you think you're going to see old Venter
family photos only, think again. Here
are some other "interesting" photos too.
The term "Old Family Photos" in this
context refers to old photos that I
have, taken by my family. Several
took these photos of Sebokeng, when the
town was being built during the late
1960's and early 1970's. I was still a
very young kid at the time and did not
understand what is being done. Photos
may also include Evaton and Boipatong/Bophelong.
These photos are unique. This is the
first time that I am sharing them. By
the way, I own the copyright on these
photos... I don't mind you using them,
as long as you give me credit against
the photos you use, by stating "Obtained
from Christo Venter @
with limited permission".
on a photo to see a larger view...
This is a photo taken from the
Ditabaneng Bottle Store's 1st floor
(Zone 13), Sebokeng. As you can see,
nothing yet. The town is still being
prepared. Many Black people have already
been relocated to surrounding areas.
People were relocated from Meyerton, De
Deur, Vereeniging area etc. It was not a
nice time. Even today, there are graves
in Meyerton, belonging to the Black
community. Very dilapidated, last that
I've seen. Not sure whether it is still
there. And the oak tree, where the
community beer hall was, still stood
until very recently. Today, the area is
an industrial area. As an Afrikaner, I
believe this should somehow be given
back to the original occupants, just
like we wanted our life back from the
English, after the Boer War.
This is a photo of the road towards the
Ditabaneng Bottle Store. "Hard" liquor
as well as sorghum beer were sold here.
The Sorghum beer was later branded as
"Big S" beer. I still have some of the
This photo was taken from the top floor
of the Ditabaneng Bottle Store. This is
where the Sorghum Beer vessels were
kept. There were three stainless steel
vessels, but I cannot remember how many
hectolitres each contained.
This photo is also taken from the top
floor at the Ditabaneng Bottle Store. As
you can see, lots of little matchbox
houses are now visible.
This is the photo of the Ditabaneng
Bottle Store garden. You may ask why so
many photos of this place? My dad used
to manage it (as well as several other
outlets). This was his attempt to at
least make the place representable for
This is a photo, taken by my dad, of me,
standing in the Ditabaneng Bottle Store
I can't remember the name of this
outlet. I think it was called Bophelong.
Anyway, this was located a couple of
kilometres from the then Administration
Head Offices, on the road towards
Vanderbijlpark, and was located in an
area where migrant men were housed, also
known as "hostels". (Kept is probably a
This might be the view from another side
of Ditabaneng Bottle Store. I can't
remember. However, most outlets were
built exactly the same, from the same
This is a photo of an outlet in Zone 11,
in Sebokeng. Only sorghum beer was sold
here. On the first floor, the stainless
steel vessel containing the beer, is
visible. You can see me next to the
A photo of another liquor outlet.
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