Tuesday, October 4, 2011

The Big City

I just returned from my first trip to Pretoria to present proposal ideas to the Canadian Embassy for funding through their Local Initiatives Fund. I was excited to travel to the big city and get some quality bonding time with Sis Ghana, but needless to say, I was more than a little nervous to be speaking in front of the Embassy representatives as well as Jos, Sis Ghana, and Clemens. But what an opportunity to practice presenting two proposal ideas regarding gender and technology in the rural classroom and leadership and advocacy for young rural women. 

This was also a chance to see a bit of Pretoria and our driver was kind enough to drive past the Union Buildings which were beautiful and historic. In the distance, we were also able to see the Voortrekker Monument. Sitting in the Hatfield district of Pretoria was a reminder of sitting in any Canadian city in the summer with the cafes, restaurants, and hipsters and business people walking by.
Voortrekker Monument
Union Buildings, Pretoria

Nelson Mandela statue in Nelson Mandela Square
(and some random guy's head)
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After the business portion of our trip, Sis Ghana and I took advantage of our extra time to take the Gautrain to Sandton City mall and Nelson Mandela Square.  You realize how that Joburg is another big city and I’m still frightened by the criminal reputation that precedes it.  I was quite happy to get my feet solidly back in the Eastern Cape!

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