go! Platteland - - LETTERS -

Thank you for an in­sight­ful mag­a­zine. The ar­ti­cle “A dam fine place!” in the Spring 2017 is­sue was out­stand­ing, ex­cept that our vil­lage wasn’t men­tioned.

Oviston lies next to the Gariep Dam, about 43km from the dam wall and about 10km from the main road that runs from Coles­berg, Gariep and Norvalspont to Burg­ers­dorp. Oviston was built to house the work­ers that built the OrangeFish River Tun­nel and was sold to the Ven­ter­stad mu­nic­i­pal­ity after the ir­ri­ga­tion tun­nel was com­pleted. They, in turn, sold the houses to the pub­lic later.

Oviston is a typ­i­cal ru­ral com­mu­nity that lives for the dam and the 160km2 na­ture re­serve that sur­rounds the town. The houses are still af­ford­able and avail­able to re­tired folks or any­one who’s tired of the city. The Or­ange-Fish River Tun­nel (the ab­bre­vi­a­tion in Afrikaans is OVISTON) is lo­cated in the cen­tre of town. Our in­fra­struc­ture isn’t al­ways up to scratch, and com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties such as the town hall, swim­ming pool and car­a­van park don’t al­ways get enough at­ten­tion, but it is also a won­der­fully peace­ful place.

I think the ar­ti­cle would have been more com­plete if you’d in­cluded Oviston. A lit­tle pub­lic­ity would have been good for our town.

Crous de Beer, OVISTON

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