Multi-million rand development open for business

Elfrieda Gevers has added a few personal touches to the modern chic Wimpy.


Nestled in the serene countryside, the tranquil, relaxed atmosphere at Vryheid Junction provides the perfect sanctuary from the hubbub of daily life.

The development, at the crossing of the Dundee Road and the Paulpietersburg bypass, was finally opened for business from Monday last week. Project manager, Philip Schutte, whose dream has been six years in the making, since construction began, said, “We are glad that we have finally made it. It is a multi-million rand project that actually started in 1999 when I first bought the land. Once the environmental impact assessment and other paperwork was finalised, and we managed to get all the other approvals, we were able to begin construction in March last year. Now, we are ready to welcome every customer on site and to treat them well, so they know how important they are to us.”

The Engen filling station was topping up its first customers before dawn on Monday morning and Wimpy welcomed its first patrons at 6am. Wimpy franchise owner, Elfrieda Gevers, has added a personal touch to the modern, chic restaurant, and pointed out how the remarkable view of the old bridges, the cross on the mountain and the brilliant sunset created an ambience that made you feel as if you were on holiday.

When one enters the Engen Quick Shop, one is immediately drawn in by the the opulent aroma of delicious coffee, and a few steps away at the local and lekker Route 33, the decadent baked treats and vintage novelty gifts are a treat for the taste buds and the eyes.

The development also boasts a car dealership, while a car wash and truck stop are expected to be up and running in the next month.

Vryheid Junction, however, offers far more to the community of Vryheid than a fantastic shopping and dining experience.

“Through this development, we hope that there isn’t a reason any more for residents to become frustrated with the trucks damaging the streets in town. We also hope to improve our tourism potential, and to attract tourists to our town who usually miss Vryheid when they get on the bypass and just drive past. Finally, Vryheid is developing toward Stilwater and we have created a space in that area for a great development. After all, if you are going to do something, it is important that you do it properly,” concluded Mr Schutte.

Estella Naicker

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