Glossary The potential outlined. East Fort Project

East Fort is on South Africa’s No 1 Scenic Route. It is 20 - 30 mins from Cape Town and is an enclave within a World Heritage site.  It is owned by the Defence Force  but appropriated to the Table Mountain National Park.  Its Military History commenced in 1782 when it was selected as the sister location for a second battery to support West Fort on the other side of the Bay built the previous year.
It fits perfectly into Table Mountain National Park’s Conservation Development Strategy (2006 - 2011).
However, The TMNP do not have the resources or staff to complete the strategy and it is unlikely at this stage that it will be able to do so in the foreseeable future.
The Hout Bay and Llandudno Heritage Assn has fought for many years to find a solution for East Fort’s  conservation but to date none of the government agencies have been forthcoming with any Plan tangible. The fabric of the site has deteriorated over the past 10 or more years and the buildings are on the point of collapse.  What could and can be done?

WHAT CAN BE DONE ?

East Fort’s  Potential outlined.


  1. Implement  current (2006-2011) TMNP Conservation Development Strategy Vol 1 for East Fort within the outlined “Mixed Use” definition on page 8 of the document .
  2. Implement CoCT Cultural Heritage Development Strategy where applicable.
  3. Establish Heritage Agreement between HWC, SANDF, TMNP, HB&LHA and DPW aligned with above.
  4. Create Draft Activity Plan
  1. Create Draft Concept Plan to include allowance for:-

NB. This page was compiled in 2011. It will soon be 2018 and we still haven’t got to First Base!

HOW MUCH LONGER MUST WE WAIT FOR OUR HERITAGE AGENCIES AND OUR TABLE MOUNTAIN S.O.E. TO PULL THEIR FINGER OUT!

NB. The following “Bullet List” covers an extensive range of topics which are covered in documents which are in the process of being prepared or finalised and which will be made available on request subsequent to the approval of our Management Committee. Where  published documents are available, applicable links are given.

The draft Outline Plan

Because of the failure of the State to apply our Heritage Legislation to State Owned heritage sites, the failure of our heritage agencies to execute their mandate, the failure of State Departments to conserve their heritage assets and the failure of Government to make them accountable in terms of Sect 9 of the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999.

Why has the system failed to date ?

TOP

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.

In a Nutshell

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


Documentation