Chavonnes Battery Blog

Rest in Peace our beloved Vuyo

Posted by Chavonnes Battery on Sun April 7, 2019 in The Team.

It is with great sadness we mourn the passing of our beloved colleague Sinovuyo Nogaga who tragically died when he was hit by a train on his way to work Saturday morning.

Our sincere condolences to his loved ones, his family, our team, his friends and the industry. We are heartbroken at the loss of our Vuyo, a born free with a bright future cut short.

Having access to safe transport to get to work should be a Human Right.

Rest in Peace our beloved Vuyo.

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Justin Sullivan Photography

Posted by Chavonnes Battery on Mon January 28, 2019 in Photo Exhibitions.

Being shot with rubber bullets during a protest. Sleeping high up in the mountain to photograph fires. These are some of the experiences that helped Cape Town-based photographer Justin Sullivan, 27, to win two awards in the prestigious 2018 Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest.

Altogether 67 images of the competition's 22 award-winners are on the Stenin Press Photo Exhibition at the Chavonnes Battery Museum at the Waterfront until February. They were chosen from 6 000 entrants.

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Ajay Kumar

Posted by Chavonnes Battery on Sun January 13, 2019 in Photo Exhibitions.

TITLE: I could hear leopard crying in pain after it was shot
CATEGORY: Stenin Press Photo Contest: TOP NEWS 3rd Place

PHOTOJOURNALIST Ajay Kumar received an early morning call to say a wild leopard had been spotted near houses in Lucknow, India. When he arrived at the scene, he followed a crowd of people, including police officers, who chased the animal until it was cornered in a house. When a police officer fired at the leopard, Kumar captured the moment, which won him the third prize in the hard news category of the prestigious Andrei Stenin International Press Photo Contest. This remarkable image is one of 67 of the contest's award-winning pictures on exhibition at the Chavonnes Battery Museum in the Waterfront until February.

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Cannon firing at the V&A

Posted on Tue October 3, 2017.

The grand old Castle of Good Hope and its coastal Cannon batteries like the Chavonnes Battery were the watchdogs that guarded Table Bay and its road-stead from invaders in the 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.

Foreign ships making landfall at the Cape were expected to fire a salute of blank shots on entering the bay, not only to signal their friendly intentions but also as a greeting. The salute would be answered by the coastal fortifications – on the understanding that a ship which did not fire a greeting might be met by a volley of cannon-balls.

Between its completion in 1724 and 1860 when its 16 big muzzle-loading cannon bellowed for the last time, the Chavonnes Battery fired innumerable such salutes on the arrival of visiting Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, French, English, Swedish and Danish merchantmen plying the route to and from the Far East. 

On that day in 1860 when the battery thundered out its last its last salute for more than 140 years, Queen Victoria’s young son, Prince Alfred, pulled a lever that tipped the first load of rubble into the sea at the start of building the breakwater behind which the wharf's and quays of what is now the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront were to be built.

But since the early years of the 21st Century the mighty music of the guns has returned as salutes are fired from the Chavonnes Battery to mark various special occasions.

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