Joco worked here in Oranjemund in the 60's
and has contributed the following very interesting photographs
"At the beginning of 1960 it was
decided to discontinue with having all the fuel delivered on tankers
by road but from offshore.A well, I think Dutch company, very experienced
for pipe lines won the contract to lay an appr.1 mile supply line
into the sea.Right from the beginning a few of us,members of the
cine club, recorded the complete construction on 8mm film with
sound.The full length of the pipe line was put on trolleys on the
shore,heavily insolated.When finaly completed the pipe line was
pulled behind a plough into the sea.The constructors nearly went
bankrupt due to the strong current and the pulling ship loosing
one ancor after the other. I do not know what hapened to film.I
con not remember that all the hundreds of meter film were cut and
synchronised,as done with the 5o minute film we took of the town
and the mine.(From the flight to Alexader airport right a tour
of the town and the mine to the final show a days production.)
The film was synchronised and firstly produced to a number of visitors,members
of the international mining congress that year in Johannesburg.
There were quite a few secrets and roumors around this pipe line.
I take it that the fuel tanks (photo enclosed) are no longer needed,no
more such a thirst of diesel for all the earth moving vehicles
and power station.What can you tell me?"
The Tank Farm has been demolished and the Fuel for the mine and town
is now delivered by road. I believe the area under the Tank Farm
was mined for diamonds.
As a Kid in
the 70's , the Hydroponics was mystical kinda place. Strictly
off limits, but always captivating, the garden of Eden for Oranjemund.
Joco has submitted the following.
are a few photos taken of what we used to call the "White
Elephant ". -Joco
Hydroponics in Oranjemund
The Beds inside the tunnels.
Inside the Greenhouse
Tall Tomato Plants.
in the desert.
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