Newsletter of the Heritage Association of South Africa August 2018

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Newsletter of the Heritage Association of South Africa    

Newsletter

August 2018

 

   

Message from Jacques Stoltz

 
It’s proving to be a busy year at the Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA). Two special occasions have been held to recognise 2017 HASA award winners Dr Janette Deacon and Rina Wiid. We’ve also made formal submissions to Heritage Western Cape regarding the draft Western Cape Heritage Resources Management Bill and we have supported a petition of the Rosebank Action Group made to the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng regarding a worrisome decision that flies in the face of the National Heritage Resources Act.

In this newsletter, we provide an update on the sale of the Macrorie House Museum in KZN to which HASA is a party.  Most exciting of all is our next heritage symposium which will take place in Barberton in October. Barberton is home to South Africa’s newest world heritage site – so we are particularly pleased with our choice of venue. As in previous years, we call for nominations for the Simon van der Stel awards.  

We look forward to seeing you in Barberton. 

Jacques
Chairperson
Heritage Association of South Africa

 

2017 – 2018 HASA Councillors
Jacques Stoltz (Chairperson) • Len Raymond (Drakenstein Heritage Foundation) • Jayson Augustyn-Clark (Tulbagh Valley Heritage Foundation) • Dr. Judy Maguire (Prince Albert Heritage Association) • Carol Podd (Swellendam Heritage Association) •  Beverley-Ann Small (Alberton Heritage Society) • Herbert Prins (Co-opted) • Mira Fassler Kamstra (Co-opted) • Julie Streicher (Co-opted)

UPCOMING EVENTS
   

August 16 – 17 

Launch of the new Jock Trek 1885 route
Mpumalanga Heritage
Email: linda@klcbt.co.za 

September 1

Visit two iconic Cape Town Grand Dames: Mount Nelson & Taj
Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel, Cape Town  
Simon van der Stel Heritage Foundation (Cape Town)
Email: simonvdstel@mweb.co.za
 

October 18 to 21

2018 HASA Symposium
Barberton, Mpumalanga
Email: info@heritagesa.org

October 18

HASA Annual General Meeting
Barberton Museum, Barberton, Mpumalanga
Email: info@heritagesa.org

November 17

New West Coast Fossil Park
R 45 – Langebaanweg, Vredenburg, Saldanha Bay Municipality  
Simon van der Stel Heritage Foundation (Cape Town)
Email: simonvdstel@mweb.co.za

November 27

Guided visit to Groote Schuur Estate
Groote Schuur Dr, Cape Town 
Simon van der Stel Heritage Foundation (Cape Town)
Email: simonvdstel@mweb.co.za

The Lewis & Marks Building in Barberton (Credit: Jacques Stoltz) 

Barberton: The Genesis of Life

HASA is pleased to announce that the historical town of Barberton, Mpumalanga, will host this year’s heritage symposium taking place from 18 to 20 October.  With its rich natural and cultural heritage, combined with breathtaking scenery, Barberton has much to offer. The choice of venue for the symposium could not be more appropriate. The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains have just been declared a World Heritage Site – the first in Mpumalanga.​
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Rina Wiid receives the award from former HASA chair, Len Raymond

Award winner Rina Wiid recognised in moving ceremony

The 2017 Simon van der Stel Certificate of Merit award winner, Rina Wiid, was recently honoured at a ceremony held at Doornbult farm outside Hopetown. The award is one of three presented annually by HASA. Rina and her husband, Lemmer, purchased Doornbult farm in 1994 – not knowing that they had acquired arguably the best-preserved and intact archaeological terrain relating to the South African War.
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In 2017 the Gauteng Heritage Action Group launched the ‘Black Plaque’ campaign to raise awareness of threatened sites (Credit: Jacques Stoltz) 

Gauteng Heritage Action Group requests urgent meeting with MEC Mazibuko 

The Gauteng Heritage Action Group (GHAG) was formed in 2017 to serve as a platform for Gauteng-based heritage conservation bodies to discuss matters of common interest – in particular, concerns regarding the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng (PHRAG). In May last year, the GHAG wrote to the chairperson of the PHRAG to request a meeting to discuss their grievances, which have been detailed in a memorandum. Among others, the memorandum cites weaknesses in policy, organisational structure and performance. 
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2018 Endangered heritage campaign – call for submissions

For the third year in a row, the Heritage Monitoring Project (HMP) is calling on South Africans to nominate heritage sites for this year’s top ten endangered campaign. As we report elsewhere, there are currently 132 sites on South Africa’s growing ‘red list’ of cultural sites. By submitting sites to the campaign, the community can assist in raising the profile of those places that are particularly unique and where local efforts are underway to make a difference.  
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HASA concerned about potential Heritage Western Cape overreach

Following the release of the draft Western Cape Heritage Resources Management Bill, the Heritage Association of South Africa has expressed concern about the potential overreach on the part of the heritage authorities in the Western Cape. An analysis of the draft Bill shows that the document departs from the definitions used in the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA; number 25 of 1999) in subtle ways. This has major bearing on the powers that Heritage Western Cape (HWC) will enjoy should the Bill be adopted as provincial legislation.
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The Simon van der Stel gold medal. 

Call for nominations for the 2018 Simon van der Stel Awards 

The National Council of HASA has for many years rewarded individuals and organisations who have given unstintingly of their time and expertise to conserve South Africa’s heritage resources and who, in the words of the preamble to the National Heritage Resources Act, have by their example “encourage[d] communities to nurture and conserve their legacy so that they may be bequeathed to future generations”. Nominations for this year’s awards must reach us by 15 August 2018​
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Macrorie House Museum (Credit: Macrorie House Museum) 

HASA reaches agreement with trustees of Macrorie House Museum

In 2016 the board of trustees of the Pietermaritzburg-based Macrorie House Museum announced the closure of the facility. The board subsequently informed the Heritage Association of South Africa (successor in title of the Simon van der Stel Foundation) of its intention to sell the property and offered HASA council first option to purchase the site in line with a restrictive condition dating back to 1992 when the trustees acquired the property from the Foundation.
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Krause Street school (Credit: James Ball) 

Egoli Heritage Foundation condemns the destruction of historical Pageview school 

It is with dismay that the Egoli Heritage Foundation (EHF) has noted recent developments in Pageview. At the time of writing, the former sites of the Queenspark Grounds and the Krause Street Primary School were being consolidated into a large parking lot for buses owned by a company called Gauteng Coaches. A number of historic structures at the school site have been demolished – it is strongly believed without the necessary heritage approvals.  While the City of Johannesburg has issued a stop order, appeals to the Provincial Gauteng Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng (PHRAG) to take action against the developer have fallen on deaf ears. 
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Cradock Heights, Rosebank (Credit: Jacques Stoltz) 

PHRAG rejects nomination of a provincial heritage site

Rosebank Action Group expresses concern about a rather worrisome decision by the PHRAG. The PHRAG has rejected a provincial heritage site nomination for Cradock Heights in Rosebank, partly on the basis that the structure in question is not older than 60 years. This sets a disturbing precedent and flies in the face of the NHRA which uses ‘significance’ as the yardstick and not age. HASA supports this appeal.  
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Newly installed waymarker (Credit: Mpumalanga Heritage)

Mpumalanga Heritage to launch new Jock Trek 1885 route

An exciting new heritage tourism route, traversing the escarpment and the Lowveld to the border with Mozambique, was opened this year to allow the traveller to follow in the ox-wagon tracks of the old transport riders and specifically in the footsteps of the famous dog, Jock of the Bushveld.
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