Although part of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality, which also includes the cities of Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage, Despatch is seldom included on a person’s list of things to see. The small town, which started as a despatch point for the sending of bricks by rail to Port Elizabeth, does not have many notable attractions that would lure a person within its boundaries. However, ...
A lonely brick chimney stands silently as a reminder of a lucrative era in the history of Despatch. Once part of a successful brickworks industry and built in 1882, the chimney now merely remains as a monument to what was a booming industry. But while one industry’s closure brought the end to an era, Despatch grew into a quaint little town on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth.