MANDELA DAY 2019
AT THE CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE
The Castle of Good Hope team, inter alia partnering with NGO Citizens for Change, the City of Cape Town, Provincial Government and the Write Sisters, is staging a world-class event for the most iconic world leader of the 20th and part of the 21st century, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
This event will be held on Thursday 18 July 2019 at the iconic Castle of Good Hope – just 100 metres from the place where he spoke his first words as a free man on Sunday, 11 February 1990. This after wasting 27 years in Apartheid jails. We are planning the world’s greatest Chef Food Masterclass where 500 fish shall be prepared for a live audience feeding 400 hungry people in the city through the Give Hope Foundation NGO. In true Madiba fashion, the “Write Sisters”, a group of ladies who had some scary moments in the Castle’s water tunnels, will demonstrate how adversity can be turned into greatness (and gratefulness) when the human spirit prevails. They will give back to the homeless, the ones who helped them through their June 2017 ordeal in the Castle tunnels. Come join us and make this 10th International Mandela Day a day of sacrifice, sharing and real hope for our future.
Calvyn Travers Gilfellan (CEO)
A story of joy, pain, tears, laughter, disappointment, fear, hope – and all the that characterize us as a nation.
Opened in1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape and the nation since.
Statues of King Cetshwayo, Langalibalele, Sekhukhune and 17th century freedom fighter, Nommoä was unveiled in December 2016. The three kings had once languished in the Castle’s gloomy cells, and Nommoä had known first-hand the penalty of contesting the power that resided within it.
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WINTER HOLIDAY MESSAGE FROM THE CEO
Calvyn Gilfellan – CEO: Castle of Good Hope
June is Youth Month in South Africa. We dedicate this month to the lives of thousands of young people who sacrificed life, limb and freedom for a free and democratic South Africa.
Whilst the learners and students were sweating it out in the Exam Rooms , the Castle was quietly readying itself for a heart-warming Winter holiday season (Summer holiday season in the Northern Hemisphere).
The hugely successful Cape Town Coffee Festival, adjacent to David Coulthard’s Redbull Racing event, literally kick started our season… and there is so much more to come.
On Friday, 13 June, an awe inspiring exhibition commemorating the first recorded rounding of the Cape 500 years ago, is opening. It is dubbed “Elcano Crosses The Cape” and runs from 13 June to 12 July in the Castle’s Military Museum. Given that this is an event that radically changed trade, economic, social, cultural and technological relations in the world, it is a lesson in history that no one can afford to miss! The exhibition contains a rare collection on public view for the first time in this country. This exhibition will whet your appetite for the other three museums within the Castle citadel.
The Castle offers guided tours led by an experienced guide 7 days a week. Three times a day there is a firing of an old cannon performed by the Cannon Association of South Africa. This is a legacy of the days when the signal cannon was used to indicate that a ship had been sighted at sea and to relay the message to the people inside the fort.
Twice a day, there is a key ceremony which showcases the unlocking of the Van der Stel entrance of the Castle of Good Hope by the ceremonial guards of the castle.
Hope to see you all at the Castle this Winter. Be safe and keep warm.
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