Video of Pieter and Clive’s epic MTB event

LUXURY SAFARIS SOUTH AFRICA

http://pgtops.com/blog/2596/

South Africa – Flag and Anthem

Quite a few times I thought to myself where did the design, idea and colours come from. After today I have a better insight and even more respect for our beautiful flag!

South Africa was redesigned as a democratic state and a  new flag was in order. Designed by Frederick Brownell, State Herald, the flag was officially hoisted on 27 April 1994. The flag was originally commissioned as in interim flag but was embraced by the nation and became permanent!

The Y shape represents how people from diverse backgrounds come together and work together as one, Mzansi, South Africa.

The Red has been adopted from the Dutch flag’s Orange. The Blue and White were colors on both the Dutch and old South African flags and the Black, Green and Yellow are colors of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC).

The flag is the only in the world making use of six colours!

Red Bloodshed to get South Arica as Union and later Republic
White Represents the white people of South Africa
Green Represents our Agriculture
Black Represents the black people of South Africa
Yellow Represents all our minerals
Blue Represents our beautiful oceans

Our anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika was composed in the year 1897 by Enoch Sontonga. It was first used in a church but was later used as political defiance against the Apartheid Government. Die Stem, our previous anthem, was written as a poem composed by C.J. Langehoven.

The anthem is sung in isiXhosa, isiZula, Sesotho, Afrikaans and English – this created a bridge which is shared by 51.7 million people representing our new country and unifying us all together.

Language

Lyrics

Translation

Xhosa Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
Lord, bless Africa
May her spirit rise high up
Zulu Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo.
Hear thou our prayers
Lord bless us.
Sesotho Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.
Lord, bless Africa
Banish wars and strife
Lord, bless our nation
Of South Africa.
Afrikaans Uit die blou van onse hemel,
Uit die diepte van ons see,
Oor ons ewige gebergtes,
Waar die kranse antwoord gee,
Ringing out from our blue heavens
From our deep seas breaking round
Over everlasting mountains
Where the echoing crags resound
English Sounds the call to come together,
And united we shall stand,
Let us live and strive for freedom,
In South Africa our land.

Also with the research that has been done I came across an interesting YouTube video with our National Anthem and how it should be sung (gave me goosebumps) enjoy.

Till next time!

 

(too bad the toomuchcoffee site is not working no more – going to get a cup of java!)

Langa Pre-School Gifting Session

This is what we do and love…

England vs South Africa Rugby Test Tour 23 June

Check out our epic two test 10 day tour on http://pgtops.com/england-vs-south-africa-rugby-tour-2012

For the second year running, PG TOPS will be going to go watch the Springboks face off in an international rugby test against a top international side. England this time, and the final test of a three match series due to take place in Port Elizabeth 23 June 2012. England vs South Africa Rugby Test action! Epic!

South Africa vs England Rugby, 3rd Test tour itinerary:

22 June: 12pm pickup in Cape Town for drive on the Garden Route. Tonight we sleep at the epic Afrovibe Backpacking lodge in Sedgefield, on the beach!

23 June: Early morning start to get to Port Elizabeth by noon, where we soak up the pre-match atmosphere at Barney’s before moving to the stadium for the 5pm kickoff. Tonight we party in PE and J-Bay, rooms reserved on one of the world’s most famous beaches!

24 June: After breakfast (and maybe a quick surf for those with not too much of a hangover), we head back to Cape Town, we should be back by 6/7pm.

Price R1950pp includes test tickets, transport, private room sharing.

PG TOPS TOURS THE GARDEN ROUTE

SANTA SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY

On 23 October, more than 30 intrepid elves got together at PG TOPS HQ to pack over 70 shoeboxes for underprivileged kids. With donations, some elbow grease, lots of laughs, some good tunes, an All Black victory after over 20 years, awesome support from kitchen helpers and the braaimaster, and general good vibes, we got it all done.

Well done everyone, special thanks to Yolanda for driving this initiative! Check out the vid of our efforts!

Next year, let’s do a 100!

Cape Point & Penguins

The day trip to Cape Point is probably the most popular full day excursion out of Cape Town – with good reason. My customized trip includes entrance to Cape Point, Chapmans Peak Drive, Hout Bay Harbour and the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. The views are spectacular, and it’s a mini-safari in itself.

Animals you might see on the route include Ostriches, Chacma Babboons, Penguins, Southern Right Whales, Cape Fur Seals, Antelope and a variety of bird species.

It’s a bit of a drive out to Cape Point, but the view off Chappies is my favourite and the hike to the Cape of Good Hope is also a highlight. There are so many cool things to do on the route it really merits a two day excursion, but you can cram quite a bit in in a day – we’ll have to make some choices though!

Optional activities on the trip:

  • Seal Island Cruise in Hout Bay (50min)
  • Visit to Kirstenbosch National Gardens
  • Wine Tasting Groot Constantia
  • Wine Tasting Cape Point Vineyards
  • Horse riding on Noordhoek Beach
  • Kayak with Penguins
  • Whale watching cruise
  • Surf lesson in Muizenberg

There are a lot of cool spots for lunch, but check out my blog for my favourites:

http://www.pgtops.com/blog/2010/11/10/cape-point-favourite-restaurants/