The Voortrekkers, lead by Andries Pretorius, defeated approximately 10 000 Zulu warriors on the bank s of the Ncome River which is in Kwa Zulu, Natal. There were 3000 Zulu casualties and only 3 wounded Voortrekkers.
Today, this holiday has been changed to the Day of Reconciliation – a way to celebrate the building of a new multi-racial society.
A Voortrekker women with her son - taken outside the front of the monument
Although neither Philip nor I are descended from the Voortrekkers, we have always found the history of this country interesting and we decided yesterday to visit the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria – to see what it is all about and how the Afrikaners still celebrate this day. The monument is situated in Pretoria and commemorates the pioneer history of our country. It is built of granite and it beautifully looked after. The gardens are immaculate.
We had an interesting day. We found the people more fascinating than anything and decided to go back on a quieter day so that we could have a better look around. There were HUNDREDS of people there! Philip and Ashleigh climbed the stairs to the top but there were just too many people for me! We were hoping to see the Cenotaph which is viewable from the Hall of Heroes. There is a large dome and at midday on the 16th December each year, the sun shines directly onto the middle of the cenotaph onto the words “Ons vir jou Suid Afrika” (We for thee, South Africa!).