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Last week's news release from Mountain Passes South Africa (Part 1)

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23 Jul 2020 @ 17:54:37 pm
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A chilly but beautiful view from Bain's Kloof Pass A chilly but beautiful view from Bain's Kloof Pass - Photo: Trygve Roberts

The week that was

* A cold winter

* Trips & Tours

* Signs of the times

* Reflections of my life

* Pass of the Week

* Words of Wisdom

Winter Weather continues

2020 is proving to be what is likely to be the most significantly unusual year for every person on the planet. Our winter weather is also considerably wetter and colder than what we have seen in a very long time, with record wave heights, wind speeds, snow falls and rainfall patterns (in the Western Cape at least).

The frontal system that hit the Western part of South Africa on Sunday afternoon caused plenty of damage to infrastructure and especially radio masts and dishes.

But those damages are insignificant compared to what the Covid 19 pandemic has done to this country's economy.

Tours update

With the abrupt turnaround by government on leisure travel, it meant we had to postpone our Wild Coast Tour for the second time. We have now moved it to November, Our guests almost without exception have been supportive and understanding.

We are launching our new Swartberg 2020 Tour today and you are the first to see the details. This 5 day tour from the 19th to the 24th October, will start in Swellendam and head north to Bosluiskloof via Gysmanshoek and Seweweekspoort, where we will spend two days at Bosch Luys Kloof Lodge. From there we will be driving mainly on gravel to De Rust and north through Meiringspoort and on to Prince Albert. Day 4 we will drive the Swartberg Pass as well as the out and back trip to Die Hel via Elands Pass with an overnight stop at the Calitzdorp Spa. The final day we will tackle the Rooiberg and Assegaaibosch passes and finish at the beautiful Rooiberg Lodge. This tour is suitable for 4x2 vehicles with reasonable ground clearance as well as soft roaders. Book online here:

Swartberg 2020 Tour

Road signs

Our refurbishment of 54 road signs in the Western Cape has highlighted a number of issues. It's an expensive and time consuming exercise, exacerbated by vandalism, which includes graffiti, bullet holes, stone throwing, scratching, stickers, spray paint and more. One of the first tasks we have undertaken is to tackle and correct the subculture of defacing road signs, which is considered quite acceptable in many spheres of society.

This is going to take some time, but there's no time like the present. We have already started a campaign on our social media platform which has a following of 34000 people and in time the plan is to create an awareness that is wrong to deface a road sign in any way - including adding a sticker. Eventually a road sign ends up looking really messy. We are innovating a plan for responsible and caring enthusiasts of our mountain passes to foster a sign over a 5 year period. This will include a dedicated page on our website allowing for substantial advertising opportunites for business owners as well as via our social media platforms (34000 followers).

Time to stop the decay

 

 

Trygve Roberts
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23 Jul 2020 @ 18:41:11 pm
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Thanks for the update Robby

Living the dream
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23 Jul 2020 @ 19:08:32 pm
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For some reason the system prevented me from uploading the complete post. I had to chop it up and exclude the bit on Reflections of my Life.

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26 Jul 2020 @ 13:48:42 pm
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Dankie, gaan nou die ander lees.

 

As jy wil he jou drome moet waar word, moet jy eers wakker word.

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27 Jul 2020 @ 13:31:57 pm
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It's a pity your Wild Coast tour was cancelled - I am sure the gods would have brought you some rain to make the trip more exciting. The Eastern Cape coastal area has had virtually no rain during the lockdown period, with day-time temperatures often in the high 20s and lots of unseasonal winds. Unfortunately little beer around the quench a dry throat.

P.S. - does one still have to apply for permits to travel in the reserves on the Wild Coast? 

Been there--done it. ( Talking about the bathroom )
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27 Jul 2020 @ 15:15:23 pm
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It's a pity your Wild Coast tour was cancelled - I am sure the gods would have brought you some rain to make the trip more exciting. The Eastern Cape coastal area has had virtually no rain during the lockdown period, with day-time temperatures often in the high 20s and lots of unseasonal winds. Unfortunately little beer around the quench a dry throat.

P.S. - does one still have to apply for permits to travel in the reserves on the Wild Coast? 

Only if uou're driving off the main roads

 

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27 Jul 2020 @ 19:28:39 pm
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Hello, we have been standing at Dragon Peaks during the lockdown. My question, can I move to Dundee, Kwa rie resort, they are open for business. Regards Andre

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28 Jul 2020 @ 12:33:18 pm
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Hello, we have been standing at Dragon Peaks during the lockdown. My question, can I move to Dundee, Kwa rie resort, they are open for business. Regards Andre

Hi Andre - As far as I understand things it is OK to travel intra-provincially as long as you are off the road by 9 pm. and are observing social distance protocols.

I would hate you to get into trouble because of my advice, so please check with a local authority - maybe the AA would be ina position to give you the right advice. Post it here if you don't mind, so we all know.

We are going camping this weekend on a private farm (Western Cape) so also not 100% sure if it is legal.

A rig with a caravan in tow is going to raise an eyebrow with the authorities for sure, so have a good story ready. :-)

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