Friday, October 30, 2009

Melrose House

Built in 1886, Melrose house is now a museum. It became a famous landmark as it was requisitioned by Lord Roberts (a British field marshall) when the British invaded Pretoria in 1900 during the Boer war (1899 to 1902). He then used this house as his headquarters and conducted the strategy of the British forces during the remainder of the Anglo Boer war.

The Peace treaty of Vereeniging marking the end of the war was signed at this house on the 31st May 1902.

Saturday, October 24, 2009


Burgers park not far from the city center. This park provides a pleasant environment with a splendid array of flowers and large lawns to relax during lunch time.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Soccer Fever

Once again the city is cloaked in purple. Jakaranda City is one of the nick names given to Pretoria. Many of the streets are lined with Jacaranda trees giving a bright purple and pituresque look as far a the eye can see. In South Africa the name is spelt with a 'K' although I believe the correct spelling uses a 'C'. The reason for using 'K' can probably be attributed to the Afrikaans adaptation.

South Africa will be hosting the FIFA soccer world cup next year and preparations appear to be on track. The Telkom communications tower, which is a prominent land mark in the city, is sporting a large soccer ball. Loftus Versefeld, a stadium nearby, will be hosting a number of the matches.

Soccer fever

Monday, October 5, 2009

Bird's eye view

A new way of watching a Cricket match. These spectators were able to watch the match between India and Pakistan while being suspended from a crane. At least this way you get a good seat with and uninhibited view of the match.