18th Annual HASA Symposium to explore Barberton: ‘The Genesis of Life’






The 18th Annual Symposium of the Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) will be held in Barberton, Mpumalanga from Wednesday, 17 October to Sunday, 21 October 2018. All lovers and students of heritage are welcome to attend. 

Exploring the theme, ‘The Genesis of Life’, the programme will be co-hosted by HASA in association with Friends of the Museum Barberton and Mpumalanga Heritage. 

With its rich natural and cultural heritage, combined with breathtaking scenery, Barberton has much to offer. The choice of venue for the symposium could also not be more appropriate. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains have recently been declared a World Heritage Site – the first in Mpumalanga. Various experts and academics will examine the history, geology and architecture of the region and excursions and exclusive viewings of heritage sites form part of the programme.

Highlights from the programme include: 

Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Evening drinks and informal networking hosted by the Lone Tree Shellhole. 

Thursday, 18 October 2018
Annual General Meeting of the Heritage Association of South Africa
Optional partners’ programme: Scenic game drive
Optional partners’ programme: Traditional Swazi cooking demonstration 
Emjindini Heritage Route tour
Evening presentation on the history of the Swazi
Evening presentation on the discovery of Komatiite

Friday, 19 October 2018 
Barberton heritage walk & update on the Rimer’s Creek saga
Explore NZASM structures of the Barberton branch line & the Old Pettigrew Wagon Route
2018 HASA gala and awards dinner

Saturday, 20 October 2018
Explore Barberton’s Makhonjwa Geotrail located in a World Heritage Site 
Gold panning at the Barberton Museum Pits 

Sunday, 21 October 2018
Optional tours:
1. Historic Sheba mausoleum, cemetery, mine & museum (morning) 
2. Option 1 + Bray’s Golden Quarry (ends at 3pm) 
3. Options 1 & 2 + Eureka City (full day) 

Click here to read the press announcement. 
Click here to download the programme.  
Click here for more information about the Heritage Walk.
Click here for more information about the excursions. 

For accommodation options please click here and for general visitor information please visit Barberton Tourism atwww.barberton.co.za

For general enquiries about the Symposium and to request a booking form contact Marjorie Nuns at anuns@icon.co.za.

Note: Public interest in this year’s symposium has been high, so we urge you to book your attendance as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  


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