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From: R Wat <>
Subject: Re: [ZA-EC] SA's oldest monument vandalised again
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2008 07:50:44 +0000
On our recent visit to South Africa I was struck by how impossible it now is to get access to local churches due to theft and vandalism. In the UK when we visited areas formerly roamed by ancestors, all but one of the churches (although all in rural and often remote areas) had been left open for anyone to enter.
No such luck during our family history tour of South Africa. Barbed wire and high fences as well as locked doors meant we had difficulty in getting anywhere near. I could not help of thinking of a poem we learnt at school about 'Hedges', which questioned what they were keeping in and what they were keeping out.
Not only is the barbed wire etc keeping the vandals out, but is also extremely effective in ensuring that the Churches barely fit the functions they were orginally built for....
> From: > To: > Date: Sun, 24 Aug 2008 22:28:42 +0200> Subject: [ZA-EC] SA's oldest monument vandalised again> > Daily Dispatch, East London, Eastern Cape> 23 August 2008> By David MacGregor, Port Alfred Bureau> http://www.dispatch.co.za/article.aspx?id=240507> [Check link for pic]