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The Mighty Voortrekker Monument South Africa
The Voortrekker Monument is a monument in the city of Pretoria, South Africa. The massive granite structure, built to honour the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854, was designed by the architect Gerard Moerdijk who had the idea to design a "monument that would stand a thousand years to describe the history and the meaning of the Great Trek to its descendants". It can be seen from almost any location in the city, as it is seated on a hilltop.
University of Pretoria Administration Block
Place: Pretoria, University of Pretoria, Hatfield Campus Dubbed the "ship", it was built in 1965 and finished in 1968 by Brian Sandrock Architects. It was then renovated in 1973 for more office space. It is the main adminstration building of the university.
This Day in History: Jul 19, 1786: The town Graaf-Reinet is founded in South Africa
On 19 July 1786 Graaff-Reinet was established by the Dutch East Indian Company (DEIC). The town was named after the Governor Cornelis Jacob van de Graeff and his wife Cornelia Reynet. Graaff-Reinet is the fourth oldest town in South Africa. It is well known as the home of magnificent examples of Cape Dutch architecture and over 220 heritage sites. The town’s early history can be traced back to the 1770s, when autonomous farms were set up in the Graaff-Reinet area by Boers trekking from the…
This Day in History: DECEMBER 16, 1838 :The Battle of Blood River
The Battle of Blood River (Afrikaans: Slag van Bloedrivier; Zulu: iMpi yaseNcome) is the name given for the battle fought between 470 Voortrekkers ("Pioneers"), led by Andries Pretorius, and an estimated 15,000–21,000 Zulu attackers on the bank of the Ncome River on 16 December 1838, in what is today KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Casualties amounted to 3,000 of king Dingane's soldiers dead, including two Zulu princes competing with prince Mpande for the Zulu throne. Three Pioneers commando…