HASA 17th Annual Symposium Programme hosted by Heidelberg Heritage Association


You are cordially invited to the


of the


Hosted by

Heidelberg Heritage Association

Heidelberg, Gauteng

Thursday 19, Friday 20 and Saturday 21 October 2017

Crown of the Suikerbosrand



Thursday, 19 October

09:30 – 09:45:    Registration and tea and coffee at Heidelberg Old Town Hall                                            (Free)

09:45 – 10:15:   Welcome address by the Executive Mayor of Lesedi Local Municipality, Lerato Maloka, at Council Chambers

10:30 – 12:30:   Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) AGM at Heidelberg Old Town Hall (Lesedi Council Chambers)                                                                                                                      (HASA Associates)

  • Please note that there will be opportunities to purchase books from the various speakers and other authors during the course of the Symposium.

12:40 – 13:30:   Lunch: Lesedi Town Council                                                                                  (Free to Associates)

13:45 – 14:40:   AGM (continues)




Alternative event for partners (booking essential)

10:30 – 12:30:    (Option A): A visit to Hideaway Farm for a cheese and wine pairing                          (R280pp)

12:40 – 13:30:   (A): Lunch at De Hoek Country Lodge

13:30 – 14:30:   (A): Game Drive at De Hoek Country Lodge  

10:30 – 12:30:    (Option B): A visit to Die Plaashuis Winkel (Diamante en Goud)                         (At own cost)

12:40 – 13:30:   (B): Lunch at Die Plaashuis Winkel

13:45 – 14:40:   (B): Visit to Ancient Days antique shop



14:45 – 15:00:    Introduction to Heidelberg by Sybrand van der Spuy (local expert) and Heidelberg Heritage Association at the Klipkerk                                                                                                                                      (Free)





15:00 – 17:30:   Guided Walking Tour of Heidelberg by Francois Mouton (registered tourist guide) with insights by Nicholas Clarke (author & architect) and Pieter Kotzé (CEO, Historical Homes of South Africa)                                                                                                                                                                 (R50pp)

  • Starting at the Klipkerk, delegates proceed to the Anglican Church in Marais Street. From there they go on a gentle down-hill stroll through Laer Volkskool where refreshments will be served. After the

refreshments, the tour continues through the town passing the AG Visser House where Pieter Kotzé of Historical Homes of South Africa will give a quick summary of what the restoration plans for the

building are. The tour will then proceed towards the old town centre where many historic buildings are in desperate need of restoration. The tour concludes at the old Standard Bank building where Paul Kruger purportedly spent a night.

  • Transport back to respective guest houses and/or town hall will be provided.
  • A shuttle will also be made available for delegates who cannot walk long distances.


BREAK 17:30 – 18:30

19:00 till late:    A Tribute to AG Visser: An evening of poetry at the Old Gaol (Jail).                           (R180pp)

In conjunction with the MOTHs, AG Visser Primary School and Heidelberg Hospital, guests will be treated to an evening of poetry and song with a talk around the relevance of Dr AG Visser in both the worlds of poetry and medicine. Heidelberg Hospital (formerly AG Visser Hospital) is turning 100 this year and this function will be part of its celebrations.

On the menu for the evening is a traditional spitbraai prepared                                                                               by members of the local MOTHs. A vegan option will be available.

* There is a cash bar and a shuttle back to respective guest houses                                                           

   (departing at 22:00).

* Please bring warm clothes as it can get very chilly in the old building.


Friday 20 October

09:30 – 09:45:   Registration and tea and coffee at Klipkerk, side hall                                                         (R20pp)

10:00 – 11:00:   Tour and discussions at Klipkerk – a look at the architectural style and war history of Heidelberg’s landmark building. Speakers: Nicholas Clarke & Jackie Grobler (historian)                                                                                                                                                                                              (R50pp)






11:15 – 12:15:   Heidelberg Station tour by Bouwe Wiersma (local entrepreneur), followed by a presentation by Nicholas Clarke locating the station in the wider context of the Nederlandsche-Zuid-Afrikaansche Spoorwegmaatschappij (NZASM)                                                                                                 (Free)

12:30 – 13:30:   A light lunch at The Place overlooking the Old Town Hall and Old Hotel.                   (R80pp)                

                               Ludwig Ankiewicz (local historian) will share tales of the southern Highveld during lunch. 


13:30 – 14:00:    An illustrated talk on the stone wall ruins of Suikerbosrand by Karim Sadr, who is a

                                professor in the School of Geography, Archaeology and Environmental Studies at the

                                University of Witwatersrand. His main research interest is the question of how and why

                                hunter-gatherers became food producers, namely farmers and/or herders. Lately he has

                                been investigating the formation of new societies in the Highveld during the mid-second

                                millennium AD. The people concerned built numerous settlements with stone-walled

                                structures whose ruins are to be found in the region. He is examining the role that

                                Khoisan hunters and herders may have played in this case of ethno-genesis.          (R50pp)


14:00 – 17:30:    Heidelberg Heritage Tour – A guided tour of heritages sites and their challenges in

                                Heidelberg (AG Visser House, Old Gaol, Bakoond, Ancient Days, War Cemetery, Standard

                                Bank)                                                                                                                                                  (R130pp)


17:30-18:30:      Recess

18:30 for 19:00: HASA gala awards dinner at Hoër Volkskool                                                                      (R300pp)

  • A cash bar will be available.





Saturday 21 October





09:30 – 10:00:   Registration with tea and coffee at British American Tobacco (BAT)                                                                                                                                                                                                   (R180 pp for the day’s programme)

10:00 – 11:15:   A tour of BAT followed by a presentation by HASA Chair, Len Raymond, on the role of Remgro (Rupert Foundation) in preserving heritage sites in South Africa (with reference to Stellenbosch and elsewhere and the successes achieved there)

  • Mandatory safety shoes will be provided. Please confirm shoe sizes in the accompanying booking form.

11:15 – 12:00:    Concluding panel discussion at BAT on Heidelberg’s conservation challenges and opportunities  

12:15 – 15:30:   Tour of Shalimar Ridge and Ratanda – Stopping for a late morning tea at the Hindu temple where Paddy Padiachy (HHA member & local businessman) will give guests a short history of Shalimar Ridge, which was established in 2007. The tour proceeds past the memorial of Alina “Anti-Pass” Mokoena, a struggle hero who participated in the 1956 Women’s March to the Union Buildings. The tour proceeds to the Lesedi offices in Ratanda, where a plaque will be unveiled to commemorate the naming of Ratanda by Justus Tshungu (former member of the Advisory Committee tasked with naming the area).

13:30:                    Lunch will be served at Lesedi Old Hall at Ratanda followed by a presentation on the musical history of Ratanda by Manqoba Ntombela of Whoza Africa.

15:45 – 16:30:   A short tour of the historic farmstead, De Rust, built in 1906 by Frederick Jacobus

Bezuidenhout and Wilhelmina Christina Johanna Meyer.  The tour will be conducted by

Phillip Minnaar, owner of De Rust and heir of Frederick Jacobus Bezuidenhout.









Heidelberg Heritage Association                       Heritage Association of South Africa

Esté Galloway                                                     Beverley-Ann Small

Email: heritageheidelberg@gmail.com             Email: disprom@absamail.co.za                                                                                    Cell:  082 550 1787                                                                             Cell:  083 379 6247



Tours of the Heritage Heidelberg are available but must be booked in advance. For more information email heritageheidelberg@gmail.com


You may also wish to explore these other places of interest unguided:


Alice Glöckner Nature Reserve, Lagerspoort Road

This Langlaagte 168ha reserve is home to the rare and threatened Heidelberg Copper Butterfly.


BAT (British American Tobacco), 1 Prinsloo Avenue

One of the biggest tobacco factories in the Southern Hemisphere formed part of the Rembrandt / Richmond group of companies established by the Rupert’s at Heidelberg in 1972.


De Rust, R42

Old impressive homestead and provincial heritage site. The owner Frikkie Bezuidenhout (1906) wanted the house to have everything that Queen Victoria had in Buckingham Palace: Toilet pan – delft china; the bath – which has a Jacuzzi; the ceilings and fireplaces are original; first house in the then Transvaal to have electricity.


Diamante & Goud Plaashuiswinkel, 40 Begeman Street

Open Monday to Saturday. Also visit the well-known night market on the 1st Friday night of every quarter starting in March.  All that glitters is gold.


Diepkloof Farm Museum, Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, R550

This provincial heritage site is located in the Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve.  This is one of the oldest farm yards in Gauteng with one house built around 1850 and the other around 1890 together with a coach house, smithy and stable. 

Eskort Bacon, Prinsloo Street

Life’s delicious. Established in 1954 and one of the busiest pork abattoirs in the country. Visit the renowned butchery on site and keep a lookout for some kassler ribs.


Golden Oldies

Visit Piet Retief’s grandson’s home on the corner of Louw & Pretorius streets and see the old farmhouse on Wes Street & Mona Drive, Jordaan Park. A lot more to seek out.


Ghost bridge

If you don’t believe in optical illusions your car will convince you otherwise. See how ghost Eugene pushes you over the bridge into Rensburg, past Walker Street, where the AWB was established!


Heidelberg Kloof Estate, R23

Previously an Aventura Resort, now an exclusive residential estate nestled in the Kloof. From here the Kloofspruit feeds the Blesbokspruit downtown.


Heidelberg Golf Club

Established in 1992, Heidelberg Golf Club welcomes visitors with its special blend of old world charm and modern amenities in an atmosphere of conviviality and camaraderie.




Karan Beef, R549

Privately owned and the biggest feedlot in the Southern Hemisphere, 90 – 120,000 cattle a day will keep the veggies away. Now quality has a name.


Kiepersol Cottage, Kiepersol Street, Overkruin 

Situated on the Klipkraal Hiking Trail, on the farm Rietfontein, 35km out of town, the trail passes Iron Age settlements inhabited by Khatla and Bafokeng Sotho speaking people. Also see our national flower and leave with a song in your heart: “… suikerbossie ek wil jou hê …”


Marievale Bird Sanctuary, R42, Marievale Road Extension, Nigel

The Blesbokspruit Ramsar site is a wetland of international importance and birding hotspot.


Mosque and Muslim school, Van der Westhuizen Street

This was the second oldest Mosque (1903) of the former Transvaal. The building has been renovated, although the school was sadly demolished and relocated.


The New Cemetery, R42

The site of the Anglo-Boer South African War (1899 – 1902) concentration camp and monument to the women and children who died in concentration camps.


O’Reilly House

The scene of tennis and good meals during the war. Note the pigeons loft above the garage.


The Old Cemetery, Heidelberg Kloof

Hindu, Muslim, black and coloured people are buried here. Many of whom lived through the SA War.


Round 14, Heidelberg Road, Ratanda

Experience real African hospitality in a shebeen in Ratanda township and see why locals like (rata) and love (tanda), the place whilst drinking traditional umqombothi and eating African cuisine.


Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve, R550

Proclaimed on 27/3/1974, this reserve offers ±12,000 hectares unspoilt natural environment of Rocky Highveld Grassland and mountain range with an altitude of 1545 – 1917m above sea level. The Diepkloof Farm Museum is worth a stop or have a braai at Holhoek picnic spot.


Further afield: 


Val hamlet, Val,

Purportedly South Africa’s smallest hamlet has a resident population of 12 people! Val was founded in 1888 as a stagecoach stop-over between the Lowveld and Johannesburg. Visit the Val Hotel and museum or the Moegeploeg Pub. Locals say “there’s lots to see, but nothing to do”.

Sunday 22 October 2017

12:30 – 13:00 Book launch by world renowned photographer Wessel Oosthuizen at the Val Hotel.

13:00 – 14:30 Traditional lunch to be served at footstalls (traditional boerekos)


Welgelegen Manor, Balfour, R51 (between Balfour & Nigel)

Designed by Baker & Fleming in 1912 for AM Mostert, Welgelegen is an imposing manor house in the typical Baker adaption of the Cape Dutch style.   





Light Lunch/Coffee shops & Gift Shops

Sweat Pea & Maple 26 HF Verwoerd Street 082 709 7469 Wed – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Diamante en Goud 40 Begeman Street 016 341 5578 Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm

Sat, 8 am – 1 pm

Ancient Days/ Antique shop C/o Hospitaal & HF Verwoerd Street 082 785 9108 Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm

Sat, 8am – 1pm

Kardoesie 44 Begeman Street 016 341 2510 Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm  

Sat, 8.30am – 1.30pm

Appeliefie 60 Maria Street 082 492 3388 Thu – Fri, 9am – 4.30pm

Sat, 9am – 12.30pm

Little Showcase 60 Schoeman Street 016 341 5958 Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm

Sat, 8am – 1 pm



Rasam Tandoori Indian Restaurant & Takeaways 37 Jacobs Street 016 341 5994 Mon – Fri, 10am – 10pm
Sausalito Spur Steak Ranch Shop F01, The Victorian Shopping Centre, c/o Voortrekker & Jordaan Street 016 349 5917 Mon – Sun, 7.30am – 10pm
Roman’s Pizza  The Victorian Shopping Centre, c/o Voortrekker & Jordaan Street 016 341 2541 Mon – Sun, 9am – 8.30pm
Yummy Kitchen Restaurant 43 HF Verwoerd Street 016 341 2971 Mon – Sun, 10am – 10pm
Heidelberg Club 42 HF Verwoerd Street 078 425 3661 Mon – Sat, 10am – 1.30pm
Nando’s Heidelberg 52 Voortrekker Street 016 341 3777 Mon – Sun, 10am – 9pm
Wimpy The Victorian Shopping Centre, c/o Voortrekker & Jordaan Street 016 341 4490 Mon – Sun, 7am – 7pm
KFC Heidelberg HF Verwoerd Street 016 349 6800 Mon – Sun, 7am – 11pm
The Place C/o Jacobs & Voortrekker Street 016 341 3051 Mon – Fri, 2pm – 2am
Delicatessen Kostlich Deli 40 HF Verwoerd Street 083 286 5105 Mon – Fri, 8pm – 5am

Sat, 8am – 1pm

Senior Nels Pizza –

 Deliver as well

44 b Ueckermann Street 016 341 7002 Mon – Sat, 9am – 9pm


Crazy Daisy Coffee Shop C/o Jordaan & van der Westhuizen Street 016 341 5248

083 704 2989

Mon – Fri, 8am – 5pm

 Sat-Sun, 8am – 3pm

Simply Delicious –

 Deliver as well

37 Jacobs Street 016 349 2599 Mon – Sat, 9am – 6pm

Sun, 10am – 2pm

Sol Nascente Portuguese Restaurant 38 Schoeman Street 016 349 2486 Mon – Sat, 10am – 10pm
The Outpost Pub & Restaurant 105 Walker Street,  Rensburg 082 305 0833 Mon – Thu, 12am – 10pm

Fri, 11am – 11pm

Sat, 11am – 10pm

Tree Stone Café C/o Mare & HF Verwoerd Street 060 972 3094 Mon – Fri, 9am – 5pm
Grill King C/o Voortrekker & Mertz, Heidelberg Square 072 899 0523 Mon – Thu, 10am – 8pm

Fri, 10am – 9pm

Sat, 10am – 8pm

The Fish & Company 52 Voortrekker Street 016 341 3239 Mon – Sat, 9am – 7pm
Orange Apple 37 Voortrekker Street 061 949 9370  


Heidelberg Mall


For a list of retailers and restaurants visit www.heidelbergmall.co.za






Nite Doc 54 Mertz Street 016 349 5774 8am – 8pm




SJ Potgieter, JF Venter, CJ Lee 54 Mertz Street 016 341 6150/1 Mon – Fri, 8am – 8pm 

Sat, 8am – 1pm & 6pm – 8am




Life Suikerbosrand Hospital C/o HF Verwoerd Street & Mare Street 016 342 9200 ALL HOURS




Dr Meyer Ueckermann Street 016 341 7178 Mon – Fri, 8am- 5pm

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