The office complex of the President of South Africa is in the capital city – Pretoria. The complex is known as ‘The Union Buildings’.
The Union Buildings are considered South Africa’s architectural masterpiece and overlook the rest of the city.
The Building is designed in a semi-circle with two wings at either side. The wings represented the union of a formally divided nation – the English and the Afrikaners during colonial times.
The terraced gardens are magnificently laid exclusively with indigenous plants and boast a 9000 seat amphitheater. There are various monuments and statues within the spectacular gardens.
The Union Building has been a site of protest during the apartheid years, but has since served as a venue for many important events in South Africa, such as the inauguration of South Africa’s first democratically elected President, Nelson Mandela.
It is also a very popular site for both local and international tourists.