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Mandela’s Gold

21 Oct

Nelson Mandela, (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa’s first black chief executive, and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalized racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation.  (from Wikipedia)

There are many ways to honor the memory and the accomplishments of the late Nelson Mandela. For one, a flower now bears his name,  Mandela’s gold strelitzia. It is more rare than its cousin, the orange and blue Bird of Paradise. Both varieties grow in Kirstenbosch.

Mandela’s Gold Strelitzia

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Bust of Nelson Mandela in Kirstenbosch Gardens.


The more common orange and blue variety, known as Bird of Paradise.



Winter in Cape Town

14 Oct

Who’s that knocking on the door? Really? What time is it? I haven’t slept that long….I had a scheduled city tour at 9 A.M. that first day in Cape Town. The hotel staff was waking me up because the van had just arrived at 8 A.M., and they were waiting for me. I got ready as quickly as I could, and apologized to the other tourists in the van. What a dreary and rainy day! Typical, I understand, of winter on the Western Cape. With the rain and eight passengers in the van, it was difficult to pick out and photograph sights as we passed. I ended up with many blurred pictures. Very unsatisfactory photography for me. That said here are a few taken in the downtown area.

This is what I mean by poor visibility.


In front of The High Court Civil Annex we found some remnants of apartheid.




And our guide Darrol engaging in “civil disobedience”.




St. George’s Mall pedestrian walkway





Palm trees and a traffic robot.





The Castle of Good Hope



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Here I am looking a little ragged.





Castle of Good Hope with the train station behind.



Cape Town City Hall


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Here I am again standing in front of the balcony where Nelson Mandela delivered one of his major speeches.