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Planned Heritage Events 


Regional Heritage Forum Visit to De Rust  

Saturday 30 March, 2019 @ 09h30 for 10h00 

See "Heritage Now Newsletter of April, 2019" for details


The Southern Cape Regional Heritage Forum members are planning to visit De Rust on Saturday 30 March, 2019.  This visit was originally planned as a visit by the Simon van der Stel Foundation (Southern Cape) but has been expanded to include the other registered heritage bodies in the region following the recent formation of the Southern Cape & Klein Karoo Heritage Forum.

This is a multi-faceted program featuring a slice of history, mixed with the reality of the types of permanent structures which were constructed around the turn of the 1890's.  Prior to becoming a Village the De Rust District had been settled by a wide variety of farmers, traders and  others who were required to be resourceful while living a hard life in making a basic living for themselves and their families.  We aim to showcase the area in a more innovative way than just history or structures but attempt to paint a picture of life at the turn of the 19th Century.  

The program is designed as an information event for all ages and  those planning on attending are encouraged to bring their families with them. Children are welcomed as part of the overall process as our heritage belongs to us all including the younger generation in looking to the future.  


Planned Program Schedule 


09h30 for 10h00: Meet at Voelgesang for Coffee with the Schoeman Family  

10h00 to 10h30: Welcome & De Rust Stories of the Schoeman Family  going back to the mid-1800's 

10h30 to 10h50: Visit to the Old Mill at Voelgesang – Pieter Schoeman  

10h50: Depart from Voelgesang for Vredelus Homestead also used as an original  venue for Church Services   

10h55 to 11h00: Vredelus Homestead – the original Schoeman Farmstead 

11h00: Depart Vredlus for NG Kerk and the Pastorie which was consecrated in 1902 

11h05: Arrive at NG Kerk parking area in centre of the Village.  

11h05 to 11h30: Guided Tour of NG Kerk (1902) and adjoining area on foot 

11h30 to 12h15: Drive through Village stopping at other listed interesting heritage sites  

12h15 to 12h30: Depart by car for Domein Doornkraal for a Light Lunch 

12h30 to 14h00: Lunch and refreshments 

14h00 to 14h30: A talk on the “History of Domein Doornkraal” by owner Swepie le Roux whose family have farmed this valley since the 1800’s.

14h30: Closure 


14h30 to 15h00: Simon van der Stel Foundation – AGM for members 


Menu:  Traditional Bobotie served with Spicy Yellow Raisin Rice, Fresh Garden Salad & Carrot and Pineapple Salad.  Dessert: Cape Malay Sugar and Cinnamon Koeksisters served with Sliced Fresh Seasonal Fruit.  Tea and Coffee.   Jugs of Lemon/Cucumber/Mint Water will be supplied on the tables as well as a 200 ml bottle of Ginger Beer per person. There will also be a cash bar available.  Costs R 120.00 per person.   


Note:  Also bring along any friends or others who are particularly interested in issues relating to history/heritage. We do need advance notification please in terms of catering arrangements.  Maximum 50 visitors and guests.

Please let Alan Tonkin know if you wish to attend:  e-mail:



4 February, 2019