CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE RE-OPENS - 26 JULY 2021

Following President Ramaphosa's announcement that South Africa has moved back to Adjusted Alert Level 3, we are elated to welcome you back to the Castle. Kindly note that all the restrictions applicable at this level shall apply. Since some of our boutique museums inside the Castle are relatively small, further restrictions may apply, but there is still a lot to experience!

Hope to see you soon. Castle Management Team, Cape Town.

For more information on the coronavirus, visit the Corona 19 website portal of the Department of Health at https://sacoronavirus.co.za/.

Covid-19:
Looking Back To The Future

Good Day Castle Friends

It was about this time last year when the full might of the most devastating pandemic hit humanity.  The 356-year Castle was not spared and had to respond to the worst human and economic crisis in recent history.

Despite the debilitating operational impacts of the pandemic, the Castle Control Board (CCB) took a conscious decision not to lament but use the full might of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) to advance their heritage, tourism, and conservation mandates.  During these extraordinary times, the CCB organised virtual tours, virtual seminars, virtual exhibitions, blended events and even hosted a couple of international film shoots.

The CCB joined forces with artists, performers, community organisations, religious leaders and exhibitors to launch a series of thought-proving exhibitions:

  • "Posterity" with its focus on gender-based and other forms of societal violence and links with our colonial past;
  • "If These Bones Could Talk" about rhino poaching;
  • "Imam Haron" dealing with the life and times of this struggle cleric;
  • "Dulcie September" dealing with this anti-apartheid activist's death by letter-bomb;
  • "Cape Muslim Heritage Art Exhibition",
  • the Cape Minstrel symbolic demonstration to usher hope into the new year;
  • the Camissa Museum heritage initiative - a development with the potential to change the course of history and historiography in our land.

These exhibitions and other innovative events attracted unprecedented media interest, reaching an audience of over half a billion people.

During the current financial year, the CCB will endeavour to significantly beef up its income generation capacity by improving the restaurant, gift shop, and conference offering. We are thus extremely grateful towards all our loyal clients and supporters and in particular the Department of Defence, who threw out a life-line when we faced our darkest of hours.

On-site and perimeter security management remain a key priority. In this regard, the CCB and its on-site SANDF partners, are engaging the City of Cape Town, SAPS and private sector to improve crime prevention at the Castle's Grand Parade entrance.

Depending on the lock-down restrictions, the CCB will undertake a concerted marketing effort to get scholars, students, community members and tourists in their numbers back on site. The Board has again committed itself to clean, effective corporate governance and expects nothing but a clean audit for the year behind them. The latter, plus our global status as a heritage thought-leaders, will build confidence, the bedrock for our journey of recovery…

Yours in heritage for development

Chief Executive - Castle Control Board

 

First ever cyberbullying workshop co-hosted with
Trafalgar High at the Castle of Good Hope
[1 June 2021]

 

Deputy Minister of Defence & Military Veterans
Mr Thabang Makwetla's Visit to the Castle
[3 June 2021]

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Recommended Norms & Standards
For The Operating of Museums
During COVID-19

08 July 2020

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Castle Of Good Hope Commemoration A Chance To Rewrite Colonial History - Zuma

9th December 2018.

 

 

Cape Town – The 350th commemoration of the founding of the “bastion of colonialism”, the Castle of Good Hope, is an opportunity to rewrite colonial history, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

“(It is) a standing reminder and sanctuary for the defence of a brutal system that robbed the majority of South Africans of their dignity, social identity, land and other benefits of their country’s economic potential,” Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula read from a speech Zuma was meant to have delivered.

He was unable to because of a state visit by Zambia’s president.

The castle’s history could be rewritten in a manner that was inclusive and promoted healing and nation building. Its construction marked the beginning of colonial injustice, and racial oppression.

When the governor of the Cape colony, Zacharia Wagenaar, laid the foundation stone in August 1666, the intention was to build a solid defence against two enemies: The rival European powers and the indigenous population who fought to retain their land and freedom.

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“The castle became the political, judicial, legislative, penal and social nerve centre of the fledgling colonial administration,” Mapisa-Nqakula said.

“It is against this background that the commemoration of the 350 year’s existence of the castle offers us a unique opportunity to revisit, reinterpret and re-write our complex, brutal colonial and apartheid history in a manner that is fully inclusive, restorative, respectful and educational.”

On the last day of the 350th commemoration, three kings and “gallant heroes and heroines who took on the might of colonial armies” were honoured with statues.

These included King Cetshwayo kaSenzangakhona of the amaZulu, King Langalibalele kaMthimkulu of the amaHlubi, King Sekhukhune of the BaPedi, and Gorochougua clan freedom fighter and Khoe (khoisan) leader Doman.

This was the beginning of a commitment to honour all those who fought against colonial conquest and inspired future generations of freedom fighters.

‘Breaking the curse’

A Centre for Memory, Healing and Learning was opened at the castle on Friday. The centre was flanked by a torture chamber and jail cells where kings and chiefs were incarcerated.

The intention of the centre, sponsored by the military veterans department, was to break the curse of “oppression, persecution and ignorance”, Mapisa-Nqakula said.

Since the castle served as a haven for colonial rulers and was a strong proponent of slavery, it was perhaps no accident that the largest contradiction and conflict around identity and race was to be found in the Western Cape, and in particular Cape Town.

“We must use this opportunity to change the mind-set of the castle being glorified as a bastion of colonialism.”

The castle had been declared a national heritage site and an application would soon be made to upgrade it to a world heritage site.

The celebrations on Friday included marching bands, praise singers, and a national salute.

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Updated Lockdown
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Key Ceremony

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10:00|12:00 

This showcases the unlocking of the Van der Stel entrance of the Castle of Good Hope by the ceremonial guards of the castle. It is a past practice that is still practised today.

Canon Firing

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10:00|11:00|12:00 

The firing of the signal cannon was used to indicate that a ship had been sighted at sea and to relay the message to people inside the fort. You can view the firing of an old cannon, performed by the Cannon Association of South Africa.

Guided Tours

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11:00|12:00|14:00|15:00|16:00 

Unearth the hidden history of the Castle with a guided tour led by an experienced guide. Tours operate seven days a week.

 

Please note that the Key Ceremony, Cannon Firing & Guided Tour activities have been suspended due to COVID-19 protocols at this time.

 

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