Travelling round Johannesburg

Sandton, South Africa

There are over 4 million people in Johannesburg, a city founded on gold deposits. Yesterday, after a very warm welcome from the customs officer, the trip by train from the airport was very smooth and we arrived at our comfortable hotel without a drama. Today we caught the sight-seeing bus which wound its way through the fairly narrow streets of the city. We spent a couple of hours at The Apartheid Museum, which was a very moving experience. What a struggle and what a triumph! People power and doing the right thing in the end prevailed. But what a cost, and why do we treat each other so badly? Reminders of Nelson Mandela are everywhere…statues, a bridge, posters, memorials. There is also a place called Gandhi Square after another famous activist who spent many years in South Africa as a lawyer. A very reflective day, appreciating how lucky we are.

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