Preparations underway for Bo-Kaap ‘doekmal’

Preparations are underway for the official re-naming ceremony of the Bo-Kaap. The event comes after Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, approved the application from the Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers’ Association (BKCRA) to officially adopt the name “Bo-Kaap” and change the borders of the area. The area had previously[…]

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Malay Quarter officially renamed Bo-Kaap

Cape Town’s most colourful and diverse community has lost its slave name and is now officially named Bo-Kaap.  After a lengthy process to officially change the name from its former Schotschekloof, community members have successfully cemented the heritage of the ‘Malay Quarter’. Last week, community members were elated when the[…]

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Archives needed for Cape Muslim heritage

As Heritage Month draws to a close, well known Cape Town historian Ebrahim Rhoode has appealed to Muslims to find out about the history of Islam in the Cape. Rhoode, who has done extensive research on Islam’s origins in the Cape, believes we need more archives to understand our Islamic[…]

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‘We need laws to preserve Bokaap heritage’

The South African government needs to put laws in place to stop the sale of homes in Bokaap. That was the view of Cape historian Ebrahim Roode, commenting on the preservation of the area’s heritage. The area is at risk of losing its culture and heritage, according to a recent[…]

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New heritage museum in CT

With the start of Heritage Month, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) and the Department of Transport and Public Works have launched the brand new Cape Town Museum, located in the old Standard Bank building in Adderley Street. This 1880s heritage building is known to many as “the[…]

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Release of plans for Princess Vlei

In March last year, Cape Town’s deputy Mayor Ian Neilson announced the City of Cape Town had scrapped the plans to build a mall in the Princess Vlei area. The City has since agreed that they would not sell the land and will be guided by the community on the[…]

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Digging to save Nepal’s cultural heritage

Young men stood on the ruins of a temple in Bhaktapur’s old city digging vigorously in the dirt and rubble with bare hands and shovels. Whenever they unearthed a large stone carving on Thursday afternoon, others quickly crowded around to help lift out the heavy object. One man shouted, “We[…]

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