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World class speakers at Heidelberg’s heritage celebrations

Experts set to flock to ‘The Crown of the Suikerbosrand”

Following months of planning and deliberation Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) in association with the newly reconstituted Heidelberg Heritage Association (HHA) confirmed on September 13 that world renowned architect Nicholas Clarke will be one of the key note speakers at the 17th Annual Symposium of HASA that will be held in Heidelberg from 19 to 22 October.

In one of numerous accolades he has collected over the years, Clarke last year received the Corobrik South African Institute for Architects (SAIA) Award of Excellence for Eclectic ZA-Wilhelmiens and will provide insight into this style of architecture and other Dutch built heritage buildings that feature prominently in Heidelberg.


Another fascinating experience he has  been involved with over the years includes – 2012: Stone Town of Zanzibar World Heritage Site. Mapping the tangible and intangible attributes of the Public Open Spaces.


In 2013 he was a representative of ICOMOS International at the UNESCO Workshop to develop a Communication Strategy on African World Heritage, Culture & Development for UNESCO African Field Offices while this year he was an ICOMOS Representative and specialist advisor to the Master Plan development for the Tombs of the Kasubi Kings World Heritage Site in Uganda.

Exploring the theme, ‘Crown of the Suikerbosrand’ some of the highlights of the Heidelberg Symposium includes the Annual General Meeting of the Heritage Association of South Africa on October 19 followed by a guided walking tour of Heidelberg with experts Francois Mouton and Clarke as well as an evening of poetry as a tribute to Dr AG Visser which will take place at the Old Jail.

The following day Heidelberg’s landmark building, die Klipkerk, will be placed under the microscope before a tour of the old Heidelberg Station will be conducted.

Guests can also brace themselves for exciting tales of the Southern Highveld as well as some incredible archaeological facts of the Suikerbosrand.



On the evening of October 20 the 2017 HASA gala awards dinner will be Hosted at Hoër Volkskool – a school which has played an important role in the development of bright minds.

On 21 October a tour of British American Tobacco should attract both members of the community and some distinguished guests as the role of the Rupert Foundation in preserving SA’s heritage sites will be discussed.


After a tour of Shalimar Ridge and Ratanda the symposium will conclude with a rare opportunity for interested parties to explore the historic farmstead, De Rust, which was built in 1906.


Persons who wish to participate in any of these events should, however, take note that all bookings must be done in advance.

To request a more detailed programme and booking form, email heritageheidelberg@gmail.com

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