Category Archives: Photography

Diamond Hill aka Donkerhoek


Boer General Louis Botha probably wrote in his diary…11th of June 1900…it’s a week after the fall of Pretoria…bitterly cold Monday morning…we are hidden in the hills at Donkerhoek…ready for battle… Britain’s Lord Roberts  probably wrote in his diary…11th of … Continue reading

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Welcome to Zwartkoppies


The owner of this estate can best  be described as a total workaholic, business visionary, incurable optimist, master lobbyist, shrewd operator and survivor extraodinaire. Are you thinking Donald Trump ? Or Warren Buffet? Or Sir Alan Sugar? No. His name … Continue reading

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Baldinelli Fever


I am walking through the Van Erkom Arcade, taking a short cut from Schoeman Street via Pretorius Street, on my way to Church Square. The mosaic on the Eastern wall, halts me in my tracks. The sheer size of it … Continue reading

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The Big House


As I enter the house in Doornkloof, it is hard to imagine that a pre-eminent Statesman had lived here. All of 40 odd years. Nothing fancy. A house made of wood and steel, strikingly unpretentious. And must have been pretty … Continue reading

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Hidden Gem


In the Post Office building on historic Church Square in Pretoria, resides a very mysterious frieze. Rather unobtrusively placed in the portico of the building’s Eastern entrance, the golden couple has been the subject of much speculation. As they are … Continue reading

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Civic Matters


The Pretoria City Hall was built to celebrate Pretoria’s city status, attained in 1931. Designed by FG McIntosh and John Lockwood Hall, this classical Italian style building has charmed residents and visitors alike since 1935. Soaring 47 meters into the … Continue reading

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The Pilgrimage


Some people are of the opinion that you should never go back to a certain place and retrace a childhood memory. I totally disagree, because that is exactly what I did today, and I loved every moment of it ! … Continue reading

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