Hout Bay is the third oldest surviving formal settlement in South Africa, only Cape Town and Simon’s Town are its seniors. Its early existence was largely due to its abundance of timber, however, that valuable resource disappeared within 30 years of van Riebeeck’s arrival and agricultural activity was quickly established as a sustainable living for those who settled there.
We are delighted to bring you an extra event on our heritage calendar. Visit the Walter Battiss exhibition at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) under the expert guidance of Professor Katherine Munro. This will be the last opportunity to see this remarkable exhibition, superbly curated by Warren Siebrits.
In October 2016 Johannesburg celebrates its 130th birthday. From those early beginnings as a mining camp on the veld here is a city in its second century sufficiently mature to realize that there are some buildings worth celebrating and preserving; the camp grew to a town, then a city and is now a sprawling metropolis.