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ZAR Road Bridge over Marthinus-Wesselstroom (UTaka River), 'Wakkerstroom Bridge'
Wakkerstroom, Mpumalanga

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

Date:1893
Type:Bridge
Style:Wilhelmiens
Status:Extant

 


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Coordinates:
27°20'42.3" S 30°8'30.4" E Alt: 1750m

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Proclaimed a National Monument in 1984, devolved to a Provincial Heritage Resource in the Mpumalanga Province in 1999.

This bridge was designed by the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek's Department of Public Works. 'In its archives they refer to the UTakarivier'. It spans a modest 12m. It was erected by A KLUTE, completed in 1893 and was one of the last steel bridges commissioned by the ZAR, because WIERDA, in his annual report for 1895, had argued strongly for building stone bridges, especially where exposures of rock offered firm foundations for the piers, since they would eliminate the need to import ‘pre-fabricated steel bridges’ from overseas. On 24 May 1904, Father David Bryant baptized the first black Zionist in South Africa in the Marthinus-Wesselstroom next to this bridge.

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Wording on National Monuments Council plaque

OU PADBRUG
HIERDIE BRIG IS IN OPDRAG VAN DIE REGERING VAN DIE
ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK OPGERIG NA AANLEIDING VAN
'N MEMORIE DEUR DIE INWONERS VAN DIE DISTRIK WAKKER-
STROOM. DIT IS ONTWERP DEUR DIE ZAR SE DEPT. VAN PUBLIEKE
WERKE ONDER LEIDING VAN S.W. WIERDA EN IS IN 1893 DEUR
A. KLUTE VOLTOOI. OP 24 MEI 1904 IS DIE EERSTE SWART SIONISTE
IN SUID-AFRIKE HIER DEUR D. BRYANT IN DIE MARTHINUS
WESSELSTROOM GEDOOP.
Geproklameer 1984 Proclaimed
OLD ROAD BRIDGE
THE ERECTION OF THIS BRIDGE WAS COMMISSIONED BY THE
GOVERNMENT OF THE ZUID-AFRIKAANSCHE REPUBLIEK AS A
RESULT OF A PETITION BY THE INHABITANTS OF THE WAKKER-
STROOM DISTRICT. IT WAS DESIGNED BY THE ZAR'S DEPT OF
PUBLIC WORKS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF S.W. WIERDA AND
COMPLETED BY A. KLUTE IN 1893. ON 24 MAY 1904 THE
FIRST BLACK ZIONIST IN SOUTH AFRICA WAS BAPTIZED
HERE IN THE MARTHINUS WESSEL STREAM BY D. BRYANT
Raad van Nasionale Gedenkwaardigheid - National Monuments Council

(Richardson, 2001:257)

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 96, 101
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 42-43