Committee and Gunners Board


Frikkie Conradie


Dale Dodgen


Dale Dodgen and the Chavonnes Battery have been part of CAOSA for many years. With a love of the Cape's history and youth development and custodian of cannons that still fire, she is excited to assist both organisations achieve their goals.

James Page-Macdonald



Committee Member 1

Peter G. Underwood

Committee Member 2

Website administrator and Liaison between the Cannon Association of South Africa (CAOSA) and the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA)

Gunners Board

Martin Venter


Erick Kellerman

Regional Offices

Andrie Meyer


MC Heunis


Basil Mills

Eastern Cape

Sam Davies

Kwazulu Natal


  • 1. Recorded 1012 muzzle loading cannons positioned in South Africa ( with more to go )
  • 2. Compiled a database of gun recognition specifications.
  • 3. Recovered 19 guns for restoration projects at the Castle and elsewhere.
  • 4. Published the Durr Record of Muzzle loading guns in South Africa
  • 5. Recovered 34 guns for placement at historical sites including:
  • . Tygerberg
    · Two guns at Kloof Neck
    · Dassen Island
    · Constantia Neck
    · Cannon Bridge in Maitland
    · Two guns at Lion Battery
    · Obtained three guns for restoration and placement at the Chavonne Battery Museum
    · Refurbished three 24 pdr s and one 36 pdr for Hout Bay East and West Forts
    · Obtained and refurbished one gun for the Voortrekker Monument.
    · Placed one gun at Melkbosstrand as a monument to the Battle of Blaauwberg.
    · Refurbished one gun for starting races at False Bay Yacht Club.
    · Replaced the old Signal Cannon in Worcester
    · Refurbished 6 pdr at Sir Lowry Pass Signal Station
    · Refurbished and placed a 8 pdr signal cannon at Hessequaskloof Signal Station
    · Refurbished a 6 pdr cannon for Riviersonderend Signal System
    · Refurbished and fired the 9 inch RML in Simon’s Town.
    · Refurbished and placed a 9 pdr SBML at Bloemendal Restaurant
    · Refurbished and placed the original 12 pdr for Tygerberg Nature Reserve Signal Station
    · Placed a 6 pdr at Brackenfel Nature Reserve.
    · Refurbished a 8 pdr at Bellevue Wine Estate
    · Refurbished two guns at Clovelly Country Club
    . Refurbished and placed two 4 pdr SBML at Bloemendal Restaurant
  • 6. Published specifications for the reporting and recording of cannon.
  • 7. Built 31 carriages for guns
  • 8. Restored and painted 33 guns at public places.
  • 9. Identified and classified cannon for 9 museums.
  • 10. Manufactured replica loading equipment to service guns.
  • 11. Advised architects involved on restoration projects.
  • 12. Published a safety procedure and standard for firing blanks in cannon.
  • 13.Published the first ever Muzzle Loading Cannon Training manual in South Africa.
  • 14.Trained and certified several gunners to the highest international standards.
  • 15.Fired many cannons at public and charity events with up to 1200 spectators.
  • 16.Published 54 issues of a free cannon newsletter.

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