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“De Rust Heritage Now”

March Newsletter # 3/2019  

 

Tender Issued for Heritage Survey: The Oudtshoorn Municipality have just issued the tender for the Planned Heritage Survey for De Rust, Dysselsdorp and Oudtshoorn.  The tender closes on Monday 25 March, 2019 and details of the specifications can be found on our website www.derustheritage.org.za under the tab Heritage Inventories on the drop-down Heritage Overlay Zone. 

Tenders are being called for from suitably qualified consulting bodies who have specific experience in the “heritage” field to conduct an analysis and submit quotes to provide the deliverables as set out in the tender document.   

The Oudtshoorn Municipality have set aside R 120 000 in the current budget and have already committed to provide additional funding for this specific function in future budget years. We will keep you updated of progress as the process unfolds in the coming months.  

 

Southern Cape & Klein Karoo Heritage Forum Visit to De Rust: The Southern Cape & Klein Karoo Heritage Forum will be visiting De Rust on Saturday 30 March, 2019 – see details see our website under Southern Cape Heritage Forum on the drop-down Planned Heritage Events.  The program will include talks by prominent local members as well as site visits.  

The visit will conclude with a lunch at Domein Doornkraal followed by a short talk by Swepie le Roux the owner of Doornkraal on the history of the farm. Costs of the tour and lunch is R 120 per person.  Contact Ann on 081 777 4185

 

Heritage Certificate Program – Historical Homes of South Africa: Professor Matilda Burden from the University of Stellenbosch has agreed to run an approved heritage certificate program on the various architectural styles to be found in the Klein Karroo from Monday 15 to Wednesday 17 April, 2019. In this regard we will be using some of the material available on our website from the publication “The New Amidst the Old: Building in the Klein Karoo” compiled by Hans Franzen and published by the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Southern Cape) in 2006.  

The program will be conducted in Oudtshoorn and all of the registered heritage bodies in the region are in the process of submitting the names of those wishing to attend. It is anticipated that we should be able to accommodate some 16 to 20 participants at a cost to members of registered heritage organisations of around R 300. There is a very strong demand for this program and we anticipate the final list will be made available shortly.  

 

De Rust Koppie: Willie Immelman is currently involved in exploring various options available in having the De Rust Koppie environmentally protected. The Koppie has a unique eco-system with a large number of plant varieties being unique to this tiny area – see our website for detail under Eco-Tourism and Employment including a detailed brochure which can be downloaded as a pdf.    

The Oudtshoorn Spatial Development Framework clearly shows the De Rust Koppie as a “Critical Biodiversity Area” and it is considered essential that the De Rust Koppie be declared a Protected Area” as a matter of urgency. We believe that this issue should be included in the De Rust Heritage Survey in terms of a management plan for the Koppie and immediate surrounds.    

De Rust Eco-Festival – Spring 2019: Planning for the proposed Eco-Festival at the end September, 2019 to coincide with the Spring Flower display is ongoing with Willie Immelman and Callie Burger being the primary organisers. A final date will be agreed within the next few months with additional volunteers being called for to assist in the process.  For those who are interested in being involved in participating in the event please call Willie on Mobile: 082 952 2001 or Callie on Mobile: 082 455 5487.  

 

Update Heritage Meeting: It is planned to hold a further De Rust Heritage meeting for De Rust residents in April, 2019 following the school holidays to explain the basic Oudtshoorn Municipal  and Heritage Permit requirements in the Village linked to the forthcoming Heritage Survey and Inventory.   

We will also be calling for volunteers to engage in the diverse activities planned for 2019 and beyond, including the Heritage Survey commissioned by the Oudtshoorn Municipality.  

Finally, we hope to be able to brief you all more fully on the award by the Oudtshoorn Municipality of the De Rust Heritage Survey Contract to the selected consultants and the broader implications for the Village.  Further details will be available in the April Edition of the “De Rust Heritage Now” April Newsletter scheduled for the  end of March, 2019.  

 

As from this month this newsletter will also be circulated monthly through the kind auspices of Soon and Niekie at the “Village Trading Post”.  Thank you guys – your assistance and support is much appreciated in spreading the word on our coming heritage events and progress towards a better De Rust.   

 

De Rust 

01 March, 2019

 

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Heritage Newsletter # 2/2019

February, 2019

 

New Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum: The Inaugural Meeting of the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum was held in Oudtshoorn on Thursday 17 January, 2019.  The meeting was well attended by all the major “Heritage Bodies” in the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Region – the minutes of which are available on our website under the tab Southern Cape Heritage Forum as well as a copy of the brochure “The New Amidst the Old: Building in the Klein Karoo” published in 2006 by the Simon van der Stel Foundation.   

 

Formation of Heritage Overlay Zone Advisory Committee: Progress is slow on getting the Oudtshoorn Municipality to approve the require Heritage Overlay Zone Advisory Committee (HOZAC) as well as the promised advertisement for an approved firm with the requisite heritage experience to undertake the Pilot Study which has already been agreed in the budget for De Rust.  

We will continue to press the designated Officials at the Oudtshoorn Municipality for movement on this aspect as a matter of extreme URGENCY.    

 

De Rust Eco-Festival – Winter 2019: Planning for the proposed Eco-Festival at the end of June/early July, 2019 with Willie Immelman and Callie Burger having taken on this role. A final date will be agreed within the next few months with additional volunteers being called for as a matter of urgency.  For those who are interested in being involved in participating in the process please call Willie on Mobile: 082 952 2001 or Callie on Mobile: 082 455 5487.     

 

De Rust Koppie: Willie Immelman is also involved in exploring various options available in having the De Rust Koppie environmentally protected. The Koppie has a unique eco-system with a large number of plant varieties being unique to this tiny area – see our website for detail under Eco-Tourism and Employment including a detailed brochure which can be downloaded as a pdf.  Unfortunately, neither Cape Nature or the Oudtshoorn Municipality appear keen to participate quoting lack of funds. At the time that Cape Nature had funds the Municipality were either unable or unwilling to move forward on having the Koppie declared a protected area. Additional details will be available shortly.   

 

Heritage Certificate Program – Historical Homes of South Africa: Professor Matilda Burden from the University of Stellenbosch has agreed in principal to run an approved heritage program on the various architectural styles to be found in the Klein Karroo. In this regard we will be using some of the material available on our website from the publication “The New Amidst the Old: Building in the Klein Karoo” compiled by Hans Franzen and published by the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Southern Cape) in 2006.  

This program will be conducted in Oudtshoorn and will extend over three days. Once we have firm dates from Professor Burden further information will be made available to all registered heritage bodies in the region.  It is anticipated that we should be able to accommodate between 16 to 20 participants at a cost to registered members of heritage organisations of around R 300. Final costs will be confirmed once the final dates are available. 

 

Communication Meeting: It is planned to hold a further De Rust Heritage meeting for De Rust home owners in March, 2019 to explain the basic Municipal and Heritage Permit requirements in De Rust. Further details will be available in the March Heritage Newsletter. 

 

De Rust

01 February, 2019   

 

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Heritage Newsletter #1/2019 

January, 2019 

 

Welcome to our first Newsletter of 2019 and we wish all our readers best wishes for a safe and prosperous year. 

 

Plans for 2019 and Beyond 

We have a number of innovative initiatives planned for 2019 including the following: 

 

Inaugural Meeting of Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum 

Following a meetingwith the CEO of Heritage Western Cape and registered heritage bodies in the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Region on 6 December, 2018 it was decided to invite representatives from registered heritage bodies with Heritage Western Cape to an inaugural meeting of the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum on Thursday 17 January, 2019 in Oudtshoorn.   

 

Heritage organisations invited include the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Southern Cape), Prince Albert Cultural Foundation, Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis, Heritage Mossel Bay and De Rust Heritage.    

 

The Agenda for the meeting includes the following items for discussion and action on a Southern Cape/Klein Karoo regional basis including the following: 

  • The need for a Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum
  • Better Communication with HWC and other registered regional heritage bodies including possible use of the De Rust Heritage and other websites
  • Better Co-ordination of Heritage Efforts in the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Region and with other heritage bodies nationally
  • Improved Communication with Local Municipalities particularly on the better understanding of the National Heritage Resources Act
  • Emphasis on Co-ordination of Heritage Education & Training Efforts as offered by Professor Matilda Burden and others with emphasis on the overlapping and interdependent roles of local heritage bodies and municipalities as laid out in the National Heritage Resources Act of 1999 

De Rust Heritage are acting as convenors of the meeting and invitations were sent out in December, 2018.  A good turnout of nominated representatives from registered heritage bodies in the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Region is anticipated. In the event that other registered heritage bodies were missed on the original list of those invited please contact us on 082 777 1519 to obtain an invitation or e-mail De Rust Heritage at rickety@iafrica.com  

 

Formation of Heritage Overlay Zone Advisory Committee (HOZAC) 

The formalisation of the official HOZAC Body for Greater Oudtshoorn is planned for early in 2019. This was confirmed by the Speaker of the Oudtshoorn Council at the meeting with the CEO of Heritage Western Cape in December, 2018. Simultaneously the advertising of the planned De Rust Heritage Pilot Survey and the required tender documents to identify approved consultants will also be undertaken by the Greater Oudtshoorn Municipality.  

 

We are hoping to commence with the planned De Rust Heritage Pilot Survey as early in 2019 as possible with the initial portion of the exercise being completed by June, 2019 when the current budget period expires. This will allow for further amounts to be included in the new municipal budget for 2019/20.  

 

Planning of the De Rust Eco- Festival for Winter 2019 

We are requesting volunteers for the organising committee of the planned De Rust Eco-Festival during the Winter School Holidays in 2019. Please let us have your names or other nominations as early as possible in the New Year.    

 

De Rust Koppie 

De Rust Heritage was successful in having the illegal refuse transfer station on the Koppie removed in 2016 by approaching Cape Nature and having them take legal steps in this regard. It intends stepping up these efforts in order to ensure that the Oudtshoorn Municipality fulfils the other important aspect ordered by Cape Nature which is the rehabilitation of the De Rust Koppie as set out in the original notice or to take legal action if this was not done.  

 

Planned Projects for 2019 

Heritage Certificate Program – University of Stellenbosch 

Over and above the various aspects mentioned above we have formally invited Professor Matilda Burden from the University of Stellenbosch to run a Heritage Program in Oudtshoorn early in 2019. This will be a joint venture between Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis and De Rust Heritage and will be subsidised by Historical Homes in Stellenbosch.  

 

Following the anticipated formation of the Southern Cape/Klein Karoo Heritage Forum we are hoping to attract members from all the registered heritage bodies in the immediate region. Costs for participants are anticipated to be in the order of R 300 per person for the three days – please contact us if you are interested in learning more about this initiative.  

 

We look forward to a particularly interesting year in 2019 and anticipate achieving completion of all of the above planned initiatives during the year. We would also like to thank all those who participated so meaningfully in our efforts during 2018.  Your input will also be appreciated in our continuing efforts during 2019 including any other heritage related aspects you might like to raise for consideration.  

 

01 January, 2019