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Everyday thousands of people experience something they cannot explain, maybe a bump here or a whisper there but something nonetheless. Fragments of history stay behind, not in the form of buildings, monuments or scripture but in the form of the departed. Whether we choose to believe or not, they are there. And only by eliminating all logical reasoning and explanations can we get closer to the truth. We are Phoenix Paranormal South Africa, a professional paranormal investigative group that helps people of all ages and backgrounds. We use high end electrical equipment to capture evidence of the unknown and only after we have eliminated all logical explanations will we consider the paranormal.
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Phoenix Paranormal South Africa shared Chris le Sueur's post.Sunday, January 14th, 2018 at 2:55pm
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Phoenix Paranormal South AfricaSunday, January 14th, 2018 at 2:55pm
Sent to us by our good friend Chris:

Howzit guys. I got something very interesting this weekend from a case that happened many moons ago at Tokai Manor House. Let's start at the beginning.

As some of you know my grandparents worked at Porter school in the viscinity of the Tokai Manor House close to Constantia which at that time was the house of the principal of the school. Porter school that was a facility that housed juvenile inmates. Now there were different places where these kids lived and one of them was called old Orpen house.. It was an old slave compound built in a "U" shape and some of the more hardened criminals was kept there. After a while Old Orpen house was evacuated because of its age (1756) and the boys were moved to a more modern facility just up the road. So my grandfather who also lived on the premises of the estate still had the key to the old place. So he decided the one day to go show us (family) Old Orpen House.

You enter a very small door the hat a very small window existing of burglar bars. I was lagging behind my grandmother that had my one cousin on her hip because she was very small still.. Just as my grandmother wanted to enter the doorway my cousin suddenly went hysterical and screamed and turned her head away and kicked with her feet against the entrance and refused to enter with my grandmother. Obviously she encountered something but we let it go until last night. When we as cousins and family were speaking about all oiur ghost encounters at various locations around the braai (seems this thing of feeling and seeing paranormal stuff runs in the family) I told my cousin about her encounter at Old Orpen House. I started of with.... "you would most probably won't remember this because you were so young....." The next moment she sits up straight and says to me.... "Chris, I remember it very clearly and this is one thing that I imprinted into my brain...... Jeez guys, I was freaked out but very excited at that stage because at last I had the answer coming I was looking for soooooo long. Her answer was without any hesitation.... ". Chris, it was an apparition of a black man (Slave?) and his name is Salie and he stood right in front of us and was looking directly at me". Shit I was freaked out but at last I knew after so many years what she saw. But thats not all.

Many years later my grandfather took me there again because I never saw the inside of the place that day. He went to fetch something there because it was a storage facility of garden tools etc. I wandered around while my grandfather went in further and I went into one of the old slave quarters which was 2 by 2m in size. EXTREMELY small but slaves were not seen as humans in those days. As I was standing there I heard as if someone was sweeping on the other side of the wall. It was a definately broom sound. (grasbesem). I didn't know what was on the other side, so when my grandfather came back I asked him why are there still people there on the other side because I heard someone sweeping a broom. He just laughed and said it's impossible but he never gave a reason so I left it there.

But Chris is mos inquisitive and I do my own investigations when a get even the smallest chance. So about 7 years ago I went to show my wife and kids that place as well as Tokai Manor. End that's when Chris took his chance. I walked to the other side of that wall where I heard the sweeping. And what did I find? Grass.. Just plain grass. No floor or surface to do any sweeping. So what did I hear in broad daylight? I'll never know, but when I get the chance to do a ghost hunt on these grounds. I'm sure I'll get the evidence. It's vrot of the spooks there people. Glad I could share this with you because this was a tingling mystery for me all those years. And sort of a personal victory. But HELL YEAH, I GOT IT!!!!!!!!!!!
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From earth that bares no life
but the short scrubby grass,
yellowing under the constant glare of the sun, rises a ghost town in the Northern Cape

After the events of 'Black Week', during which the British Army suffered reverses at Stormberg (10 December 1899), Magersfontein (11 December 1899) and Colenso (15 December 1899), the British War Office, in response to a request for reinforcements, called for volunteers from different regiments for active service in South Africa. In addition, the formation of a corps of mounted men, drawn from the regiments of Yeomanry, termed Imperial Yeomanry, was called to assist. Candidates for enlistment had to be between the ages of 20 and 35 and had to satisfy the authorities that they were good riders and marksmen.

At such a time when thousands of men left Britain to serve in South Africa, it was felt that women too should assist in the war effort. Lady Chesham and Lady Georgiana Curzon felt so strongly the need to mitigate the horrors of war that they resolved to organize a hospital for the Imperial Yeomanry in South Africa. A letter published in London newspapers, followed later by another, appealed to the British nation to come forward with funds. The response was termed enthusiastic in that an amount of some £174 000 was eventually collected; sufficient to equip and remunerate the personnel for four hospitals (initially only one was envisaged), a convalescent home, a field hospital and a bearer company. An Imperial Yeomanry Hospital Committee, under the chairmanship of the above-named ladies, was soon established, and began to function in early January 1900. The War Office and the Red Cross sanctioned the scheme, with the proviso that the hospital should not be kept exclusively for the Yeomanry. This was agreed to by the Committee. During the remainder of the month the medical personnel were appointed, and between 10 and 17 February 1900 the entire staff with the exception of nurses, departed for South Africa.

The Commander-in-Chief of the British forces in South Africa, Lord Roberts, decided, for strategic and other reasons (including the difficulty of railway transport), that the hospital should be located not further north than De Aar which was at the war front during February 1900. The town was situated at the railway junction linking Bloemfontein and Kimberley with Cape Town, and East London and Port Elizabeth with Mafeking. Deelfontein, 46 kilometres south of De Aar in the Karoo, was selected as an ideal location for a large hospital.

The medical officers, and the whole staff (except nurses) left Cape Town by train for Deelfontein on 3 March. The journey, lasting two days, was uneventful save for the loss of one member of staff, George Vassie, who fell from the train near Worcester and was killed instantly.
The first two weeks was a period of hard work. The first day was spent pitching tents for immediate accommodation. At the time there was a detachment of Duke of Edinburgh's Volunteers on guard at the railway station. With the assistance of a fatigue party, the medical personnel began the erection of huts adjacent to a range of hills. All stores and equipment had to be carried from the railway station to a site some 400 metres away.
By 17 march 1900 the hospital was opened under the charge of Colonel A T Sloggett, RAMC, with Mr A D Fripp as Senior Surgeon. The entire staff consisted of 21 doctors (including surgeons, physicians, an opthalmologist and a dentist) 10 surgical dressers, 40 nursing sisters, 10 ward maids, 76 men from the St. John's Ambulance and 110 orderlies, making a total of 191 persons.

Prior to its opening, the military authorities completed a railway siding in front of the hospital in order to facilitate the removal of patients brought by rail. Pathways, lined with stones painted white, gave the camp the appearance of a small town.
On 19 March the first ambulance train with 101 ill and wounded men arrived at Deelfontein and at the end of the month some 300 had been accommodated. By then prefabricated buildings had been erected, a few big marquees and tortoise tents pitched and a water drainage system established. To keep outbreaks of diseases to a minimum, certain standards of cleanliness were adhered to. No human excreta was carried by drains, all of it being removed by buckets and buried away from the camp. Numerous sinks were placed all over the hospital complex; utensils infected with enteric (today called typhoid) fever were disinfected, and all mattresses used by enteric patients were disinfected and washed.

The hospital site continued to expand, and as the days went by additional structures were erected and equipped. By the middle of June 1900 provision had been made for the accommodation of nearly 800 patients. The hospital complex eventually contained fifteen buildings used as wards, six of which had been designed in Britain, while the nine smaller structures which could be assembled in sections, were manufactured in South Africa.

Recreation was provided for the patients as well as for the hospital staff. For the not-so-ill an occasional concert provided both entertainment and relaxation. For the healthy and energetic, football and cricket were played on the flat ground across the railway to the east of the hospital.

With the acquisition of additional funds, the Yeomanry Committee decided to enlarge the hospital at Deelfontein, the size of which has already been alluded to. In addition, a demand for medical assistance in Cape Town, led to the establishment of a Yeomanry Depot. As a result of the high number of cases of dysentery and enteric fever reported amongst the soldiers of Lord Roberts' Army while in Bloemfontein, a Royal Commission was appointed to investigate the care and treatment of those who had contracted illness or had been wounded during the war.

Another interesting event was the visit to Deelfontein by Lord Milner on 1 November 1900. He inspected the hospital and expressed his satisfaction with what he saw there. On 3 December a storm struck the hospital. Although it lasted no longer than a minute, it wrecked seven of the largest marquees. With the ravages of dysentery and enteric fever amongst the patients, and the numbers of those who died from wounds, a cemetery near the hospital began to grow. The medical personnel were not spared from disease either. The deaths from enteric of at least two men, viz. Dr Fitzburgh and Surgeon-Dresser Sells, were described as a 'severe loss'.

In early December 1900 the Cape Colony was invaded by the Boers, and during the next three months Deelfontein hospital became the centre of hostilities. Many sick and wounded (including a large number of surgical cases) were received from the columns operating in the surrounding district.
On termination of the Committee's contracts with the hospital staff, negotiations for the transfer of the entire hospital were entered into with the military authorities. The transfer took place on 1 April 1901 (a little more than a year after the date of opening) with most of the staff returning to Britain. By that time 6 093 patients had been admitted to Deelfontein hospital of whom 81 (including 18 from the Imperial Yeomanry regiments or hospital staff) had been buried in the cemetery. The frequency of burials at Deelfontein declined during the latter stages of the war. Before the termination of hostilities (31 May 1902) a small cemetery containing five graves was established, while nearby another cemetery containing many more graves was enclosed by a large rectangular-shaped stone wall. The approach to the large cemetery was then lined by trees, while the graves within this cemetery were identified by marble crosses or with boards bearing the soldiers' particulars. A monument consisting of a marble cross on a large cairn was erected within the cemetery. On the cross appeared the names of those men who had died in the service of the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital.

Deelfontein today consists of a few buildings clustered around the railway station and several more are scattered over the Karoo plain. A visitor cannot help but notice the large IYH lettering, measuring 25 metres in length, etched on the hill side. Faintly discernable beneath is the word DEELFONTEIN. Of the Yeomanry Hospital complex, no buildings or stone-lined pathways are to be seen, and the only evidence that structures once stood there, are stone embankments, depressions and dilapidated mortar floors.
Some distance away from the site are depressions in the ground where holes once existed in which the excreta of typhoid patients was buried.

About 450 metres away in a south-westerly direction from where the hospital buildings stood are two cemeteries containing the graves of 132 soldiers and civilians. A graveyard with 5 graves contains the earliest burials performed at Deelfontein. Perhaps the ground was too hard (many stones are seen in the vicinity) and this persuaded the hospital authorities to select a site for another cemetery some 60 metres away. In the latter, 128 men are buried. A big stone wall, which enclosed the 'large' cemetery has now disappeared. Prior to the cessation of hostilities (31 May 1902) the original rectangular enclosure was filled with additional graves. After the war, additional burials, including reinternments, resulted in the creation of a single line of 21 graves projecting beyond the original enclosure. Dominating the scene is the large monument on which are inscribed the names of 8 men of the Yeomanry Hospital Staff, 6 of whom died of disease and are buried at Deelfontein.

Today the responsibility for the care of the cemeteries has been undertaken by an enthusiastic De Aar resident. The clearing of weeds and shrubs within the cemeteries, the painting of the crosses and stones over each grave and the possibility of applying a coat of paint to the IYH lettering on the hillside forms part of a continuous project undertaken by a small but interested group of members belonging to the De Aar Rotary Club.

Once a hospital in the Karoo
during the Anglo-Boer War,
and now a cemetery today,
this ghost town may make it easier
to dismiss ghosts in the daylight,
at night, an abandoned building is never
still in darkness to those who listen intently…

(Photos courtesy of Alicia Whitting)
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Phoenix Paranormal South AfricaTuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 8:03am
An interesting question for our friends here on this page..

We as investigators, have noticed over the past few years in South Africa alone (although I am sure that this is happening more widely spread) that there comes certain times, usually lasting just over a week, of a general increase in paranormal activity at people’s residences. This can include negative activity such as the inexplicable feeling of fear in their own home, sightings of shadow persons, being physically attacked and objects being manipulated.

Generally over this period of increased paranormal activity, it is noticeable on other paranormal social media platforms, as well as various people contacting us directly for assistance. We think it would be an excellent idea to try and map data for when this activity increases, to see what possible causes could be affecting the rise in these activities and sightings.

This has also lead me to ask whether our strange and unpredictable weather could have a role to play in this..?

Did you know that the weather including solar and lunar activity is also known to play a role in increased paranormal activity? Geomagnetic fields and solar storms have a strong effect on astral beings and increase paranormal activity. The geomagnetic field is the magnetic field observed in and around the earth. A geomagnetic storm is a worldwide disturbance of the earth’s magnetic field which has the capacity to increase ghost and spirit activity. Solar storms are caused by the sun creating solar flares that send charged particles to the earth, which causes a magnetic shift increasing the geomagnetic fields. With increased geomagnetic fields ghosts and spirits can utilize this energy and become more active and can more easily interact with our world.

Thunderstorms can also aid in the increase of paranormal activity. You certainly can appreciate the power involved in such an event, the very structure of your being shakes with the thunder claps, and you can literally see the electrical charge in the atmosphere. It is no surprise then, that this is a highly conducive time to experience paranormal phenomena.
The theory with thunderstorms is that the entity is able to draw from the electrically charged surroundings thus becoming more visible or detectable to you.

As far as moon phases and the question of what phases are best for paranormal sightings, some investigators suggest that the full moon is by far the most conducive time to experience ghostly phenomena. There are many theories as to why this is, from the air being more saturated with positive ions, to the added gravitational pull on the earth and the tides.

In life it often seems like bad things happen in clusters. Usually these things can be chalked up to a string of bad luck or coincidence, but following these instances of unusual or untimely natural disasters, the paranormal activity ramped up, causing some to wonder if there may have been elements not entirely “natural” at play.

What are your thoughts on this – what do YOU think could be causing these periodic spikes in paranormal activity in South Africa? Or is there perhaps something more sinister to blame for this..?

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