Saturday, August 21, 2010

Athlone Cooling Towers demolished this weekend

Cartoon: Cape Argus

The City has identified two areas from which a limited number of people could view the implosion of the two cooling towers at Athlone Power Station namely the Clyde Pinelands Sports Club and Rhodes Memorial. Visit

Athlone was previously known as West London and had its name changed to 'Athlone', in honour of the Earl of Athlone, who served as Governer General and Commander in Chief in South Africa in the 1930's. He was also a member of the British Royal family (an uncle to King George IV) and was married to Princess Alice, (the granddaughter of Queen Victoria).

Almost 70 years after the Earl of Athlone arrived here, Athlone really grew into a melting pot of different cultures. The Athlone City Centre is filled with a daily hub of grocers selling their fresh delicious fruits and Veggies, to residents selling bric 'n brac. It has become an example of how different cultures can join together and become a single society.