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The University of Pretoria offers some of the country's best sporting facilities and these facilities attract international athletes as well as local sporting bodies for training camps or specific team preparation. The High Performance Centre, HPC, has become the preferred location for team South Africa's pre-departure camps as well as the preferred centre for the specialisation of a significant number of national federations. During the FIFA Soccer World Cup, the HPC was home to the Argentinean football team. Indoor facilities on the Sport Grounds include a sport hall with 3000 seats (basketball, netball, volleyball), 5 halls for gymnastics, judo, karate, badminton, fencing, table tennis, a fitness gymnasium, a heated indoor swimming pool, committee and lecture rooms as well as a restaurant and cafeteria. Outdoor facilities include 6 rugby fields, a rugby stadium with 3 500 seats, an athletics tartan track and stadium (3 000 seats), 1 practice athletics track, 5 cricket ovals and clubhouse, 4 hockey grass fields and clubhouse, 24 cricket nets (8 all-weather), 1 synthetic hockey playing surface (astro turf), 6 all-weather netball courts, cross-country track with 2 routes, 9 soccer fields, a Soccer clubhouse, 22 tennis courts (18 hard & 4 clay courts), a Tennis clubhouse, 2 tennis practice walls, 1 softball field, 3 all-weather basketball courts, 2 volleyball courts, 1 beach volleyball court, Olympic standard swimming pool with pavilion (1 500 seats), 7 squash courts (1 match court), 2 hammer throwing circles, climbing wall, dam for canoeing and rowing, and a 4-hole practice golf course.
Welcome to Africa, AKA the motherland! Check out African Internet Radio while you're scoping the panoramas.The earliest fossil of the homo sapiens family (human beings) was found in Ethiopia, dating back more than 200,000 years. Compared to this length of time, even the "ancient Sumerians" from 6000 B.C. are drooling toddlers.Let's mention a few African heroes you may have heard of, for inspiration in the face of the continued economic inequality and violence which plague Africa today: Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of South Africa, who fought against apartheid and served 27 years in prison while advocating freedom and peace. Haile Salassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, who resisted Mussolini and the fascist Italian invasion of WWII, and who is worshipped as an incarnation of God by the Rastafari movement. Kwame Nkrumah, first Prime Minister of Ghana, advocate of uniting Africa in Pan-Africanism. Fela Kuti, inventor of Afrobeat music, who declared his home to be an independent state, ran for president of Nigeria, and to whose funeral ONE MILLION PEOPLE came to pay their respects.In June 2001 the African Union was formed, consisting of 53 African States organized, like in the EU, around common economic and political development.Text by Steve Smith.