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•••• AREA F O C U S Koppies silo is a well-known landmark in Koppies. From above a breathtaking view of the area and all the dams awaits you as well as the picturesque road weaving its way around the town. S E I P P KO k r a m s t i s ake m OUR AREA FOCUS IS ON THE FREE STATE TOWN OF KOPPIES THIS TIME, WHERE WE CAME ACROSS A FEW INTE­ RESTING FACTS. AUBREY KRUGER K oppies is a small town, which owes its existence to a railway station. The town was declared a settlement in 1909 and was laid out in 1910 and declared a municipality in 1926. The name of the town was Kopjes first, derived from Honingkopjes, the name of the farm on which the town was establish­ed. KOPPIES SILO One of the places of interest in Koppies is definitely the Senwes silo. The silo was inaugurated by 16 JC Heunis, Minister of Economic Affairs, on 2 September 1976. Koppies silo has a total of 18 bins, 12 of which have a capacity of 5 000 tons and the other six bins have a capacity of 1 300 tons each. It brings the total silo capa­ city of Koppies silo to 67 800 tons. Senwes silo manager at Koppies, Ambrosé Viljoen, tells us that the silo was filled to almost capacity during the 2014 crop. It mainly receives white maize, but also other crops such as yel­ low maize, sunflower, soy-beans and sorghum. Other silos in the Koppies area are Rooiwal Silo, 13 km from Koppies, followed by Vredefort, 34 km, Weiveld Silo, 35 km and Heilbron approximate­ ly 50 km from Koppies. PERSONNEL Two of his staff members have more than 14 years of service, Paul Mofokeng (Control Board Operator) and Andries Mokoena (General Worker). David JUN/JUL 2017 • SENWES Scenario Zondwani (General Worker) has five years service, followed by Silo Manager Ambrosé Viljoen with three years, General Workers David Moeketsi (three years), Daniel Morallane (2 years) and beginner David Diboti (Junior Grain Grader) with one year ser­ vice. THE BRANCH Locals say that the first Senwes branch was opened in the sixties in Church Street. The Senwes building, which housed a furni­ ture dealer, was bought from a Jewish gentleman named Rozin. The building is still standing, with the old house where the branch manager used to live, next door. At the end of the sixties the branch was moved to the new premises in Noord Street, where the old Jewish synagogue was situated. It is used as a store today and when you look carefully, you can still see the old foundations of the church. Next the branch was > CONTINUED ON PAGE 18