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    Capital of Old and New SuidAfrika

    by kenHuocj Updated Nov 2, 2012

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    Madhiba -10 May 1994

    Favorite thing: Over 100 diplomatic Missionss including UN and others
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    and many many Government departments and civil servants who are sometimes not too civil.
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    museums are worthy of visits, and if you have special interest, e.g. Mrs Ples of Homo Erectus fame,make a point of meeting the academics in the backrooms - south Africa is down under below the Equator, and international contact is somewhat limited due to weak currency and unfounded fears on some notable foreigners ;-(((

    Fondest memory: It being the adminstrative capital of the Apartheid and post Apartheid South Africa.\is SIRa city of Bureaucrats
    but it is also the Detroit of the RSA, Chrysler, BMW and Fiat/Datsun have assembly plants in Tshwane.
    Academically, Pretoria U, UNISA, Technikon, Onderstepoort and CSIR all prowess in their own fields. not forgetting Krygskor'Armscor , possibly differently labelled nowadays

    The Day May 10th, 1994, in the Union Building Grounds listening to President Nelson Mandela's Speech and watching him on the BiG Screen
    and mesmerised by the National Anthem
    'Nkosi Sikelele Afrika'
    ........VIVA !

    'STATEMENT OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE AFRICAN NATIONAL CONGRESS NELSON ROLIHLAHLA MANDELA, AT HIS INAUGURATION AS PRESIDENT OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA, Union Building, Pretoria 10 May 1994 ==

    [ See speech in Travelogue ]

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    • Museum Visits
    • Arts and Culture

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    Useful website for the Gauteng Tourism Authority

    by CatherineReichardt Updated Aug 24, 2011

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    Favorite thing: Listed below is the website of the Gauteng Tourism Authority, which I have only found fairly recently.
    It's clearly been developed by people who know a thing or two about travel and is actually quite a good resource for planning purposes, since it contains details of tourist attractions in the Pretoria and Johannesburg region: http://www.gauteng.net/

    The telephone number of the Gauteng Tourism Authority is +27 11 639 1600, but I would hesitate to suggest that you call them unless you have no choice. My experience of dealing with them by phone is that the staff are badly trained, with little personal knowledge of the tourist attractions and very limited capacity to anticipate a tourist's needs. Rather rely on the Tourism Authority website and contact the place you're interested in directly (or, more reliably, consult their websites, which are usually also listed)

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    A few facts about Pretoria

    by PierreZA Updated Oct 13, 2007

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    Paul Kruger

    Favorite thing: The greater municipal area is called Tshwane.
    Afikaans is widely spoken, although English is spoken and understood by most people.
    People are very friendly and wil help where they can
    You might find that renting a car will make it easy to get around, as public transport is not always the best option.
    There are plenty ATM's which accept VISA and MASTER cards
    Climate : Summer months Nov - Feb , Winter months May - July
    Pretoria is served by OR Thambo International Airport (Johennesburg Int Airport), which is about 40km from Pretoria (with the R21).

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    Laptop Repair

    by ardelean Written Oct 18, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Laptop repairs are difficult. No one want to touch laptops. there is the Notebook company on the corner of Duncan St. and Pretorius in Hatfield. they take two weeks minimum. If you can do without your laptop for two weeks, you don't need a lap top.

    Fondest memory: Then there is Jimmy in Centurion. Phone number 012-654-9633. He is quick, good, and hugely expensive (US$80/hour), but cheaper than buying a new laptop.

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    Laptop Repair

    by ardelean Written Oct 18, 2006

    Favorite thing: Laptop repairs are difficult. No one want to touch laptops. there is the Notebook company on the corner of Duncan St. and Pretorius in Hatfield. they take two weeks minimum. If you can do without your laptop for two weeks, you don't need a lap top.

    Fondest memory: Then there is Jimmy in Centurion. Phone number 012-654-9633. He is quick, good, and hugely expensive (US$80/hour), but cheaper than buying a new laptop.

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    Tour Guide & Driver

    by almostacowboy Written Apr 29, 2005
    Friends of Mine

    Favorite thing: The Farm Inn just outside of Pretoria is the largest structure "under thatch" in SA or possibly the world. A great place to stay with wonderful breakfasts and accomodations. Hearing the on-site lions and hyenas at night was exhilerating..

    Fondest memory: We used "Friends of Mine" tour operators in Pretoria. Hennie Van der Berg (owner) was absolutely wonderful! He created a custom tour for us which my wife and I will never forget. Not only did we see the "tourist traps" but he took us to wonderful little restaurants, B&B's, shopping, and sight-seeing off the beaten track. He even cooked us a typical South African braai - 3 meat courses!
    You absolutely must use him! Now Hennie is a "friend of ours"!
    Thanks, Hennie.

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    PRETORIA

    by Braveheart.southafrr Written Jun 5, 2003

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    Favorite thing: PRETORIA IS THE CAPITAL , BUT IT HAS ALOT OF HISTORY , THE OLD HISTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA FROM THE BOER WARS , BUILDINGS, STATUE`S

    Fondest memory: I BASICALLY GREW UP IN PRETORIA , AS I WAS ONLY 12 WHEN WE CAME OVER FROM SCOTLAND SO I`VE SPENT THE MAJORITY HERE , GREAT PLACE GOT A LOT TO DO IN AND AROUND PRETORIA

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    Pretoria

    by Androidius Written Mar 4, 2003

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    Favorite thing: To be honest with you, there's nothing really of interest in Pretoria for the tourists.It is the capital of South Africa, but thats about the only interesting fact about that city.On the positive side it's safer than the rest of the South African cities.

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    • Road Trip

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    Climbing those steps of the Monument is tough .

    by Waalewiener Written Jan 13, 2003

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    On my way up (slowly)

    Favorite thing: There are a lot of steps to climb at he Monument , so I would suggest to take it easy , even for the people that our in good physical condition it will be a long climb. Take it easy you are on vacation.

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  • Getting around in Pretoria

    by Koester Written Dec 29, 2002
    Jacaranda street scene in Pretoria October 2002

    Favorite thing: A visit to the Voortrekker Monument and other attractions in downtown Pretoria. But make friends with someone in Pretoria otherwise getting around can be a problem. The public transport system is not kind to foreign travellers without own transport at all!!

    Fondest memory: Walking under the jacarandas near Pretoria University as a student on a rainy day in October.

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    antz's General Tip

    by antz Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Fondest memory: Ok, yet another funny story to relate to yous guys. While I was in Pretoria, I really wanted to go see the Parliament buildings (being a politics student an' all). My friends brother drove us there in a Combi. While at the Parliament, I was trying to film the place from the Combi. I couldn't really get a good view, so my friend and her brother tried to persuade me to stand on the dashboard (I am only small after all!) Of course, I am the only person who could manage to fall out of a stationary vehicle!!

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    Travel to Soweto and see the...

    by cpierson Written Aug 25, 2002

    Favorite thing: Travel to Soweto and see the Regina Mundi Church where the damage that occurred when Police threw tear gas and fired into the crowded meeting of people against apartheid is still evident. View the photos of what happened when school children marched in protest. Visit the Johannesburg Musum and see the display of the sedition trial and read about what happened to all the defendants after they were discharged.

    Fondest memory: Avenues of Jacaranda trees and the warm hospitality of our hostesses. Carved giraffes, groups of people and elephants and other crafts on stalls along the roadside.

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    by PeaceHavenSA Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Visit the Voortrekker...

    by JFJ Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Visit the Voortrekker Monument, see all the old buildings/museums in the centre of town.

    Fondest memory: The weather in Pretoria is pleasent the whole year. If you are an outdoor person you will enyoy it. We like our BBQ's and sport.

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    If you're into...

    by jansezl Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Favorite thing: If you're into architecture...visit the Union Buildings a very historic present and past. Also definitely visit the Pretoria State Theatre - very diverse and cultural. Chill out and mingle with the locals at any of the major centres - Menlyn, Hatfield and Brooklyn. Local nature reserves surrounding Pretoria is a must see!

    Fondest memory: Actually, i'm originally from Durban - a port and city on the African east-coast - I miss the deep blue. But when I'm away from Pretoria, I crave the local live Jazz concerts, cosmopolitan city, restaurants and natural resorts.

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