Tag Archives: monuments

Permanent detention

António de Oliveira Salazar, the former Portuguese dictator, is not someone who I expected to come across in downtown Maputo. Following independence, most surviving monuments from the colonial period were stashed away at the old fort. But my friend John … Continue reading

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In the vaults of the Voortrekker Monument

A couple of years ago, in Maputo, I interviewed Gert Opperman, a retired South African general major who until recently headed the Voortrekker Monument and Nature Reserve, in Pretoria. The Voortrekker Monument is a memorial to an epic moment in … Continue reading

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If you happen to be in town…

I’ve written here before about the care with which Frelimo disposed of many colonial-era monuments following independence. I said I’d save the most interesting tale for another day. That day is Wednesday. That’s when I’ll be giving a talk at … Continue reading

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