Heritage Inventory and Management Plan for Tangible Resources in Stellenbosch Municipality Heritage Survey.


Enquiries:            Jonathan. Windvogel



The matter above has reference.

Heritage Western Cape (HWC) is in receipt of your letter for the above matter dated 5 March 2018. This matter was discussed at the Inventories, Grading and Interpretation Committee (IGIC) meeting held on 23 May 2018.

The Committee noted amongst other things that:

  • The study was commissioned by the Stellenbosch Municipality.
  • It covered pre-colonial, cotoniat and apartheid (forced removals) era.
  • It is noted that the brief from the municipality was on tangible heritage sites and cultural landscapes.
  • The landscape design was benchmarked against international best practice or standards.
  • Historic and current landscapes were assessed, their evolution and characteristics.
  • The objective of the heritage inventory is 10 inform the municipality’s development plans, i.e. Spatio and Rural Development Frameworks.
  • The municipality has adopted a phased approach in developing the survey.
  • The first phase was the methodology, the second phase was the rural inventory, the third and current phase is the inventory of the complete Stellenbosch area.
  • The current inventory replaces the rural inventory (previously approved by HWC).
  • Phase 4 of the process is the development of appropriate municipality policy guidelines to heritage management.
  • Phase 5 is the training of personnel at Stellenbosch municipality to oversee heritage management in the area.

 There are existing and proposed HPOZ’s in the area, including scenic routes, urban edges and natural landscapes.

  • The study consists predominantly of colonial heritage structures that are of built environment.
  • During the development of historic farming, sites of cultural rituals by slaves are not recorded in the inventory.
  • This includes histories of people who worked the land, the intangible heritage of farm workers and historic remnants of slavery on farms.
  • Intangible heritage related to forced removals is not covered in the study. It is not part of the brief by the municipality.
  • It is noted that the inventory, through the inter-active map, is a living document. Through public access, the inventory can be built upon or expanded.
  • The Committee appreciates and notes the limitations by the project team caused by delayed access to properties, access refused, fences, walls and locked gates.
  • The methodology and superior quality of heritage assessment is commended.
  • As we are required to approve inventories, it is worth noting that HWC promotes inclusive heritage management.
  • The inventory does not reflect the diverse heritage and social history of all people of Stellenbosch.


ILifa leMveli leNtshona Koloni

Erfenls V/es-Kanp

Heritage M/estern Cape


1 . Notwithstanding the shortcomings mentioned above relating to intangible landscape heritage, the Committee endorsed the recommendations as per Section 5.4 (page 57) of the Phase 3 Report: Draft Revised Heritage Inventory of the Tangible Heritage Resources in the Stellenbosch Municipality Revised, dated 8 May 2018.

  1. That the heritage inventory inter-active map indicates areas of forced removals, including areas that were formerly white, black and coloured.
  2. The municipality is encouraged to commission a diverse heritage inventory that is inclusive and recognises the social history of all the people in Stellenbosch, not only colonial built environment. This may include tangible and/or intangible heritage resources.

NOTE: The applicant is required to inform any party who has expressed a bona fide interest in any heritage-related aspect of this letter.

Should you have any further queries, please contact the official above and quote the cose number.


C lef Execu i e Officer, Heritage

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