Sunday, August 22, 2010

We saw the towers fall.

  I remember childhood holidays driving on the N2 from the Eastern Cape to Cape Town, me and my sister with our Archie comics and Tina annuals in the back seat, my parents up front. There was always the thrill of spotting the Athlone Cooling Towers and the mountain. Without fail we'd wrinkle our noses as we passed through the steamy smoke.
Today we watched from the end of Table Mountain Road as 21 600 tons of concrete went down in thirty seconds. It was reminiscent of chocolate - that moment before it melts completely, when it becomes all bendy and soft. People whooped and dogs barked as a huge cloud of dust slowly passed over to the right. Immediately it started raining.
This great photo by Andrew Brauteseth.

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