Elands River Siege Site Swartruggens
Saturday, September 23, 2017 - 11:30
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2017 campaign nomination
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North West
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This is the official site of the Elands River Siege which occurred from 4-16 August 1900 (click here to view location on google maps). Australians, Rhodesians and British soldiers faced an epic fight for survival against the bombardment of Boer guerrillas under the command of General De La Rey. 

The site has been neglected by the local municipality. It has become a place for vagrants to sleep during the night, the facilities have completely broken down and vandalism has taken place. No proper care has been taken to manage it and develop it for the tourism market.


The facilities have broken down (Emile Coetzee)


The site is covered in rubbish (Emile Coetzee)


Source: 2017 Endangered Heritage Sites Nomination Form.

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