Once a year, the Heritage Association of South Africa hosts its annual symposium in a city, town or village. The gathering is HASA’s most prestigious annual event. Over three to four days, heritage activists and professionals from around the country network, share the latest knowledge, discuss pertinent issues facing the sector and highlight conservation challenges in particular communities.

During the Annual General Meeting, HASA affiliates report back on their activities over the past year while current council members report on HASA activities and progress made on specific issues.

The symposium culminates in the annual Simon van der Stel award dinner when HASA presents its annual awards for outstanding conservation work in South Africa.

During the three days of jam-packed activities, tours, traditional food, local arts, crafts and culture are on offer to delegates and visitors.

To suggest a symposium host community, email us at

Previous hosts

2002 – Paarl 2013  – Potchefstroom
2003 – Mossel Bay 2014 – Richmond
2004 – Potchefstroom 2015 – Clanwilliam
2005 – Middelburg 2016 – Genadendal
2006 – Swellendam 2017 – Heidelberg
2007 – Prince Albert 2018 – Barberton
2008 – Port Elizabeth 2019 – Tulbagh
2009 – Cape Town 2021 – Swellendam
2010 – Graaff-Reinet 2022 – Hartbeespoort 
2011 – Johannesburg 2023 – Rustenburg
2012 – Paarl