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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Sep 09, 2005 8:47 am

Phalaborwa Entrance Gate is in line for a R5,8-million upgrade. With this project, not only will the entrance gate itself be rebuilt, but an office complex for the Northern Business Unit and a new building containing research facilities for SAEON will also be built. Work on the new entrance gate has already been started and is due for completion at the end of April 2006.
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Unread postby Jumbo » Tue Mar 14, 2006 9:51 am

Could not find another “Phalaborwa gate” thread so I will just post this titbit in here.

For the avid North Kruger lovers :wink: : Did you know the name Phalaborwa means “Better than the South” – “phala” means better than and “borwa” means south.
“A certain group of Sotho people left their homeland and headed north, they found themselves in a country where the game was plentiful and the weather was warm. “Phala borwa” they said."

Taken from an article in the Sa Airlink inflight magazine, Skyways March 2006

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Unread postby bert » Tue Sep 04, 2007 5:16 pm

Two weeks ago they were still working on the new gate
But the new reception is finished.

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Unread postby KNP Spokesman » Wed Sep 12, 2007 2:47 pm

Hi Folks

Still busy with the final touches, but I'll let everyone know ...

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:23 am

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Unread postby Elsa » Mon Oct 08, 2007 10:31 am

We re-entered the park at Phalaborwa Gate on Sat. 29th Sept. and were told the new gate would be open for business the following Wednesday, being the the 3rd Oct.
All looked in place with the new fast lane card readers etc. just some tidying up of the surrounding area needed.
The reception is very smart and up to date indeed in comparison to the toilets which I thought were somewhat disappointing. But in fairness they might be still incomplete.
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Unread postby Bennievis » Tue Oct 09, 2007 8:08 am

Below is a photo taken in 1961 (? can someone please confirm) at the official opening of the Phalaborwa Gate. I am the little boy on the left, 3 years old at the time! My Kruger memories started even before that. I need some clarification here: Was there ever a gate called "Malepene Gate" north of Phalaborwa in the very old days? I recall my parents talking about it years ago.
I have such great memories and emotions about Phalaborwa gate, I even have a photo of it (in colour :wink: ) as my wallpaper on my cellphone. It has always been the door into the Kruger Park for me and I was a bit horrified to see the that the gate has been rebuilt. I know Kruger Park Management knows best, and I am over the shock now and cannot wait to see the new gate for myself!
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Unread postby p@m » Tue Oct 09, 2007 3:13 pm

Oh, wow, Bennievis, that brings back memories ! We lived in Phalaborwa for a few years from about 1964, but don't recall a Malepene gate.

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Unread postby Joep Stevens » Wed Oct 10, 2007 6:33 am

Dear Bennievis,

Many thanks for your entry and enquiry. I am from the same era as you (born in 1960) and nostalgically share your sentiments on Phalaborwa. It was just heart warming to see this iconic form of the gate and feel at last we are now at our beloved Kruger Park (or wow, we are now leaving our beloved Kruger Park). Records show that the gate was officially opened on 24 June 1961 and it must have been a special privilege to be there. I collect (for SANParks benefit too) old Kruger pics and it would be great if we could obtain a good quality copy of your pic or pics of this occasion. Yes, indeed, prior to Phalaborwa Gate opening, there was Malopeni Gate some 15 - 20km to the north and it even had some huts as the distances in the early days were such that guests stayed over at these gates as the time to travel was quite different from today, keeping in mind that the roads were then still gravel to a large degree. Many thanks for sharing your sentiments and pic!

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Unread postby Bennievis » Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:28 am

Joep,
Many thanks for your reply and valuable information, especially about the Malopeni Gate, not many people are aware that such a gate and road existed.
As for copies of the photos, it will be a huge pleasure and honour to share with you and SANParks.
I will have to delph into my archives but will stay in touch.
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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:53 am

Is there any evidence of this gate or the huts today, and if so, are they accessible?
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Unread postby arks » Fri Nov 30, 2007 11:06 pm

Joep Stevens wrote:I visited the site a few years back and regrettably there is very little to see of the old structures and not even a foundation anymore. It's a pity though. I have one or two pics of what it looked like.

Would be very interesting to see these, Joep! 8) I'm wondering, looking at my map, whether the east/west portion of the present S131 continued west to the old gate?
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Congrats Phalaborwa Gate!!

Unread postby Sprocky » Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:25 pm

Congratulations to Phalaborwa Gate on winning the Gate of the year title. :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

I heard this on the radio today, but I see nothing on the forum about it.

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Re: Congrats Phalaborwa Gate!!

Unread postby DinkyBird » Mon Apr 19, 2010 5:51 pm

Hi Sprocky,

There is a Media Release to this effect on the Home Page :thumbs_up:

Congratulations to all the winners :clap:
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Re: Congrats Phalaborwa Gate!!

Unread postby Bennievis » Mon Apr 19, 2010 9:12 pm

Phalaborwa does not mean "better than the south" for nothing.
Well done!! :thumbs_up:


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