyone and they…

  • The Diet of Worms

    Right… so from this photo you must realise that these Worms have nothing to do with the Diet of Worms (the reichstag in the town of Worms, Germany) which issued the Edict of Worms in 1521, declaring Martin Luther to be a heretic and banning the reading or possession of his writings. Gonimbrasia belina is…

  • Unravelling the mystery of Mokopane — Andy’s story

    I’ve never struggled to understand a town quite as much as I’ve struggled to understand Mokopane, a town which somehow seems to have lost its soul — until I met Andy Goetsch, a born-and-bred resident and president of the local chamber of commerce.  When he told his family’s story, everything came together. “You must understand…

  • What a great not-so-little museum!

    Mokopane has the most amazing museum, but it’s set way back from the main road and hidden behind the chamber of commerce and tourism office. The Arend Dieperink Museum is a bequest by Arend Dieperink (1909-1986), a government employee, who began his collection at the age of 12 and handed it over to the Potgietersrus…

  • Chaos & anarchy in Limpopo

    Driving to Polokwane on Sunday morning, I saw something that is commonplace on Limpopo’s roads, in fact it’s the norm. I was overtaken on a blind rise with a double barrier line by a gunmetal VW Golf, registration number 333 BEE L. Cynical irritation! Does BEE mean you own the roads? Does 333 mean you…

  • Five of SA’s nine provinces in one day!

    Today’s plan is to drive until I’ve had enough – and I’m not accustomed to long drives.  That does mean hourly stops for the animals’ piepie breaks and walks, and those are rarely short because Akela loves sniffing and there are so many strange smells.  She can spend 10 minutes smelling a single leaf –…