Pasadena United Reformed Church: The Three Forms of Unity

first_imgFaith Essays & Inspirations Pasadena United Reformed Church: The Three Forms of Unity From the URC Learning Admin Published on Friday, March 2, 2012 | 3:36 pm 15 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribe Make a comment Community News Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News center_img The Bible assumes that Christians continue to sin, corrupting the church over time, and that they should therefore always be attempting to reform the church, to put it back in accordance with biblical teachings and practice.During the sixteenth century, Roman Catholics chose to stop participating in this process and actually condemned those who attempted such reform. Reformers were forced outside of the Roman Catholic Church and participated in the Reformation in Protestant churches such as the Lutheran, Anglican, and Reformed.From 1618 to 1619, the Reformed churches from dozens of countries throughout the world sent representatives to meet at the Synod, or Council, of Dordrecht. There, they collectively stated their faith and summarized biblical teachings with three documents, or forms, of unity: the Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession, and Canons of Dort.The United Reformed Churches in North America are descendants of this international Reformed movement and offers these statements of faith as summaries of biblical teaching.The Church has always stated its faith for many reasons and these Three Forms of Unity perform many roles. They summarize biblical teachings such as the doctrines of the Trinity, the Incarnation, Predestination, Justification, and the Church. They allow members to gather together around shared beliefs about fundamental teachings in the Bible, and thereby relegate non-essential doctrines not specifically addressed (political positions, educational platforms, etc.) to personal opinion lest the church needlessly split. They also help others understand what we believe and thereby provide a basis upon which ecumenical unity can be built.Different types of documents serve different purposes. Catechisms, such as the Heidelberg Catechism (written in Heidelberg, Germany) are documents written in a question-and-answer format that help explain biblical teaching to children and those new to the faith; the Heidelberg is divided into 52 Sundays, or Lord’s Days, which allows it to be worked through in a year. Confessions, such as the Belgic Confession (written in Belgium) explain various biblical teachings. Finally, canons, such as the Canons of Dort (written at the Synod of Dordrecht), are series of technical responses to specific theological issues.These documents were originally written in Greek, Latin, French and German. The English translations of the four ecumenical creeds (Apostles’, Nicene, Athanasian and Chalcedonian) and the three forms of unity (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Canons of the Synod of Dordrecht) were created and reviewed by various individuals, including pastors and elders in the URC.The English translation of the three forms of unity offered here may look different than others. Many modern English editions are translations of translations or the products of various alterations and additions to the text of the documents including scriptural citations and dubious historical notes – the vast majority of these have serious problems.The Belgic Confession offered here is a new translation. A new translation was necessary because current English editions select specific versions of the confession, used only in limited locations for limited periods of time, as the sources of their translations. The international churches, however, gathered together at the Synod of Dort and collected these versions and edited them (added to them, subtracted from them, and re-wrote entire articles). The text of the Belgic Confession that the churches produced at Dort represents the consensus of the international movement from which the URC traces its roots and it serves as the basis of this new translation.The sources of the Heidelberg Catechism and Canons of Dort used at Dort could not be precisely identified and so no new translation was made. For the Canons of Dort, the translation of the CRC’s Psalter Hymnal is offered, for the Heidelberg Catechism, a typical amalgamation without textual pedigree but rendered in modern English and bearing bible verses.Pasadena United Reformed Church, 226 W. Colorado Blvd., Arcadia, (626) 437-4944 or visit www.pasadenaurc.org. HerbeautyKeep Your Skin Flawless With These Indian Beauty RemediesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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Trojans host CSULA in exhibition game

first_imgIn his last year at USC, Horton served as special assistant to then-first-year head coach Andy Enfield, and helped recruit USC’s impressive 2014 class, which was ranked No. 16 by ESPN.com. The freshman class includes guard Malik Marquetti, forward Malik Price-Martin, guard Jordan McLaughlin and guard Elijah Stewart. ESPN.com also ranked McLaughlin as the No. 41 overall recruit for the incoming freshman class across the nation.Also joining the squad are transfers Katin Reinhardt, a redshirt sophomore guard, and redshirt sophomore forward Darion Clark. The two players will be playing in ther first collegiate games since the 2012-13 season after having to sit out one season for transferring. Reinhardt played his freshman season at UNLV and Clark played at Charlotte before coming to USC.All of these additions will add depth to a team that has few returning impact players from last year’s campaign. Sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic and sophomore guard Julian Jacobs will lead the team into battle as they look to improve in the second year under Enfield.Jovanovic will try to use his experience over the summer on the Pac-12 All Star team to bring the team success this season. Jovanovic led the All Star team to a perfect 3-0 record during its trip to China in August. He was the leading scorer on the team with 33 points, and his 11 rebounds were only one back of the leading rebounder on the team.Other players returning to the Trojans this season include junior guards Chass Bryan and Brendyn Taylor, junior forward Strahinja Gavrilovic, sophomore forward Samer Dhillon, and sophomore guards Kahlil Dukes and Devon Pflueger. The Trojans’ roster consists of players who combine for a total of 53 starts at USC, with 52 additional collegiate starts coming from the two transfers.Cal State Los Angeles, a Division II team, finished 15-12 last season and 12-10 in California Collegiate Athletic Association play.After this exhibition, the Trojans open their regular season on Nov. 15 when they host Portland State.Saturday’s game kicks off at 1 p.m. and is open to the public for free. USC’s men’s basketball team will host an exhibition game against the Cal State Los Angeles Golden Eagles on Saturday at the Galen Center. This is the first exhibition game that the Trojans have held since the 2010-11 season when they beat Point Loma Nazarene. When Cal State Los Angeles comes to town, they will be led by former USC assistant coach Dieter Horton, who is in his first year as the coach of the Golden Eagles.Round two · Second-year basketball head coach Andy Enfield leads the Trojans into this weekend’s exhibition game against Cal State Los Angeles. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

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Isaac Addo confirmed as Ghana FA General Secretary

first_imgMr. Isaac Addo has been appointed as the General Secretary of the Ghana Football Association.This was confirmed at the last meeting of the GFA Executive Committee at the GFA Secretariat in Accra.Until his recent appointment, Mr. Addo was a Deputy General Secretary (Marketing) of the Association.He acted as General Secretary of the Association after the retirement of Mr. Emmanuel Gyimah in 2015.Mr. Addo joined the Ghana Football Association in 1999 as an Administrative Officer before he was later appointed as Deputy General Secretary in charge of Marketing.He is a graduate of the University of Ghana (Legon) with a Bachelors Degree (Hons) in Economics & Political Science before attending a Sports Administration Course at CAF.  He also earned a Masters Degree in Business Management at the University of Hull (UK) and a Masters Degree in Disaster Communications Management at the USTTI (USA). The General Secretary is the head of the General Secretariat of the Ghana Football Association.last_img read more

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Legislative breakfast to be held Saturday

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Wellington will be holding a Legislative Coffee at 10 a.m. at Cases Country Cafe. This will be a meet and greet with the newest state representatives and state senators in Sumner County. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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England trio target world girls’ title

first_img Fuller (pictured below left) is the English U16 girls’ champion and runner-up in the Annika Invitational Europe. The world championship is played over 72 holes. Wardle competed last year and finished eighth.  Tags: Annabell Fuller, Bel Wardle, England Girl’s, Lily May Humphreys, World Junior Championships A trio of champions will represent England at the World Junior Girls’ Championship at Marshes Golf Club, Ottawa, Canada, from 24-29 September.  The players are Annabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton, Surrey), Lily May Humphreys, 15, (Stoke by Nayland, Essex) and Bel Wardle, 17, (Prestbury, Cheshire), pictured top.  Humphreys (pictured below right) is the British girls’ champion, English women’s amateur champion and the girls’ winner of the European Young Masters.center_img Images copyright Leaderboard Photography Wardle is the English girls’ champion and the English women’s open stroke play champion.  4 Sep 2017 England trio target world girls’ title last_img read more

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Turkey, Tradition on Menu in CN

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnCOLTS NECK – The roots of the Colts Neck Reformed Church’s annual turkey luncheon and dinner can be traced to the time of the Johnson Administration – that’s Andrew Johnson, not Lyndon.Members of the Colts Neck Reformed Church help prepare the 2011 annual turkey dinner in the church kitchen.The traditional event, initially slated for Election Day on Nov. 6, was impacted by Super Storm Sandy. Shortly after the storm, church members gathered “in the cold and dark” and decided to postpone the event until Tuesday, Jan. 22, one day after Inauguration Day, said the Rev. Scott Brown, the church’s senior pastor. With many people scheduled to be off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and able to help with the preparation work, it seemed like a perfect time to hold the lunch and dinner.The event is the melding of two church traditions: The annual Harvest Home Supper, originally held on a Wednesday evening beginning in 1866 – the year after Abraham Lincoln was assassinated and 10 years after the church was founded – and the church’s first Election Day luncheon, held in 1922, when church members served hot dogs, clam chowder, crackers and coffee to those casting ballots nearby.The luncheon and dinner “has been part and parcel of who we are almost since the very beginning,” Brown said. “Though the congregation has changed significantly from a very small rural congregation … to a now larger, vibrant congregation, there has been great respect for tradition. What the dinner does is remind us that we are part of that great stream of the people who came before us, who we owe a debt of gratitude, and also that there will be people after us who will, hopefully, continue this great tradition.“It’s wonderful to be part of something with that longevity,” Brown said.The Oct. 29 storm left most of the area without power and many people with devastating property damage. Many of the church’s members were involved in volunteer work to help others recover; the church property was without electricity. The perishables on the shopping list for the dinner were needed elsewhere for those affected by Sandy but church members did not want to cancel the event. It was decided that January was the best time to reschedule.“We figured that people would be ready to come together for a great community event,” Brown said.Over the years, the meal has morphed from food that included roast beef sandwiches, pie and ice cream to turkey. “The first turkeys were served in 1949,” Brown said. “It’s been full turkey ever since.“It’s an exciting event. The whole church is involved. It really is something of a great community connection,” he said.Proceeds from the luncheon and dinner go to the church’s benevolence fund that is used to help those in Colts Neck and surrounding communities. The idea of postponement – rather than cancellation – was supported because members did not want to lose the opportunity to donate funds raised from the event to the community, Brown said.“Everyone who has a meal here will not only get great food and good conversation but also will be able to help those in need,” he said.The event, the 146th, will be held in the congregation’s Fellowship Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 22 with lunch being served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and dinner seatings at 5, 6 and 7 p.m. Those attending the lunch will have a choice of a turkey salad or a hot open-faced turkey sandwich. Dinner is a full turkey dinner. Takeout is available. Tickets bought in October are being honored and those who bought tickets but now cannot attend may get a refund.“It’s a wonderful tradition,” said Sherre MacClellan, who is coordinating the event.The grocery list calls for 54 turkeys, which will be roasted in ovens at volunteers’ homes – MacClellan will again be roasting four turkeys in her two ovens – plus 165 pounds of bread for stuffing, 250 pounds of potatoes and 40 pounds of carrots. Desserts are homemade by members of the congregation.McClellan, who has many checklists, often consults what she calls “the Election Day Dinner Bible,” a compendium of information that is handed down from past coordinators to help present coordinators plan the event. That information is now being put into computer files that can be transferred onto memory sticks.The day before the event, dozens of volunteers converge on the church at about 9 a.m. to help prepare the meal. “Bags of potatoes are peeled, carrots are peeled. Every­thing, all the prep work is done. The turkeys are prepped and the stuffing is made,” she said. “You go in there and you have kids helping … and then you have the 85-year-old grand­mother helping … Every­body really plays a part in this.”After the prep work is completed, another group comes in during the late afternoon to set the tables for Tuesday.The food and labor is all donated with Saker Wakefern Foods ShopRite donating most of the food, including the turkeys. Other big donors are the nearby Delicious Orchards, which includes cider and cranberry relish among its donated items, and Orgo Farms, located just up the road on Route 537. Tom Orgo, a church member, donates items and allows the congregation to use his refrigerated truck.During the 2011 edition, the church served 383 lunches and 550 dinners, both sit-down and takeout. The sit-down dinner is served family style. The event almost always sells out.How good is the meal?“It’s always good,” Pastor Brown said. “The biggest decision is to figure out at lunch whether to have the hot turkey platter or the turkey salad … At dinner it’s amazing how much the food is there in abundance. It can’t all fit on the table … It’s delicious, top to bottom.”last_img read more

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SAN FELIPE STAKES QUOTES

first_imgBOB BAFFERT, DORTMUND, WINNER, AND LORD NELSON, FOURTH: “Coming into this race he was doing much better than he was last time. He’s starting to fill out, getting stronger. As long as he stays healthy, the farther they go, he’s just getting cranked up there at the end, so that was pretty exciting.”Did he expect Dortmund to be on the lead? “Martin (Garcia) is on his own. All riders are on their own and they just rode their race. The thing about Martin, he knows all these horses, so if I have to give him instructions, then I’m in trouble. He knows the horse really well. The worse thing you can do is take him back and get him behind a wall of horses. He was doing it pretty easily. He’ll stay here (for the Santa Anita Derby, $1 million, Grade I, 1 1/8 miles on April 4).”CLIFFORD SISE, PROSPECT PARK, SECOND: “He ran very well, yeah. We were OK with the trip. I think the next step is the Santa Anita Derby.” -30- MARTIN GARCIA, DORTMUND, WINNER: “It looks easy because he’s such a good horse and when you have a horse that’s good, he makes it look easy.“I’m always confident because I know how good he is.“I don’t think there will be any difference for him when we add more distance; he can go any distance. It won’t be a problem for him.” VICTOR ESPINOZA, BOLO, THIRD:  “He ran an amazing race today. To be able to switch to the main track for the first time like he did, he ran fantastic. I know we lost some ground, but I liked where we were. I didn’t want to get a bunch of dirt in his face and I didn’t want to get him back in behind horses. Dortmund is a great horse, no doubt about it. Just for a moment there at the top of the stretch, I thought we could beat him, but he’s too tough.”TRAINER QUOTES NOTES: Winning owner Kaleem Shah is from San Diego. JOCKEY QUOTES KENT DESORMEAUX, PROSPECT PARK, SECOND: “I had a full ride. I had to throw on the air brakes in the first turn to get him covered. He galloped and cantered to the quarter-pole. I had to thread a needle there where he shied a bit. He was made for this. He did a great job. They got the battle, we’ll win the war.”last_img read more

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Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event

first_imgOne of the biggest Relay for Life events in Europe takes place in Letterkenny this weekend with thirty-six teams and a host of top entertainers preparing to take part.And interest in it continues to spread far beyond these shores with a number of Relay for Life organising committees in the United States requesting video footage of the traditional Luminaria service at the LYIT campus to show at their own events which are being staged in the coming weeks.“It represents a real international dynamic to our own Donegal Relay,” chairperson of the local committee, Robert O’Connor points out. Over 1.2 million euro has been raised to date by the Relay initiative in Donegal which now enters its eighth year and continues to boost funding for the Irish Cancer Society in helping to provide care and emotional support for patients and their families in addition to funding research.“We are grateful to all who are taking part including the survivors, the carers, the teams, and the singers and musicians,” chairperson O’Connor acknowledges.“It’s amazing the people who get involved. We had a husband and wife from Glenties, both of them cancer survivors and aged in their mid to late eighties, who came to Relay last year meaning to stay for an hour or so and instead stayed for the whole twenty-four hours.”Leading the ever popular Survivors Choir, Donal Kavanagh, also referred to the sense of solidarity and support that marks Relay for Life and the community response to it. “Donegal is one of the biggest Relay for Life events taking place in Europe. It’s something the county can be really proud of,” he told a special assembly of team captains.Previewing this weekend’s Relay, which runs from 5.p.m. on Saturday through to Sunday evening at the LYIT campus, chairperson O’Connor stresses it’s still not too late for survivors to register for next weekend’s Relay event. They can turn up on the day or contact Donal Kavanagh at 087-6319699.The survivors undertake the opening lap of the track at the L.Y.I.T. on Saturday evening and then, led by the Cloughaneely band, retire to the main building for the traditional banquet.Following the survivors, the carers embark on their lap – an acknowledgement of the unstinting work they do for those enduring the cancer journey.“They do all the dirty jobs that no-one wants to do. And they do it selflessly and out of love,” insists Donal. While the opening ceremony of this year’s Relay is scheduled to be performed at 4.40.p.m. on Saturday, with Charlie Collins acting as M.C., pre-entertainment will be provided by Callum Keaveney and David Craig from 4.p.m.As committee member Ena Barrett reveals, there’s a hugely impressive line-up of entertainers on the Relay programme with top performers such as Jim Devine, Michael English, Anne Biddy, Gary Gamble, Evelyn Gallagher, Eddie Gallagher, Shaun Cuddy, Seamus McGee, and Hugo Duncan to name but a few set to provide the song and the music and countless opportunities for the dancers among the attendance.“We’re very grateful to Paddy Bradley for helping to line up this fantastic array of performers, each of whom gave their time for free to generate the atmosphere and support the Relay initiative.”One of the most emotional segments of the Relay for Life experience is the Luminaria ceremony scheduled for 10.30.p.m. on Saturday during the fading embers of dusk. And as has been the case every year, Moya Brennan and family will be involved in this particular part of the weekend. “We’re honoured to have someone of her musical stature come here every year to perform,” the Relay chairperson indicates.Meanwhile, mass will be celebrated at 7.a.m. on Sunday by Fr. Ciaran Harkin in the An Danlann building while Highland Radio will broadcast live another richly rewarding aspect of Relay, the Gospel Hour at 9.15.a.m. and the Ecumenical Service at 10.10.a.m., both of them featuring an array of outstanding voices and instrumentalists.Among them will be the Survivors Choir who will perform at various stages over the 24 hours and will feature ‘With a Little Help from My Friends’ as part of their repertoire.Global Hero of Hope, Suibhan Gillespie, will be overseeing the ponytail cutting segment on Sunday where the donations of hair are subsequently presented to the Little Princess Trust and go to make wigs for cancer patients.Organisers stress that while awareness and fund-raising play a significantpart in the event, the celebration element is a constant feature of the weekend activities.“We want people to come and dress up or whatever – anything to bring in the fun element. There’s always a great atmosphere at Relay and a lot of laughter over the weekend,” insists committee member, Charlie Quinn.Huge crowds again expected for amazing Relay for Life event was last modified: May 25th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:letterkennyRelay for Lifelast_img read more

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Photo library: Buildings and structures 18

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Buildings & Structures contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie Coetzee, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province: Interior of the Durban International Convention Centre. Photo: Hannelie CoetzeeMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image BUILDINGS AND STRUCTURES 18: {loadposition bd}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library? Email Janine Erasmus at [email protected]last_img read more

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Gallery: The top tourist attractions in tiny Gauteng

first_imgThe diversity in South Africa’s Gauteng province belies its small size. Known for its work-hard mentality, it also offers a wealth of things to do and see for fun. Local and international travellers will be more than spoilt for choice. The Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein has become an iconic landmark of Johannesburg’s skyline. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)Compiled by Mary Alexander and Priya PitamberIt’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.Travel is also about exploring your own back yard. Through its Sho’t Left initiative, South African Tourism encourages local holiday travel. It helps to make planning a holiday easier with choosing, budgeting for, booking and paying for a trip, and more.Gauteng confirms that dynamite comes in small packages. The tiniest province of the country, taking up only 1.4% of land area, it is home to the country’s eclectic economic hub, Johannesburg, and the capital city, Pretoria. But it also offers a range of unforgettable leisure experiences for any traveller.Between Johannesburg and Pretoria in Midrand, the Nizamiye Turkish Masjid is a majestic structure. It is the first Ottoman-styled mosque in the southern hemisphere. Its large dome rises 32 metres and it is flanked on each corner by 55-metre minarets. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Cradle of Humankind near Johannesburg is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world. Maropeng, meaning “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, is the fun visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind. It’ll change the way you see the world. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Vilakazi Street in Soweto is one of the most famous streets in South Africa. It housed two Nobel Peace Prize winners: Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Huge, colourfully painted cooling towers dominate Orlando in Soweto. Once part of a power station, they now add another tourist attraction to the township: adventure. Thrill-seekers are able to bungee jump off the two 100-metre-high towers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) “It was the opposite of grand, but it was my first true home of my own and I was mightily proud. A man is not a man until he has a house of his own.” This was how Nelson Mandela described his first home, on Vilakazi Street, in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom. Today the humble Soweto abode, Mandela House, has become a must-see for travellers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Maropeng, the visitor centre in the Cradle of Humankind, is housed in the Tumulus Building. It is shaped to be “evocative of a giant burial mound”. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) The Food Market Shed, popularly referred to as The Sheds at the Fox Precinct in downtown Johannesburg, has become a popular place to sample arts, crafts and artisan foods. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) Located in the heart of Braamfontein on Juta Street, the Neighbourgoods Market offers a range of lovingly hand-crafted food and beverages. People can enjoy their meals outdoors, watching the hustle and bustle of city life. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr) South Africa’s Union Buildings is the official seat of the government. The classic building was designed by Sir Herbert Baker in 1908 and completed in 1913. The gardens around it hold monuments of historical figures, including a 9-metre-tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)The city of Johannesburg is constantly changing to the pulse of its people. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY-2.0, via Flickr)last_img read more

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