|Nieu Bethesda in the media|
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Articles about Nieu Bethesda have appeared in several national magazines and newspapers. We've trawled the archives and found just a few of the many articles written about Nieu Bethesda.
Stones, Bones and Meerkats
Like many other Karoo farmers, JP Steynberg has ‘fossil eyes’. Back in 2000, as the estate agent was showing him around Ganora Farm near Nieu-Bethesda, JP spotted a thick band of fossil-rich mudstone beside the clear Wilge River and promised himself a closer look. He bought Ganora – and now he can study the fossils in the veld at his leisure. Read more
Irresistible Nieu Bethesda
South Africa’s favourite dorp is as changeable as light through the proverbial spinning crystal. Villages such as Nieu Bethesda are always in flux. Read more...
Nieu Bethesda - eternally unchanging
One of South Africa's favourite dorps, Nieu Bethesda, is in a state of flux - but, as Peter Frost discovered, the more it changes, the more it stays the same. Read more...
Donkey Carts are the cleanest way to travel
3 March 2009
Every now and then you stumble across an idea that is so simple it stops you in your tracks. Such as as travelling by donkey cart. Imagine seeing the world slide by at a somnambulant five kilometres clip-clop an hour. In a world gone mad for speed, that would be bliss. Add points if yours is the only vehicle on the road. Read more...
The Evolution of Helen’s Dorp
A long-time fan of Nieu-Bethesda, Stef Porter stopped by to check out what's new - and not!
Not that much has changed in Nieu-Bethesda since a group of local farmers got together in 1875 and petitioned to set up a church closer than the one in Graaff-Reinet (then a sevenhour ride away). If you ask residents why their town remains undeveloped, they'll most probably tell you it's because of critical mass; there just aren't the numbers to support even small changes, much less major infrastructural ones. This, despite the fact that Helen Martins' Owl House makes it one of the most visited dorps in the country. Ask those same residents if the lack of progress is a good or bad thing and you'll have an evening-long debate on your hands. Read more...