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ZAR Road Bridge over the Blyde River (Joubert Bridge)
Pilgrim's Rest district, Mpumalanga

DEPARTEMENT PUBLIEKE WERKEN - ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK: Architect
GB GILETTI: Contractor

Date:1897
Type:Bridge
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
24°53'54.68" S 30°45'01.29" E Alt: 1240m

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The bridge which spans the Blyde River just outside of Pilgrim’s Rest to the west, was named after JS Joubert, Mine Commissioner in the 1890s. The foundation stone has GB GILETTI as the contractor but Celso GIRI, an Italian contractor who worked for the ZAR PWD is also mentioned. It is constructed of local dolerite, initially planned for three stone arches of 9 m each but extended by one to the current four. It suffered storm damage to the eastern buttress in 1909 which was reconstructed. The bridge was proclaimed a National Monument in 1968, now a Provincial Heritage Resource in the Mpumalanga Province since 1999. It is still functional on the route from Pilgrims’ Rest to Orighstad.

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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, 105, 211
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 50-51