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]

South African Museums Association

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

08 July 2020

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Castle To Become A Beacon Of Inclusivity

9th December 2018.

 

 

Cape Town – With talk of decolonisation echoing through the halls of universities, talk of land reform resounding around the country and nationalisation and redistribution of wealth on the lips of almost every South African, what better place to start than the land’s oldest colonial building?

This weekend, the Castle of Good Hope turns 350, and it is fast-tracking its reimagining by unveiling four statues of men who, up until now, have been little more than footnotes in the country’s history books.

They include king of the amaHlubi, Langalibalele, whom the suburb of Langa is named after and who opposed colonial rule, and Zulu king Cetshwayo, who famously led the resounding defeat of the British army at the Battle of Isandlwana.

Another is Bapedi king Sekhukhune, who through force and political manoeuvring built his kingdom Sekhukhuneland and violently opposed British rule, handing the Boers a number of crushing defeats.

Khoikhoi interpreter Doman, who led the first resistance against the Dutch by setting up monopolies of trade, so as to grow his own people’s wealth at the expense of Jan van Riebeeck and his party.

Walking between the hallowed, majestic bastions of the castle, Leerdam, Oranje, Nassau, Katzenellenbogen and Buuren, through the govenor’s chambers, the castle barracks, old munitions storage facility and the gloomy torture chamber, on guided tours, one is reminded of the cruelty of the past.

The systems of oppression and slavery, the torturous punishment of those who tried to escape slavery, or had the temerity to worship their own gods, refusing to submit to the missionaries, who forced Christianity on the indigenous enslaved tribes.

The Castle of Good Hope, far from shying away from its dreadful past, seeks to remind us, lest we forget.

However, the castle is changing. From its original purpose as the main port of defence, to the housing of the governors of the Cape, to a tourist attraction, the castle has also become a vibrant events venue, recently hosting the inaugural Cape Town Flower Show.

Daily, there are visitors from the US, the UK, Australia, Russia, Belgium and elsewhere around the world, who come to marvel at a structure that ties together iconic parts of Cape Town – timber from the vast forests of Hout Bay in the 1660s, stone from Table Mountain, held together by powerful limestone cement made on Robben Island.

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SA Tourism Services Association
Frequently Asked Questions For Tourists Travelling To SA [PDF 2MB]
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Tourism Industry Standard Protocols
For COVID-19 Operations

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Updated Lockdown
Level 2 Regulations
25 August 2020

 

ccb SATSA FAQs

Answering your questions on filming procedures during COVID-19 lock down.

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An infographic with tips and emergency contact numbers.

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Contact Number:
021 487 6552

Four steps for visitor safety.

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Latest Events

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Key Ceremony

TIMES
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

TIMES
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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