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Guidelines: Do’s and Don’ts

Conservation does not imply outright opposition to development and change. Selective overlaying of ideas and building types from different historical periods have made some urban environments far richer than would have been the case if everything had always been conserved and if the new had simply blindly followed the patterns of the old. 

Contempory designs for infill buildings in historical areas could be possible – provided they are sympathetically executed and adhere to the general architectural ambiance, style and appearance of the immediate street or area. 


Build in or enclose your existing street-facing stoep 

Fake reconstructions which compete with and devalue genuine buildings such as imitation Cape Dutch gables 

Use fake thatch, cement roof tiles, large profile fibre-cement sheets or IBR Sheeting 

Use steel windows or doors 

Change the street facade of roofs by putting in dormer windows 

Use un-plastered concrete or face brick of any kind 

Use bagged finishing on walls – only plaster and paint 

Remove trees or hedges without a good reason (a special permit is required for the removal of any tree older than 60 years and for certain indigenous varieties that are protected) 

Erect pre-cast concrete boundary walls or palisade fencing 



Ensure that your building is not out of scale with its surroundings 

Relate your building to the street in a similar way to surrounding buildings 

Incorporate the elements of De Rust’s street architecture in your design 

Retain the look and shape of the original building 

Use vertically proportioned windows rather than horizontal windows 

Keep the wall plate and roof height recommendations to maintain the “De Rust Design” 

Remember that the garage should be a separate entity 

Maintain the low boundary walls on the street (max. 1.2 m) in keeping with Village tradition 

Ensure that any addition/second dwelling does not overpower the original building 


Submission of Plans to Heritage Permit Committee 

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has the legal responsibility to protect the “Heritage Sensitive Area” in De Rust which is in turn protected by the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999.Any alterations to such buildings (external as well as internal) MUST be approved by the Joint Heritage Permit Committee plus Heritage Western Cape. It is a criminal offence not to do so in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999. 

The De Rust Heritage Conservation Association is registered with Heritage Western Cape (HWC/DRCA/10/18) as a Conservation Body. In addition, we work closely with Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis and the Heritage Officer from the Oudtshoorn Municipality on the Joint Permit Committee. 

We assist HWC with this task in and around De Rust including farm buildings in the immediate De Rust District. 

The Oudtshoorn Municipality has requested the Committee to assist them in protecting the architectural heritage of De Rust and to ensure that all existing and new dwellings fit in with the historical character of the Village. 

All plans for approval by the Municipality must therefore, be first submitted to the Heritage Permit Committee following initial consultations with the De Rust Heritage Conservation Association. 

The Heritage "Joint Permit Committee" meets every two weeks on a Tuesday in Oudtshoorn. 

Developers are encouraged to submit preliminary sketch plans for comments/suggestions prior to final working drawings being completed. 

Photographs to illustrate the “old” versus the “new” should also be supplied wherever possible including the streetscape 

A short motivation including materials and colours should be supplied 

● The De Rust Heritage Conservation Association will assist in clarifying any issues in terms of the above