My Uncle and Aunt lived in a fine stone house with black tiled roof situated on a high ridge overlooking the Westcliffe Flats and the Johannesburg Zoological Gardens. We often stayed with them when we visited Johannesburg from Swaziland almost as far back as I can remember.
It was awesome to be there and hear lions roaring at night in the middle of such a large city. I spent many a Sunday there while I was at boarding school and especially enjoyed the wonderful lunches served by a manservant in white uniform and gloves. From time to time he would attend with a silver tray and brush to remove crumbs from the table. This was a new experience for me!
It was not long after I had left school, (and was beginning to feel rather ‘adult’) that I was staying in the house alone, since my uncle and aunt were away on holiday. The Allied invasion of Italy at the end of 1943 was receiving much attention from the media and formed the main topic of conversation for most people. Continue reading “The Rising Ghost”
I joined the Agricultural Department in Basutoland in May 1954 and, after a brief spell in Maseru, was posted to Mafeteng in July. I was still trying to get used to a new job, when in September the Agricultural & Livestock Officer in Mohales Hoek [L Bischoff who helped me a great deal to find my feet] suggested I trek to Qhobeng to join him and Desmond Taylor, the District Commissioner, in Mohales Hoek .
The object was to go into the matter of disputed grazing areas along a common boundary between the people of Mohales Hoek and Mafeteng. I think some people from Maseru District were also involved. This dispute had been going on for a long time. Several years previously at Qhobeng there had been a large pitso and gathering of all concerned including representatives from the Paramount Chief to resolve the difficulty. Continue reading “A Rookie on Trek in Basutoland 1954”
The old Dobson Map of Basutoland (Lesotho) published in 1909 clearly indicates ‘AdamKok’s Road’ which he followed on his epic trek from Philippolis to Nomansland, later known as East Griqualand, where he established the town of Kokstad. This trek over the Drakensberg Mountains during 1861/63 must rate as one of the epic journeys undertaken during the 19th Century. This is how it happened.
Continue reading “Adam Kok’s Epic Trek over the Drakensberg -1861 to 1863”