PAST and PRESENT…


The ruins at Kaditshwene lay over a vast area. Artefacts include old clay pots, iron spear heads, iron smelting pots and even an iron spade. At the Bosman museum one can go through the life and stories of Herman Charles Bosman. Ruins and stone walls lay scattered all over the Marico Bushveld, some with no indication of doors or openings. Old articles left by the women and children who were hiding in the densely bushed and pristine klowe (ravines) during the Anglo Boer war can still be found as valuable memorabilia. The streets of Marico town start emptying at sunset and only the dust shines golden in the setting sun. The town of Ottoshoop hosts some old buildings that were erected during the gold rush era as well as the wagon trail used during the siege of Mafikeng. Numerous graves tell an interesting story and can be seen in the old Ottoshoop Cemetery, for example the burglar proofed grave of a criminal. As Bosman said: “There is no place I know that is so heavy with atmosphere, so strangely and darkly impregnated with that stuff of life that bears the authentic stamp of South Africa”.


References

Du Pisani, J. A. 2017. Cultural significance of the proposed Marico Biosphere Reserve.