oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The Orange River Project : from dream to reality : part 1 : feature article

Volume 13, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Extracted from text ... SIVIELE INGENIEURSWESE ? JUNIE 2005 4 Text and Photographs Will Alexander alexwjr@iafrica.com The From dream to reality PART 1 THE EARLY EXPLORERS Early attempts to reach the Orange River The early Dutch settlers heard about the Grootte River from the local people. In 1659 Van Riebeeck despatched a party northwards. They discovered the Great Berg and Olifants rivers. In 1681 Van der Stel sent a party under Olaf Bergh, who failed to reach it. In 1685 Van der Stel led a large expedition himself. They found copper ore deposits near Springbok before having to turn back. ..

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