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History and Culture

Location: South Africa

We were taken to several of the main historical sites, starting with the significant places relating to the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in Pretoria and the Voortrekker monument. This was where we had our first sighting of wild animals such as zebra grazing by the side of the roads. The holiday was very enlightening about the politics of the country, how it had affected its people and the hopes for the future.

Part of the home stead of the Zulu Myeni family, with it's traditional huts and way of life..the families were very poor.

We travelled into the Drakensberg mountains to stop for lunch at Pilgrim's Rest..this was a restored wild west sort of a town, famous for the gold rush.

The Zulu warrior dance

The Myeni's neighbours were their extended family members

The memorial in the townships in Cape Town, dedicated to the children killed in a protest march, our guide took part as a child.

The memorial at Port Elizabeth dedicated to Governor Duncan's wife who set up the city

The mural in District Six, Cape Town, to commemorate the Darkest Years of apartheid, this was the place where 60,000 people were forcibly moved from their homes and relocated. Their homes were destroyed and the rubble used for the foundations of the Waterfront which is where we stayed!

The brightly painted houses of the Bo kaap area in Cape Town...These were original houses and cobbled streets built by the government to house the slaves shipped from Indonesia ..hence the inroduction of Islam and the mixed race communities.

The retraining centre at Phaphani Street in Khayelitsa, a non white township. Here the ladies recycle clothes to make crafts and are taught a trade. There is also a creche and an innoculation clinic on site.

Washing in a bucket outside her home in the non white township of Khayelitsha. These townships were better off than those for the blacks as several had amenities.

The barber's shp on Mlonji Street, Khayelitsa. The barber was bald! There was one toilet and one hosepipe per four houses, much better than in the black townships.

The home of our host at Khayelitsa, a two room place made of corrugated sheets which held in the heat. He was very proud of the garden you can see where he grew vegetables



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We travelled into the Drakensberg mountains to stop for lunch at Pilgrim's Rest..this was a restored wild west sort of a town, famous for the gold rush.

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Part of the home stead of the Zulu Myeni family, with it's traditional huts and way of life..the families were very poor.

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The Myeni's neighbours were their extended family members

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The Zulu warrior dance

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The memorial at Port Elizabeth dedicated to Governor Duncan's wife who set up the city

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The memorial in the townships in Cape Town, dedicated to the children killed in a protest march, our guide took part as a child.

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The brightly painted houses of the Bo kaap area in Cape Town...These were original houses and cobbled streets built by the government to house the slaves shipped from Indonesia ..hence the inroduction of Islam and the mixed race communities.

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The mural in District Six, Cape Town, to commemorate the Darkest Years of apartheid, this was the place where 60,000 people were forcibly moved from their homes and relocated. Their homes were destroyed and the rubble used for the foundations of the Waterfront which is where we stayed!

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Washing in a bucket outside her home in the non white township of Khayelitsha. These townships were better off than those for the blacks as several had amenities.

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The retraining centre at Phaphani Street in Khayelitsa, a non white township. Here the ladies recycle clothes to make crafts and are taught a trade. There is also a creche and an innoculation clinic on site.

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The home of our host at Khayelitsa, a two room place made of corrugated sheets which held in the heat. He was very proud of the garden you can see where he grew vegetables

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The barber's shp on Mlonji Street, Khayelitsa. The barber was bald! There was one toilet and one hosepipe per four houses, much better than in the black townships.