Scott Balson's trip to South Africa -
18th September 2006 - Cape Town

Perth : Johannesburg : Pretoria : Pietersburg : Pilgrim's Rest : Ladysmith : Champagne Castle : Estcourt : Durban : Ixopo
Kokstad : Port Elizabeth : Plettenburg Bay : Cape Town : Victoria West : Griquatown : Mafikeng : Johannesburg : Perth

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A busy day ahead with four scheduled meetings - including a meeting with Gerald Klinghardt of the Iziko South African Museum, Paul Mills of Clarkes Books, Marla da Mark of DO Film Productions and Cecil le Fleur, the Chairman of the Griqua National Conference.

It was a beautiful, but cloudy, spring day which started early with a 7am trip to the famous and scenic Chapman's Peak.

The road to Chapman's Peak

Camp's Bay

The beautiful scenery

Views from Chapman's Peak

On the way back to Cape Town

From there it was back to the Park Inn Hotel and after taking a few photos of the now bustling Greenmarket Square below I again went through the famous old gardens, site of the Dutch East India Company's first fruit and vegetable gardens before meeting with Gerald Klinghardt, the Curator of Anthropology at the S A Museum and author of the research based articles "Death in Pella: Morturary Rituals in a Namaqualand Reserve" and "Structure and Process in the local government of Pella".

Image right: Meeting with Cecil le Fleur in Cape Town

I presented Gerald with a copy of "Children of the Mist" and he gave me a few of his publications that he had produced on the early history of the Khoi Khoi.

From there I drove to Constantia to meet Paul Mills and then back to DO Productions at the Waterfront before visiting the Castle - just after it closed at 4pm! My final meeting was at 6pm with Cecil le Fleur (see image right). We discussed the Ratelgat Project and its participation in my global online village homestay project.

Cecil joined me for a drink at the Park Inn and we had a useful and informative discussion about the current state of Griqua politics. 

Cecil is Alan le Fleur's uncle and his great grandfather was Adam Muis Kok who was one of the Griquas who was a key player in the "revolt" of 1878.

The Ratelgat Project, he told me, is going extremely well and they now have regular tour groups coming up to visit the unique Griqua Village north of Cape Town.


Greenmarket Square

Some of the beautiful

old buildings

The old High Court

S A Museum

Bushman on S A's new coat of arms

Traditional Griqua (Khoi) hut

Cecil Rhodes in gardens

Squirrel in gardens

Presenting Gerald Klinghardt
"Children of the Mist"

The Castle

Inside the Castle

The torture chambers where Adam

Tas was tortured.

The new S African elite meet

Buildings near the Castle

The Parliament in Cape Town

Before and after dinner!

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