Philippolis: A small town in the Great Karoo
Back in 1972, the residents of Philippolis had a sad time. Until then, cars on the highway between Cape Town and Johannesburg passed through their town. But overnight the taps were turned off as the N1 was rerouted via the Gariep dam and Springfontein, only a short yet telling distance away. The economy of the town crumbled, and the five petrol stations of those days became the one of today.In the long run, Philippolis has seen a positive side to this rerouting of the national road – serious crime is very rare, property prices have remained largely affordable and national monuments have remain...