Van Reenen’s li’l church with a big story

2013-10-28 00:00

IT is so small, you might miss it altogether on your mad rush along the N3 towards Johannesburg or Durban in an effort to reach your destination. It is perhaps Van Reneen’s best-kept secret — this quaint little church with a big story.

It began as a private memorial built for a deeply grieving father who lost his son in a mining accident in a Dundee coal mine, and if you enter the ornate wooden doors and read the historical account of the Llandaff Oratory, you may be touched by the sentimental story. Especially when you hear he built the church in defiance of the cold-hearted church that refused to let him lay a plaque in his son’s memory.

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