Learners from Elsies River School take a step back in time

Learners from Elsies River School take a step back in time

The V&A Waterfrontis home to the oldest working harbour in South Africa with 22 cultural landmarks. Sixty-seven learners from Elswood Primary School in Elsies River were treated to insight into the history of Cape Town at the ruins of an original Dutch Fort at the V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum, which had been buried for a staggering 140 years!

The learners enjoyed a storytelling session about Van Hunks and the Devil by renowned storyteller, historian and author Willem Steenkamp, whilst tucking into a hotdog and Minute Maid juice. One of the learners thanked Willem and added that they would share these stories when they got back to school.


The children then participated in a guided tour with guides dressed in period costume, learning about what it was like to live in the 18th century in Cape Town. After a question and answer session with prize giving, the learners received goodie bags and a tour of the V&A as they made their way back to the bus.  

“We are very proud of our partnership with PenBev and the opportunity to host learners from disadvantaged areas. For many of the learners it is their first time at the V&A Waterfront, experiencing the history of Cape Town. The Chavonnes Battery Museum is a Tourist Guide Incubator and the learners are often from the same neighbourhood as the guides. We hope this will inspire the learners in their own career development,” comments Dale Dodgen, Business Executive for Chavonnes Battery Museum.

This is PenBev’s third year sponsoring the historical tour. PenBev’s Public Affairs and Corporate Communication Manager, Denise Behrens says, “It is a privilege to be partnering with the Chavonnes Battery Museum, and to contribute to these children’s education. This initiative forms part of PenBev’s community focussed programmes which serve to uplift the communities in which we operate and who continue to support us.”

The Chavonnes Battery Museum is open 7 days a week from 09:00 to 16:00. Guided tours of the museum and the V&A Waterfront Historical Walking Tour operates daily on request. For more information contact 021-416-6230 or visit http://www.chavonnesbattery.co.za/.

For more information about PenBev contact 021-936-5500 or visit www.penbev.co.za. Join PenBev’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/PenBev

Photographer: Craig Wilson


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