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A description of how the spirit of Cecil Rhodes permeates Cape Town.
Swirling clouds pouring down the Table Mountain cliff face. Swirling clouds pouring down the Table Mountain cliff face.
Swirling clouds pouring down the Table Mountain cliff face. Swirling clouds pouring down the Table Mountain cliff face.
The Old Man of the Mountain. Swirling clouds pouring down the Table Mountain cliff face
behind Rhodes Memorial serve to create a
haunting presence out of the rocky edifice
known as The Pulpit.
  `Some seven years after Rhodes' death, the daughter of an English statesman, recently landed, was describing to some of us her first impressions of the Cape Peninsula. The charm of Cape Town and its surroundings, Rondebosch, Wynberg, Sea Point, Muizenberg, lovely even in their names; the Mountain dominating them all; the clear, clean South African air and its wonderful light - these she felt and saw as all must who have ever touched there; but there was something more, a haunting sense of some dominating personality present but unseen everywhere. Table Mountain with the town and villages nestling in its kloofs seemed to have some great spirit brooding over it, and in men's talk there was always a reserve of some idea too familiar yet too impressive to be much talked about. Then it had dawned upon her that the haunting personality was that of Rhodes; and the mystery was explained.
 
'For everything appeared to call up associations with Rhodes: the statue of the old Dutch governor, Van Riebeeck, on the quay, to greet the stranger on his arrival in South Africa, was his gift; the road round the Mountain was planned by him with the loving thought that `human beings would walk that road long after I've gone'; the old Dutch block-house on the Mountain was preserved from destruction by him; Groote Schuur at Rondebosch, with its ample grounds and its masses of hydrangeas, was his home, left for the public service of a united South Africa; and the tiny cottage by the sea at Muizenberg was where he breathed his last painful breath....'

Basil Williams
 
Sunrise at Rhodes Cottage, Muizenberg. Sunrise at Rhodes Cottage, Muizenberg.
Sunrise at Rhodes Cottage, Muizenberg. Sunrise at Rhodes Cottage, Muizenberg.

Sunrise at Rhodes Cottage, Muizenberg.



Rhodes' statue at the University of Cape Town, set against the soaring summit of Devil's Peak.




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