The 16th Annual Symposium 2016 of the Heritage Association of South Africa at Genadendal

HAsa logoThe 16th Annual Symposium 2016 of the
Heritage Association of South Africa
at Genadendal
on Thursday 20, Friday 21 & Saturday 22 October 2016

The Khoi and the Genadendal mission movement – A scrutiny


11:00–16:00 AGM of the Heritage Association of South Africa, historical walk, dinner
Venue: Greyton. Interested persons are welcome to attend as observers

08:30–09:00 Arrival, registration, tea & coffee. Venue: Moravian Church.
09:10–09:15 Welcoming
– Len Raymond, chairman of the Heritage Association of South Africa

The Khoekhoen (Khoi), ‘a forgotten first people’
Early European contacts, perceptions and depictions from the early writings
– Prof Michael De Jongh, anthropologist, author
The disintegration of the traditional Khoekhoen (Khoi) society in the wake of European expansion
– Prof Russel Viljoen, UNISA, author
11:00–11:15 Tea & coffee
Jan Paerl and the Khoekhoen (Khoi) resistance to the VOC
– Prof Russel Viljoen, UNISA, author
The role of the missionary George Schmidt
The arrival of George Schmidt, missionary and human rights champion; the establishment of the settlement at Baviaanskloof; and Schmidt’s return to Europe and the consequences thereof. Sparrman finds his followers and their dilemmas.
– The Reverend Chris Wessels, Moravian Church, Genadendal
13:00–13:55 Lunch – provided by members of the Genadendal community, under the oaks or in the Hester Dorothea Hall, depending on the weather

14:00–16:25 The re-establishment of Genadendal: The growth of the mission station, the people, and their lifestyle and employment, followed by a tour of the mission buildings and the industries
Genadendal provided a refuge for people of different racial groups and origins, who settled there. It was not uncommon for men of European origin to court Khoi women, to the extent that – although discouraged by the missionaries – the majority of the residents at Genadendal were the result of these unions.
– Dr Isaac Balie, sixth-generation Genadendal Khoekhoen descendant, local historian, and former director of the Mission Museum
16.30–17:00 Tea & coffee
18:30 for 19:00 Gold Medal Dinner in the Schiefer Hall – provided by members of the Genadendal community. Two Simon van der Stel gold medals and two certificates will be presented to award winners

08:30–08:55 Tea & coffee. Venue: Moravian Church
The Moravian Mission at Genadendal: The visitors to the mission and their observations about the role the mission played, and its socioeconomic effect
Apart from religion, the missionaries applied the philosophy of “the dignity of Labour”. This played a big role in transforming the Khoi, and established a social and economic class of peoples from various origins, who became trained artisans and labourers in a changing world.
– Prof Matilda Burden, Stellenbosch University, author
Highlights of the Museum – A guided tour
–Samuel Baatjies, Genadendal museum tour guide
10:30–11:00 Tea & coffee – during which the Genadendal brass band will play traditional music
Tracking the Hessequa: The decimation or dispersal in the Overberg and beyond
In 1848 Bishop Grey wrote that there was only one true Khoi (Hottentot) community left and they were in Genadendal, as elsewhere the Khoi seemed to have disappeared.
–Prof Michael de Jongh, anthropologist, author
Genadendal education: A road well-travelled from dirt track to major highways
An account of Genadendal education and teacher training, and how this enabled the local people to progress in the modern era
–Dr James Ellis, internationalisation consultant
13:00–13:40 Lunch – at the Schiefer Hall, where the symposium will continue, owing to the commencement of a wedding in the church
13.45–14:30 Early images of the Khoi and the Genadendal Mission Station as reflected in the illustrations of visitors over the years
View graphic depictions of the steady conversion of the indigenous people to the colonialist way of life.
-Len Raymond, chairman Heritage Association of South Africa
PANEL DISCUSSION on the different views of the role played by the mission stations and what they may have done, or neglected to do, to protect the indigenous peoples’ entitlement to resources that they enjoyed before the arrival of the VOC
Panellists: Symposium speakers
15:35–16:00 Final summing up by the Heritage Association of South Africa
–Len Raymond, chairman

16:05 Walk around the area, view the wedding ceremony and the village

Enquiries: Carol : 028 5141714 / 071 528 7559,
Reservations: Find registration form attached or on
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Sixteen symposiums – where it all began
The Simon van der Stel Foundation, known today as the Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA), was established in 1959 and is presently the largest and oldest non-governmental organisation involved in heritage conservation. HASA is a non-profit section 21 company, managed by a national council, with affiliated branches across the country. Annual symposiums, highlighting regional conservation issues and acknowledging successes, are hosted by the branches with assistance and input from the National Council. This gives members and the public an opportunity to attend lectures by experts and professionals, to network, to consult with the professionals, to share ideas and problem-solve. The public are encouraged to attend this annual event. The Genadendal symposium celebrates the 16th anniversary of the inaugural symposium held in Paarl.

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