River Park Housing Project

As a consequence of the new political dispensation in 1994, the Johannesburg City Council embarked on a project to construct “top structures” (buildings) on already proclaimed and serviced land designated for housing. This particular development was called River Park and was located just across a tributary of the Jukskei River from the “established” white suburban area of Lombardy East and on the east bank of the river opposite Alexandra, a traditionally black township.
In the first phase of the proposed 700 family scheme, 150 units were built and occupied.

The houses were double storey, well orientated and provided good quality exterior space in the landscape whilst contributing to an active streetscape. Maximum internal volume was achieved within the limited budget constraints, giving a sense of lightness and scale. The proposal demonstrates that low-cost, high-density housing can be built with sensitivity to good design.

Points of Architectural Interest in SA

A few thought provoking Landmarks in South Africa

While spending a much needed week of rest down south in the Mother City, I spent a very enjoyable week relaxing at Ashanti Lodge backpackers Cape Town. It was during this time that I thought I would take the opportunity to write this article for my website.

Mandela Capture Site

Visiting Howick in Kwazulu-Natal, you must swing by and have a look at the impressive optical illusion steel sculpture of Nelson Mandela. The sculpture commemorates the day that Nelson Mandela was captured and ultimately led to his 27 years of imprisonment on Robben Island.

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The Mandela Capture site should be first on your list of places to go when in Howick, but there is also so much more to see and do. The area offers adventure with canopy tours, spectacular views at Howick Falls, tours, parks and plenty more to keep the whole family busy.

Stay awhile in Natal and explore the area. Holiday homes, Guest Houses, hotels and unique accommodation are all available in Howick.

Gandhi Statue

Mahatma Gandhi was travelling on a train to Pretoria on 7 June 1893. He had a first class ticket on him but was ordered to move back to third class. Gandhi refused and was removed from the train and left in Pietermaritzburg. This incident ultimately inspired Ghandi to stay and fight discrimination and abuse in South Africa. He became famous for his ‘passive resistance’ method of nonviolent protesting. Today a bronze statue stands in Pietermaritzberg honouring the life of Mahatma Gandhi.

Pietermaritzberg has a lot to offer the traveller. A  Lion Park, Museums and plenty of Restaurants offering gourmet foods.  There is a large selection when it comes to accommodation, especially some beautiful Victorian style guest houses.

Castle of Good Hope

Built in the 17th century, originally on the coastline of Table Bay, this Bastion can now be found inland on the Foreshore of Cape Town. Today the Castle is recognized as a provincial Heritage site and is a very popular attraction to all sightseers. In fact tours to the Castle of Good Hope and hundreds of exciting destinations can be booked right at the travel centre situated in the lobby of Ashanti Lodge Cape Town Backpackers.

Since the Castle of Good Hope is located in the heart of Cape Town, it is easy to get to and from this Heritage site. Accommodation can be found nearby and travel arrangements are simple to do. Of course being in Cape Town there are numerous places to see and visit.

Huguenot Monument

Franschhoek, a beautiful valley between mountains is a definite destination for the wine connoisseur and lovers of gourmet food. The valley provides spectacular views and a warm welcome from the locals. Obviously the wine route is something you should do while here, but there are also many other activities available.

Visit the Huguenot Monument, remembering the influence that the Huguenots brought with them to the Cape Colony. The Huguenots immigrated in the 17th and 18th Century.

Franschhoek also offers travellers a wide selection of accommodation options. Why not make a reservation at the 5 star Franschhoek Country House and Villas. Found in the very centre of the Franschooek valley, offering a luxury experience like no other.

Visit: www.fch.co.za

National Women’s Memorial

During the Anglo Boer war, there were British concentration camps erected for the Boer women captured in that period. The Memorial and war Museum commemorates the many women who died in these horrible camps.

Visit and explore the museum to find insights into why this war happened and how the people survived in that time. The Memorial is also a provincial Heritage site that can be found in the Free State.

The Free State has a lot to offer including Boutique Hotel and Luxury Lodge accommodations. Stay and travel through the Free State for a wonderful and exciting experience.

The Union Buildings

The Union Buildings contain the offices of the President and is the official seat of the South African Government. The buildings are a heritage site located in Pretoria. The building itself is a masterpiece of architectural design, and the gardens surrounding it are beautiful. The avid sightseer must pay a visit here to see for themselves what Pretoria has to offer.