JOUBERTíS PASS

Lady Grey

RED LETTER DAY FOR LADY GREY

JOUBERTís PASS OPENING CEREMONY - FARMERSí COMMENDABLE ENTERPRISE

(By Our Special Correspondent)

Lady Grey, 18th Dec.

 

It has of course been a matter of general knowledge that a syndicate of seven Ė members of three families only Ė have been making a wagon road over the mountain between Lady Grey and the farms Helvellyn, Olympus, Ossa and Pelion, all situated in the New England portion of the Lady Grey sub-district.

Invitations to witness the formal opening of the mountain pass were issued for the 17th December 1914. The idea was that parties from both sides should meet at the highest point of the road at 10 a.m., perform the opening ceremony, partake of refreshments, and return home by noon.†† This programme was carried out punctually.

From the Lady Grey side a start was made from the Central Hotel at 08:10.† A procession of spiders, carts and buggies tackled the pass with some misgivings as to the state the road would be in after the recent heavy rains.† To everybodyís surprise the road, though heavy in places, was in excellent condition and, considering the nature of the road, good time was made, the summit being reached in a little over an hour and a half.† A large party of ladies and gentlemen awaited our arrival and made us welcome.† As soon as the horses were out spanned, Mr. C.W.R. Duk took a snapshot of the company present.† Then, as no time could safely be wasted, in view of the weather, Mr. Duk, Assistant Resident Magistrate, extended a hearty welcome to those present on behalf of the gentlemen, farmers in the district, who were responsible for the execution of the splendid bit of work we were met together to formally open.

Letters regretting their inability to attend and congratulating the syndicate and district on the completion of the work were read from Messrs. Welsh, C.C. & R.M of Aliwal North, N.E. Smuts and A Sutherland.

 

HOW THE ROAD WAS MADE

Mr. Duk then told how that the idea of making this mountain road ďand first supervised road partyĒ [editors interpretation] access to which had been difficult in the past, as also an object lesson to them as to what could be done by a well organised and duly supervised road party.† The ratepayers had repeatedly petitioned the Council to abolish the contract system and introduce that of road parties.

The Council, for lack of actual experience and observation, had been afraid to grant the petitions of their constituents, and now that an opportunity was given the members to actually see for themselves what the possibilities of road parties were, they had no sufficient public spirit to take advantage of that as light.

 

EXPENSE OF TIME AND TROUBLE

Forty years or so ago a survey was made to carry a road over Burnet to Gairtney from Lady Grey Nek.† It was then estimated that such a road would cost between five and six thousand pounds.† At that time the route they had travelled today was considered an impossible one Ė only fit for baboons.† In fact yet the most difficult part of the road, a length of six miles, was constructed for the sum of £1156 10s and a further six miles or so for £50.† As an instance of loyalty to plighted faith and in spite of the times he took leave to say that the enterprise of the syndicate would take some beating.† He was sure all present would agree with him on regretting the absence of the Joubert Brothers, Danie, Johannes and Giel, to whose good work we were all indebted today.† Helvellyn, once fifty miles by road from Lady Grey, was now only seven and Ossa fifteen instead of thirty-five.† He once more thanked all most heartily for their presence and would now call upon Mr. Lilford to formally open the road under the name of ďJoubertís Pass.Ē

 

OPENING CEREMONY

Mr. A.W. Lilford, Mayor of Lady Grey, gave a neat little speech, in the course of which he congratulated the sub-district and Lady Grey on possessing a class of farmer that relied upon their own exertions, instead of running to government† (the Ou Ma of olden days, now passed for ever one hopes) to alleviate the unfavourable conditions under which some of them were placed, alluded to the extensive and beautiful views to be enjoyed from the top of Joubertís Pass and spoke of the asset to the town the new road was sure to be.† A Work had been completed for the sum of 1206 pounds 10s which, according to the latest Government survey, would have cost 6000 pounds.† He had much pleasure in declaring the road open (here he cut the ribbon) and congratulated all interested upon the occasion.

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Rev. Wolhuter then said a few words and prayed for the success of the road.† Oom Dantje in a few humorous words, told how that by listening to Lady Grey rumours he had nearly gone home again on the previous day, regretted the absence of his colleagues in Council, and expressed his pleasure at having been able to attend.

Three cheers were given for the Jouberts and horses were inspanned and the company dispersed.†

The Ladies were exceedingly hospitable and provided eats in such vast quantities that, consequently much of the supplies had to be carried home.† At least 80 Ladies and Gentlemen were present.

The air on top of the mountain is most inspiring, having much the same effect as champagne.† The return drive was most enjoyable, the foremost carriages arriving in Lady Grey at 11:40 am.

 

 

 

 

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One of the highest mountain passes in

South-Africa

The mountains around Lady Grey are called the Witteberg† (White Mountains) for they are often capped with snow during winter.† They are part of the Drakensberg mountain range (dragon mountain) and form the ďtail of the dragonĒ.

Before the existence of Joubertís pass, farmers on the New England side of Witteberg Mountain had to take a long detour to get to Lady Grey.† Seven farmers of which five had the surname Joubert decided that enough was enough, took†† up their implements and proceeded to construct a wagon† road as they saw fit. This passage through the mountains was built using manual labour only.

They ended up with one of the highest mountain passes in

South Africa. The opening ceremony took place on 17 December 1914.† The following is an extract from the Northern Post dated 20 December 1914.

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