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Ek wonder –

-of die Onderwysbiblioteek op die hoek van Skinner- en van der Waltstraat nog bestaan? En indien nie, het hulle geskuif of toegemaak? Die gebou was ‘n skool –  genoem “Die Staatsmodelskool”. Dit was gesluit gedurende die Boere-oorlog en as ‘n tronk gebruik. Churchill was nog daar as gevangene aangehou!  Daar het ek menige dae gespandeer om die mooiste opvoedkundige videos uit te neem. Daar het ek menige uur gespandeer op soek na bronne vir verdere studies. Hier het ek ook menige stukkende boeke kom aflewer wat herbind moes word of selfs boeke wat geskenk was wat eers deur ‘n span vakkenners gelees moes word en goedgekeur moes word voordat dit in ‘n skoolmediasentrum opgeneem kon word. Slegs goedgekeurde boeke met goedkeuringsnommers kon vir skole aangekoop word. Ek wonder of hulle nog boeke goedkeur! en of skole nou net mag aankoop wat hulle wil. Ek het natuurlik 10 boeke op my X-rak gehad en my medialeiers het geweet dat die X-boeke eintlik nie daar mag wees nie en ons sou dit vinnig in my stoortjie laat verdwyn het as daar inspeksie sou wees. Twee sulke X-boeke was: Die rooihuid in die kassie en Koningskind!

Dan: Die Nasionale Filmoteek – bestaan hulle nog? Dis juis hier waar ons video’s kon uitneem – oor elke denkbare onderwerp en hulle het gedurig nuwe video’s bygekry en hul katalogusse opgedateer.

-of die Onderwysmuseum nog bestaan? Ek dink dit was in Prellerstraat…ek’s nie seker nie. Dit was ‘n baie klein huisie op die terrein van die ou Onderwyskollege in Sunnyside. Die kollege het later na Groenkloof geskuif  en is ook intussen by Tukkies geinkorporeer.

– of die “piesangskil” nog in Sunnyside is – waar dit op die terrein van die ou Onderwyskollege was. Daar het ons baie keer as eerstejaars bymekaar gekom omdat almal geweet het waar die “piesangskil” was. Die “piesangskil” was ‘n monument, reg voor die saal van die Kollege. Dit was in die vorm van ‘n piesang met ‘n “skil”.

-of daar nog na die studente van die OK verwys word as die “Drie Lelies Laer” …haha..ek dink net ouens wat daar gestudeer het sal nou weet waarvan ek praat…op die wapen van die Kollege was drie varkoorlelies…moet nou nie dat ek meer verduidelik nie.

– of mev Rabie en mnr Schutte nog leef? Mnr Schutte was so lief vir die woord “inligtingsontploffing” en mev Rabie het my vreeslik geinspireer met haar liefde vir kinderboeke en hoe sy opgewonde kon raak as ons resensies moes doen en die kriteria bespreek het waaraan ‘n goeie kinderboek moes voldoen en al daardie pryswennerboeke wat ons moes ken! Linda, een van die studente in my groep kon vreeslik geirriteerd raak met mev Rabie, ek wonder waar is Linda vandag! [hehe]

-wat van dr Van der Merwe geword het. Ons liewe Sielkunde dosent in my tweede jaar wat die hele klas se name presies onthou net. Hy het die eerste les by die een kant van die klas begin en jy moes jou naam slegs een keer sê. Na die laaste persoon het hy weer voor begin en hy het almal se name van begin tot einde onthou! Dan, ons Sielkunde dosent in my derde jaar! Sy naam kan ek nie onthou nie, maar hy het voor in die klas gestaan en na ‘n kolletjie agter in die klas gestaar en op een toon die hele tyd gepraat. Die mans het dan – na “row call” – almal een-vir-een oorgeskuif na die ry by die deur en so een-een uitgeglip en die les geslip! Sies! manne! Ons meisie-studente het gesit en giggel en kon nie glo dat hulle so iets sou waag nie..ons was te papbroekig! en die ou het voor in die klas gestaan en voort gebabbel asof hy van geen sout of water weet nie.

wanneer ek met my liewe skoolwerk gaan begin, want ek soek elke nou en dan ‘n rede om iets anders te doen! Ek wonder sommer oor baie dinge!! Hierdie lysie is maar ‘n sandkorreltjie van my gedagtes!

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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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Steenbokkie
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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Update: This is my post from 1 October 2007…It’s the 1st of October and in the top images you can see what Pretoria, the capital city usually looks like during October! On this link – which will open in a new window – you can see more images.

Leipoldt, C. Louis, 1880-1947
Leipoldt is a South African poet, one of the BEST poets…he describes in this poem the month October. He says October is the most beautiful month…for South Africa, that’s the truth of course if you look at my previous entry’s photos!

C. LOUIS LEIPOLDT

Oktobermaand

Viooltjies in die voorhuis,
Viooltjies blou en rooi!
Viooltjies orals op die veld,
En orals, ai, so mooi!

Dit is die maand Oktober,
die mooiste, mooiste maand:
Dan is die dag so helder,
so groen is elke aand,
So blou en sonder wolke
die hemel heerlik bo,
So blomtuin-vol van kleure
die asvaal ou Karoo.

Dit is die maand Oktober:
die varkblom is in bloei;
Oor al die seekoegate
is kafferskuil gegroei;
Die koppies, kort gelede
nog as ‘n klip so kaal,
Het nou vir welkomsgroetnis
hul mooiste voorgehaal.

Dit is die maand Oktober:
die akkerboom is groen;
Die bloekoms langs die paaie
is almal nuutgeboen;
En orals in die tuin rond
ruik jy sering en roos,
Jasmyn en katjiepiering,
lemoen en appelkoos.

Al was die dag soos yster,
lank in die vuur gesteek,
Die varings in die klofies
deur hitte geel verbleek,
Tog as die son daaronder
agter die berge gaan,
Dan word oor heel die wêreld
die mooiste geur geslaan.

Dit is die maand Oktober:
die kokewiet is uit;
Boomsingertjies en kriekies
die hoor jy orals fluit;
Fiskaal is op die oorlog:
daaronder by die sluis,
Daar is ‘n dor ou doringboom
sy spens en sy kombuis,

Dit is die maand Oktober:
ek dink, die mense vier
Vir ewig in die hemel
Oktobermaand soos hier!
Wat wens jy meer as blomme,
as helder dag en nag?
Wat kan jy beter, mooier,
of heerliker verwag?

Ek is nog in Oktober:
my tuin is nog so groen,
So wit met al wat mooi is,
met bloeisels van lemoen,
So pragtig in die môre.
so heerlik in die aand!
Ek is nog in Oktober,
die mooiste, mooiste maand!

Wat gee ek om die winter?
Wat praat jy nou van Mei?
Wat skeel dit, as ons later
weer donker dae kry?
Ek is nou in Oktober,
die mooiste, mooiste maand,
Met elke dag so helder,
so pragtig elke aand!

Viooltjies in die voorhuis,
Viooltjies blou en rooi!
Viooltjies orals op die veld,
En orals, ai, so mooi!

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