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

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
2010
2006
2005
2004
2003
2002
2001
2000
1999
1998
1995
1994
1993
1992
1991
1989
1988
1987
1986
1985
1984
1983
1982
1979
1977
1976
1975
1974
1969

2019

Prof. John Parkington
Bo-Kaap Civic and Ratepayers Association (Gold Certificate)
Ms. Jomien Havenga

2018

Tony Ferrar
Rudie Rousseau (Certificate of Merit)
Prof Kathy Munro (Certificate of Merit)
Ms Marjorie Nuns (Certificate of Merit)

2017

Dr Janette Deacon
Rina Wiid (Certificate of Merit)
Reef Steamers (Gold Certificate)
James Ball (Certificate of Merit)

2016

Mr Twin Mosia
Dr Isaac Balie
Fietas ‘Memory in Action’ (Gold Certificate)

2015

Mr & Mrs Erwin and Alta Coetzee
Eastern Cederberg Rock Art Group (Gold Certificate)

2014

Dr Judy Maguire

2013

Dr Roger Charles Fisher

2012

Mr Len Raymond

2011

Mr Neil Fraser

2010

Prof JC (Kay) de Villiers

2006

Ms Jeanette Fraser-Jones

2005

Mr& Mrs Henry and Linette Louw

2004

Mr Willem Malherbe
Mr Valli Moosa

2003

Ms Juletha Zietsman
Mr David Jack

2002

Mr Herbert Prins

2001

Mr Edward Whitlock
Mr Fred Stephens

2000

Dr James Kitching
Ms Penny Grimbeek
Mr Hannes Malan

1999

Ms Wenda Melck
Dr Philip Tobias

1998

Dr Dan Sleigh
Mr T Vorster

1995

Mr Brian Watson
Mr H F Oppenheimer
Market Theatre Complex

1994

Dr Tromp Botha

1993

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

1992

1992 Recipients

Ms Gwen Fagan
Dr Nic Woolff

1991

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

1989

Mr T S Bodill
Prof Frans Smuts
Maj P N Erskine

1988

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

1987

Mr E D Andrews
Mr James Walton

1986

Prof P J Nienaber
Mr B J van der Walt

1985

Ms Heloise Naude
Mr Hannes Meiring

1984

Bruinette, Kruger
and Stofberg Stellenbosch Municipality

1983

Mr Dirk Visser
Anglo American Corporation

1982

Mr Gawie Fagan
Mr Hans Fransen
Historical Homes of South Africa

1979

Judge S E Diemant

1977

Mr C de Bosdarl

1976

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

1975

Dr J Ploeger
Ms Mary Cook

1974

Dr Willem Punt

1969

Mr B J Vorster
Caltex Oil