Van Riebeeck had strict instructions not to colonize the area, but to build a fort and erect a flagpole to signal ships and boats to escort them into the bay. A few months after their arrival in the Cape, however, the Dutch Republic and England were involved in a naval war (from 10 July 1652 to 5 April 1654). This meant that the completion of the fort became urgent. Goede Hoop Fort – a fort with four corners of clay, clay and wood – was built in the middle of what is now Adderley Street. A garden was created around him and meat was exchanged with the Khoikhoi (who were first called Goringhaikwa and later Kaapmans). Construction of the castle of Good Hope, which exists today, only began in 1666, after Van Riebeeck left the Cape, and was completed 13 years later. The VOC had no desire to conquer or administer any territory in southern Africa. Their interest was to ensure the supply of their fleets en route to and from the Dutch East Indies. Van Riebeck`s specific instructions were not to colonize the cape, but to build a fort, erect a flagpole to signal passing ships, and build pilot boats to escort passing ships safely into the bay. During his time in Cape Town, van Riebeeck oversaw a sustained and systematic effort to establish an impressive variety of crops in the new conditions of the Cape Peninsula – and to change the natural environment forever in the process.
 Some of them, including grapes, cereals, peanuts, potatoes, apples and citrus fruits, have had a significant and lasting impact on societies and economies in the region. For example, in 1659, he established a vineyard in the colony to produce red wine to combat scurvy.  The daily entries he held during his time in Cape Town (VOC policy) served as the basis for future research on the natural environment and its natural resources. A careful reading of his diaries shows that some of his knowledge was learned from the indigenous peoples of the region. After his release, van Riebeeck spent 18 days in the Netherlands in Table Bay, near the Cape of Good Hope, which he advocated on his return as the ideal location for a supply station, a view often shared by merchants and company executives. Efforts to protect the hedge began as soon as it was planted. Van Riebeeck published a poster (a posted law) forbidding anyone to “not only by.. to break the hedge in question, but not even the smallest branch, for whatever reason, under penalty of being banned in chains for three years.” Today, only two surviving parts of van Riebeeck`s hedge remain, the Kirstenbosch section and another at Bishops Court. (“Beauty of the Heart,” which tells the story of our first Indigenous graduate, will provide a note on the origin of this information when I release it later this year.) I don`t think anyone would support slavery, but it was widespread at the time. In fact, Ms.
Jaffer`s Muslim ancestors were ancient masters in this field. Many tribes in Africa stole the wives of their enemies long before the Europeans. The Xhosa also came into conflict with the natives of Cape Town and took them as slaves. We also know that the reason the Dutch brought slaves was that the KhoiSan did not make good, consistent workers. Nor did they abide by the legal agreements that Van Riebeeck and his cronies had made with them. We cannot change the past, but for many, Van Riebeeck represents the beginning of their culture in South Africa, just like Mrs. Jaffer and her slave brothers. We cannot start erasing history and throwing statues. What we can do is tell the story as it happened and move forward as a nation. Constantly blaming minorities for the mistakes of the 16th century will solve nothing. Focus on this era rather than the beginnings of civilization in the South. As Jaffer says, in modern terms, the KhoiSan have not contributed much for thousands of years, and they have not had to.
We can`t go back to that way of life – collecting dinners by reaching out to catch one of the millions of springboks passing by. Keep dwelling on the past and we will never succeed. We are already witnessing a significant decline in infrastructure and prosperity caused by policy failure. Zimbabwe should learn a lesson. Learn from it. He was chief of the VOC trading post in Tonkin, Indochina. After being dismissed in 1645 for trading on his own, he began lobbying for a supply station at the Cape of Good Hope, where he remained for 18 days on his return journey. Two years later, support increased after a stranded VOC ship survived in a makeshift fortress.
The XVII armies asked Leendert Jansz and Mathys Proot for a report recommending a Dutch presence.  Van Riebeck`s original fort on the shores of Table Bay, 1658 by Wouter Schouten (1638-1704). Source: William Fehr Collection. Permission: www.africamediaonline.com In the same year, 1657, Van Ribeeck`s company imported the first slaves from the Indonesian islands and India, bringing with them the skills and manpower that built the cape. From them came some of my ancestors. If you want to know more about 176 years of slavery in Cape Town, you should visit the Iziko Museum at the top of Adderly Street in the city. Be prepared for your stomach to spin when you witness the cruelty. On her return voyage from Indochina, the ship stopped for 18 days in the sheltered Bay of La Table near the Cape of Good Hope, at the southern tip of Africa. There, van Riebeeck realized that the region could supply passing ships with fresh produce. The painting by Bartholomeus Vermuyden, probably by van Riebeeck, used on banknotes and coins The land on which the Dutch farmed was used by the Khoikhoi and San, who lived a semi-nomadic culture that included hunting and gathering. Since they had no written culture, they lacked written title deeds for their land, nor the bureaucratic framework to negotiate the sale or lease of land with foreigners of a culture using written documents supported by a bureaucratic system of government. Van Riebeeck, who came from a bureaucratic culture with a unilateral, albeit written, mandate to set up a feeding station, therefore refused to acknowledge that land ownership could be organized differently from the Dutch-European way.
He challenged the Khoisan party`s rights and title to the land, saying there was no written proof of true ownership of the land. Therefore, in 1659, the Khoikhoi began the first of a series of unsuccessful armed uprisings against the Dutch invasion and seizure of their lands – their resistance was to last at least 150 years. Van Riebeeck reported the first comet discovered in South Africa, C/1652 Y1, which was sighted on 17 December 1652.  Van Ribeeeck`s arrival marked the beginning of a permanent European settlement of the region. In collaboration with the Council of Politics, Van Riebeeck produced a document called “Remonstrantie”, written in the Netherlands in 1649, which was a recommendation on the suitability of the cape for this VOC project. In 1647, a Dutch merchant ship, the Nieuwe Haerlem, was destroyed in Table Bay and part of the crew remained to take care of the cargo, which could not be transferred to other ships of the merchant fleet. The crew set up camp, traded with the native Khoisan and waited for their rescue, which was estimated to take a year.