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ZAR Road Bridge over the Bivane River
Paulpietersburg district, KwaZulu-Natal

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
AL KLUTE: Contractor

Date:1895-1898
Type:Bridge
Style:Wilhelmiens
Status:Extant


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27°31'14.44" S 30°49'06.63" E Alt: 1170m
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Also Bridge over Bevaan (Bevane / Pivaan) River, 'Kruger Bridge / -brug'

The soubriquet 'Kruger Bridge' is local to distinguish it from another over the same river. This is one of the later fine stone bridges, following Wierda's recommendations of 1885 in order to save costs on imported steel. It comprises a sequence of three arches, two of which span 18m, the other 6m, the only irregularly constructed sequence of arches of the period, with a passage of 6m. The outbreak of the runderpest pandemic impacted on the period of construction. It is in fine repair and serves local secondary rural traffic, chiefly farmers and foresters, although when the concrete bridge on the same river was washed away in the Cyclone Domoina of 1984 it remained standing and became the alternative route. The total cost of the bridge was R26 394. It was declared a national monument in 1966.

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.


Writings about this entry

Bakker, Karel A, Clarke, Nicholas J & Fisher, Roger C. 2014. Eclectic ZA Wilhelmiens : A shared Dutch built heritage in South Africa. Pretoria: Visual Books. pg 97, 109
Erasmus, Koos and Friebus, Hein. 2008. Vergete padbrûe van die ZAR : 'n oorsig van die padbrûe wat gebou en beplan is tydens die regering van die Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek. Centurion: Koos Erasmus and Hein Friebus: . pg 56
Oberholster, JJ. 1972. The historical monuments of South Africa. Cape Town: Rembrandt Van Rijn Foundation for Culture at the request of the National Monuments Council. pg 282, 308
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 236