Gedagte vir die dag…..

Ek is dikwels op my knieë gedryf deur die oorweldigende sekerheid dat ek nêrens elders het om heen te gaan nie.

My eie wysheid, en die van die mense rondom my, het onvoldoende gelyk vir die dag.

(Abraham Lincoln)

Onse Vader

Onse Vader wat in die hemele is,  laat u Naam geheilig word;

laat u koninkryk kom; laat u wil geskied,

soos in die hemel net so ook op die aarde;

gee ons vandag ons daaglikse brood;

en vergeef ons ons skulde,

soos ons ook ons skuldenaars vergewe;

en lei ons nie in versoeking nie,

maar verlos ons van die Bose.

Want aan U behoort die koninkryk

en die krag en die heerlikheid

tot in ewigheid.

Joubertina: Exploring the beauty of Joubertina!

On this page, you will find all kinds of information about Joubertina, the town and its surroundings. If there is anyone who can send an interesting contribution for posting here it would be greatly appreciated. It is worrying that the history and broader picture of an environment can be so easily lost these days. It is true that one can finally place oneself in history in the present and then build a vision for the future that will surpass the past.

Location

Joubertina is a small town located in the heart of the Langkloof which is one of the most famous regions in the cultivation of apples, pears and other deciduous fruit in South Africa. It is the main town of the Langkloof and is located between the Tsitsikamma Mountains and Kouga Mountains in the South Eastern Cape. It borders the Wabooms River on the west side and is in the heart of the Langkloof, a beautiful valley of about 120 km in length. The valley stretches from east to west parallel to the  Plettenberg Bay coastal region with entrance routes at the Potjie Berg, Uniondale on the west side and  Kareedouw on the east side.

History

The raison d’être for the town is mainly due to the fruit farming community. The town was founded in  1907 and was first called ‘Joubertville’, after which it was changed to Joubertina, because the Railway Companies already had a stop in the Karoo with that name, Joubertville. The town is named after the pastor of Uniondale, from whom the congregation branched off. 

This town originated when, after much deliberation and discussion, it seceded from the Uniondale congregation in 1907. Initially, it was decided to move the new congregation to Rev. WA Joubert, to name a former Uniondale pastor who served the Langkloof. However, the name has been changed several times due to objections by, among others, the Department of Railways, viz. Joubertsburg to Joubertsville and finally Joubertina. 

School

The town has an elementary and high school, McLachlan High School. The said school was established in 1912 and named after the first real school principal, Mr Jakobus du Toit McLachlan, who was the father of the famous composer, Philip McLachlan. The school has a total number of about 300 learners in high school and primary school. The school has a boys ‘ and girls’ residence, which is called Huis Badenhorst (boys) and Huis Bester (girls) respectively.

Langkloof

The ‘fertile valley’ located between the Tsitsikamma and Kouga mountains was already on the ‘map’ 200 years before the creation of the two villages. It is said that an expedition leader, one Schrijver, probably gave this valley its name Langkloof.

The Langkloof Valley was originally home to the Bushmen and their petroglyphs and rock shelters are still abundant in the Kouga Mountains and Hurray (meaning ‘lots of water’). A Bushman mummy was recently discovered in the Kouga. Their petroglyphs show that herds of wild donkeys, hartebeest and elephants wandered here centuries ago. The first Europeans entered this area in the late 17th century and the first Europeans only made their appearance in the mid-18th century. Joubertina was initially established to serve as a church centre for the Langkloof Valley.