AWARDS

About the awards

The National Council of the Heritage Association of South Africa 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”.

The awards recognise outstanding conservation efforts across South Africa as adjudged by a distinguished panel of heritage and conservation experts. All societies or bodies affiliated with HASA and the general public are asked to nominate individuals, or bodies, that they believe warrant awards. A panel of heritage conservation experts are appointed each year to consider the nominations and recommend deserving winners to the HASA Council.

There are three awards made by HASA, namely the Simon van der Stel Gold Medal, the Simon van der Stel Gold Certificate and the national Award of Merit. The Gold Medal Award is given to an individual, while the Gold Certificate is awarded to an organisation. Both are regarded as the premier awards of HASA. The third award category, the National Award of Merit, is presented to an individual who has made a worthwhile contribution to heritage conservation in South Africa.

Awards criteria

The awards are given to deserving individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the conservation of the national estate in any of the following fields:

  • The conservation, protection, restoration of heritage buildings, objects and sites in the Republic of South Africa
  • The furthering of knowledge in the field of heritage studies and conservation
  • The education of the public and the creation of public awareness of South African heritage matters, including in written or visual form
  • The furthering of all aspects of the South African cultural heritage, collectively or individually, intangible heritage, archaeology and palaeontology

Previous recipients

1969
1974
1975
1976
1977
1979
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1998

1969

Mr B J Vorster
Caltex Oil

1974

Dr Willem Punt

1975

Dr J Ploeger
Ms Mary Cook

1976

Ms Gwen Mills
Mr B J van der Walt
Mr E Vertue
Mr C Francis
Mr G Palmer

1977

Mr C de Bosdarl

1979

Judge S E Diemant

1982

Mr Gawie Fagan
Mr Hans Fransen
Historical Homes of South Africa

1983

Mr Dirk Visser
Anglo American Corporation

1984

Bruinette, Kruger
and Stofberg Stellenbosch Municipality

1985

Ms Heloise Naude
Mr Hannes Meiring

1986

Prof P J Nienaber
Mr B J van der Walt

1987

Mr E D Andrews
Mr James Walton

1988

Genoodskap Oud Pretoria
Ms Sheila Henderson
The Botha family of Stetteyn
Ms Helena Marincowitz
Mr George Reinardt Mulder

1989

Mr T S Bodill
Prof Frans Smuts
Maj P N Erskine

1991

Mr Marthinus van Baardt
Dr W A de Klerk
Mr Albrecht Holm

1992

Ms Gwen Fagan
Dr Nic Woolff

1993

Ms Flo Bird
Ms Sandra Antrobus
Mr Ters van Huyssteen
Ms Tillie van der Merwe

1994

Dr Tromp Botha

1995

Mr Brian Watson
Mr H F Oppenheimer
Market Theatre Complex

1998

Dr Dan Sleigh
Mr T Vorster