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On the 6th June, South Africans unite against crime…the venue…
Union Buildings, Pretoria!
From 6-12 noon…Main event 12:00-13:00…SMS the word…ENOUGH and your comment on crime to 34764 (charges R2 per call)…or….Please, click
HERE NOW to add your vote against crime in South Africa! Even if you’re not a citizen…your vote will count!…. Football Worldcup 2010 in South Africa!! You want to go to a crime-free country! Even if you are not going…please vote for people who are and also for all people NOW in SA…and…it also means that you are in GENERAL against crime…not just for the sake of South Africa!! Show your support against crime in the world we live in…I want to report back on Sunday/Monday…how many people did show their support by clicking on that link…it does show on my statistics…so please, help us by having at least 1000 hits on that link by Sunday!! Do not just leave comments! Click on the link that says..”now here”…leaving comments only don’t add a vote at all!
What’s happening to our beautiful country!!..”verloren zijn we niet”….


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This tree is really big! It’s the Wonderboom….it’s huge! We used to go to this nature reserve to have a picnic, sometimes with school children as well- as an outing. Read about this “wonder/miracle tree”…this is in Pretoria, on your way to the northern part of the city, depending which way  you go.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve

Situated in the northern part of the city, and straddling the Magaliesberg Mountains, is the Wonderboom Nature Reserve, a 200 hectare reserve famous for its magnificent specimen of the Wonderboom. The Wonder tree is a wild fig (Ficus salicifolia) that grows at the foot of the northern slope of the Magalies Mountain area.

The large Wonderboom fig tree at the Wonderboom Nature Reserve is more than 1 000 years old, and legend has it that it grew this big because the chief of an indigenous tribe lies buried beneath its roots. It is recorded that the tree was once big enough to shade 1 000 people at a time, or 22 ox-wagons with 20 oxen in front of each! Today, it is much smaller – probably because of the devastating fire in 1870 started by a hunting party or because of infestation by a parasite, which put it in quarantine for 20 years. Over the years the branches have grown longer, hanging lower and lower until they touched the ground, rooted and produced a circle of daughter trees. There are now three circles of daughter trees surrounding the original tree.

Wonderboom Nature Reserve has a large number of Dassies (Rock Hyrax) living in caves overlooking the Apies River. They provide a food source for a breeding pair of Black Eagles that nest on a rocky ledge nearby and that can often be seen circling above the reserve.

At the top of the Wonderboom Hill are the ruins of the Wonderboom Fort, one of four forts built by the former Zuid-Afrikaanse Republiek at the end of the 19th century to defend the city against the British. It was never used. It was blown up, probably on the instructions of Prime Minister Jan Smuts himself, in the early days of World War 2, lest it be used by anti-government dissidents as a springboard for an attack on the state. At the foot of the hill near the Wonderboom is an important iron age site and nearby is one of the best stone age sites in the area.

 Source: Click the link and it will open in a new window.http://www.sa-venues.com/game-reserves/ga_wonderboom.htm

Image: cybertonature.co.za
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The Steenbokkie is one of our smaller antelope in SA and on
THIS LINK on my blog you can see the smallest antelope in South Africa…the dik-dik! If you go to this nature reserve, you will see the Steenbokkie in its natural environment.

Image: sa-venues.com

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On THIS LINK you can see pics of Pretoria and pics about the roads…and on THIS LINK you can see why it’s also called the Jacaranda City…and Pretoria is one of 3 capitals of SA…in case you didn’t know…it… Cape Town and Bloemfontein are the other capitals…on one of my links you can read why we have 3 capitals! On these three videos, you can follow the history of the Voortrekker Monument …and why Pretoria is called Pretoria… To me…Pretoria will be PRETORIA and not..Tshwane!! According to WIKI Tshwane comes from “black cow” or “monkey” – from the Ndebele word “tshwene”!


The words of the song on the last video…it gives me goosebumps to hear it!! When I was at school… we used to sing this song…. about  “Young South Africa”, the National Anthem, the Flag song AND the school song…every week…yes, every school in SA has got a song as part of the school ethos……. and you are very proud when singing it…you would stand to attention when singing it…it’s really a beautiful song, hope I can get a translation somewhere!  It describes the country in a beautiful way…
DIE LIED VAN JONG SUID-AFRIKA

Woorde: EITEMAL; gewysig: P. MCLACHLAN
Musiek: HUGO GUTSCHE; verwerk: DIRKIE DE VILLIERS

En hoor jy die magtige dreuning?
Oor die veld kom dit wyd gesweef:
die lied van ‘n volk se ontwaking
wat harte laat sidder en beef.
Van Kaapland tot bo in die Noorde
rys dawerend luid die akkoorde:
Dit is die LIED van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die LIED van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die LIED van Jong Suid-Afrika.

Die klop van die Voortrekkerwawiel
het die eeue se rus verstoor;
die klank van die voorlaaierskote
het klowe en kranse gehoor.
Die diere het stil staan en luister,
die bome het bewend gefluister:
Dit is die KOMS van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die KOMS van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die KOMS van Jong Suid-Afrika.

Waar songloed in glorie die berge
oor hul fronsende voorhoof streel,
waar ruisende wind oor die vlaktes
met grassaad kerjakker en speel,
die land wat ons vaders gekoop het,
met bloed tot ons eie gedoop het:
Dit is die LAND van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die LAND van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die LAND van Jong Suid-Afrika.

Die golwende veld is ons woning
en ons dak is die hemelblou;
die Vryheid alleen is ons koning,
sy wagwoord is: “Handhaaf en bou”.
Die stryd wat ons vaders begin het
sal woed tot ons sterf of oorwin het.
Dit is die EED van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die EED van Jong Suid-Afrika,
dit is die EED van Jong Suid-Afrika

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I came across this song about the Hartbeespoortdam on youtube… I don’t know the artist… but it’s a funny song… if you listen to the artist, you will hear a very distinct “accent” which is very typical of some Capetonians… he sings a mix of Afrikaans and English and it’s an accent which you get in Cape Town from the Cape Coloureds ( a mixed race)….. it’s beautiful. The Hartbeespoortdam is near Pretoria and if you travel from Johannesburg…(also Jo’burg/Johies/Jozi)… it’s about 30 min travel… When I was a student, we used to go for a day to this dam to try catch some fish… not that we were lucky though…it was more for the fun of it… Once a friend  also scared me with all kinds of tricks in his helicopter! We flew over the dam and he perhaps tried to impress me with all his tricks, but I felt sick most of the time and sat with a paper back on my lap! LOL! There is a little zoo at the dam which you can visit. If you want to do some hang gliding….then this place is just the place to do it, you have to go up the mountain with the cable car! If you watch the video, you will see some great pictures of the tunnel and the road across the dam…. be prepared for weekends…this place is PACKED!! with visitors and travelling through the tunnel can be a nightmare…don’t say I didn’t warn you…there are all kinds of curious shops to visit too….places to have some scones and tea!! Yummy!

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Play golf!


Click HERE to book your holiday at Hartbeespoortdam or surrounding areas…The link will open in a new window.

 

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Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa…actually, one of 3 capitals! Bloemfontein and Cape Town are the other 2 capitals. Johannesburg is the city where all international flights are going to and from there to Cape Town and other cities, therefore most people think that Johannesburg is the capital city of South Africa! I’ve even had a lady said to me that at school she was taught that Johannesburg is the capital of South Africa…….wonder why….Pretoria is the capital for ages!

History of Pretoria – (today also called Tshwane–the “Metropolitan” area) – was founded in 1855 and declared the capital of the South African Republic, which was the Boer republic in Transvaal. The president of the republic, Marthinus Pretorius, named it after his father, Andries Pretorius, who had become the national hero of the Voortrekkers after his victory over the Zulu kingdom in the famous battle at Blood River. Read HERE more about Pretoria’s history.
On this link HERE from Wikipedia, you will find more interesting facts.

 

These pictures were taken last year July/August when we went on holiday to South Africa. These pictures were taken from Pretoria and Akasia mainly. Akasia is a suburb to the North of Pretoria….it’s got its own municipality.  These pics  are not the best pictures, as I had to take them whilst in the car. You can imagine stopping every now and then to take a picture!! Other motorists will freak out! So, I hope you can still enjoy what you see and get the “picture” of what Pretoria is like, but…. these are not from the inner-city! If you want to go shopping in Pretoria, you have to go to Kolonnade Centre as this is really a HUGE shopping centre!! This shopping centre is also in the North of the city…. if you go to the Wonderboom-area. Wonderboom is a bigger area “neighbouring” Akasia.
Please click HERE to visit one of Pretoria’s websites where you will find links to places to stay, things to do…etc.

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One exit at Wonderpark Shopping Centre, (Akasia) North of Pretoria.
Click
HERE for the website of Wonderpark.

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Pretoria Zoo…in Boom Street. “Boom” means “Tree” in English. Pretoria Zoo is really worth a visit! I’ve been to London Zoo and it’s not a patch against Pretoria’s Zoo!!  Much more to see and enjoy and very spacious for the animals to move about. Pretoria’s Zoo has got more interesting layouts and there is lots of space to have a picnic without feeling intimidating or feeling you are all squashed in!
See their website
HERE and enjoy!
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Akasia…North of Pretoria…near Wonderpark Shopping Centre

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Pretoria, on your way to the Zoo from the North…Flower Street can be seen where the arrows indicate to turn…

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Pretoria, descending to Boom Street…..and the Zoo…or the central of the city if you don’t turn left in Boom Street.

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Pretoria… Langenhoven High School turn-off on your left ahead…further on…Boom Street, the Zoo….or central city…

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Pretoria, not the business area yet…

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Pretoria…traffic in Gezina-area. Gezina is more close to the inner-city…also one of the suburbs.

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Mabopane highway-traffic….Mabopane is not very close to Pretoria…. and we all know this highway takes you to Mabopane.

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Mabopane highway…. from Wonderpark to Pretoria

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Jacaranda trees in Pretoria during winter…this is Boom Street! During Spring these trees are covered in purple blossoms….BEAUTIFUL!!

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Gezina, suburb in Pretoria, if you turn left…Pretoria and other destinations if you continue…traffic early morning…10 o’clock-ish.

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Akasia, traffic….about 10 o’clock – 10:30 -ish in the morning.

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Business-area opposite Wonderpark….Akasia Hospital on your right….too.

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Akasia…the buildings on your right are some office-buildings.
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Pretoria is the Capital of South Africa. One of 3 capitals actually! Cape Town and Bloemfontein are the other 2 Capitals of South Africa. Pretoria is the Admin Capital. The President’s Office is settled in the Union Buildings in Pretoria and for 6 months he spends his time in his office while the other 6 months, he’s in Cape Town in the Parliament! The Parliament is settled in Cape Town. Read more HERE on Wikipedia about Pretoria.

On THIS LINK on my blog, you can read more and see more pictures about Pretoria.




IT IS OCTOBER! and I can imagine….Pretoria…what you look like! Purple Jacarandas everywhere! You can’t hide yourself! This is the time when students are busy preparing for end-of-year exams…and…when they fall in love! I can remember how the men would come and visit with a bit of a Jacaranda branch! And..how you would go for a walk, bare feet…just to step on those blossoms and get your feet purple!
 

En jy dan ook saamstem met Louis Leipoldt se gedig…. hier..: OKTOBER MAAND!

Thunder…in the city!

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South Africa’s Reserve Bank in Pretoria, the Capital City

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Pretoria: Union Buildings

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Pretoria: The Voortrekker Monument – build in 1938 – The Great Trek was in 1838.

Image: fotothing.com

Downtown Pretoria…image: pbase.com

 

Voortrekkermonument-grafika

 

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I’m still busy sorting zillions of pictures, here are a few pictures from Pretoria…I liked this taxi..the yellow was striking and the number plate…just right!

This is where the road from Akasia split, turn off to Gezina and the Market and other routes….when you take this turn off and turn left again, you cross the Apies River, before entering Gezina ….I think from Van Heerden Street…is the one way …from West to East…”Apies” is the Afrikaans for “ape”….the river is named after the many apes that were found in this area when Pretoria was founded in 1855…this Apies River can be a “mighty” river! With heavy rains, places alongside the river get flooded, but that doesn’t happen very frequently though.
This is a very familiar “landmark” ….the cement factory as you leave Pretoria and you travel north to Pretoria North/Akasia….or on the Mabopane highway..traffic on the road can be quite heavy…if you look at the lanes on the right…you can see….rush hour is a nightmare on this road…! We were heading towards the city….and it was after rush hour….
Traffic in Pretoria, paper boy on his way to his post…just sold us a paper!

.Gezina if you turn left…Harties (Hartbeespoort) if you keep going…..more traffic, 10-ish in the morning…
I know this road like the palm of my hand! Travelled this road for a couple of years from school in the afternoon…..Zoo coming up on your left….Langenhoven High school as the sign board indicates…always a speed trap when you go down! I missed them most of the time, but got ONE once….it is a 60km/h zone and I drove 70….think my fine was something like R60! wasn’t much anyway….
Now, if you live in Pretoria, you know Boom Street very well!! Buses…zillions of them, because, this is Zoo-area ….and….a main route for the buses to travel to other areas easy accessible for them. There is parking for coaches at the Zoo…and as you can see by looking at the trees: It was Winter!! July/August…”boom” is the Afrikaans word for “tree”….this is also a VERY busy and “dangerous” street…crime! Though the police claimed that crime isn’t anymore that high in this area, they (the police) also claimed that they are very visible….because of all the tourists visiting the Zoo…we didn’t see them…perhaps they were around….
This is the same road…the one I travelled a couple of years from my school, just a few meters back…all these pictures were taken from inside the car…perhaps yo can see the wipers of the car!…..there wasn’t time to stop every now and then to take a shot….so, they are not as good as they should be! I was in a moving car!!…hahaha
ZOO! entrance….Boom Street…this is really a MUST if you go to Pretoria. I’ve been to London’s Zoo and it’s not a patch against Pretoria’s…I must truly say, I was a bit disappointed the day when visiting London’s Zoo….visit the Pretoria Zoo WEBSITE here.
Click on this link to see beautiful pics and a video about Pretoria….https://chessaleeinlondon.wordpress.com/2007/09/30/jacaranda-cityjakaranda-stad/

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