Eastern Cape towns
Oviston - Afrikaans name: Oviston
Oviston with Gariep Dam in the background
Oviston is a small town that is located on the southern bank of the Gariep Dam, which was originally called the Hendrik Verwoerd Dam.
The town was originally founded, in the 1960's, as a base for workers that were building the Orange-Fish River Tunnel complex which is used to divert water from the Gariep Dam to help irrigate other parts of the Eastern Cape.
The Oviston Nature Reserve is nearby and is home to a wide variety of mammals. There are two other nature reserves in the vicinity of the Gariep Dam. They are the Gariep Dam Nature Reserve and Tussen-die-Riviere Nature Reserve.
Gariep Dam weather todayGARIEP DAM WEATHER
There are a number of recreational activities available on the dam and river including pleasure cruises, boating and fishing.
Above - Residential street
Above - Oviston
References and further readingThings ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 163
Middleton - Afrikaans name: Middleton
Approaching Middleton from the south
The small hamlet of Middleton was established in 1879 as a stopping point for the train service. Consequently one of the first buildings built was the station. It still exists but is used as a pub today.
Middleton is situated on the banks of the Fish River and the nearest town is Cookhouse.
Above - Old hotel in Middleton
Middleton weather todayMIDDLETON WEATHER
Above - Wild flowers near Middleton
Above - Old Anglican church built in 1903
References and further readingSouthern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 234