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Monday, 29 July 2013 02:27
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Tourists are sent on a wild goose chase by the new signage put up around Cullinan. Many tourists planning a day trip to the area are lured away on seemingly destinationless excursions on these so-called routes.

So said Cullinan historian, John Lincoln, and Louwrens Koen from the Cullinan Heritage Society. They said that the signage is a disaster in the making, which could create potentially dangerous situations for visitors.

“We have voiced our concerns over the existing and new signage in no uncertain terms over the last few years. The last was at an information gathering session in March,” they said.

According to Louwrens this legacy of illogical signage is now apparently perpetuated in the new range of signs. “We note with concern that the so-called history route boards have been erected at the Mamelodi crossing and at the fourway stop. The sign at the Mamelodi crossing indicate the history route to be straight ahead and also to the left.”

The confusing signage at Cullinan’s fourway stop
Photo: Cullinan Heritage Society

Louwrens said that the new signage is even more confusing at the fourway crossing in Cullinan, which shows the historical route to be both to the left and right, while it is actually behind visitors. The diamond circuit points to the left, taking visitors towards the Moloto Road, away from the diamond mine.

“Despite enquiries we haven’t determined the reasoning behind the signage,” he said.
The Cullinan Heritage Society wants to know why significant places in Cullinan are seemingly ignored for signage, such as the historical village of Cullinan in lower Oak Avenue, McHardy House museum and the Cullinan big hole.

The Cullinan Heritage Society has more than one hundred members. Its main functions are to trace and record important historical, cultural or architecturally significant buildings, places and happenings in the history of the Cullinan district.

The society compiles and publishes information, magazines, maps, books, reports and signage. It assists those who need information about the area’s history and is busy developing new history tours in the area.

For more information, contact John Lincoln at 082-551-6089 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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