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Living traces of Bosman's legend

By unknown | Apr 20, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Real estate that is as South African as koeksisters and biltong will come under the hammer at Aucor's next multi-property auction in Pretoria.

In name alone the Abjaterskop Hotel recalls fond memories of the legendary folk tales of Herman Charles Bosman.

Were it not for Bosman's richly textured stories, narrated by inimitable characters like Oom Schalk Lourens, the Marico wouldn't have the pulling power it has today.

Built 23 years ago on the site of the old Zeerust drive-in, Abjaterskop Hotel had a humble start with 20 rooms.

Because of Bosman's immortal stories, advertising isn't really necessary for hotel manager Naomi Erasmus.

"This place sells itself," Eramus said. "All I do is sit on the stoep and wait for the clients to come to me."

Its growing popularity led the hotel to expand to 35 double rooms, five family rooms, 10 rondavels, a guest house, and a caravan park.

"Altogether 110 heads can find peaceful, comfortable bed rest," Erasmus said.

Situated on 16ha of land, the hotel is a virtual bushveld mecca of conferencing grandeur. It boasts five rooms that can accommodate 20, 70, 250, 25 or 40 people. Erasmus uses a sixth conference facility for an office.

Located 1,5km outside Zeerust on North West's Platinum Highway to Botswana and 68km from Mmabathu, this landmark venue has a constant 70percent occupancy rate and an unshakeable foothold in government conferences.

Erasmus said: "It's with a heavy heart that we're selling. It's homely, rustic and romantic."

Also in Zeerust, a building housing a Spur restaurant, a vacant stand and a private residence will go to the highest bidder.

At the same auction will be a nature reserve in Klaserie, the Magaliespark Golf and River Estate, seven townhouses in Vaalwater, a luxury apartment and commercial property.

The auction will be held at Wingate Park Country Club on Thursday. - Eugene Goddard


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