Enjoy a page of exquisite photos by RIA VILJOEN of the purple-lined avenues in Pretoria as the trees blossom, and their fallen petals carpet the streets… plus take a drive through Joburg with ALI RAZA at the bottom of the page.

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“Some pictures are with the early morning sunbeams, others after the rain, others in the sunshine,” says Ria.

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“It’s a purple spectacle which brings so many memories to all who once lived here. There are 70,000 trees in full bloom in the Jacaranda city.”

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And now… take a drive with Ali Raza through an avenue of Jacaranda trees in Houghton and Rosebank in Johannesburg, South Africa: