A few days ago, Generations: The Legacy actress Denise Zimba called out a local wedding venue after discovering that the estate was built on “historic slave quarters”. After the public inquiry, the wedding venue in question has responded.
The co-host of TV’s newest reality show Wedding Bashers is part of a team that is responsible for scouting venues across the country.
However, one potential location, the Nooitgedacht Estate in Cape Town, got the wrong kind of publicity after Denise noticed a section of their website referring to what used to be “slave quarters”.
A portion of their website reads: “On the day of your wedding at Nooitgedacht, you and your party will have exclusive use of the estate – including our wedding accommodation in the Manor House, as well as three meticulously decorated and serviced guest house suites situated in the farm’s historic slave quarters (if required).”
Denise Zimba is not usually the timid type and she angrily addressed the estate on social media where she wrote:
@Nooitestate !!!!!!!! Looking at wedding venues, and as a black woman living in Cape Town, this just reminds me that we have a long way to go .. For one to even get married at this venue and allow such, says a lot about your character … Who authorized this to begin with ??? pic.twitter.com/gtAofalo9L
— Denise Zimba (@MissDeniseZimba) November 12, 2018
Denise shared another video which was captioned:
“It’s f*****g 2018… that fact that you think this is ok … ridiculous to say the least!!”
Following the public address, the estate responded to Denise in a statement and offered an apology to anybody who took offence to their venue.
“The Nooitgedacht Estate and its custodians, the Wirth Family, would like to state (for the record) that a reference to former slave quarters that appears on a page on our website (describing wedding venue accommodation) is simply a statement of historical fact.
“We apologise if the information has caused offence to an individual member of the public. This was never intended. The Nooitgedacht Estate is rich in history and dates back to the 1700s and our guests often show great interest in and curiosity about the diverse heritage of this unique and fascinating piece of land. This is why we document the farm and estate’s past on our website.
“Part of our mandate, mission and vision at Nooitgedacht estate is complete inclusivity. A reference to a darker side of this farm’s history could also be viewed as a way of recognising how far we have come and how much has changed. We cannot change history. We can only create a new future.”
Despite their commitment to accuracy, the Nooitgedacht Estate team has now removed the word “slave” from their quarters.
We’re not sure if Denise Zimba has seen the apology and explanation just yet, as she has yet to issue a reply on social media, but hopefully this serves as a step in the right direction for all parties.