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Tuesday, November 02, 2004

Huguenot Tunnel

Cape Town is surrounded by mountains and the only way out was over or around them.

That of course was the problem until in 1984 work began on the Huguenot Tunnel.

The tunnel was completed in 1986 and was taken into use.

At the time two tunnels were built, with only the southern one being used for traffic.

Some interesting things are happening in the northern tunnel.

Read all about it in the new Turtle Essays Ezine which can be found at

There appears to be a row brewing over the name of the tunnel.

The tunnel was named after the Huguenots who escaped from persecution in France and came to to the Cape and established the wine industry in the Stellenbosch, Franschhoek areas of the Cape.

These days politics in South Africa dictate that everything that was named by the previous government has to be changed and given a new name.

In this instance they want to change the name of the tunnel to the Dullah Omar tunnel in honour of the transport minister who died recently.

Why change names if it is not necessary. Build new things and honour people that way.

What do you think?

Geoff Fairman



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