Ladybrand - The Home of Old Bones

Private Property South Africa
Lea Jacobs

It is commonly accepted through geological studies that throughout time the geographic position, size and number of continents that make up our earth have been subject to continental drift for millions of years.

Evidence that South Africa and South America were once joined was confirmed with the important discovery by palaeontologists of two fossils, Euskelosaurus and Diarthrognayus in Ladybrand, now housed in the National Museum in Bloemfontein. The bones were unearthed in corresponding rock strata that is unique to both continents. It is also believed that the Sandstone Mountains of the Eastern Free State were formed by dust that blew in from what is now known as Brazil.

Named after the mother of the former President of the Free State, Johannes Brand, the town was established a little over 136 years ago on a farm belonging to Jacob Mauer. At this time 200 plots were established and built upon, this was to be the beginnings of Ladybrand as we know it today.

The town lies in the fertile Caledon Valley and is one of the world’s premier rock art regions. Steeped in San Bushmen history, the middle Stone Age levels of Rose Cottage Caves situated near to the town date back as far as 50 000 years. Bushmen paintings in Ladybrand are regarded as a priceless legacy and offer a vivid vision into the past of these fascinating people. The 300 rock art sites and caves attract people from all over the world and the Tandjiesberg site is one of 12 National Heritage sites dedicated to rock art in South Africa.

The locals in the area have embraced tourism and Ladybrand offers authentic South African cuisine to those visiting the region. A visit to the Basotho Cultural Village or a hearty lunch at the Cabin Farmstall and Deli is sure to delight all touring this area. A wide choice of good guest lodges and B&B establishments in the area ensure for ample accommodation for all who decide to extend their stay.

Ladybrand is a multi-national town in every sense of the word and has proved to be a particular favourite of people who work in nearby Lesotho. Recent property reports in the area indicate that most foreigners purchasing property in the area originate from Taiwan, China, India and Lesotho.

In terms of residential property sales, Lightstone statistics reveal that there have been 50 concluded property transfers in the area during the past 12 month period. Price averages came in at R648 000 for freehold property and R496 000 for sectional title property. Sales volumes have dropped significantly from 140 concluded sales in 2004 to 27 sales thus far in 2011. That said, price averages have maintained steady growth during the same period. Market stock is dominated by the freehold sector which makes up 92% of the property available.

With the presence of 15 government and private education establishments in the area, it’s close proximity to Lesotho and the Eastern Cape as well as a plethora of tourist destinations in and around Ladybrand, it is no wonder that many choose to commute to their places of work from this historical masterpiece.

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