Julia Blackburn, an acclaimed British writer, has chosen to write about the /Xam or as she describes them 'a Bushman or Bushmen group', hunter gatherers who inhabited the Karoo or 'the whole of the central interior of South Africa' hundreds of years ago. They were a people of movement who lived in harmony with the natural environment.



For the first 40 years or so of its existence Alexandra was administered by the Alexandra Health Committee from its building. It was also home to the Peri-Urban Health Board, which managed Alex from 1958 – 1973.