Originally a farming settlement
in the mid-19th century, Pretoria became the capital of the South African
Republic. The city was named after Andries Pretorius, a great Afrikaner
When the Union of South Africa was formed in 1910, Pretoria became
the administrative capital.
Pretoria is located only a few tens of miles from Johannesburg, joined
by busy highways, and it is conceivable that the two cities will join
up in the not too future.
We visited in the spring which is the best time to view the magnificent
jacaranda trees which paint the city purple.
Pretoria viewed from high up on the Voortrekker
Monument. The Union building can be seen on the hill to the right
of the picture
The magnificent Union Building houses the national
government. Several of South Africa's past leaders have statues
in the gardens below the building - this one is JBM Hertzog who
was Prime Minister in the 1920s
The statue of Paul Kruger oversees the centre of
a multi-racial city
The view from the Union Building - note the Vootrekker
Monument on the horizon