Wynberg memories documented in video series

A video series of memories shared at a oral history project last year will premiere at Wynberg civic centre on Saturday. Keith Richardson, former principal Wynberg Boys’ High School, was amongst last year’s speakers now documented in the series. Picture: supplied.

Wynberg Rewind, the oral history project that captured and recorded the memories and experiences of the Wynberg East community last year, is back.

In commemoration of Youth Day, the Wynberg East Civic Association is launching an online video series that archives stories of the community’s history, which were shared at the Wynberg Rewind public event on Heritage Day last year.

It follows the launch, at the Wynberg civic centre on Tuesday June 6, of an untitled DVD exploring Wynberg’s history. It was the result of a separate and wider oral-history project, which included all of Wynberg in its scope and was undertaken earlier this year by the Wynberg library and the provincial library services, under the auspices of the provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. It can be viewed at the Wynberg library.

The civic association’s online video series, Wynberg Rewind: An Oral History Project on Wynberg East, is a compilation of 14 stories, and it will be launched at the Wynberg civic centre, on Saturday June 17, at 10am. The series will be on the Wynberg East Civic Association’s YouTube channel.

“With the primary objective of giving back to the community and the city, last year’s event was filmed and edited. The resulting footage serves as a valuable resource for preserving our collective heritage and sharing it with future generations,” the civic association said in a statement.

“Recognising the significance of heritage preservation, we also acknowledge the critical role played by organisations in shaping the youth of today. Therefore Wynberg Rewind aimed to shine a spotlight on the remarkable achievements of our youth and the vital work being done by various organisations and individuals to empower and guide them towards a brighter future.”

At the Youth Day event, social historian Dr Farieda Khan will give a talk on the “hidden history of scouting in Cape Town” from 1934 to 1980, and Nimmy Abrahams, Scouts South Africa’s new Western Cape regional commissioner will discuss the importance of youth organisations.

A conversation about yesterday’s youth will be led by Igshaan Amlay, one of the members of the Wynberg 7, seven school pupils who were arrested during student protests in Wynberg in the 1980s.

“”We must acknowledge yesterday’s youth while embracing the presence of today’s youth. By doing so, we ensure that the generation of today finds strength in their purpose, knowing they have our unwavering support,” said Ahmad Solomon, the civic association’s treasurer and Youth Day project manager.

For more information, contact Mr Solomon at wynbergcivic@gmail.com or 084 603 5182.

Historian and author Dr Helen Robinson, who spoke about Wynberg’s history at last’s Wynberg Rewind event is also part of the video series. Picture: Supplied.
Some of the archival material that was sourced to support the oral histories given by residents. Picture: Supplied