Today’s topic for the 10 facts section of Running Wolf’s Rant is my old hometown of Louis Trichardt. I finished school here in 1995 and have lived in Pretoria for the past 13-14 years. I still have family living there. I must admit that there’s nothing wrong with the town, it’s just too small and too hot in the summer. I do have fond memories of growing up there though.
Here are some facts about Louis Trichardt:
- The town was founded in 1899 by Carolus Trichardt (who named the town after his father, Louis Trichardt)
- The town is located 110 km North of Polokwane (the capital of Limpopo province in South Africa and 2010 FIFA World Cup host city) and 370 km North from Pretoria (the capital of South Africa) at the foot of the Soutpansberg mountains.
- About 10,000 people live in Louis Trichardt proper and about 270,000 people live in the greater municipal area of Makhado (under which the town falls) which includes former homeland areas (Gazankulu and Venda).
- Louis Trichardt gets its water from the nearby Albasini dam (located about 40 km East of the town).
- The Makhado Air Force Base (former Air Force Base Louis Trichardt) is unofficially known as “Fighter Town RSA”, is the most modern Airforce base in South Africa and is also the country’s Northern-most Airforce base. It was opened in 1987.
- The Hanglip mountain (a prominent landmark near the town) is 1,719 meters high and is the home of the Extreme 19th, the highest and longest par 3 golf hole in the world.
- Louis Trichardt proper was known as Makhado from 2003 to 2007. 51 organizations representing 80,000 residents of the area won an appeal case to reverse the name change in 2007.
- Fort Hendrina is a collapsible fort which is displayed nearby the Makhado municipal buildings in Louis Trichardt. It was used during 1887 as protection for 25 artillery men and later 100 mounted police.
- The first school North of the Vaal River in South Africa was established in Louis Trichardt.
- Schoemansdal was the European earliest settlement in the district (dating back to the 1830s). The old town is now an open air museum located +/- 20 km West of the town.
Hope you have found this insightful. Watch this space for regular updates in the Facts, Technology, Sport, Babes, Photography and Opinion categories. If I’ve left out anything important about Louis Trichardt, please comment on this post.