Let me explain. I haven’t been blogging for the past several days due to technical difficulties and time constraints. I’m going to try to condense a lot of great material in order to catch up.
On Feb. 13, after our visit to the Apartheid Museum, we stopped at Constitution Hill for a look around. There’s an old British fort and it’s the location of the infamous old “Number Four” Prison. All but four stairwells from the “awaiting trial” buildings have been torn down and replaced with a memorial site. Reclaimed bricks from the prison were used to pave the Great African Steps that run between the site of the prison and the new Constitutional Court to symbolize “a bridge from the oppression of the past to the hope of the future. ”
The next day, Feb. 14, we toured Soweto. Soweto is an acronym for SOuth WEstern TOwnships, the location that blacks were moved to in the 30’s to separate them from whites. There are very affluent areas such as Vilakazi St., the only street in the world where two Nobel Peace Prize winners, Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, lived. In contrast there are areas of such extreme poverty where there is no plumbing or electricity, to this day.
It is also the site of the 1976 student uprising where Hector Pieterson was killed by police precipitating the disintegration of apartheid.
Finally, we had lunch at a local restaurant for authentic African food, including tripe (don’t try it!) and oxtail stew (awesome). Then we stopped off at a Shebeen to try the local home brew, a beer made from sorghum.
It was an amazing day with our wonderful guide, Sipho, from Themba Tours.
Now that I’m caught up with our time in JoBurg, on to Vuyani Safari Lodge!