Category: News


CEO Welcome Letter

Welcome to the Castle of Good Hope, South Africa’s oldest surviving building still in use today… Every morning when I arrive at work, I have to remind myself what a huge privilege and honor it is to open the doors of the oldest, operating office in the country. There is not a single day that […]


Statues of kings, resistance leader unveiled

Cape Town – South Africans needed to embrace their “collective history and heritage … the good, the bad and the ugly” as a step towards consolidating an inclusive sense of South Africanhood. So said Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Castle in Cape Town on Friday when she unveiled the statues of […]


Anger after Hlubi king insulted at Castle statue ceremony

Cape Town – A right royal row has erupted over what the Hlubi nation perceive to have been a slight delivered by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula in a ceremony at Cape Town Castle on Friday intended to honour, among others, their own 19th century king, Langalibalele. The Hlubi delegation, including sitting monarch Langalibalele II, left […]


Castle to become a beacon of inclusivity

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, […]


Maphatsoe outlines plans to attract more visitors

Cape Town – Deputy Defence and Military Veterans Minister Kebby Maphatsoe says he would like to see the Castle of Good Hope become a place of pilgramage for citizens from all political persuasions and from all parts of the country. “We want people to say: ‘Let’s go to Cape Town not only for the beaches, […]


Legend of Isandlwana lives on

Zulu King Cetshwayo had been pushed into a war that he never wanted with England. Yet, the first battle of that conflict had the unlikeliest of outcomes, writes Dougie Oakes. Cape Town – The mood of the congregation was sombre as Bishop John William Colenso stepped up to the pulpit of the Anglican Church in […]


Interpreters’ flawed contracts with Dutch

Perceptive and suspicious by nature, Doman was the first of the Khoikhoi to recognise the danger the arrival of Van Riebeeck and his group, writes Dougie Oakes. In the 17th century, Dutch colonialists prided themselves on their ability to learn the languages of inhabitants of their conquered territories. But there was one language they couldn’t […]


Bastion of past conquests

Doman, the go-between and resister at the Cape during the incremental Dutch conquest, appears to have been misunderstood right from the start, says Michael Morris. The life of Doman, the go-between and resister at the Cape during the incremental Dutch conquest of the region in the late 1600s, was precarious and uncertain, and invariably misjudged […]