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ZAR Road Bridge over the Hart River, 'Schweitzer-Reneke Bridge / -brug'
Bloemhof district, North West

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
Date:1897 (1896)
Type:Bridge
Style:Wilhelmiens
Status:Extant

The tender for this bridge was awarded to one Max Lagois, who made delivery in 1896 but the sub-structure immediately showed signs of failure. This was brought to the attention of Wierda and even though the Supervisor had signe off the strucutre the last payment was withheld. Wierda saught legal advice and the Supervisor disappeared! Fraud was suspected and the contractor instructed to demolish and rebuild the structure, whereupon he too absconded! The guarantors were then called upon to rebuild under supervision of the DPW, which was done. The structure is of the usual type for the period, being of coursed rough-hewn ashlar carrying two 18m spans of steel beams. It is in a good state of repair although the deck appears to be replaced by concrete and used by the traffic between Schweitzer-Reneke and Bloemhof.

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 93