Denis Goldberg

Is an icon of the struggle for freedom in South Africa. The son of immigrant parents who were actively opposed to apartheid, Denis learned in early childhood to respect all people and became politically active in the struggle against apartheid. He studied at the University of Cape Town where he graduated as a civil engineer. As a result of his political work he was sentenced in the Rivonia Trial of 1963-1964, alongside Nelson Mandela and others, to life imprisonment for participation in the armed struggle against apartheid. After 22 years in prison he resumed political activity in 1985. Following the dawn of the democratic era in South Africa in 1994, Denis set up Community H.E.A.R.T welfare fund in the UK and Germany to support social projects in South Africa. Denis has lived in Hout Bay, Cape Town for more than two decades and has initiated and supported many activities including, at the Hout Bay Museum, assisting in the research of the social history of Hout Bay. He was also instrumental in researching A “Decolonised” History. The 3rd World in World War 2.” Most recently he set up the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation which supports his work and vision.


Jo Noero

Is an internationally renowned architect who lives in Hout Bay. Jo has been the recipient of several local and international awards including the Ralph Erskine Prize from the Nordic Association of Architects in 1993, the Lubetkin Prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2006, the Gold Medal for Architecture from the South African Institute of Architects in 2010 and an Honorary Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in 2015. Jo Noero’s work has been exhibited at Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, the Sao Paolo Biennale, the Singapore Biennale and the National Gallery of Art in Cape Town. He was elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of architects in 2001 and an International Fellow in 2010. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and an Alumnus of the Salzburg Seminar. Jo will design the House of Hope buildings as his donation to the community of Hout Bay.


André Oosthuizen

Is a Cape Town-based lawyer who specialises in commercial, intellectual property and sports law. He has served as an acting judge in High Court and Labour Court on several occasions. He is extensively involved in community upliftment projects, particularly in the areas of youth development, education, poverty relief and job creation. He lives in Hout Bay.  He has written three books, one of which, “Light a Brief Candle”, shows how each of us can contribute towards repairing the world around us and why that process leads to self-fulfilment and happiness. Andre is also a trustee of Riverside Education and Upliftment Trust and has played a key role in operationalising the annual “Horses for Courses” Fundraiser.


Dr Deidre K Abrahams

Is a professional forensic pathologist and examiner for medical students studying forensic pathology. She completed her medical degree in the Netherlands and her forensic specialisation at the University of Stellenbosch. Deidre was born and resides in Paarl in the Western Cape. She an accomplished ballroom dancer and has won many competitions. She is also a visual artist and has guided Denis in building up of his “Life Is Wonderful” art collection. Deidre has been instrumental in creating and nurturing the dream and concept of the House of Hope.


David Goldberg

Is the son of Denis Goldberg. He worked in the City of London for 35 years in foreign exchange and is now retired. He has a degree in business from the University of South London. David lives in London and is an enthusiastic fundraiser for the DGLF Trust. In particular, he maintains contact with donors in Britain, Germany, the United States and elsewhere. He is married with two daughters who are very close to their grandfather and take great pride in his achievements. David is committed to helping Denis and the Foundation build on the work that has been started and establish the legacy that Denis deserves and from which the children and youth of Hout Bay will benefit.