LET­TERS

Go! Camp & Drive - - Contents - CHRIS PAPENFUS Port El­iz­a­beth

My dad, Ken, grew up in Pre­to­ria, and then moved to Vir­ginia in the Free State in 1953. Here he es­tab­lished him­self as a build­ing con­trac­tor, and in later years he built, amongst other things, the Voortrekker Mon­u­ment in Win­burg. I re­cently looked through old pho­tos of Dad. He must have re­turned to Pre­to­ria a num­ber of times. Hart­beespoort Dam is in one of the pho­tos; it was taken in 1957 and the area looks un­touched, com­pared to to­day. Just like with build­ing, Dad didn’t shy away from hard work. On an­other photo there are old can­vas-and-wood camp­ing chairs next to a bakkie – a lot more no­tice­able than the bakkie it­self. On the back of the bakkie is a gar­den shed, the door of which opens up over the tail­gate. You can even see the legs of a steel bed in­side the house on the bakkie. I’m not sure what kind of bakkie it is, but I wouldn’t be sur­prised if it’s a Chev, be­cause that was Dad’s favourite. You can clearly see the “OXV 956” num­ber plate – Vir­ginia’s num­ber plate years ago. I was born in 1961 and Dad passed away in 1987. I never heard the full story about the bakkie with the gar­den shed, but I do know about Dad’s love of na­ture – some­thing you can clearly see in the pho­tos.

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