Robert van Rossum, Wednesday 7th of october 2009
Today we made sometime to get our heads clear and reflect the first day we installed the measuring systems in the households.
We started at 08.00 after breakfast at the Nova office which is across the street from the guesthouse. The plan for today was to go into Pretoria and visit some best sights in town.
First stop was the Union building, these buildings are the headquarters of the government. After the Union building we went to the Voortrekker Monument. The structure remains a testament to the “Boers” (white people) pioneering and independent spirit and was build between 1938 and 1949. In particular, it commemorates the Battle of Blood River on 16 december 1838, during which 470 Boers, under the command of Andries Pretorius, defeated approximately 12.000 Zulus.
For us the monument was a symbol of the white. It makes me fell very little. Its to see from far away because it is real big kind of tower and standing on a hill. It’s a building for the white people and is a powerful symbol for them.
After this we went to Freedom Park. Freedom Park is a memorial to those people, local and international, who have sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. The names of the people are in craft into the walls and our tour guide Gift told us that every name can be found on these walls from Smeenk or Koenders till Van Brugge.
In the freedom park we had a little reflection on what our thought were till so far. Everyone was positive about the project.
Afterwards we all had to do some paperwork to prepare for the next day.
Robert and Lothar