South Africa's oldest library dates back to 1818. Throughout the years, the library received many donations of rare books and manuscripts, and in 1873 the library became a legal deposit library for the Cape Colony, receiving copies of all books published therein. In 1916, the library expanded its legal deposit requirement to cover the whole country. In 1999, the library united with the State Library of Pretoria to form the two branches of the National Library of South Africa.
Voortrekker Monument, Pretoria, South Africa. Built in 1937-1949 to commemorate the Voortrekkers who left the Cape Colony between 1835 and 1854. The City where I grew up and went to school and where my parents still live.
From its name, which honours the farm’s slave heritage, to the fascinating display, the emphasis of the Museum van de Caab is on the individual people who lived and worked on the farm, from pre-colonial times to the present. One of the walls is covered by 200 stone plaques, each memorializing an individual life given to the farm through slavery.
The Museum van de Caab tells the story of Delta farm, a story that is typical of so many of the old farms in the Drakenstein Valley. At the Museum, we try to tell this story through the subjective viewpoints of individual people – which is the defining philosophy behind the Museum.
The social history of the 320-year-old estate is displayed in a museum in the original wine cellar, dating back to 1740. Only a few yards from a recently excavated Later Stone Age settlement site, and the exposed foundations of a 1680s hunting lodge, one of the oldest buildings in the Cape.