events @ Kalk Bay Books

Kalk Bay Books and Modjaji invite you to a launch for
Cry of the Hangkaka
by Anne Woodborne
Anne will be in conversation with Maire Fisher.
The Cry of the Hangkaka is the story of young Karin and her mother Irene. Shamed by a divorce, Irene seeks to flee with her daughter from post WWII South Africa. Jack, a Scotsman who works at the tin mines in Nigeria, seems to be the answer to Irene ‘s prayers. In the torrid heat of the Nigerian plateau, Karin is exposed to the lives of the colonisers, the colonised, and most of all to the dictatorship of Jack.
Anne Woodborne was born in Cape Town, where she still lives. She spent a large part of her childhood in Scotland and Nigeria. She has been widely published in women’s magazines, and in various anthologies and collections.
WHEN: Thursday the 14th of April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap

Kalk Bay Books and Jacana invite you to a launch for
The New Black Middle Class in South Africa
by Roger Southall
Roger will be in conversation with Anthony Butler.
The rise of the black middle class is one of the most striking developments in post-apartheid South Africa. Yet while this new class has been a major actor in the reshaping of the country, public attention, especially in the media, has largely focused upon the image of ‘black diamonds’ and ‘tenderpreneurs’ who use their political connections to obtain lucrative contracts.
This book provides a corrective that considers the black middle class as a key actor in the development of South African society. It recounts the history of the class prior to 1994, examines its size, shape and structure, explores the role of the ANC and education in promoting black upward social mobility, and reviews the challenges faced by the black middle class at work and in society more generally. It concludes with an analysis of the ambiguous role played by the black middle class in the shaping of a democratic society.
Roger Southall is Professor Emeritus in Sociology, University of the Witwatersrand.
WHEN: Tuesday 19 April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

Kalk Bay Books and Umuzi invite you to a launch for
Flame in the Snow
the love-letters of Ingrid Jonker and Andre Brink, Translated by Karin Schimke and Leon de Kock
In a telegram dated 29 April 1963, twenty-nine-year-old Afrikaans poet Ingrid Jonker thanks André Brink, a young novelist of twenty-seven, for flowers and a letter he sent her. In the more than two hundred letters that followed this telegram, one of South African literature’s most famous love affairs unfolds. Jonker’s final letter to Brink is dated 18 April 1965. She drowned herself in the ocean at Three Anchor Bay three months later.
More than fifty years on, this poignant, often stormy relationship still grips readers’ imaginations.
In December 2014, three months before his death on 6 February 2015, André Brink offered these never-before-seen letters, as well as personal photographs, for publication.
Karina Brink, Simone Venter and Joanne Hitchens will be in conversation.
WHEN: Thursday 21 April at 6.30 for 7pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

Kalk Bay Books and Jacana invite you to a launch for
Murderers, Miscreants and Mutineers
by Nigel Penn
Here is the long-awaited sequel to Nigel’s award-winning book Rogues, Rebels and Runaways, in which he entertained and informed readers with stories of remarkable characters from early Cape history.
In this new volume he brings to life an assortment of personalities from the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries – Maria Mouton, for instance, who was executed for her adulterous affair with a slave and the murder of her husband. These are fascinating stories, told with erudition and humour, throwing light on our past and revealing much about social relations and human experience in the early Cape colony.
Nigel Penn is professor of History at the University of Cape Town and the author of several books, including Rogues, Rebels and Runaways and The Forgotten Frontier.
WHEN: Tuesday 26 April at 6 for 6.30pm
WHERE: Kalk Bay Books, 194 Main Road, Kalk Bay
RSVP: Please call 021 788 2266 or email
Wine for the evening is generously sponsored by Leopard’s Leap.

kalk bay community church

Kalk Bay Community Church (KBCC), 180 Main Road, Kalk Bay

KBCC is an evangelical non-denominational church. The beautiful church building was built in 1923 and is on the premises of The Bible Institute of South Africa, 180 Main Road Kalk Bay. However, our fellowship in Christ is more important than a building. The Kalk Bay Community Church has a special relationship with the Bible Institute and is thankful for counsel and help in the past. BI students form part of our community of believers and take an active part in the life of the church. KBCC aims to provide a place of fellowship and worship for believers living in and around Kalk Bay, but also to be a missional church where every member is involved to live and tell the good news of Jesus to those around us and to the ends of the earth.


Sunday Service: Starts at 0930hrs

Bible Study: Wednesday Evenings from 1830hrs – at the Church


  • Pastor: Willem Conradie – Tel: +27 (0)21 785 1882; Mobile: +27 (0)82 961 2874; Email:

  • Elder: Daniel Simango – Mobile: +27 (0)83 699 7497

Everyone is most welcome.

letter from chand / rehabilitation of main road


Dear Interested and Affected Party

Please be advised that there will be temporary stop/ go and temporary deviation sections on the Main Road between Dalebrook and Clairvaux Roads starting on Monday 3 February.

As you were advised towards the end of last year, the new 700mm diameter water main is required to pass a test whereby it is pumped up to a pressure of 18 bar and holds this pressure for a minimum of one hour without leaks.  Although coming very close to passing, it was unfortunately not possible to meet the test requirement due to what is suspected to be a relatively minor leak.  It will therefore be necessary to re-open each hole to identify and rectify the fault.

It is planned to open up one hole a day excluding Fridays and it is hoped to complete this operation, including re-surfacing all the patched areas, by 21 February. 

This will be followed by the cross-over from the old water main to the new in the last week of February where a stop/go will be required for one or two days at the main valve chamber opposite the Bible Institute.

The final operation will be to convert part of the old water main between Clairvaux Road and the harbour entrance into a storm water pipe.  This will involve working in three manholes which have been constructed over the old water main.  This work will be done in the first week of March.

To minimise disruption to traffic, every effort will be made to keep the half-width sections as short as possible.  The work will be done between the hours of 07:00 and 16:00.

 The project team once again apologises for any inconvenience caused.


community centre

Image  Originally a sewage pump-station and part of the Drainage and Sewerage Scheme undertaken by the Kalk Bay Municipality.This building (1906) has maintained its outer facade. Decommissioned in 1935 it had a variety of occupants after the machinery had been removed, and new floors and windows had been installed. Its many functions included an entertainment and dance centre during the 2nd World War, a Municipal Library and a Council Cash Office.

It was renovated in October 1994 under the City Council Architect Mr Croome, after a substantial donation was received from the Kaplan Kushlik Trust. Two Kalk Bay Municipal lamp posts with the original Coat of Arms grace the entrance.


beaufort cottage

Image  was one of the earliest homes in Kalk Bay. (circa 1820). Built of local stone from the Kalk Bay mountains, and lime from the Kalk Bay kilns.

Originally called “Beaufort Villa”. It was the seaside home in the early 1880s of Sir John Molteno, the first Premier of the Cape Colony after Responsible Government had been granted by the English Parliament to the Cape in 1872


Sir John Charles Molteno KCMG (5 June 1814 – 1 September 1886) was a politician, British administrator and first prime minister of the Cape Colony, from 1872 to 1878.

Born in London, Molteno emigrated to the Cape Colony in 1831 and settled in Cape Town, where he became an assistant to the public librarian. He bought Claremont house in in 1841 and fought in the Amatola War in 1846.

Molteno was elected as member of the Cape Colony’s legislative assembly for Beaufort West in 1854. He was appointed as the Cape Colony’s first prime minister in 1872, but was dismissed by the Governor of the Cape Colony, Sir Henry Bartle Frere, on 3 February 1878.

He was married three times and had a total of nineteen children.

Molteno died on 1 September 1886 and was interred at St Saviour’s, Claremont, Cape Town.

The town of Molteno was named after him.


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a short history of kalk bay

Of all the towns and villages in South Africa there must be very few, if any, who have a more interesting and fascinating history than Kalk Bay.  Its modern day history started when the Dutch East India Company proclaimed Simon’s Bay a winter anchorage for their ships from May 15th to August 15th each year from 1742.The difficulty of getting supplies to these ships in Simon’s Bay and the  building of the town of Simon’s Town was severely hampered by the inadequacy of a proper road especialy at Clovelly and Sunny Cove where the moutain reached the sea and the quicksands of Fish Hoek and Glencairn halted oxen transport.  Kalk Bay became a mini-port for the Dutch and all victualling requirements as well as anchors, masts, sails, etc, were sent by ox-wagon to Kalk Bay and thereafter loaded onto barges which took the goods over to the ships in the bay as well as construction materials needed for the building of Simon’s Town.  Returning ox-wagons took lime (kalk) and fish, the staple diet of slaves, back to Cape Town. 
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