Pakhuis has Mojo

South African Country Life - - Your Letters - Martin Briggs, On­rus­riv­ier

Ron Swill­ing has once again stim­u­lated my in­ter­est with her in­trigu­ing ar­ti­cle Pakhuis

Mojo (June 2018). She men­tions Cape leop­ards and red sand­stone for­ma­tions. I’ve been for­tu­nate enough to be shown leop­ard prints on the way to the site of the plane crash in 1946.

Mark Botha, who had al­ways lived in this area, pointed out the fresh spoor in the white sand. Wind storms blow sand into the craggy Ceder­berg moun­tains, cre­at­ing level val­ley floors be­tween the ver­ti­cal rock walls.

Mark had grown up on the farms far be­low us, and he led us up the side of Pakhuis Peak in the North­ern Ceder­berg to the wreck of SAAF 647, a mil­i­tary air­craft that was on a flight to Cape Town when it trag­i­cally crashed above Agter-Pakhuis. Sadly all the pas­sen­gers died in­stantly. (edited)

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