Cape Town castle founding stone to turn 350

2015-12-30 17:00
(Photo: Cape Town Central City Improvement District.)

(Photo: Cape Town Central City Improvement District.)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Cape Town - Three hundred and fifty tumultuous years will have passed when a commemoration to mark the laying of the cornerstone at the castle in Cape Town is held there on Saturday.

And to acknowledge the castle's many negative historical associations, the function is not being billed as a celebration, but rather a commemoration of the laying of the cornerstone on January 2 1666.

Currently an asset of the Department of Defence, the Castle of Good Hope was built by the Dutch East India Company - Jan van Riebeeck's employer - and was completed in 1679.

According to Cape Town Tourism, building materials included granite from Signal Hill and blue slate and shells brought over from Robben Island, with the labour drawn from slaves.

The commemoration of the laying of the first stone is expected to start a new chapter of healing at the castle which is strongly associated with dispossession of land, colonialism and brutality.

Read more on:    cape town

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Financial advisors – Do you need one and should you get one?

The good, the bad, and everything else you need to know when considering hiring a financial advisor.


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.