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Ebenhaezer Dutch Reform Mission Church 027 201 3376
The Rhenish Missionary Associate was one of many International Missionary Associations which came to do missionary work in South Africa. The ‘Vereinigten Rheinischen Mission Gesellschaft’ was founded on 23 September 1828. Ebenhaezer Missionary Station was taken over with the withdrawal of the Rhenish Missionary in 1890 by the domestic Missionary Associate of the NG Church. Ebenhaezer originally means ‘Stone of help’ and is overall known as “The Lord has helped us thus far” (1 Sam 7:12). The community was under the leadership of the church until the Ebenhaezer Transitional Council was established to incorporate Ebenhaezer to be managed by a Municipal Council as a sanctuary of a bigger area.
Elandskloof 022 921 2422 / 082 649 5824
In 1881 the Dutch Reformed Church purchased the land and a missionary station was established 13km from Citrusdal. In 1961 the church sold the land to a farmer and the inhabitants were scattered over the Western Cape after being a self-sufficient community for almost a century. After the change of government in 1994 and the new land reform policy, the struggle started for the Elandskloof people to get their rightful land back. In 1996 they succeeded and the children and grandchildren of the Elandsklowers began the great trek back to their heritage.
Goedverwacht Moravian Church 022 913 2063
Goedverwacht was established in 1881 as a Moravian Mission station. The land originally belonged to a widowed farmer, Hendrik Schalk Burger. After the emancipation of slaves, his slave Maniesa (originally from Bengal, India), her five children and son-in-law stayed on the farm and took care of him until his death. Maniesa and her children inherited the farm with the instructions that when all her children had died; their descendants should sell the farm and divide the proceeds. The farm was sold to the Moravian Missionaries for 750 Pounds. Goedverwacht is situated in a fertile valley and boasts beautiful historical buildings, including a Mission store and water mill, an Arts & Crafts centre and overnight accommodation.
Mamre Moravian Church 021 576 1134 (09:00-12:00)
In 1701 the Governor of the Cape, Willem Adriaan van der Stel established a military and cattle post in the area to protect the European settlers’ cattle from theft by the KhoiKhoi people. In 1808 the region was transferred to the Moravian Missionaries, Kohyrhammer and Schmidt from Germany. In time a thriving mission station was established. All the buildings dating from this period have been restored and declared National Monuments in 1967.
Papendorp 027 201 3376
The small settlement of Papendorp is situated overlooking the Olifants River Estuary with a lovely view over the river mouth. The wetlands and river boast a huge variety of bird species. The people of Papendorp derive their livelihood from fishing in the estuary and from gathering salt at the nearby salt pans. Remnants of the old reed-and-mud houses where the fishermen dwelled in the past as well as the rustic little church overlooking the river mouth, can still be seen.
Troe-Troe (Zending & Mission Of The Little Flower), Vanrhynsdorp 027 219 1552
The Troe-Troe Zending (‘Mission’) dates back to the completion of the Trutro homestead in 1751. More than 120 years later the Troe-Troe artefacts and ecofact.
Rietpoort Catholic Church 027 642 5000 /219 1552
Rietpoort was established by Dutch Catholic Missionary, Father Cornelius van der Westeinde who arrived here in 1913. He spent his first 18 months here in a cave outside the town. His first ministry was in the open air before a church was built. The beautiful cathedral was inaugurated in 1937 and Mass is still celebrated from 6pm every day.
Vergenoeg Catholic Church, Vredendal 027 201 3376
On 15 September 1935 Reverend Archambaud bought the farm Vergenoeg and established a school on it. Four years later, after secession from the Vanrhynsdorp congregation, the Mission Station was handed over to Reverend H Klein. Soon the school became too crowded for church services and funds were raised for a church building. On 3 July 1953 the construction of the church was started and on 2 December 1956 the church was inaugurated. It is an architectural jewel with towers that can be seen from afar and can be used as a venue for weddings - contact the nuns at the mission.
Wittewater Moravian Church 022 912 4207
German Moravian missionaries established Wittewater (‘White Waters’) in the early part of the 19th century. The village nestles on the slopes of the Piketberg Mountain and was run as a single unit with the Goedverwacht Mission, which is situated close by. The original whitewashed and thatched houses had fallen into disrepair but are now being restored.
Wuppertal Moravian Mission 027 492 3410
Wupperthal is situated about 75km from the town Clanwilliam in the remote Tra-Tra valley on the edge of the Cederberg Wilderness Area. The town dates back to 1830 and was established by German Rhenish missionaries, Baron Theobold Von Wurmb and Johann Gottlieb Leipoldt, a shoemaker by trade and grandfather of famous South African poet, Louis Leipoldt. Attractions in the village include a shoe factory established by Leipoldt to create work and still in operation as well as a Rooibos Tea factory, which is operational during summer months. The historical church building, workshops and school can also be viewed. Wupperthal boasts a popular off road 4x4 route and is a haven for those interested in hiking and biking.