Crossing the Barrier

20 Odd years after ‘apartheid’ there are still some barriers to overcome in South Africa. This village (Stanford, Western Cape) is not an exception although the relations between people of different walks of life are relatively good and more on equal base than we experienced in some other places in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. There is still a division between ‘White’ and ‘Non-White’ people and there is also a division between ‘Black’ and ‘Coloured’ people; leaving the tribal/clan divisions of ‘Afro-Africans for what it is for now.

There is a natural barrier between ‘White’ and ‘Non White’ communities and that is the Willem Appel Dam which also borders our street. This metamorphoto shows people crossing this barrier.

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Pig’s Snout Magic

Saturday 6 September 2014, I hiked with the Strandveld Hiking Club along the lagoon and up to the magic of Pig’s Snout between Stanford and Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Over 20 people from as far as Quebec and even from Cape Town joined the 8 kilometer hike. I’ve been in many forests including nearby Platbos Forest but the Pig’s Snout forest beats them all; foremost I think because of the streams, the varied terrain and the magical waterfalls. It may not be as wide as the Niagara Falls but it’s certainly higher …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Humanity begins in your own environment was my first thought when I read about it in the Weekly Photo Challenge in the Daily Post.

20 Odd years after ‘apartheid’ there are still some barriers to overcome in South Africa. I live in Stanford, Western Cape, South Africa. This village is not an exception although the relations between people of different walks of life are relatively good and more on equal base than we experienced in some other places in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. There is still a division between ‘White’ and ‘Non-White’ people and there is also a division between ‘Black’ and ‘Coloured’ people; leaving the tribal/clan divisions of ‘Afro-Africans for what it is for now.

There is a natural barrier between ‘White’ and ‘Non White’ communities and that is the Willem Appel Dam which also borders our street. Sometimes I have a doggy walk into ‘The Scheme’ at the other side. The difference with our side is that there is real street life contrary to sitting behind closed doors and fenced properties. Co-incidentally a post scheduled for 26 September is also partly dedicated to The Scheme (‘coloured’) and ‘Hopland’ (Africans) and I also added some pics from that blog post. Some pictures I published in the past, others are not published or scheduled at all.

Moving your cursor over the pictures will reveal some captions that provide some more background.

 

Architecture: Impression of The Forest Lodge at Grootbos

(Grootbos is a private nature reserve near Stanford in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa)

The Happy Hikers

The Strandveld Hiking Club (you won’t believe it; I’m a member) organises a monthly hike and every hike is thoroughly prepared by one of more of the members. The November hike is the one from Tesselaarsdal to Stanford across the Klein Rivier Mountains; 16 km in total. We take the same route as barber Johan Willemse from Tesselaarsdal in the old days. On Friday he walked to Stanford to ‘dress the hair’ of his clientele on Saturday. On a Sunday he walked all the way back. A month or so ago ‘cheerleader’ Jenny Hayes and company set out from the Stanford side and last week they did it from Tesselaarsdal. For the people who are unknown with the location: both villages are situated in the Overberg region in the western Cape, South Africa. Along the hike is a wide variety of Fynbos vegetation.