City Bus Tour

Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
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Trip End Mar 15, 2007


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Monday, October 2, 2006

While my cousin did some work on her pharmaceutical surveys, I spent some time in the local Internet Café - run by Korean immigrants (Mom, Dad, teenage boy and girl) - called the World Internet Café.  A very helpful group of folks and I spent a fair amount of time there trying to get my photos and journal up to date.
 
We took the car into the dealership that my cousin bought the car from as it was leaking oil badly.  They promised to fix it for her and lent her a car in the meantime.  We then went on to a meeting with a very nice travel agent named Melanie Coetzee (Carson Wagonlit) who is going to arrange my flight back to Johannesburg and a trip for me into the Kruger Park.  My cousin in Pretoria is going out to their bush home at Sabie Park on the 12th with one of her sons, a friend of his and two brothers, also friends of his, who have just lost their mother to cancer
 
From there my cousin in Cape Town dropped me at a sightseeing bus and I took a great trip 'round Cape Town seeing a number of places I had wanted to see but had not had time to do so.  It is a "Hop On Hop Off  type of bus but I stayed on it for the whole 2 hour ride and took photos.  The route included the Two Oceans Aquarium, the Clocktower, Convention Centre, the Tourism Centre, the Museum (both the South African one and the Jewish one), District Six and the District Six Museum (see below*) The Castle, Gold Museum, something called Jewel Africa, along the Kloofnek Road to the Cableway, down the Camps Bay Drive to Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay, Mouille Point and back to the Waterfront.
 
[Wikipedia tells me: The area was named in 1867 as the Sixth Municipal District of Cape Town. By the turn of the century it was already a lively community made up of freed slaves, artisans, merchants and other immigrants, as well as many Malay people brought to South Africa by the Dutch East India Company during its administration of the Cape Colony. It was home to almost a tenth of the city of Cape Town's population.
 
During the earlier part of the apartheid era, District Six was a remarkably multicultural district, with a heavy concentration of the people known in South Africa as coloured, including a substantial Cape Malay community, as well as other black, white and Asian people of various backgrounds. Many former District Six residents see this cosmopolitanism as one of the main reasons that it became a target for destruction. The removals were also doubtlessly motivated by the district's beautiful views of the ocean and of Cape Town, and, as the city grew larger, its proximity to the Cape Town city center; all of these factors made it attractive for real estate development aimed at white residents.
 
On 11 February 1966, the apartheid-era government declared District Six a whites-only area under the Group Areas Act, with removals starting in 1968. By 1982, more than 60,000 people had been relocated to the comparatively bleak Cape Flats some 25 kilometers away, and the old houses bulldozed. The only buildings left standing were places of worship.  International and local pressure made redevelopment difficult for the government, however. The Cape Technikon (now part of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology) was built on part of the former District Six and the area was renamed Zonnebloem, but apart from this the area was left as a wasteland until relatively recently.
 
An ANC election poster publicized its intent to rebuild District Six as a multicultural area. Since the fall of apartheid, the African National Congress has recognized the older claims of former residents to the area, and pledged to support rebuilding),] 
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