Hello again dear heritage friend
,You will recall the recent visit by Theuns Coetzee and his most interesting talk on the Zandvliet Canal in Bonnievale. At that talk he promised to arrange a visit to the canal which is only possible once the canal is shut down for a period of time once a year.That time has arrived! You are hereby invited to attend an excursion to walk parts of this 100 year old irrigation scheme and visit some of the sections on Saturday the 29th of June.The Itinerary is as follows:1. Meet at the Drostdy Restaurant (Zanddrif) parking lot at 07h40 (promptly). Sort out who travels with who. We will be having lunch afterwards (optional) so if you don’t intend staying for lunch you will need to travel by yourself or with someone else who is also not having lunch. Lunch will be for your own account. Pay the fee for the excursion which is R30 for members and R50 for visitors. You can also pay your membership fees of R65 per person if you have not already paid these.2. Travel in convoy to the Drew low water bridge by 8H303. Welcoming and brief introduction4 Travel 2kms to “Oosthuisen’s Ridge” where we stop and walk around the hill along the channel… Someone with difficulty walking might find this difficult as it is about a 1.5 km walk…. however the channel is empty and they can walk in that which will make for easier walking Arrange people who are not walking to pick up the drivers to get their cars back at the end point of this section.
4. We take a 2km drive to “Tradesmans Tunnel”.5. Take another drive on our way to Bonnievale and stop a the siphon to look where the southern line splits.
6. We visit the memorial church build by the man that build the tunnel viz. Mr.CF Rigg
7. We drive 8 km to the northern side of the tunnel and walk through and back through the tunnel.8. We then visit the Breede river where the channel starts
9. Last stop would be at the Van Loveren, by then it should be lunch time where we will stop and have lunch.
10. Please RSVP to email@example.com by Thursday evening the 27th so that Theuns is aware of the size of the group that intends coming.NB. Needed (a) A walking stick (optional), (b) gum boots or old tackies (c) A torch.(d) drinking water.(d) moneyThe Channel will have been dry and cleaned by that time for 3 weeks, however, in some areas you might go angle deep into standing water. By accepting this invitation you attend this walk entirely at you own risk. Sorry to sound so official at the end of this email but, the Bonnievale Municipality has stated this proviso as a condition of the visit.Look forward to seeing you there
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