Dullstroom is a fishing town with a drinking problem, is how a car bumper sticker sums up this Mpumalanga highland dorp.
But behind Tipsy Tuesday, at the Dullstroom Inn, and the other daily happy hour promotions that blare out in bold lettering on bar menus across the town, this little drinking village holds a secret.
It is a secret that lies in an underground bunker and the expected arrival of a host of strange new comers in the year to come.
They come in three categories, the town’s folk say. One, are those people who don’t believe in 2012. Two, those who sort of believe and three the fanatics.
The 2012ers believe in the Mayan prophesy that the world will end on December 21. Just outside Dullstroom a house is being built completely underground.
It is below ground to protect against those killer solar flares that some predict are what the Mayans were on about five centuries ago.
The house is 450 square metres in size.
The “sort of believers”, those category twoers subscribe to the idea that world overpopulation and the effects of modern living are about to spawn some nasty visitors. These being new diseases and super bugs.
Living in the country, with its cleaner water and fewer people, will give a better chance of survival.
But for the rest of the towns folk of Dullstroom, the hope is that what ever comes on December 21 next year, it wont be enough to spill their drinks during happy hour or disturb the trout in the municipal dam.