Photographer's Note

Overview (at the centre) of the Afrikaanse Taalmonument, Paarl, Western Cape

Afrikaans is die taal wat vir Wes-Europa en Afrika verbind... Dit vorm 'n brug tussen die groot helder Weste en die magiese Afrika...

"Afrikaans is the language that connects Western Europe and Africa... It forms a bridge between the large, shining West and the magical Africa..."

The "Taal Monument" was erected on a hill in the middle of amazing landscape kown as Paarl Rocks.
It is situated some 50 Kms north of Cape Town in the Winelands.

Officially opened on 10 October 1975, it commemorates the semicentenary of Afrikaans being declared an official language of South Africa separate from Dutch.

Also, it was erected on the 100th anniversary of the founding of Genootskap van Regte Afrikaners (the Society of Real Afrikaaners) in Paarl, the organization that helped strengthen Afrikaners' identity and pride in their language.

The monument consists of various tapering structures of a convex and concave nature, symbolising influences of different languages and cultures on Afrikaans itself, as well as political developments in South Africa, as follows:

Clear West - the European heritage of the language
Magical Africa - the African influences on the language
Bridge - between Europe and Africa
Afrikaans - the language itself
Republic - declared in 1961
Malay language and culture

There is an open stadium at the bottom of the structure where concerts and events are held.

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