John A Forbes
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Semi-retired town planner resident in Hillcrest, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa near Durban on the east coast of Africa. Interests include photography, surfing, travelling, geology, architecture, computers, paleoanthropology and last but not least rugby. Father's family came from Aberdeen in Scotland, hence the Scottish interest!!

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We did an event in Fourways this weekend and drove past this impressive "house" on our way to our accommodation. We were so intrigued and determined to find our who lives there, but not even the guard at our lodge knew. When I looked into the matter, I also read on the Mail and Guardian website that Sisa Ngebulana owns a R55-million house in Chartwell, which boasts a nine-hole golf course... So wondering now, is it a home or a hotel...

See comment with close-up photo of Dwyka tillite

This photo was indeed taken in an old quarry that was probably used by the original constructors of Darlington Dam. The location on the satelite photo is correct. Jansenville was chosen by Panoramio. It is 54 km to the North west of the dam and upstream from it. The nearest town is Kirkwood which is 34km ( as the crow flies ) downstream of the dam. Kirkwood is a prosperous citrus growing area that benefits from irrigation water indirectly from this dam.

Some History :

How water from the Lesoto highlands finds its way to Port Elizabeth :

Hi Tikhon, Thank you for posting this site on the web. How did you manage to take it, from a light plane or a helicopter? Best wishes, John Привет Тихон, Спасибо за регистрацию на сайте в Интернете. Как вам удалось взять его, от легкого самолета или вертолета? С наилучшими пожеланиями, Джон

John, I'm contacting you from Handmade Communications in JHB. We would like to use this photo for a UNOPS publication to do with ORASECOM (see Please email me on to make arrangements Kind regards Liz

The cattle kraal and the underpass beneath the fence for cattle and goats can clearly be seen in this photo. The chicken run is not obvious, while the fire pool is hidden. The under construction structures on the far left and lower center are apparently now completed (March 2014).

Hi JC, Thanks for your comments and like!! Best wishes, John

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