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Bridge over the Buffalo River
Newcastle district, KwaZulu-Natal

Rudolf Abraham Iduard SNETHLAGE: Vetting Engineer
John Frederick Evelyn BARNES: Project Engineer



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27°40'39.76" S 30°02'21.71" E Alt: 1182m

The bridge is located between Newcastle and Utrecht. This bridge was erected jointly by the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek and the Colony of Natal on the shared border. Seemingly as a gesture of goodwill the plaques at each end are in the language of the opposite side. The design was vetted by RAI SNETHLAGE, Engineer and technical advisor to the ZAR based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The steel super-structure comprises four spans of girder trusses, two per side, spanning 15m each. The passageway allows for single direction traffic, flanked by two walkways, manufactured by Alexander Findlay & Co of Motherwell, Glasgow, in Scotland. Construction was supervised by the Natal Colonial Chief Engineer, JFE BARNES, whose name appears on the memorial plaque.

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
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 57-58
Richardson, Deidré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 234