Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Out of Towners

These fellows a very curious as to who is this creature with the camera. A group of Ostriches just outside Oudtshoorn in the Southern Cape. This area is famed for farming Ostrich feathers which are exported to many parts of the world.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Day of Reconciliation

Today is a public holiday in South Africa. It is called the 'Day of Reconciliation'. Originally known as the 'Day of the Vow' when the previous government was in power. Now it is used to commemorate our emergence from our painful past and celebrate our democracy.

This picture of the Cenotaph inside of the Voortrekker monument has some special significance. There is a small portal in the roof of the building that permits the sun to shine on the Cenotaph at precisely 12:00 noon on the 16th December every year. Some of the old Boer Republic flags can be seen in the background.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Pretoria Central

A giant mural of Chief Tshwane, with a soccer ball, adorns the side of a building. This is to promote the FIFA 2010 soccer world cup, that South Africa will be hosting, with kick off in Johannesburg on the 11th June next year.

Loftus Versfeld has been extensively renovated in preparation for the tournament. Several matches will be played at the stadium. All other stadiums are complete with the last one at Green point in Cape Town being finished this month. So, we are ready.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Leap Frog

These statues were created by a Zimbabwean artist showing four girls playing leap frog. It really stirs the memories to ones childhood days of innocence when we had such fun playing children's games.