Start of Two Oceans Half marathon and Ultra marathon on 4 April 2015

This morning the starter cannons were fired by John Farelo and Jürg Zimmermann two of the CAOSA Senior gunners.They set up the two 1/4pdr’s by 04h30am at the 2 “Two Oceans marathon” start gates next to the Newlands swimming pool.

Jürg started the first race (Batch one of 21km race) at 05h50, the second batch at 06h00 and the 3rd batch at 06h10.

John started the 56km Ultra marathon at 6h30.

Another demonstration of CAOSA gunner’s abilities to provide a successful service for one of the top Ultra marathons in the world.

Bloemendal Cannon Station 14 March 2015


I joined an orchestra ……..Iʼam now blowing our own trumpet !!!

Look at these cannons:

Bloem 2 March 15 Bloem 1 March

B March 15

Oiled, painted, plugged, holding area clean, they witnessed yet another wedding on Saturday

14 March 2015.   These old cannons have lost count of the number of weddings they have been part of.

Members of the orchestra:

Master painter: Jürg who keeps the barrels shiny.

Chief soaker: I enjoy soaking the woodwork with Linseed oil. That is the easy and fun part !

Senior Financial Officer: Jacobusʼs financial backing, supplying loading tools, and moral support.

Thanks guys.

Erick Kellerman

Bloemendal Cannon Station

CAOSA AGM held on 7 March 2015

The CAOSA AGM was held at the SA Legion Cape Town branch, Rosedale, Rondebosch.

The Acting Chairman Martin ensured, that all the AGM business was dealt with in a short and orderly fashion.

The Acting Chairman also stated that the Constitution was sent out to all members by end of November 2014 and then amended with inputs from the members. The new constitution will be  signed off at today’s AGM, and that as from today all CAOSA’s business will be carried out in accordance with the new constitution.

The new Committee members elected or confirmed are:

Martin Venter Chairman, Erika Foot Secretary, Jurg Zimmermann Treasurer, Nadine Sheffield member, Gavin Meier member.

The new Chairman Martin Venter requested all members to please take part at all the CAOSA events, whether assisting selling some of our paraphernalia, talking to the public, doing demonstrations on muzzle loading cannons or joining other members at social events.

The full minutes were e-mailed to all the paid up members on 12 March 2015.


Battle of Blaauwberg 1806 Commemoration at the Castle of Good Hope on 10 January 2015

The Cannon Association of South Africa assembled a team of Gunners and muzzle loader cannons at the Castle of Good Hope on Saturday 10 January 2015 to commemorate the Battle of Blaauwberg 1806.
Also present was Willem Steenkamp who wrote a book about:
Why a small multiracial force of Cape-born soldiers – whites, coloureds and Malays – resisted at the Battle of Blaauwberg in 1806.The intriguing question that launched author Willem Steenkamp’s research back to 150 years before Jan van Riebeeck landed in 1652, and involved examining the Social as well as the Military history of the Cape.
The book ” Assegais, Drums and Dragoons” answers this question.
For more information about the book log on to: Assegais, Drums and Dragoons

To view some video’s of the event go to Battle of Blaauwberg 1806 Commemoration in 2015