Rhodes Memorial

Rhodes Memorial

Facts behind the name Rhodes Memorial

Cecil John Rhodes, who was born in 1853 in England, was sent at the age of 17 years old by his father, to his elder brother in Southern Natal. In 1870 he then journeyed to Kimberley in the Northern Cape, where he began dealing in the hopelessly disorganised uncut stone "digger's market".

After completing his studies at Oriel College in Oxford, he returned to Kimberley and convinced N.M Rothchild's of the famously wealthy Rothschild family, to provide the finance to buy out his former rival, Barney Bonato, for ultimate control of the diamond market. De Beers Consolidate Mines was then founded.

At just 34 years of age, Cecil Rhodes was fast becoming the most powerful mining magnate of all time. He was elected to Parliament as Member for Barclay East. His political career then flourished and he was elected Prime Minister of the Cape Colony. In 1896 Rhodes returned to his Cape Town home in Groote Schuur and devoted some of his time and money to the development of the fruit industry. To this day, Rhodes Fruit Farm in Groot Drakenstien, is still part of the Anglo American Consortium.

He had acquired a considerable amount of land, including the Groote Schuur Estate and the now Kirstenbosch Gardens, which he later bequeathed to the Botanical Society. Cecil John Rhodes quietly passed away in 1902 at just 49 years old.

The memorial

This truly magnificent floodlit memorial to Cecil Rhodes, was built in 1912, stands on the slopes of Devil's Peak, on the Northern flank of Table Mountain. Today Rhodes Memorial is a national landmark, providing a magnificent view of Cape Town, out over the airport and the Cape Flats, going as far as the Helderberg and Hottentots Holland Mountains. A truly exquisite view in deed.

Functions & Chapel Hire

Bernard and Jessica together boast a total of 85 years in the hospitality industry. Their full service covers all aspects of the function and your only requirement is to book and arrive, and enjoy yourself. The venue is perfect for Weddings, Baptisms, Memorial Services, Conferences, Functions like Kiddies and Birthday Parties, and even High Teas. A Chapel makes it even more exciting, as the Rhodes Memorial Chapel - which was known to have burnt down 20 years ago, has now been renovated, accompanied by the new Amphi Theatre. It seats a maximum of 60 people, and is perfect for photo's on the monument or in the forest with Table Mountain in the back ground and catering around the Chapel.

Buffet style can cater up to 100 max, and then 125 for cocktail style.

For more info on booking your private function contact Jessica on 082 494 5505 or Edna on 078 820 5577.

Open hours: 
Tuesday: 9:00-17:00
Wednesday: 9:00-17:00
Thursday: 9:00-17:00
Friday: 9:00-17:00
Saturday: 9:00-17:00
Sunday: 9:00-17:00
+2782 494 5505
Rhodes Avenue
Devils Park
Cape Town
South Africa
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