Tuinhuys, in Black and White

Tuinhuys (the Garden House) is the Cape Town office of the Presidency, a lovely piece of architecture with a history that goes back, as everything does in South Africa, to slavery and colonialism. It was from here that FW de Klerk declared the end of apartheid; it was from here that Mandela, Mbeki, Motlanthe and – catastrophically – Jacob Zuma steered the ship of state, in JZ’s case pretty much onto the rocks.

In this image, I have chosen to show, not just the graciousness and grace of the structure, but something of what it means in the South African context – appropriately, I would suggest, in black and white.

Tuinhuys

President Ramaphosa

We have a new President. Cyril Ramaphosa elected by Parliament today. A new tone in his remarks to the House of dignity, humility, respect and commitment. And not a word about his predecessor.

Needless to say, I watched his election and stood and applauded, along with millions of South Africans.