Workshop Activity

Workshop Activity

Just been to Pretoria for six days to meet with VSO people from around the globe, working on one of VSOs improvement and effectiveness programmes . It was a great privilege to meet so many people all committed to the VSO agenda of reducing poverty . We worked hard sharing planning, sharing and developing ideas and solutions.

The Guesthouse

The Guesthouse

The guesthouse where we were staying and working was set up as a typical Afrikaner house .

No people or cars

No people or cars

Pretoria is so different from Uganda – large empty boulevards , shopping malls and hardly any people about .

Frozen yogurt bar at the shopping mall

Frozen yogurt bar at the shopping mall

It was election week but there was no indication in the streets near us …….just commentary on the TV.

The Gautrain Station on our way to the Apartheid Museum

The Gautrain Station on our way to the Apartheid Museum

The last morning we travelled on the Gautrain

Between Pretoria and Joburg

Between Pretoria and Joburg

Joburg in the distance

Joburg in the distance

to visit the Apartheid museum,

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

a visit made especially poignant by Nelson Mandela’s recent death .

Apartheid Museum: entrance way

Apartheid Museum: entrance way

It highlighted how the recent history of South Africa, from the days of the first white settlers had been characterized by racial segregation and discrimination culminating in the apartheid laws.

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

It also highlighted, for me, how potentially explosive the years between Mandela’s release and the 94 elections had been;

Apartheid Museum

Apartheid Museum

how much violence and how many people had been affected in that period.

Apartheid Museum: A bench

Apartheid Museum: A bench

The veld garden outside the museum was a welcome oasis of peace after the intense experience inside.

The veld garden

The veld garden

Back to Uganda on Saturday evening.

Downtown Kampala

Downtown Kampala

The 40 km drive from Entebbe to Kampala along roads teeming with stalls and people and impossibly loaded motorbikes couldn’t have been a greater contrast to the empty boulevards of Pretoria .

A Pretoria taxi on an empty road

A Pretoria taxi on an empty road

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