Swellendam a republic with a mission to celebrate the good life!

With thanks to Natasha Bezuidenhout (excerpt from the article published Cape Argus 22 Jun 2011) ‘Swellendam has renamed itself the New Republic of ‘community, unity, love, art, music, good food and beauty’ – 216 years after it was first declared a republic. Johan Kriek, curator of the Drostdy Museum in Swellendam, said the first time the town was declared a republic, disgruntled farmers marched in protest against the government of the Dutch East India Company, which was in control of the Cape. “In 1795, National Commandant Petrus Jacobus Delport and 60 farmers marched to Magistrate Faure because they were disgruntled ...
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