Former noon gunner Dudley Malgas dies

Dudley Malgas fired the noon gun on Signal Hill for 22 years.

Covid-19 has claimed the life of retired noon gunner, Dudley Malgas.

The Chief Petty Officer died last Monday, November 30, at a hospital in Wynberg.

He retired last year after firing the noon gun on Signal Hill for 22 years, having served in the military for 39 years.

Family spokesperson and niece, Lynn Malgas said Mr Malgas had a liver disorder, which he was being treated for, but picked up Covid-19 about three months ago.

Ms Malgas described him as a person who lived his life to the fullest right until the end. She said that he had always given back to others and was a huge community person, especially in the Bo-Kaap.

His former colleagues described him as a man with a great legacy and maritime knowledge.

Harry Cooper stated: “We are sad to hear about the passing of Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas. He and his family lived next to the Noon Gun and were very much residents of the Bo-Kaap

Lots of members of Cape Tourist Guides Association knew the man personally, and many living around the City Bowl/Atlantic Seaboard residents heard – and felt – his work each day at 12pm sharp; a thundering reminder not only of the time but of our living heritage. Our condolences from Cape Tourist Guides Association exco and members to family and friends. We hope they fire off a few shots in your honour,”

Bo-Kaap resident and a friend, Yusuf Gallant, posted on a Bo-Kaap group: “Sad news that I have to share with the group this morning, a gentle sweet officer and a humble gentleman that I truly called a good friend known many as Mr Noon Gun Mr Dudley Malgas passed on. Duds, you were larger than life, buddy.”

Mr Malgas leaves behind wife, Estelle, two daughters from a previous marriage, and Estelle’s four sons.