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Colenso – A town in decline

Colenso has never really recovered from the closure of the ESCOM Power Station in 1984, as these images clearly illustrate. Perhaps this is synonymous with the fate of ESKOM as a whole, which has been systematically plundered by ANC appointees. The fire less steam locomotive  below was built in 1937 by Bagnall & Co Limited […]

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My new book on the Trappist Missions – Pre-publication order

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Ladysmith Siege Museum

Amongst much of the memorabilia and displays in this siege museum in the CBD are images of the military figures present in the town, besieging it or involved in its relief, and associated battles. Amongst them are General’s Botha, Koch, Haig and Joubert seen below. This well put together exhibit has diaramas, memorabilia, images and […]

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Mariazell Trappist Mission – Ongeluksnek

Mariazell Mission established in 1894 lies at the head of the fertile Ongeluksnek Valley and in my opinion is one of the more beautiful of the Missions.  The mission still has an operating turbine supplying power to the mission and the mill. The mission has been expertly renovated under the watchful eye of architect Robert […]

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Maris Stella Trappist Mission

Anyone who follows my blogs, and site will know that I am a great admirer of the Trappist Missions established by the founder of the missions in South Africa, by Francis Pfanner and his  Trappist Order. I had previously photographed Maris Stella Mission, but had not been able to do the interior. A follow up […]

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Hardenberg Trappist Mission – Matatiele

Hardenberg Trappist Mission was established in 1897, and the present church completed in 1899. This Mission is one of the 22 Missions established by the Trappists with Mariannhill as the mother Monastery. Although not as ornate as many of the other Missions, this mission serves a growing congregation drawn from the burgeoning settlement at its […]

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Citeaux Trappist Mission – 1896

Citeaux Mission overlooks the mighty Umkomaas River between Impendle and Underberg. Very little remains of this mission other than a stone barn, residence, and remains of the Grotto. The inhabitants of the site were very wary of me photographing, until I explained that I simply wanted to photograph. I was asked whether I was doing […]

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Umhlanga Rocks – Oceans Development

The skyline in Umhlanga Rocks continues to rapidly change as these images from July and August 2018 portray. I sincerely hope that the “powers that be”, are improving the infrastructure and services in line with all these massive developments such as this and Sibaya. Note: – Update. The  signature Oceans Umhlanga  Development  came to a […]

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Maria Trost Trappist Mission – 1895

Maria Trost, founded in 1895, lies between Oetting and Maris Stella, in the Highflats area of southern KZN. The present church built in 1934, was the third on the Mission site and constructed of local stone. In the cemetery was the solitary grave of Kenneth George Cooper, of the Natal Police who died in 1901.

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KZN’S litter problem

Its disappointing when travelling in this Province to see the culture of littering that seems to identify us. Why is it that our problem should be easily resolved by turfing out our litter, rather than disposing it in a responsible manner? There needs to be a massive educational effort to curb this scourge, followed up […]

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