Bo-Kaap locations become national heritage sites

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NINETEEN sites in Cape Town’s oldest neighborhood have been declared national heritage sites.

“The community spirit of Bo-Kaap, as described in many historical studies, has been carried through the past two centuries by generations of families residing in the area. The protection of religious, cultural and architectural heritage of the area is at the fore of community concerns,” the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) said in the Government Gazette on Tuesday.

“Bo-Kaap contains the largest concentration of pre-1850 architecture in the country and is the oldest surviving residential neighborhood in Cape Town. The unique townscape comprises a range of architectural styles inclusive of Cape Dutch (14760-c1815), Georgian (Cape English c1810-1860), Victorian (c1860-1900) and Edwardian (c1900-1930). The character of the streetscapes is enhanced by the siting of the area on the slopes of Signal Hill, and thus enjoying views towards Table Mountain, the city bowl and the harbour.”

SAHRA said Bo-Kaap’s strong links to the legacy of slavery and its living history provided “rich sources of stories, legends, myths and values”.

Here are the 19 sites which have been declared national heritage sites:

  • Bo-Kaap Museum, 71 Wale Street;
  • The Auwal Masjid, 43 Dorp Street;
  • Prayer quarry;
  • Tana Baru Cemetery, Dawes Street
  • The Stables Site, 46 Rose Street;
  • The Strand Street quarry;
  • The Wash House quarry;
  • Spolander House, 97 Dorp Street;
  • Schotsche Kloof Primary School, 76 Tanabaru Street;
  • St Paul’s Primary School, 40 Bryant Street;
  • Buitengracht Street Wall, stone wall along Buitengracht Street from Wale Street to Carisbrook Street;
  • Vista High School, Military Road;
  • Schotsche Kloof Homestead, 79 Dorp Street;
  • Stadzicht Homestead, Stadzicht Street;
  • Nural Islam Masjid, 134 Buitengracht Street;
  • Jamia Masjid, 62 Chiappini Street;
  • Masjid Shafee, Upper Chiappini Street;
  • Masjid Boorhanol Islam, 194 Longmarket Street; and
  • Nurul Huda Masjid, Leeuwen Street.