Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jakaranda Spring

Once again the Jakarandas are in full bloom. The city is bathed in purple with flowers. It keeps many street sweepers busy as they fall to the ground. Spring days are hot in Pretoria with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius at midday.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Gautrain Progress

June 28, 2008

August 19, 2009

June 21, 2010

The changing landscape of the motorway between Johannesburg and Pretoria is ever present with these three photos taken from the same spot over 2 years.

This is the bridge that will carry the Gautrain, across the Lyttleton junction.

The Gautrain (derived from Gauteng being the province) is an ambitious rapid rail link that will operate through many suburbs through Pretoria and Johannesburg. It will certainly make a positive contribution in easing the traffic congestion between the two cities. It's main function is to augment the development of the public transport infrastructure that is so badly needed in this region. And, it will provide a safe and rapid transport system to service the commuters traveling between the two cities.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

African Art

African art on display at the entrance to Mac Mac water fall in Mpumalanga (formerly the Eastern Transvaal). This site is located midway between Sabie and Graskop and is part of a picturesque and scenic route in the eastern part of the country. These stalls offer a variety of crafts for tourists and augment eco-tourism for the local inhabitants.

Just outside Sabie is the Long Tom pass where the Boers made there last stand against the British in the Anglo Boer war. It is also the one of the sites where the legendary Kruger Millions (in Gold Bullion) was supposedly buried by the fleeing Boers. Nobody has ever found it, but it stimulates the old folklore and imagination to believe that it does exist.