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This is  very accurate and comprehensive advice concerning the restoration of Wupperthal


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Calvin van Wijk

A panorama of Wupperthal in the early 20th century in the Van Wijk Rhenish Mission Collection in the Africana Section of the JS Gericke Library of the Univ. of Stellenbosch. (As was the case with photographs I have previously posted on Facebook, all rights of the use of these photographs are reserved, and they may not be used, for whatever reason, without the written permission of CS van Wijk, via the Univ. of Stellenbosch). I am posting this photograph as, amongst others, proof of the historicity of the place, as well as its heritage significance. I herewith wish to call upon the assistance of all Wupperthallers, ex-Wupperthallers, descendants of missionaries of the former Rhenish Mission Society that worked at Wupperthal and elsewhere in South Africa, the Leadership of the Moravian Church, members of the Moravian Church locally and elsewhere in South Africa, conservation organizations, members of bodies active in the conservation of the heritage of South Africa, particularly those active in the Western Cape (whether you are registered with Heritage Western Cape or not), Heritage Western Cape, SAHRA, other statutary bodies, particularly the Cederberg Municipality and the District Municipality under which Wupperthal resorts, as well as any other conservationists. THE REBUILD OF WUPPERTHAL MUST NOT BE DONE HASTILY. I guess that it will require of the inhabitants of Wupperthal and the Moravian Church to be patient TO ENSURE A SATISFACTORY END RESULT, OR ELSE THEY WILL SIT WITH SOMETHING THAT IS ENTIRELY FOREIGN, UNSATISFACTORY, AND AN INFERIOR END PRODUCT. It is important to note that because most of the buildings that were destroyed by the fire were older than 60 years – in fact some of them were declare former National Monuments, the National Heritage Resources Act (Act 25 of 1999) [NHR Act] is applicable. This, of necessity, MUST involve Heritage Western Cape [HWC] (the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority [PHRA] in terms of the NHR Act, and maybe also the South African Heritage Resources Agency [SAHRA], which is the national heritage resources authority in terms of the same act, previously known as the National Monuments Council. Nobody must, at any time be allowed to touch, in whatever way, e.g. to demolish or remove anything, without prior consultation with HWC. Section 1 of the NHR Act expressly states that the state is bound by this act, that means that any state organization or body MUST abide by this act, this includes the Cederberg Municpality, as well. This is to prevent further damage and prevent infringing on the heritage significance of any of the structures. I guess that both the Cederberg Municpality AND the Church, as well as any aiding body that will deal with the built structures must contact HWC for guidance, WITHOUT DELAY. I think that Dr Mxolisi Dlamuka, the CEO of HWC, must be contacted directly. His office is in the Protea Assurance House Building, on Greenmarket Square in Cape Town. The offices of HWC are open as from tomorrow. They will arrange for an inspection of the damage by experts, whereafter they will advise on the cause of action to be taken. People must please be patient, as I, personally, would not like to see the likes of the RDP houses going up everywhere in the province, amongst others. I think that most people will also not like to see these mostrosities to arise at Wupperthal. I have much faith that the involvement of HWC will only be to the benefit of the town and its further existance.

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