Rustenburg to host 2023 Heritage Symposium

by | Aug 30, 2023

Image: Paul Kruger statue and City Hall in Rustenburg, South Africa. Fritz Joubert. Wikicommons.

The next HASA Symposium will be held on the 12th, 13th and 14th of October 2023; a full programme is being planned by the Magaliesberg Association for Culture & Heritage.

Come and join us for an exploration of the history of the Boekenhoutfontein Farm, Kruger family history, the Lutheran Mission History (Hermannsburg, Saron (Phokeng) Kroondal), the churches, synagogues and mosques, hotels and halls of Rustenburg, Rustenburg history and architectural history, geology and rocks that gong like bells, Marico history, Bafokeng history, photographic history, archaeological sites and a visit to a local cave, Mzilikazi, the art of Ellie Holm, 1st and 2nd Boer War history and more.

Talks are planned for the mornings followed by afternoon excursions.

Encounter the heritage heroes of Kedar and unpack their histories; go for an optional game drive; experience one of the finest private South African War museums in South Africa; visit the Kruger Houses museum complex and even explore the family graveyard.

Highlighted topics for talks and expeditions:

  • Geology and archaeology

  • Rustenburg in the South African War 

  • Church and mission history

  • Mining history – Platinum and the modern economy; mining labour history

  • Land and the 19th-century economy of the North West

  • Platinum mining, labour issues and the modern economy

  • The history of the Royal Bafokeng people and the women of Phokeng

  • Mzilikazi in the Magaliesberg

  • The diversity of heritage in Bushveld and the Waterberg

To book email the first HASA 2023 Heritage Symposium announcement. Download the HASA 2023 Symposium booking form. Download the HASA 2023 Symposium Programme