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Denis Goldberg's legacy

£16,826 of £20,000 goal

Raised by 151 people in 13 months
Created October 28, 2017
Read the story in the Observer.

Dear friends and comrades,

I am writing to ask for your help. I've found out that I've now arrived at the beginning of the winter of my life, having been diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Treatment has had some effect, but there is a limit to what the doctors can do. As you can imagine, I have been reflecting deeply on my life and what I will leave behind. 

I have two predominant feelings: first that while our beautiful South Africa is imperfect, what a marvel it is to see how far our people have come from a past of so much suffering to generosity and compassion; and at a personal level, I’m not done yet!

My hope for what I leave behind is  the creation of an arts, culture, education and training centre in Hout Bay, Cape Town where I live. We call it the House of Hope.

It is a vision that combines the passions of my life: the creation of cohesive, non-racial and non-prejudiced communities; the realisation of young people’s potential and a celebration of creativity and expression.

Creativity means so much to me personally. After the long dark years of confinement and restriction, I still can’t describe the sheer joy and unrestricted pleasure seeing and experiencing bright, emotional and expressive art brings me. Not only that, I’ve also seen how art and creativity can bring people together. It inspires people to see beyond their differences, express themselves authentically and learn about one another. There's nothing more important when you’re still in the process of building a community from a long and difficult history, as we are in Hout Bay, which is a microcosm of South Africa's efforts to overcome the legacy and reality of ethnic divisiveness.

Creating a beautiful space for this to happen, where young people, our future, and grown-ups can develop those vital creative and expressive skills will be my lasting contribution to the future of Hout Bay, which has been my home for so long.

It is a place and community that has given me so much joy, peace and fulfilment after a lifetime filled with a lot of happiness but also far too much sorrow and solitude.

To build the House of Hope and get its activities started, we need to raise 6 Million Rand - about £325,000, which we've made some progress towards. But we need your help to bring this vision to life. The project will be delivered by the Denis Goldberg Foundation, which is run by myself and the Foundation's Trustees - Joe Noero, André Oosthuizen, Dr Deidre Abrahams and my son David. David will manage the transfer of money to my South African foundation.

Throughout my life, in working towards a non-racial South Africa, I've tried to help people experience the joy that life can be when we are free and can truly recognise and see one another. Now, as I approach my last days, I hope you can help me do it one last time by creating a space in which people can experience the sheer joy and freedom that the arts inspire in us. Anything you can give - £5, £10, £50, £100 or more - will make a big difference.

With my deep gratitude in advance and in solidarity, always, I wish you all the very best,

Denis Goldberg

The Denis Goldberg Foundation - Building Bridges through Arts & Culture

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Over the past few months, Denis Goldberg has received tons of support from friends, well-wishers, the business world, a vast network of community-spirited people, in regard to the House of Hope vision and project which Denis is pursuing. We think a newsletter every few months, updating our network on the progress we’re making, would be a good idea. This is the first such newsletter.

Firstly, and to those not fully abreast of what the House of Hope project involves, a brief introduction. Lifelong political activist Denis Goldberg is, through the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation, going to erect a cultural and educational centre – the House of Hope – in Hout Bay. The facility will consist of an auditorium, and small studios through which the youth of Imizamo Yethu, Hangberg and the Hout Bay Valley will be introduced to the life-changing worlds of music, art, dancing and many other magical things. In addition, there will be training in information technology and artisan skills, to empower those entering the job market as well as equip young people for today’s technology-dominated world more generally.

A site has been earmarked in Hout Bay, and the process of obtaining approval from government and other authorities is in the final stages. We expect the deal to be signed off very soon.

In the meantime, Denis has embarked on a tireless fundraising campaign, and so far raised and/or been promised close to R2 million (representing 30% of the R6 million construction costs that will be needed for the first phase of the House of Hope, i.e. excluding the auditorium.

One of the recent fundraising highlights resulted from an offer from Tanya Blacher. Tanya is a recent immigrant from Britain to the Republic of Hout Bay. After the fire at Imizamo Yethu, a choir called Ingoma composed of 30 men and women from the community emerged. Tanya undertook to be their manager and sponsor. She organised a wine tasting experience at Groot Constantia sponsored by her friends at K2 Finance. This marvellous evening which featured the Ingoma choir resulted in donations to our trust fund north of R27,000.

Obtaining plan approval, and building the House of Hope, is going to take several more months. Denis, as always, is a man who wants to get things going and has launched a number of exciting initiatives in Hout Bay.

These are:
1. Sports:
a. We have sponsored the Hout Bay Horizon Stars football team. They have around 80 young players aged 8-16 years registered with the South African Football Association (SAFA). Their kit carries the statement “sponsored by the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation”. They play in the U10, U12, U16 competitions organised by SAFA. We don’t always win but we do get points for good behaviour, for turnout and for lifestyle training. We see football as a means and incentive to develop the personalities of young people.
b. We are working with James House, a local non- governental organisation, and Sidney Phillips, who manages the Hout Bay Horizon Stars, to create two five-a-side football pitches and a netball court on the James Houose site. We have agreed in principle on this but need to get quotations for the gum poles, netting, goal posts and levelling the ground before we finally commit funds. We shall use as many local workers as we can from Imizamo Yethu and the Hangberg. We want to create a five-a-side league for Hout Bay.

2. This past school vacation, the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation co-operated with Lalela, a non-governmental organisation utilising art as a vehicle for uplifting and empowering youth, in presenting an art workshop to approximately 80 local primary and high school children for two weeks. By whatever standards it was measured, it was a great success. We also held a workshop for 60 children at James House for two weeks of painting, drawing, dancing and speaking each other’s languages – English, Afrikaans, IsiXhosa. Our smaller but successful event at the Hout Bay Museum showed how vulnerable we are to the instability of the local community. “Taxi violence” interrupted the programme. Lessons were learned from this experience and we shall persevere. Similar workshops will be arranged for the end of the year school holiday, incorporating art, soccer, netball and all the other activities we have written about.

3. There is massive unemployment in the historically
disadvantaged community in Hout Bay. We believe that basic training in handwork skills for men and women will make it easier for at least some to obtain part time, and we hope long-term, employment.

We envisage simple plumbing, painting, plastering, woodworking and cooking. For example, it would prepare youth to be assistant chefs in bistros and township (spaza) eateries. These could become opportunities for those who have an interest in setting up their own businesses. We will find mentors for them. Craig Dunlop of the Workshop Space is working with Justin Strong of Snoekies to see how we can get this project going.

So the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation is marching, steadily and efficiently, towards its short- and long-term goals. We thank all of you who’ve assisted, in a variety of ways, in reaching for this dream and hope that your numbers will
increase dramatically over the coming months. Siyabulela.
FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO:
Denis Goldberg’s House of Hope in Hout Bay
www.denisgoldberg.org and click of House of Hope & other items
On YouTube search for: Matthijs Van Dijk, Moments in a Life narrated by Denis Goldberg
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Dear friends,

Denis’s Rivonia comrade Andrew Mlangeni - who went on to spend 26 years in prison - will be in London this July to receive his Freedom of the City of London. We are delighted to invite you to a dinner on the 19th July 2018 that is paying for the costs of his trip. Please find the details and ways to book at https://andrewmlangeni.eventbrite.co.uk.

We hope you can join us, but please book soon if you would like to come as we have about 25 spaces left.

With many thanks,

Dennis Marcus

(Managing this page on Denis's behalf & Denis asked us to share this invite with you)
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Delighted that our efforts to build the House of Hope in Hout Bay have been covered in today's Observer, after I had a wonderful conversation with Emma on Friday. As you can see, my life is filled with the brilliant colours of Africa - inside my home and when I step outside.

I'm grateful to GoFundMe for helping to set up the interview.

https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2017/nov/12/denis-goldberg-south-africa-anc-nelson-mandela-jacob-zuma
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Raised by 151 people in 13 months
Created October 28, 2017
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