After attending the gift shop and having lunch, we travelled straight to the Voortrekker monument. The Voortrekker monument was constructed by the Afrikanners, in 1949. It is a symbol that commemorates the history of the Afrikanners in South Africa (specifically the Voortrekkers who left Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854). Once arriving at the monument, we met our tour guide who was Afrikaans. Throughout the tour of the monument, our moral consciousness was struck by many words of our tour guide. Many of us felt anger, and questioned in a way that was not ungraceful. The Afrikanners saw South Africa as their God given territory and themselves as bringing civilization and development to South Africa.
I take from these experiences a greater understanding of two different narratives. One filled with a history of despair but a present and future of great pride. And one filled with memories of being conquered by the British and the Africans.