Glossary East Fort Project


Hout Bay’s East Fort was established in c.1782-3. Its establishment was precipitated by an abortive British attempt to take the Cape in 1781, which was repulsed by the Dutch and their French allies with the help of the Pondicherry Mercenary Regiment Under the Command of Col Thomas Conway, then based in what is today known as Puducherry on the Carnatic Coast of  India.

The challenge in a “Nut Shell”

From an early stage, going back as far as 2000, the Association has tried to capture the interest and participation of our heritage and tourism authorities to help conserve East Fort and establish it as a Heritage Tourism Destination.  Its deteriorating condition is due to the neglect of the statutory agencies responsible for its conservation some of whom apply draconian legislation on the private owners of  listed heritage sites but virtually ignore sites owned by the State.
The Association has tried hard to demonstrate the importance of the site which left to the authorities and the legal minefield surrounding it would most likely be lost forever.
East Fort has been a part of Hout Bay for over 200 years but since it became “protected” following the promulgation of the National Heritage Resources Act and the creation of the Table Mountain National Park (Proclaimed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site) the fabric of the site has substantially decayed.
This is the story of what the Association has done and what they feel still needs to be done to secure it as a showpiece Heritage Tourism destination of International significance which could be a great tourism asset to Hout Bay, the City of Cape Town, Table Mountain National Park and South Africa.   It has been a long struggle against formidable resistance. There are many players and none have shown themselves accountable for the neglect.
  
         
This evidence is for the Court of Public Opinion - Only they can judge.

The Challenge in a   

Nut-shelle

What Happened - Fire

The First steps

Building the Carriages

The Original Plan

The Legal Mine Field

Facing the Facts

Losing our Heritage

The Potential Outlined

Contemporariy Sites

Other Examples

Bo Kaap

Restoration v/s Conservation

The sixty year rule

The Reason Why

A Solution?

1651 -  1795          1781 - 1783           1781 - 1783          1795 - 1803          1803 - 1806          1806 -1910

East Forts International linkages:- The VOC, France, India, Great Britain, Batavian Republic, United Kingdom

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A nation that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad,  undermines the foundations of its future.

What happened Fire 220

Hout Bay’s East Fort was built before “South Africa” existed and has historic International connections with four modern countries. It also has a connection with a fifth, Sweden.  All the guns at the Fort were Swedish made and purchased by the VOC. Six of the guns were made in the town of Finspång by a company which eventually became “Bofors”, the well known Scandinavian Arms manufacturer and one of the oldest companies in the World.

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