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TODAY IN KIMBERLEY’S HISTORY 3 SEPTEMBER

UPDATED: 03/09/2020

3 September 1976, Black pupils march on the Transvaal Road police station.
3 September 1997, South Africa’s first Ghost Trail launched officially.

Pupils from three schools march on police station

The 1970s was a time of turmoil both politically and economically in Kimberley. 1976 was the year of the youth as the black townships erupted against apartheid across the country and fuelled the fires of economic hardship. The unrest that swept Soweto and the rest of South Africa from June 16 onwards only reached Kimberley in September, when scholars from St Boniface, Tshireleco and Barkly Road High rebelled against the system. Over 500 pupils marched on the Transvaal Rd police station on 3 September, while on the days 7 to 9 September the police baton-charged and tear-gassed the pupils around the various affected townships. There were no deaths during these engagements.

3 September 1976, Black pupils march on the Transvaal Road police station.
3 September 1997, South Africa’s first Ghost Trail launched officially.

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On Wednesday 3 September 1997 the original Kimberley Ghost tour was started by the then Director of Kimberley Tourism, Johann van Schalkwyk, and local guide/historian Steve Lunderstedt. The only ghost tour at that time in South Africa was the tour of Sammy Marks’ house in Pretoria, a visit with a meal. On a fact-finding mission, the two Kimberlites were impressed with the history and the food, but not with the ghosts!

Based on what was learned from the Sammy Marks experience, plus Steve Lunderstedt going on two different Edinburgh ghost tours and a Jack the Ripper tour in London, the Kimberley ghost tour was launched. It is the first such ghost tour in South Africa, and incorporates local history as well as true stories of the paranormal. The duration of the tour is between four and six hours and is done at night.

Thus the Kimberley Ghost Tour has entered its 23rd year.
Pictured are Lunderstedt and van Schalkwyk at the launch in 1997.

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Steve Lunderstedt & Johann Van Schalkwyk

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