Genadendal

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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Tourist bro­chures speak about Genadendal as a ‘must do’ when in Greyton. The quaint little his­tor­ical vil­lage just six kilo­metres out­side of Greyton is described as the old­est Moravian mis­sion vil­lage on the con­tin­ent, never mind South Africa, and as a vil­lage ‘frozen in the past’ with streets of gor­geously neat little thatched white-walled cottages.
Genadendal is ’n dorp in die Wes-Kaap (Suid-Afrika). Dit is amper anderhalf uur van die Kaap af op die platteland in die Overbergstreek
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This descrip­tion is partly true — the care­fully main­tained his­tory and build­ings are beau­ti­ful. Some of them date back as far as 1738 and a visit here is def­in­itely worth it to soak up the his­tory of this mis­sion­ary town. But what descrip­tions don’t include is that to reach the care­fully main­tained his­tor­ical build­ings, you have to drive through the abject poverty that is Genadendal’s outly­ing community.

Long forgotten home
At the centre of Genadendal are the remains of a mis­sion­ary vil­lage, star­ted by Georg Schmidt, a German mis­sion­ary of the Moravian Church, an evan­gel­ical Protestant denom­in­a­tion, who came here to evan­gel­ise among the Khoi people so many years ago.
The people here are proud of their his­tory, and the beau­ti­fully pre­served build­ings in tra­di­tional Cape style sur­roun­ded by oak trees are really worth seeing.
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