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These unusual (and possibly unexplained) lines lay about 110 km from the nearest cache in Southern Africa - where are they? (A cache waiting to be placed methinks)?

 

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Oh well - seeing as the SHARKIES beat the Mountain Goats here's one for the Wee Pees!! <_<:blink::P

 

What red wine variety is considered South African?

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Pinotage?

 

It is indeed.

 

Not the Currie Cup but you may ask the next question though! B):ph34r:

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Wellington. (WagenmaakersVallei)

 

This quiz is getting a bit one-sided now! :P

 

Take it away.............again!

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Staying with Piet Retief.

On a pass named after him one would find the statue of the Kaalvoet Vrou.

Also along this pass you would find another historical site.

What is this feature called and what is written in green paint to commerative what occasion?

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Is that the Retief Klip where his daughter wrote something? Top of the pass in the Drakensberg - near Olivier's Hoek.

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Is that the Retief Klip where his daughter wrote something? Top of the pass in the Drakensberg - near Olivier's Hoek.

 

But what occasion did this Klip commemorate?

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What town not too far from Harrismith [Free State] has a very close "link" to Harrismith and what is this "link"?

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What town not too far from Harrismith [Free State] has a very close "link" to Harrismith and what is this "link"?

Is it Ladysmith, named for Harry Smith's wife?

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What town not too far from Harrismith [Free State] has a very close "link" to Harrismith and what is this "link"?

Is it Ladysmith, named for Harry Smith's wife?

 

It sure is. Let's see what you come up with now! :ph34r::rolleyes:<_<

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Right:

Mahikeng is currently the capital of the North-West Province. In the past , under two different names, it was the capital of two different countries. What were they?

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I am not sure what happened during or after the Seige of Mafeking but it could have been the capital of a sovereign territory at some time. Under the name Mafikeng it was the capital of Bophuthatswana before Mmabatho became the capital.

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I am not sure what happened during or after the Seige of Mafeking but it could have been the capital of a sovereign territory at some time. Under the name Mafikeng it was the capital of Bophuthatswana before Mmabatho became the capital.

 

Bophuthatswana is one, yes.

The odd thing about the other one is that it was the capital even though it wasn't in said territory.

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It was the capital of Botswana (Bechuanaland) before Gaberone existed. I remember reading this in a travel book years ago.

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I missed a few I knew all in my caching area, including a cache of mine at Retief Klip.... dadgum....

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It was the capital of Botswana (Bechuanaland) before Gaberone existed. I remember reading this in a travel book years ago.

 

That's the one. Mafeking was capital of the Bechuanaland Protectorate until it attained independence, and Mafikeng was briefly capital of Bop before being subsumed into Mmabatho.

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The Caprivi was named after German Chancellor Leo von Caprivi, who negotiated the acquisition of the land in an 1890 exchange with the United Kingdom. Von Caprivi arranged for Caprivi to be annexed to German South-West Africa in order to give Germany access to the Zambezi River and a route to Africa's east coast, where the German colony Tanganyika was situated. The annexation was a part of a treaty, in which Germany gave up its interest in the island of Heligoland in the North Sea and which other island in return of the Caprivi Strip?

Caprivi didn't take Victoria Falls into account and so the route was not of much use.

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Not that difficult - an African island!!

we were dsicussing holiday plans this morning when I remembered the Germans used to have colonies in East Africa too. Zanzibar?

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Not that difficult - an African island!!

we were dsicussing holiday plans this morning when I remembered the Germans used to have colonies in East Africa too. Zanzibar?

Quite right! All yours Peter.

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Was going to say Kimberley, but Westonaria sounded much more informed, but now I will say Kimberley anyway - just to add to the mix.

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I'm curious to see what town has a shaft deeper than the deepest one in the world. I worked on that mine. #3 Shaft has an initial vertical drop of 2km - also has the deepest SINGLE drop in the world - and a further drop [via sub-verticals] to a depth of close to 4km deep. Prior to Western Deep being the deepest the record was held by ERPM.

 

If you are referring to OPEN PIT mines then Kimberley Hole is often referred to as the deepest man-made hole dug by HAND. However another mine I worked on, Phalaborwa Copper Mine, has a hole mechanically dug that is around 800m deep. When I was there you drove down to below sea level from the Lowveld every day! Phalaborwa is around 400m ASL.

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If that is what was meant in the question then Kimberley Big Hole - as "The Pooks" said - would be the answer.

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If that is what was meant in the question then Kimberley Big Hole - as "The Pooks" said - would be the answer.

Not Kimberley but nearby.

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Would you be referring to "Jagers" then? [Jagersfontein] - Not aware that it has an exceptionally deep hole though. Was it not dug with mechanical diggers?

 

After having been there during its "heyday" in the 60's I drove passed there en route from De Aar to Bloemfontein a few years ago and nearly cried when I saw the place. :( I remembered it as a lovely little mining town that was vibrant and quite a pretty place.

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Let's stay with South Africa's mining heritage [hint hint]

 

Kimberley was the first town in South Africa that had electric street lighting. Which was the SECOND town in South Africa that had electric street lighting?

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