Monday, 20 February 2012

Weppener

At 599km's...

Weppener is a small Freestate town named after Kommandant Louw Weppener. It is a very sad looking town with one part of the once beautiful Town Hall burnt down...and with no sign of any activity to repair the fire damage. Once again, unfortunately, proof that many of the small towns are very poorly managed by mostly uncaring, unqualified and incompetent ANC councillor's.

It must have been a beautiful town in its hey day and there is even an arch across the main road signalling the pride that was once here...

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I met a local mechanic, Stefan and he graciously posed for me at his mothers very color full house and garden. His mother complained about constant water shortages and Stefan said that there was nothing to do for the youth in town. Once again the local Dutch Reformed Church was in a relatively good condition which is remarkable if one takes into account the dwindling number of the people attending the churches on the platteland and as a result a shortages of funds to pay for the upkeep of the structures and salaries of the dominie's.

Just another once proud little town just off the beaten track on its way down...

regards. Ivan...