"Every child is entitled to dream, to grow, to enrich her or his life.
Help turn their dreams into reality."
The House of Hope Art and Culture Education Centre will fulfil that dream for the lives of many young South Africans. Prof. Denis Goldberg* is a well known anti-apartheid and human rights activist. He has devoted his life to creating a democratic and fair South Africa, a place where all of its citizens, especially children, can hope for a better future.
Help him fulfil his legacy by building the House of Hope sponsored by the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust IT1927/2016(C), which is steadily raising funds.
The House of Hope will be a positive space to help build the future of disadvantaged youth in Hout Bay.
R6 million is needed to start building to create a positive space for educational opportunities and building social cohesion. The Western Cape Provincial Government has agreed to provide the land at the existing Hout Bay Museum.
Children are our future.
IT & Computer Skills
If you wish to donate directly:
Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust
Account Number: 1146197411
Branch Code/Sort Code: 167609
SWIFT Code: NEDSZAJJ
If donations are paid into our bank account in cash or via EFT please send your name, the amount, and date to Andre Oosthuizen firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are donating from outside South Africa you may find it convenient to send your donation by credit card to our UK website
It is estimated that the complex of buildings will ultimately cost R20 million, but we shall build in stages as funds become available.
Denis has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and his specialists have advised that it is inoperable and incurable. The treatment he is undergoing is essentially palliative to try to improve the quality of his life for some unknown period.
Denis has devoted his life to social projects. His life’s work will be continued by the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust IT 1927/2016(C). This Trust is committed to creating the House of Hope as an Art and Culture Education and Training Centre in Hout Bay, Cape Town where Denis now lives.
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A Message from the Chairperson of the Board
The House of Hope is intended to be a home for the many projects working in the fields of art and culture in our suburb. We have seen how in our historically divided society people, especially children and youth, come together through music, singing, dance of all kinds. We see social cohesion in the making.
We shall add to these basic forms of expression painting, drawing, drama, writing and language skills in the main languages of our community, English Afrikaans and IsiXhosa because this helps to create social cohesion. We shall include IT literacy and computer skills which are essential.
We have been assured that we shall shortly obtain access to a well located site for our House of Hope next to the existing Hout Bay Museum. While we raise the funds needed to design and build our House of Hope, we are working with ngos/projects that at present work with young people at schools and other venues during school term time.
Our young people are at risk from criminality, drugs, dysfunctional families and boredom at weekends and school holidays when they are not in school. We shall facilitate these activities at weekend clubs and school holiday clubs covering about three and a half months of the year. In a word, our House of Hope will have many rooms in separate venues until we can build our own Art and Culture Education and Training Centre. We do not want to start new projects. We want to draw on the experience and management skills of existing projects.
A 250 seat world class auditorium is planned. Hout Bay needs a facility where South African performers, both established and emerging, can stage public performances. It will naturally be available for international artists.
The Trustees of The Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation have resolved to redouble our efforts to create this legacy to honour his life while he is still with us.
We are involved with other already funded ongoing activities:
The Denis Goldberg Foundation sponsors the Hangberg Football Club. Recently the German Consul General presented a full kit for each player in our top team.
We also continue to display our exhibition The Third World in World War Two, a decolonized history. The exhibition has been at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town, Freedom Park in Pretoria, the Holocaust and Genocide Centre in Johannesburg. It is now at the Steve Biko Centre in King Williams Town for 12 months.
This is an urgent appeal by the Trust to Denis’ many friends and supporters both in South Africa and abroad, to assist us in realising his dream by making donations to the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust. The Trust has a dedicated bank account which is administered by the Trustees under the supervision of Cape Town-based attorneys Schnetlers Incorporated. The account is audited annually by Apperley-Resnekov. The Trust, is duly registered with the Master of the High Court (reference no. IT001927/2016(C)).
Lastly, South African composer, Matthijs van Dijk composed a work, “Moments in a Life” which includes text and narration by Denis himself. You can watch this hauntingly beautiful piece performed by Denis at the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival in 2016 on YouTube:
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees