Fully and Partially Deproclaimed Roads
This is a subject all on its own, but the access to the Balies Gat campsite by necessity has to cross the Tandfontein farm - one of the many farms owned by the Du Toit group who practice their craft of highly professional farming from the Koue Bokkeveld all the way to the Langkloof in the Eastern Cape. A large notice board spells out the terms and conditions of entry - and there is no guarantee to right of entry either. The board states that they might refuse entry. A permanent guard is stationed at a set of booms with a small building. The sign states that your vehicle is privy to being searched, if deemed necessary. You are then required to complete your details on a form and sign it.
When a road has been partially deproclaimed, it means that the state still undertakes to maintain the road, but the person or company over whose land the road traverses, has certain additional rights which he may impose. These requirements are limited by statute and agreement with provincial authorities and are often controversial in how they are applied, with the public taking exception in having to comply with additional requirements. There are not that many partially deproclaimed roads in South Africa and they almost always get motorists hot under the collar. So if you want to drive across the Tandfontein farm, you need to comply. After about 4 km, it is a normal road again and the small white signs can be seen on the left of the road, showing the number - in this case OP8062.
For the record, when a road has been fully deproclaimed, full responsibility for the maintenance of such road, falls under the responsibility of the land owner and the state withdraws completely from any maintenance issues.
As soon as we have completed the page and the videos for this impressive gravel pass, we will be featuring it, with history going back to the mid 1800's, as our pass of the week. Make sure you don't miss this one.
This week's podcast
Listen to a chat on the highly successful Langeberg Conqueror Tour and some of the plans conjured up for 2019.
Pass of the Week
Our featured pass this week has been billed by several renowned travel writers as "The most beautiful mountain pass in South Africa". Make no mistake, that title stands to be fiercely defended by a large number of incredible passes all over our beautiful country - far too many to list here, but as they say: "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder"
The acid test is to watch the videos and decide for yourself. At MPSA we are always a bit reserved about such claims and prefer leaving it up to YOU to decide which is your favourite pass. Take the link below and digest the stunning scenery of the Makhonjwa Mountains and the beaufully wooded hills and valleys between Barberton and Swaziland as we take you over 38 km of twists and turns of sheer mountain pass pleasure. Pull the bucket closer, this one is going to be added for sure.
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New passes added this week:
Bucklands Pass - A inverted profile pass of over 11 km in KZN with interesting scenery (Provisional video)
Braamnek - An easy tarred pass on the R61 near Engcobo (Provisional video)
Thought for the day: "Just because the past didn't turn out like you wanted it to, doesn't mean your future can't be better than you ever imagined" ~ Anonymous.