Deneysville is small town located in the Free State Province on the banks of the Vaal River. Thus it is a farming community and was established in 1936. The town was named after a writer, Deneys Reitz, famous for his book, Commando, A Boer Journal of a Boer War.
From artifacts and cave paintings found while constructing the town, it is gathered that the San people where the first inhabitants to Deneysville followed by the KhoiKhoi people and the town library houses artifacts which are on display.
St Peter’s Church located on the Banks of the Vaal Dam was built by the Reitz family and was originally intended to be a guest house. This was however later used as a church where today weddings are held in a picturesque setting.
Deneysville has a bit of unusual history that is shared with aviation. Flying boats used to land on the Vaal River at Deneysville. Some historic flights and details were recorded for posterity like;
· In June 1937, Canopus, the first S.23 Empire landed with 3500 lbs. of mail
· The routes were from England to South Africa
· The British operator was then named BOAC, British Overseas Airways Company
· Flights continued until after WWII when the Palmiet Airfield was built in the now Tokoza township on the Johannesburg South Rand.
Attractions in and around Deneysville are diversified and unique like the Historic Motorcycle Museum which was opened on the 9th September 2009 for public viewing. The museum houses some rare and classic motorcycles from eras gone by with great nostalgia.
Some of South Africa’s legends have replicas of their cycles on display like, Kork Ballington’s 4 cylinder two stroke Kawasaki 500cc and Keith Zeeman’s Suzuki and Jim Redman’s red rocket Honda. The display attracts enthusiasts from across South Africa and is certainly worth the time.
Motorsport of all kinds seem to be linked to Deneysville as the town host a few water-sport events on the Vaal River annually like yacht races and power boat races.