A monument was unveiled at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town by Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
It is in honour of Krotoa, a Khoi woman who from about the age of 10 worked in the Cape household of Jan van Riebeeck.
She is believed to have been a gifted translator.
Tracey Randle, heritage consultant, speaks to John Maytham about this memorable event.
Listen to the full interview below: