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Latest News! 25th February, 2016

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King Mokgatle King Mokgatle - Photo: Archives

This week we head all the way to North-West province as we uncover the fascinating history of a small mountain pass on the main N4 highway that connects Botswana in the west with Mozambique in the east. There are only 4 passes on this long stretch of highway and our featured pass this week is the only one located on the western half of the N4.

We explore the most unlikely friendship between between King Mokgatle, leader of the Bofokeng nation in the 1800's and the now legendary Paul Kruger, and how Oom Paul almost lost his life in an arranged ambush and his subsequent escape from this precarious situation.

[To access our featured pass, expand this page by clicking the photo, the title or the green READ MORE button]

Our passes are the cement of our history, hiding in the rocks and curves are a proverbial thousand tales of history often buried so deep we will never discover them, but for some, we still can unravel the astonishingly rich history that our passes and poorts hold.

The budget speech is done and dusted and as always South Africa holds its collective breath in anticipation of what is always the same end result - It's going to cost more to live. So now that we all know the road ahead for the next 12 months, let's start by getting out onto our fantastic road network and explore whilst we still can.

Our featured pass this week can be accessed via the link below.

MAGATASNEK PASS

New passes added during the last 7 days:
Geyersnek
Perskedraai
Skilpadhoogte

Upgraded videos added during the last 7 days:
Viljoen's Pass
Houw Hoek Pass
Sir Lowry's Pass

Thought for the day: "You are what you say and think daily, if only you keep at it. Great men always have a starting point, from their heart via their lips to their lives."
Bassey Ndon - Nigeria 

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