South African National Heritage Trust

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About Us

The National Heritage Trust for South Africa is an initiative being driven by The Conservation Trust, a non-profit organisation based in Johannesburg. It focuses on heritage conservation initiatives in the Parktown Ridge Heritage area.

However, spurred by the many unsustained efforts to protect valuable heritage assets in South Africa, the Trustees agreed to explore the possibility of establishing a National Heritage Trust for South Africa which would have as its overall objective the protection, preservation and conservation of heritage assets in the country.

Mike Moriarty was appointed to lead the initiative and work began in early 2009.

A wide range of consultations took place, resulting the calling of a consultative conference on 5 September 2009 in Johannesburg. The conference was attended by more than 50 organisations, individuals, government officials and businessmen involved in or supportive of heritage preservation in South Africa.

The conference overwhelmingly agreed that there was a need to have a National Heritage Trust for South Africa. To this end, a steering committee was nominated to work on how to take the idea forward.

A conversation with interested parties was held on 13 March 2010, and again, the overwhelming response was confirmation that the way forward was to establish a National Heritage Trust for South Africa.

Listing Projects

The following listing projects will assist the creation of a national database of heritage assets:


Interesting and Important Documents

To be added

People Involved

Mike Moriarty

Mandy Jean Woods

Franco Frescura

Duma Nkosi

Laura Robinson

Peter Horwitz

Phil Mashabane

Marthinus van Bart

Steve Lenahan

Henry Paine

Brian McKechnie

James Ball



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