8 June 2019
Project Legendary Foods
Eben van Tonder
I moved to Jhb for work three months ago. I joined a very special company called Van Wyngaardt. The mission of the company is very simple, to create legendary foods and our pay-off line, created by Etienne, is “Exceedingly Good Meat.”
A massive Tswana City on Suikerbosrand
Last weekend I did a 12km hike at the Suikerbosrand Nature reserve 60km outside Johannesburg, past Heidelberg on the way to Durban. I was browsing the web for interesting information on the area and learned of a massive Tswana city which was located here. I made contact with Talfrein Harris whos friend, Stephen Banhegyi, worked on the site for his master’s thesis. They could not take me out to the site this weekend, but I was back early this morning to see what I can find.
As I hiked up a path this morning, I suddenly realized that I was on the edge of many of the stone structures.
From my reading on the web, I learned that the city was massive! 10km long and 2km wide. By comparison, Mesopotamia was only 2km in diameter. Friday evenings I am watching on Discovery how new technology, called Lidar is used to see through the vegetation using laser lights which helps researchers to recreate the world of the Maya civilization. The exact same technology is being used at the site on the Suikerbosrand.
There were many large Tswane cities scattered along the northern parts of South Africa until the 1820’s when they collapsed in the Difeqane Civil wars. Archeologists use the building style to estimate its creation around the late 1400’s AD the city is believed to have been abandoned around the second half of the 1800s with between 750 and 850 homesteads in the city.