This is a dedication to the Past, Present and Future of South Africa, with reference to our most beloved Executive National Capital City...
May our Country always prosper, may our people always support and celebrate each others’ individuality,
May we stand together in times of great celebration and also in times of great sorrow,
Let our leaders always bring the message of hope, peace and compassion and our country always be under the protection of our Mighty God!
In this piece I used the historical buildings to represent the past, the children and dogs represent the innocence of the future and the scene at the bottom illustrates current events of the time.
The children are playing with the South African “Big 5”, but the Rhinos are missing as their horns have been cut off. One of the Rhino Poaching Syndicates were caught and are being sent to court for trial. The Blue Bull and SA mascots are watching the opening sequence of the world cup, and the 11 people at the bottom right hand corner represent the cultural diversity of our country.
There are important national icons that will re-occur throughout all my city and town paintings, the Galjoen, the Springbuck, the Blue Crane, the Proteas, and of course, Nelson Mandela; the man who brought Apartheid to an end. The white dove represents the Lord and Him watching over our country.
1) The Voortrekker Monument: 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.
2) The Union Buildings: form the official seat of the South African government and also house the offices of the President of South Africa. It has become an iconic landmark of Pretoria and South Africa in general, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city and an emblem of democracy.
3) The Palace of Justice: The Palace of Justice is located on the main square of Pretoria – Church Square. This building was the scene of arguably the most famous political trial in South Africa’s history, the Rivonia Trial. During this trial, Nelson Mandela and a number of other prominent liberation struggle figures were charged with treason and subsequently incarcerated.
4) The City Hall: was built to celebrate the achievement of Pretoria's city status in 1931. The building was inaugurated 4 years later, in 1935.
5) The Unisa Building: UNISA’s roots go back over 130 years, which makes it the oldest university in South Africa. Even though it originated in Cape Town it moved its Headquarters in 1918 to Pretoria, and later expanded its premises and finally, in 1972, the impressive new home on Muckleneuk Ridge was finally completed. The first phase took more than four years to build.
6) The Telkom Tower: situated on the prominent hill of Lukasrand south of Pretoria, approximately 5km south-east of Church Square.
7) The Paul Kruger Statue: located in Church Square lies this statue of Stephannus Johannes Paulus Kruger, the President of the Republic of South Africa from 1880-1900. He was considered ‘the father of the Afrikaaner Nation’. His firm belief in the destiny of the Afrikaaner and his strong faith and obedience to God characterised his life.
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