Mandela’s gold

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On a July trip to the #cityofPretoria, Location Scout decided to end a week of being couped up indoors for workshops, out in the open, participating in the Afriforum Springbok Vasbyt held at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria.

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While he did his 10km track (in my vocabulary running = self-inflicted torture), I had a more tranquil exploration of the venue with Sprite filling the shoes of her dad as location scout.

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And her love object being horses, I could not persuade her to move an inch, before we did not first greet this lovely creature. (Okay, you’ve got me, my favourite movie growing up was Black Beauty. But don’t you ever dare tell Sprite that, she doesn’t need any encouragement).

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So the race would start once the Harvards went over, canon fired once and a moment of silence was observed.

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As the runners set off, we bolted from our own imaginary starting box, and set off to #discoverPretoria.

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And this is what we found:

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By then it was time to expect Location Scout on his final descent into the finishing arena, so we returned to the last hurdle the runners were to face. In true Rocky style they were expected to run up the stairs towards the monument around the block of a building and then down the steps towards the finish about 500m away.

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While making our way back to the car we were privileged to see these great memorials:

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#DidYouKnow:

Strelitzia /strɛˈlɪtsiə/

* Is a genus of five species of perennial plants, native to #southafrica.
* It belongs to the plant family Strelitziaceae. The genus is named after the duchy of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, birthplace of Queen ♕ Charlotte of the #unitedkingdom .
* A common name of the genus is bird of paradise flower / plant, because of a resemblance of its flowers to the bird of paradise.
* In South Africa it is commonly known as a #crane #flower and is featured on the reverse of the 50 cent coin.
* It is the floral emblem of the City of Los Angeles

And finally:
* Strelitzia reginae ‘Mandela’s Gold’ is a rare yellow form of the well-known crane flower, Strelitzia reginae.

Source for information on Strelitzia:
Wikipedia
http://www.plantzafrica.com

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