Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas of the South African Navy has been firing the Noon Day gun since 1999. He will fire his last round on August 31 before his retirement.  See page 3     David Ritchie  African News Agency (ANA)
Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas of the South African Navy has been firing the Noon Day gun since 1999. He will fire his last round on August 31 before his retirement. See page 3 David Ritchie African News Agency (ANA)

Noon-gun officer to fire last round in August

By ANA Time of article published Jul 4, 2019

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Cape Town - You may not know his name but if you work anywhere near the Cape Town city centre, you will possibly have heard his work.

Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas, 59, has been responsible for firing the noon-day gun at the Lion Battery on Signal Hill since 1999. But Malgas will fire his last round on August 31 before he retires from the South African Navy.

Having overseen more than 6 000 firings, Malgas said what he has enjoyed most about his job has been meeting people from all over the world as they come to see one of Cape Town’s oldest traditions, dating back to 1806.

The gun fires sharply at noon every day, except for public holidays and Sundays.

“Whenever I take photos with the people and I ask them where are you from and they say ‘from Japan, or from England, wherever’, I say, ‘today I am going to Japan, or to England, or wherever’. So I love to meet people and speak to people,” he said.

  Chief Petty Officer Dudley Malgas of the South African Navy has been firing the noon day gun for the last 20 years. Video: David Ritchie/African News Agency(ANA)


There are two guns which are fired on alternate days, Malgas added, but both are loaded so that if one misfires the other can be manually triggered.

Malgas hopes to start his own tourism company and continue doing what he enjoys most - working with people from all over the world. 

African News Agency (ANA)

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