The following report on the battle of Silkaats Neck by prof Ian Copley, is mainly based on research in British military archives. In the afternoon of the 7th July 1900 the Royal Scots Greys, who were at Derdepoort (between Pretoria and Waterval), started for Silkaats nek to relieve the 1500 men and two batteries at


The building of Hartbeespoort Dam


The greatest single event in the history of the area was the building of the Hartbeespoort Dam. The first dam in the valley between the Magalies Mountain and Witwatersrand (south of the Dam) was build by General Hendrik Schoeman in 1898 and called Sophia Dam, named after his wife. Unfortunately, the engineer who designed the

The building of Hartbeespoort Dam2018-04-08T08:22:00+02:00