The Free State, with its large dams including Gariep
, continues to store the biggest volumes of water at 12890.8 cubic metres.
He was launched in a Jonker JS-1 Revelation from Gariep
Dam Airfield in the centre of the country but crashed soon after.
But on Monday he chose to fly alone with plans to glide for over five hours to celebrate his 60th birthday and was launched from the airfield next to the Gariep
Dam after dawn.
Although the waters of the dam can appear a little 'turbid' water visibility in many areas is actually fairly reasonable, due in part to the filtering effect of the Gariep
Dam, located further upstream on the same Orange River system.
Although permanent settlement of these arid regions would not prove possible until the borehole and windmill technologies of the late nineteenth century permitted the tapping of groundwater (Archer 2000: 683), pastoralist groups adopted nomadic strategies to take advantage of periodic grazing availability; the resources of the Orange (Gariep
) River and the societies beyond it also attracted the attention of a wide range of colonial agents, missionaries, traders and stock farmers (Penn 1995).
Floris vertel stories oor die Gariep
. "Daarvandaan le die land oop, en alles is vry" (287).
Distribution: Laccocoris limicola was originally described from Gariep
(Northern Cape Province) and Limpopo, South Africa (Stal 1855).
So like any sane British person would, my Beloved and I decided to spread the epic drive from the Cape to Johannesburg over two days and break the journey by staying overnight at Gariep
Dam in the Free State, just over halfway.
Therefore, we averaged the daily minimum and maximum temperatures and total monthly rainfall from 5 weather stations in Free State (Bloemfontein, Kroonstad, Welkom, Fauresmith, and Gariep
Dam) and 4 weather stations in Northern Cape (Kimberley, Prieska, De Aar, and Noupoort) (South African Weather Service, pers.
SASAS (South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences) Conference Proceedings, Gariep
Dam, South Africa, 20-22 September 2010.
A psychological process towards eventual healing is described via physical journeys (first to the Richtersveld and then through West Africa), a focus on the stoniness of the land, on rivers (first the Orange or "Great Gariep
", and later the Niger), living "above" and "below" ground (the poet as wife versus the poet as as writer).