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Paardevlei History Ex Explosive Works

May 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


This area is full of history, contrasts and change. The buildings and landscape are highly maintained in one part, and in another unused and overgrown. There is Herbert Baker and Francis Massey architecture in one section and old abandoned hostels (with a very distinctive 1970s canteen) in the other.

Tourist guide, Dr Timothy Visser, has been studying it for years – he has lived nearby in Somerset West all his life. He has access to the old, large hostel compound, closed to the public.

South African’s development from agricultural to industrial and now post industrial, comes to life with Timothy’s stories, research and route.

Being so close to Somerset West, it is prime residential with its lakeside and mountain views. A new Checkers hypermarket is under construction by the private hospital.

Come and see it before there are too many more changes.

R400 per person or pre 5 May R300 early bird payment. Two free places are available for long term unemployed.

Meet and finish at: Lorenzo Marx Coffee Bar Paardevlei

25 De Beers Avenue


Somerset West

Please note this tour is three hours long ie not the usual two hour.

Do join us for lunch afterwards at Lorenzo Marx Cafe; menu here

Available as a private tour, just let me know dates

To book: kate@cultureconnectsa.com WhatsApp/phone +27 (0)72 377 8014

Images: Admin Block ex AECI (De Beers Explosive Works) Baker & Masey 1900 || Ex AECI Power Station 1903 || Culture Connectors 2022 || Old labour compound



May 25
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Somerset West
25 De Beers Avenue
Paardevlei, Western Cape South Africa
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