Keiskamma­hoek is worth ex­plor­ing

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I was sta­tioned in Keiskamma­hoek in 1964 and 1965, a town that owes its ori­gin to Ger­man set­tlers who were given farms in the area. Bal­lan­tines was one of the few wagon-mak­ers still in op­er­a­tion. The owner har­nessed the wa­ter of the Keiskamma River to gen­er­ate elec­tric­ity with a wa­ter wheel to drive the lathes.

At Debe Nek, about 20km east of Keiskamma­hoek, you’d see gi­ant mounds of earth – these days they’re cov­ered in grass. Ac­cord­ing to folk­lore, earth­worms that ag­i­tated the soil made the mounds, and it is said that the war­rior Sandile would am­bush his en­e­mies from be­hind these mounds. I also heard that stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Potchef­stroom dis­cov­ered earth­worms that were as long as the road is wide! A world record. You guys should in­ves­ti­gate.

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