Charge: Members under 60: R395 Members 60 & over: R340 (present ID book)
Non-members under 60: R445 Non-members 60 & over: R390 (present ID book)
Deposit: A 50% non-refundable deposit is required on booking. The balance is payable by 31 October.
Included: Return trip on cableway, two-course meal at Hero's Cableway Grill House and Pizzeria at foot of cableway (starter and mains or mains and dessert), excursion leader and ArchSoc fee. Drinks are for own account.
Bring: Hat, sunglasses, water, rain gear
Directions: Harties Cableway is situated on Plot 3, Melodie, Hartbeespoort (tel. 012 253 9910), about 45 minutes from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. Coming into Hartbeespoort from Johannesburg on the R511, continue straight along Tielmann St, ignoring the right turn to Silkaatsnek and Brits. Turn right before the road bends sharp left to the Hartbeespoort tunnel.
Booking essential: Numbers are limited. Phone Anita Arnott at 011 795 4056.
This field trip is aimed at showcasing many of Gauteng's as well as South Africa's geological superlatives and geoheritage sites from an excellent vantage point, the summit of the Magaliesberg range above the Hartbeespoort Dam, which we will access by means of the recently re-established Hartbeespoort Cableway. We expect all participants to be at the top cableway station by 09:45. Professor Morris Viljoen will introduce us to the geological surroundings from 10:00 and we will start proceeding down again at 11:45. We gather at Hero's Cableway Grillhouse & Pizzeria at 12:30 for lunch.
Prof. Viljoen will give an overview of the geological features to be seen. Notable ones are the distinctive Bankenveld, or valley and ridge topography of the region, which includes the Magaliesberg range to the north and the Daspoort and Timeball Hill ranges to the south of the dam. We will view the effect on the topography of the fault block that has displaced the Magaliesberg range, and one of the fault planes situated at the Hartbeespoort Dam wall. The Timeball Hill range that passes immediately south of Pelindaba and Velindaba contains the iron ore layer that led to the steelworks being founded south-west of Pretoria. The poorts that cut through the ranges are steeped in history from the time of the earliest KhoeSan inhabitants and early European travellers, including Voortrekkers and missionaries. Numerous remains of forts in the poorts and on the ranges bear testimony to the Anglo-Boer War conflict.