|Images of Africa|
|by John Walker|
Union House in Pretoria is the seat of the South African government (the legislature sits in Cape Town and the judiciary in Bloemfontein). The building is set on a hill overlooking Pretoria and is surrounded by extensive meticulously maintained gardens. I was enormously impressed by these gardens when I first visited South Africa in 1991 and found them just as magnificent ten years later. Union House was originally built as the capitol of the Union of South Africa, established in 1910, incorporating the former British colonies of the Cape and Natal, and the Transvaal and Orange Free State, conquered by the British in the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902. This view of Union House is taken from the lawn in the middle of the gardens, unfortunately backlit by the low noontime Sun of southern hemisphere winter.