The manne of the Groot Gariep are woedend (pissed off). As Stromtrooper, a dyslexic member of 4x4community.co.za, posted yesterday, the bridge over the Orange at Kakamas is stukkend (broken, see below). It has been closed, necessitating a 41Km diversion on a bad gravel road for denizens of Keimoes to get to the Kalahari Sushi Bar.
Is nature trying to send Kakamas a message? It certainly looks that way after the Pinotage Association produced a Pinotage Guide last month which excluded the Orange River – five wineries and not even a map. There’s a listing for Ses’Fikile, Re’Mogo and M’Hudi but nothing for Kakamas, Keimoes, Grootdrink, Groblershoop or even Upington winery. And when the bridge is working, the ouens would drive 900Km south for a meeting of the Pinotage Association! Now the Pinotage Association will have to source their own skilpadjies! The Guide was paid for by ABSA – a bank nicknamed Big Red – which is why the cover was red. Now red from embarrassment seems a better explanation.
Orange River Pinotage also gets the cold shoulder from the Platter sighted wine guide 2012 with visualizer Dave Biggs suspiciously silent about the Pinotage 2011 shown below. Dave has no excuse as his nifty scooter could easily navigate the Kakamas Krak.