Trading post and memories

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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Victoria West (Afrikaans: Victoria-Wes) is a town in the central Karoo region of South Africa’s Northern Cape province
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The town was laid out on the bank of the Brakrivier watercourse in 1843, when the Dutch Reformed Church bought the farm Zeekoegat from a local farmer. It was named Victoria in 1844, after Queen Victoria, though amended to Victoria West in 1855 to distinguish it from an Eastern Cape district.

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Francois du Toit “Mannetjies” Roux (born 12 April 1939) is a former South African rugby player.
According to legend, he got his nickname (originally “Mannetjie”, Afrikaans for little man) from a domestic worker, who apparently found his cockiness quite amusing. The “s” at the end was added only much later by his wife. The addition of the “s” is affectionate. During a conversation, Mannetjies referred to the house in Victoria West where he played as a young boy. The high stoep (porch) around the house made the domestic worker to warn him with “Mannetjie pasop dat jy nie daar afval nie” (“Mannetjie watch out that you don’t fall down from there”).

This photo was taken in Victoria West:The Victoria Trading post houses plenty of unusual memorabillia and interesting souvenirs of former Springbok rugby player, Mannetjies Roux.
When asking the woman in the shop if they serve any food, she answered: “Nee Meneer, ons is nie so ingewikkeld nie. Ons het net pasteie en broodjies!” (No Sir, we are not so complicated, we only have pastries and sandwiches!)
Homemade pies, cooked and fresh afval as well as ginger beer is also available. On the shelves you will find a variety of jams and bottled fruit as well as fantastic biltong and droëwors.

Memorabilia is on sale from the Mannetjies Roux museum which forms part of the shop. The Mannetjies Roux museum is dedicated to his private collection of rugby memorabilia and his historic contribution to the game. Mannetjies’ claim to fame in the rugby world is that he was capped no fewer than twenty seven times, six of these at wing and twenty one times at centre, scoring six tries.

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