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Paardevlei Social History SOLD OUT

December 2, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


This area is full history and gradual changes. The buildings and landscape are highly maintained in one part, and in another unused and overgrown. 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.

There is Herbert Baker and Francis Massey architecture in one section and old abandoned hostels in the other.

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 too many more changes.

Saturday 2 December 2023

10am to 12h30

R350 per person; pre 20 Nov R260 early bird payment

Meet and finish at: Lorenzo Marx Coffee Bar Paardevlei

25 De Beers Avenue


Somerset West

Do join Timothy 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



December 2, 2023
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Kate Crane Briggs
+27 72 377 8014
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Somerset West
25 De Beers Avenue
Paardevlei, Western Cape South Africa
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