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ZAR Road Bridge over the Wilge River, 'Bronkhorstspruit Bridge'
Bronkhorstspruit district, Mpumalanga

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
Date:1939 (1892)
Type:Bridge
Style:Wilhelmiens
Status:Extant

The authors (cited below) are of the opinion that this is the Bridge over the Olifants River, 'du Toit Bridge' / 'Du Toitbrug' relocated to this position at the commencement of World War II by the Engineers' Corps of the South African Army to serve the military transport needs of the 10th Veld Company located on the farm Spitskop north-west of Bronkhorstspruit. It shows all the characteristics of the steel supplied by German manufacturers and has a similar bowstring design to its contemporaries. This makes it a unique survivor and facinating example, and althouth the structure shows aging and decay and has become precarious, it still serves the locals in emergencies when the adjacent concrete causeway is flooded.

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 92
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 41-42