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Gannaga Pass
Middelpos district, Western Cape

PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT of the CAPE COLONY: Engineer
Robert (Bob) BROMLEY: Architect
Date:1896
Type:Mountain Pass
Style:Engineered
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
S E Alt: 1272m

Various trek passes and sheep trails linked Middelpos through the Roggeberg to the Tanqua Karoo. In 1895 the local divisional council of Middelpos started construction of the pass but work ceased when the money ran out. Bob Bromley of the Public Works Department inspected these works and declared them "unsatisfactory and done in an extravagant manner" and abandoned them and resurveyed the route. Works commenced in 1896. A labour force of seventy men was employed but this dwindled as work proceeded. All the construction is of dry packed stone and fill without any use of cement (Whitehead, 2018:14-15).


Writings about this entry

Whitehead, Marion . 2018. South Africa's Favourite Passes + Poorts. Maitland: Map Studio. pg 10-17