Denis Goldberg, one of the last of the 2 living Rivonia Trialists has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Help him fulfill his legacy by building the House of Hope.

The House of Hope will be a positive space to help build the future of the impoverished youth in Houtbay…

R6 Million needed, to develop property to create a positive space for the impoverished youth in Houtbay providing:

Music Lessons
Performing Arts
IT & Computer Skills
Life Skills
Language Skills
25 Jobs

Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust IT 1927/2016(C)
Account Number: 1146197411
Branch Code/Sort Code: 167609

If donations are paid into our bank account in cash or via EFT please send your name, the amount, and date to Andre Oosthuizen

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.

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’s time and energy to social projects and over the past few years to setting up the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust. 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.**


Denis believes that every child in South Africa is entitled to dream, to grow and to enrich their lives The Arts and Culture centre will fulfill that dream for the lives of many young South Africans.


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. Because it will take some years to raise all the funds we need to design, build and endow our House of Hope we are working with existing ngos/projects that at present work with young people and 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 do not want to start new projects. We want to draw on the experience and management skills of existing projects. 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.


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 need your help. We are saying to Denis’s many friends who send messages to please show your support in a tangible financial way in sums large and small.


Payment details are as follows:

Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust
Account Number: 1146197411
Branch Code/Sort Code: 167609

Please send proof of payment to Advocate André Oosthuizen at, with your name, the amount, the date, and the reference “House of Hope”

Should any further information be required, contact the Chairman of the Trustees, Advocate André Oosthuizen, on +27 21 424 5843 /


[If you are donating from outside South Africa you may find it convenient to send your donation by credit card to our UK website

The reason is that small amounts sent from abroad to our South African bank attract heavy bank charges which we want to avoid.]


A 250 seat world class auditorium is planned. Such a facility is sorely lacking in Hout Bay where South African performers, both established and emerging, can stage public performances. It will naturally be available for international artists.


We are delighted to announce that the Centre will also house Denis Goldberg’s “Life is Wonderful” art collection, consisting of over 200 pieces, mostly by South African and African artists, and a large collection of books on art, music CDs and documentary videos.


We have recently received a donation of football kit from the German Consul General to enable us to give support to a Hout Bay youth football club. We also continue to display our exhibition The Third World in World War Two, a decolonized history. It is about to go to the Steve Biko Centre in King Williams Town for 12 months.


The R6 million Denis asks for in this short video will be used to enable us to begin to build on the Museum site and to facilitate the projects we have described above. We shall of course build in stages as funds become available.


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:


Yours sincerely,
André Oosthuizen
Chairperson of the Board of Trustees


* Denis Goldberg was arrested in 1963 and at the end of the famous Rivonia Trial was sentenced together with Nelson Mandela and other leaders of the anti-apartheid struggle to life imprisonment. He was imprisoned for 22 years in Pretoria Central Prison until he was released in 1985. Thereafter he continued to work actively towards the liberation of South Africa, basing himself in London and Germany. He returned home to South Africa in 2002. Denis and Andrew Mlangeni are the only two survivors of that trial that is said to have been a turning point the history of South Africa.


** Previously we planned to buy the house occupied by the Kronendal Music Academy of Hout Bay to ensure their security of tenure. KMA has made alternative arrangements and therefore the DGLF Trust no longer needs to raise R4 million to buy that property. This frees us to proceed with our work with young people and to raise the funds needed for our own House of Hope on the Hout Bay Museum site.