Oral History Initiative Launched in Hangberg
Located on the mountain slopes between the Sentinel Peak and the Hout Bay Harbour lies Hangberg, known for its rich fishing history. It is against this backdrop that the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS), in partnership with the City of Cape Town Municipality, rolled out the Oral History Initiative to the Hangberg area. The project aims to capture and preserve the personal histories of communities in the Western Cape.
The roll-out, launched by Minister Anroux Marais, took place at the Hangberg Civic Centre on 1 March 2017. The day unfolded with a celebration of sharing stories, song and dance. The Sunshine Entertainers Minstrel Group captivated the audience with their vibrant renditions of “Welkom to Hangberg” (adapted from “Welcome to Cape Town”) and “Daar kom die Alabama.”
Lifelong activist, Professor Denis Goldberg, reflected on his own personal history while local fisherman Neville Adonis enlightened the audience about growing up in Hangberg in the 1950s and how the fishing industry shaped his life and the lives of so many others in Hangberg.
In her key note address Minister Marais encouraged the audience to keep oral history alive. “I look forward to hearing your stories and eventually reading about your collective community stories in our museums in time to come.” she said.
DCAS is committed to preserving the personal histories and experiences of our local communities for future generations. Let us continue to celebrate our stories. BETTER TOGETHER