farming

Drought Cripples the Central Karoo, 1933

Over the years the Karoo has seen many droughts and, even now despite good rains in the interior, Beaufort West’s Gamka Dam remains empty.  Droughts were reported in 1864, 1877, 1903, 1916, 1925 through to 1928.   The one considered to be the fiercest climaxed in 1933. Known as The Great Drought, it peaked after almost […]

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The Depression in the Karoo: 1933

The worst thing about the Great Drought was that it coincided with the Great Depression – a terrible time for farmers and almost everyone else in the country.   Many farmers left their farms because they could not afford to stay. Animals stood forlornly about without food or water, abandoned by owners who could not afford […]

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