City Bus Tour
Trip Start Mar 14, 2006
241Trip End Mar 15, 2007
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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
[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
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),]