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Spoke to Vinnige Fanie, another old timer, he recalls this draining of the walls and reckons it was in 1981, to extend the lifespan of the buildings by another 20 years....

Interesting bit of history....
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How this could all have been so different...

Was listening this morning, how another three Oranjemund families, with more than 100 years combined in Oranjemund are set to leave to retire in other towns in Namibia and South Africa.

I know that four years back these people were considering "buying" their mine houses and staying in town , but due to endless delays and red tape have decided to move on...

This is sad and as mentioned before, more millions that would have stayed in town and the local economy flowing out...

 notfair
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Things I Remember About Oranjemund! / Re: Kolmanskop
« Last post by Michael Alexander on February 22, 2018, 11:58:34 AM »
Thanks for that Leon.

There is a German lady in town, originally from Swakopmund. As a child during the school holiday's, she and her sister could decided to visit grandparents who lived in Kolmanskuppe or family that lived on a farm.

They always chose Kolmanskuppe. This was in the 50's. 

She told me a few tales and reckons that she has a box full of old photographs from her parents era. Nobody wants them , so on one of her return trips from Swakop she will bring them over to me to scan...

Looking  forward to this...
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I sorted of inherited the late Jim Reid's Masonic Bible and of interest to some of you old timers would the signatures of old Oranjemunders.

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The Photograph Board! / Re: Various from the 50's
« Last post by Michael Alexander on February 22, 2018, 11:04:23 AM »
I only saw these photographs now..... fascinating to see the Rec Club hall and Casey's back then...
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Things I Remember About Oranjemund! / Re: Zharkov Lillie
« Last post by Michael Alexander on February 21, 2018, 04:14:56 PM »
This it's the son he is referring to
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I was with Jacques Kemp, Mark and Shaun Krige the other evening, they kept on talking about the rollerskating baan, after my time though, being an old toppie and all!   notfair
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I am sure here are some guys/girls that remember the roller-skating ring we had in oranjemund, because they can remember stuff that happened in the late 40's and 50's... can't be to hard then... Please is there anybody out there with photo's
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Last night I had the opportunity to point out to Israel the drainage holes that we find around the base of the houses in Oranjemund.

I explained to him that sometime in the late 70's or early 80's the houses in Oranjemund were past their initial shelf life and were starting to experience severe damp. So in order to extend the lifespan of the houses, CDM brought in a contractor to drill holes around the base of the buildings in town.

I recall as a child seeing them perform this at our house, rows of little tubes sticking out of the walls with a suction pumps draining moisture...

Afterwards, the house was painted and holes covered...

The mine had managed to extend the lifespan of their houses...

What I cannot recall , was what was the exact year that this exercise was performed? 

It must be more than thirty years ago......
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Oranjemund Bush Telegraph! / Homeless Folk Sleeping in Post Office!
« Last post by Michael Alexander on February 21, 2018, 08:36:43 AM »
 Well the real world is slowly catching up.......

Two homeless chaps were sleeping on the bench at the Post Boxes, one under his blanket, shoes tucked nicely away next to him , the other sitting upright against the wall....

A beggar is also currently hanging around the ATM at Bank Windhoek begging from people....

"For the Times are a Changing".....
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