There are over 490 mountain passes in the Western, Eastern and Northern Cape, in areas of spectacular natural scenery. Many of them are more than a century old and the product of considerable engineering feats. In themselves objects of beauty and ingenuity, they provide ways through and over the natural barriers in the area, giving access to communities and offering the infrastructure that makes for a thriving economic and social life. This book tells the story of about 50 of the best known or most significant Cape mountain passes. They include: Du Toit's Kloof Pass; Swartberg Pass; Chapman's Peak Drive; Sir Lowry's Pass; Bain's Kloof; Outeniqua Pass; Groot River and Bloukrans Passes in the Tsitsikamma area. Illustrated throughout with full-colour and sepia photographs and accom-panied by helpful maps, this is a book for those with a love of the open road, an interest in history and a delight in the triumphs of engineering, human ingenuity and imagination.
Rich with historical narratives, personal recollections, reflections on politics, environmental debates, social observation, and practical travel information, this honest and opinionated book is a far cry from the typical sponsored travel guide. The author's idiosyncratic writing style and humor flavor the travel experience and impart a sense of immediacy and adventure, and resources for further information are listed in the back of the book, encouraging a personalized adventure.
Traces of the Past in South Africa’s Southernmost Region
Author: Chris Schoeman
Publisher: Penguin Random House South Africa
Situated between the Hottentots Holland Mountains and the Breede River, the Overberg is a fertile agricultural region and a popular holiday destination for tourists and nature lovers who delight in the beauty of its mountainous landscape, abundant plant species and long sandy beaches. This area also has a rich history going back thousands of years, when the indigenous Khoi people originally thrived there, and when the first European settlers left their own indelible imprint on the culture, architecture and character of the region. The Overberg has been a home or point of interest for explorers, innovators, artists and writers, for figures as varied as Bartolomeu Dias, Sir David de Villiers Graaff, Uys Krige and Audrey Blignault. Some of South Africa’s oldest towns, houses and missionary stations can be found here, and its treacherous coastline has been the cause of hundreds of shipwrecks for centuries. The Historical Overberg provides a detailed account of this past by pointing out the many places, buildings, events and personalities that have made the Overberg the diverse and unique place that it is today. Enlivened by historical and current photographs and informative panels, this book is a collector’s item.
The Handbook of Communication History addresses central ideas, social practices, and media of communication as they have developed across time, cultures, and world geographical regions. It attends to both the varieties of communication in world history and the historical investigation of those forms in communication and media studies. The Handbook editors view communication as encompassing patterns, processes, and performances of social interaction, symbolic production, material exchange, institutional formation, social praxis, and discourse. As such, the history of communication cuts across social, cultural, intellectual, political, technological, institutional, and economic history. The volume examines the history of communication history; the history of ideas of communication; the history of communication media; and the history of the field of communication. Readers will explore the history of the object under consideration (relevant practices, media, and ideas), review its manifestations in different regions and cultures (comparative dimensions), and orient toward current thinking and historical research on the topic (current state of the field). As a whole, the volume gathers disparate strands of communication history into one volume, offering an accessible and panoramic view of the development of communication over time and geographical places, and providing a catalyst to further work in communication history.
History of the colonization of the Overberg region, which formerly comprised the districts of Bredasdorp, Caledon and Swellendam in Cape Province and extended almost to Mossel Bay. Includes biographies and genealogies of early settlers, chronology of shipwrecks, and glossary of Dutch words.
containing a succinct account of every country in the world: preceded by an introductory outline of the history of geography; a familiar inquiry into the varieties of race and language exhibited by different nations; and a view of the relations of geography to astronomy and the physical sciences