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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

QUO VADIS?


Continued from the previous posting.

QUO VADIS?


SCULPTOR - DANIE DE JAGER

1936-2003

The sculpture was initially known as “In Flight” (In Vlug) while it featured in the lobby of Jan Smuts Airport, between the years 1971 to 1998. It was removed when the airport was upgraded and when the name changed to O.R. Tambo.

It was stored in a warehouse where it was vandalised.  A large portion of the sculpture was also stolen. The remaining parts were, however, later returned to De Jager. When De Jager passed on his widow, Elsa, handed it over to former foreign minister Pik Botha who had it restored. According to an article in Rapport a friend of Pik Botha, Nic Anicic, provided financial support for the restoration.

It was renamed "QUO VADIS?" and erected at the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria where it was unveiled on 13 February 2013. The new name was bestowed in memory of former Prime Minister (1948-1954) Dr. D.F. Malan’s closing words during the inaugural ceremony of the Voortrekker Monument on 16 December 1949.

Quo vadis? is a Latin phrase meaning "Where are you going?" or "Whither goest thou?"

Now that’s a good question!


8 comments :

socrates said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

This statue brings back memories...
My father worked at Jan Smuts when I was a kid and I spent hours and hours exploring the place. The last time I saw that statue I was 10 years old I think....
Just a word of gratitude to those that take the time to preserve our past, it is an insight into our future.
A far cry from how things have crumbled around us today.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@socrates – thank you!
Yes, things have surely crumbled around us! I was very disappointed to see how small the turnout was at yesterday’s cultural event at the Voortrekker monument. The senseless bickering among South African Europeans, about nitty-gritty stuff, is going to eventually lead to total alienation and destruction of our once proud and beautiful heritage… But the majority don't seem too concerned about this – as if they’re ashamed of their heritage!

Mike Smith said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

I am one of those people who make a point of visiting the Voortrekker Monument every time I am in Pretoria. My last visit was in January 2013 and I was surprised to see so many Chinese (Taiwanese) tourists there. The guide was a black dude and he had a female translator with him translating from English to Chinese. I stood closer to hear what he had to say about the massacre at Bloukrans, the Battle of Bloodriver, etc...Actually I expected him to vilify the Voortrekkers or Boers or go on an Afrikaner bashing propaganda crusade, but I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he was very factual, historically correct and objective.
That night I went to a restaurant in Pretoria and was served by a 21 yo white Afrikaans male. I told him that I was at the Voortrekker monument that day and he told me (with no shame) that he has lived his entire life in Pretoria and has NEVER been there.
Red nou ‘n nasie met so ‘n volk!
In 2006 or so I attended a meeting (organised by the Afrikaner Bond) at the Jan van Riebeeck school in Cape Town. The meeting was incidentally called “Quo Vadis Afrikaner”. The master of ceremonies was Elna Boesak. Her husband Allan Boesak also had a few things to say. Dr Franklin Sonn and Christo van der Rheede were amongst some of the other coloured “Afrikaanses”.
Boesak told us that all of us were wrong, that we spoke the wrong Afrikaans and that Cape Coloureds speak the only TRUE Afrikaans. One of the Broeders then asked him why, if he feels so strongly about Afrikaans, all his children were in an English school (Paarl Valley High, Somerset West).
We’re still waiting for an answer.
Nevertheless, the question is if we still have grounds to celebrate Heritage Day? What is our Heritage and culture? Take the Afrikaners of South Africa and tell me what is their culture today?
Are Afrikaners Christians? Mostly atheists or Eastern style religions if you ask me.
Boeremusiek? Who listens to that anymore? Certainly not the youngsters. They shame themselves for it. Volkspele perhaps? Who still does that? Certainly not the youngsters anymore. Hardly anyone knows any of the FAK songs anymore let alone owns a FAK sangbundel. Who still buys Afrikaans books or poetry? Please tell me when last did you buy an Afrikaans book?
In the end, what remains? Braai vleis...Maybe Rugby? But isn’t Rugby British?
Our culture is dying around us, because we as parents are too damn Slapgat to fulfil our roles as the primary educators of our children and instil a pride for our heritage, who we are and what we have accomplished on this Godforsaken Dark continent.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Mike Smith – what a lovely surprise to hear from you again. I was getting worried and thought you had disappeared off the face of the earth!

As usual you speak true words… Very sad but unfortunately true. The ANC’s relentless propaganda has finally succeeded in convincing South Africa’s European youth that they should feel ashamed of their heritage. It has caused them to seek and establish a new identity – one that conforms more to the satanic worldview – ruled by sports and entertainment.

Eastern style religions and eastern lifestyles are being hammered down our throats by the mainstream media – on television and in glossy magazines. The Christian churches are near empty on Sundays, while Islam is flourishing.

As you said… We’re too damn Slapgat to even bother about our children’s future (or heritage) in this country. The general feeling is that they’ll send their kids to another country if things fall apart here, but this only applies to those who can afford it. The rest, it seems, are acting like chameleons – blending in with the general scenery, hoping that no one will notice the changes in their ‘new’ character and ‘new’ identity.

Thanks for popping in… I’m quite sure I’m not the only one who is hoping to hear more from you.

socrates said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

Definitely a nice surprise to hear Mike is still out there!
Hopefully his keyboard will be getting some weed killer treatment soon? Hint hint

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

@Mike Smith
I agree Mike - however just play the song De le Rey and you see how most Afrikaners / Boers feel – they want to be a people/nation – but don’t know how anymore

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

While we’re on the subject of Bok van Blerk’s songs, here are the opening lyrics from 'My Kreet':

My Kreet (Lirieke) - Afrikaans

Is jy gebore?
Donker Afrika se kind
Voel jy verlore?
Voel dit is nie eers jou skuld?

Maar jy moet aanhou glo
Nooit ooit vergeet
So staan ons saam

As jy voel jy staan alleen
En almal se jy kan nie wen
As jy my vra sal ek jou dra
Deur bloed, deur sweet, hoor jy my kreet
Jy moet weet jy’s nooit alleen
Die Afrikaner het `n stem
As jy my vra sal ek jou dra
Deur bloed, deur sweet, hoor jy my kreet

See more, on this posting.

Here are the links to two of his songs on YouTube:
(Both give me goosebumps every time I listen to them!)

De la Rey: http://youtu.be/nlHqKJyo3GQ

Die Kaplyn: http://youtu.be/eke3l8Tmqdc

More about 'Die Kaplyn' here.

Tia Mysoa said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

UPDATE: 6 OCTOBER 2013 - (Fort Schanskop)
I’ve just uploaded a few pics of Fort Schanskop, also photographed on Heritage Day 2013, and published on the Facebook Page of Tia Mysoa. I was most impressed with the beautiful Paper-barked thorn tree (Afr.: Papierbasdoring) standing on the grounds. Click here to view the album.

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