oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - A short history of roads in the Northern Cape

Volume 17, Issue 6
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Initially , in the Northern Cape, as elsewhere, there were no roads. On the ocean fringes the Strandlopers had adjusted their lifestyle so that they operated in a narrow coastal strip. In the interior were the hunter-gatherers, who were by definition nomadic, requiring water and a source of food. These requirements were catered for by following the herds of wild animals during their seasonal migrations. The routes were selected and beaten out by the game, which of course chose routes with sufficient access to water. The game in turn provided food for the hunters. There was no need for roads.

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