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Koppies is a small town, a railway station, near the Renoster River.
It was originally named ‘Honing Kopjes’ which is Dutch for ‘honey hills’ due to there being large bee infestations in the nearby rocky hills discoved during the building of the railway line in 1904 by General Christiaan de Wet and Dirk Cornelis Lourens, who lived there.
General De Wet donated his Farm "Rooipoort" to be set up for under-privileged whites in the form of a few morgen of 'irrigation land', and then a few morgen of 'dry land' for cultivating maize.
At the end of the war the people were very poor, and were supplied with a few eggs and a paraffin lamp hatcher for the eggs. Due to the pressing need the "Koppies Dam" was constructed to supply water for irrigation and work to the local people.
During the 1960's, the wall of the dam was raised to where it is today.
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