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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Mon Jun 24, 2013 7:34 pm

Silvervis dam. Papermouth - Barbus mattozi - is a silvery fish with orange fins . T B Bowker donated funds and is a decendant of a earlier hunter and Barberton resident from Eastern cape (1820 settler).

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 8:40 am

Correct Grantmissy and Shidzidzii, and well done to both of you. :clap: :clap:
Thomas Bowker was also a member of the National Parks Board.
I will be visiting this place where the old cattle kraal was in a week's time.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Jun 25, 2013 9:40 am

Which dam did "Mafunyana" construct?

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:02 am

I will take a try.

Mafunyana the tusker roamed the Shangoni area. Mafunyana was also the nickname of the short tempered Ranger Lou Steyn who succeeded Col Sandenbergh as Warden of the KNP in 1954 until his retiring date in 1961 . Both the Mafunnyanas shared the same temperament.

A borehole near the Bubu creek (near Shngoni) and a close by earthen dam was named after oom Lou Steyn.

Unfortunately the dam the little dam is no longer in existence as it washed away.

There is a Mafunyana creek near Skukuza.

Mafunyana = Tsonga from funyafunyana = 'he who eats greedily'.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:15 am

Loius Botha Steyn was nicknamed Mafunyana - correct. Now which dam was his project? BTW the magnificent 7 tusker was Mafunyane (spelt with an e).

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Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 10:37 am

During 1937 - 1938 Lou Steyn assisted Mr. le Roux of the Surveyor Commisiion's office with the pegging out of the KNP eastern border beacons.

After completion of the task le Roux gave Steyn a theodolite as a gift of appreciation.

Steyn used his prized gift in taking levels during many projects in his section, amongst others the Mazitje, Kumana and Salitje dams. He also assisted in the enlarging of Leeupan, he also made furrows from the surrounding contours in which stormwater drained into Leeupan.

He also marked out many of the roads in the Tshokwane area. One of them the road leading up to the Nwamuriwa hill, during the construction of this road fossils were discovered which Steyn sent to Dr. Robert Broom, the then curator of the Transvaal Museum.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Jun 25, 2013 11:14 am

Gmlsmit you are onto the correct story and source of info.
He used that very same theodolite on the construction of the dam in question which was a bit of a hobby-horse to him as he should have been busy with Warden's duties. There is a luxury concession lodge at it now.
Thanks for filling in on his other projects.

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:44 pm

Lou Steyn assisted with the following dams: Kumana, Mazithi, Salitje, Leeupan, Nhlanganzwane, Panamana, Jones, Mafunyane. There also are persons who also reckon that he was involved in the Nwanetsi, Sweni and Ngwenyeni dams.
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Unread postby Rooies » Tue Jun 25, 2013 3:50 pm

Some very interesting stuff coming through :clap: Keep them coming
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:19 pm

Gmlsmit you are correct. Panamana dam was the one is was specifically looking for. I think he also did it without official funding or sanction and by using a grader earmarked for roads.

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:31 pm

Oom Lou was a stubborn man with lots of initiative, if we dig we will find much more done without official sanction, however he did what he believed in and that was - if it is good for the park, it is quite Ok.
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Tue Jun 25, 2013 6:08 pm

This one should be easy:

I am now 95 years old, I got lost in the Kruger National Park when I was 20 years old. I look around and see the Impala, Bushbuck and Kudu are thin and cripple, however the few Zebra are fat and running around, I cannot go any further unless I wash my feet, please help me – where am I?
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby RosemaryH » Wed Jun 26, 2013 7:59 am

Easy, you say gmlsmit? :wink: :think:
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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby Shidzidzii » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:18 am

Born 1918 , got lost somewhere in 1938. It was the early part of a drought - browsers thin, grazers still ok on last seasons dry "sweetveld" grass therefore up north.

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Re: The history of Kruger and the adjacent lowveld OQ

Unread postby gmlsmit » Wed Jun 26, 2013 9:01 am

Up north yes, easy yes, and I have to wash my feet yes. :)
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