A chimney pot and plastic buckets testify to house without electricity and running water
The little village of Suurbraak lies in a fold of the Langeberg Mountains just down from the incredible Tradouw Pass. It's a village that gives an new meaning to the word 'quaint', even if, on the whole, it also suffers from neglect and many of the locals' cottages are sadly in need of upkeep. Out here the local community is rather starved of sources of income, although a cheese factory might open soon.
The heart of the village of Suurbraak has been preserved, and the buildings that rest on the village square and the two church buildings have been restored. Suurbraak lies in what could easily be termed a little piece of heaven, and because it is not a commercial centre is left largely alone. The little village came into existence in 1812, as a mission village. Today people still cook on wood burning stoves, use donkey-drawn ploughs and horses and carts to get around - it's really old-style living, mostly untouched by development.
Two doors further I snapped this house. Progress? I think so. It had a rain water tank on one corner of the house and a solar panel on the roof
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