Media Alert: Minister Marais to Roll out Oral History Initiative in Bonteheuwel | Western Cape Government



Media Alert: Minister Marais to Roll out Oral History Initiative in Bonteheuwel

27 June 2016

Tomorrow, 28 June 2016, the Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, will officially roll out the Oral History Initiative in Bonteheuwel in the City of Cape Town. Launched in December 2015, the Oral History Initiative aims to capture and preserve the unique stories of communities within the Western Cape.

The launch will afford local community members an opportunity to share their personal stories with each other. The programme will include personal stories shared by:

  • The family of the late Ashley Kriel who resided in Bonteheuwel while struggling against the apartheid government
  • Florence 'Flori' Schrikker (63), who recently launched Kook Saam Kaaps, together with Koelsoem Kamalie (68). The passion of the two Bonteheuwel women has turned them into celebrities after 80 of their “lekker huiskos” recipes were published in a book.
  • Minister Marais will deliver the keynote address
  • Diaan Lawrenson, better known as Paula Van der Lecq in the well-known South African drama series, 7de Laan will also attend the launch.

Minister Marais calls on each citizen in the Western Cape to share their stories at their local participating libraries. While promoting social inclusion through sharing our stories, we can also ensure that personal histories and experiences are kept alive in communities and within government so that future generations can celebrate their heritage.


Date:             Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Time:             10:00

Venue:         Bonteheuwel Civic Centre

There will be opportunities for photographs and interviews.


Media Enquiries: 

Tania Colyn
Head of Communication Service
Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport
Tel: 021 483 9877