Our Patron

In April 2020, shortly after his 87th birthday, Denis Goldberg passed away. He was a founding patron of Computer Aid International and spent his life campaigning for equality.

Denis Goldberg (1933-2020) is a South African social campaigner, who was active in the struggle against apartheid and was imprisoned for 22 years, along with other key members of the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa. After his release in 1985, he continued to campaign against apartheid from his base in London with his family until the system was fully disbanded with the 1994 election. He returned to South Africa in 2002.

He has been part of Computer Aid and has been our patron since the early days of the organisation.

Denis Goldberg surrounded by people on steps of a building

Denis Goldberg House of Hope LogoDenis also founded the Denis Goldberg House of Hope with his foundation in South Africa. Their aim is to have an arts and culture education centre in Hout Bay, Cape Town where he lives. As he explains: “It is a vision that combines the passions of my life: the creation of cohesive, non-racial and non-prejudiced communities, the realisation of young people’s potential and a celebration of creativity and expression…. Creating a beautiful space for this to happen, where young people can develop those vital creative and expressive skills will be my lasting contribution to the future of Hout Bay, which has been my home for so long.”