◆ The iconic rondavels went up in flames in July and at least 10 were burnt to ashes.
◆ In the 1940s, the rondavels were the home of the Pretoria Bantu Normal College, which operated until 1959. ◆ The likes of PAC stalwart Stanley Mogoba and legendary footballer Steve “Kalamazoo” Mokone were schooled at the college. ◆ The apartheid government initially wanted to use the rondavels to provide accommodation for the increasing black population in Pretoria. ◆ In 1947, 50 units were built for this purpose, but residents protested against the project and they were subsequently demolished.
◆ Other rondavels were later built to
house teachers at the college.