Stellenbosch Municipality Heritage Inventory

The project ‘Heritage Inventory of, and Management Plan for, the Tangible Heritage Resources in the Stellenbosch Municipality’ has reached another milestone, which embodies the revised and amplified Draft Inventory of Heritage Resources for all the portions of the Stellenbosch Municipality other than those already approved by Heritage Western Cape (HWC): the Historic Core of Stellenbosch and the Stellenbosch University Campus. The purpose of this report is to assist the Municipality to become compliant with the requirements of the National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA) as soon as possible, as it currently and in the coming months seeks to define (or amend) appropriate urban settlement, development planning and infrastructure instruments, spatial development frameworks and the like, for the future.

The report is to be submitted to HWC, as required by the NHRA. The Act also requires comment on the Draft Inventory of Heritage Resources from the Municipality and from the three conservation bodies that have been constituted within the municipal area and that are registered with HWC. The report is thus being made available to them and the general public with an invitation to comment by the 2nd April 2018. All comments can be sent to Shawn Johnston at

The main features of the report, including the revised and refined draft Inventory of Heritage Resources, proposed Heritage Areas and their proposed grading (as required by the NHRA), are hereby made public. Any relevant comment from concerned and interested parties is encouraged and will be appreciated. Response to comments received will be documented in the revised report to be submitted to HWC for their consideration and proposed approval in May 2018.


The Draft Stellenbosch Heritage Inventory Online Map is the culmination of the project as described in the Phase
2b Report. It is a digital representation of the Heritage Inventory and is comprised of many layers and related
shapefiles assembled in the project Geographic Information System (GIS) database.

The map shows:

  • the range of elements (from large to small), that are represented by Valleys to Areas to Units,
    alignments (including scenic routes) and specific sites;
  • the spatial patterns, that comprise the most distinctive and most significant combinations and clusters of
    heritage resources that need to be protected and enhanced.

How to operate the online map:

  1. Click on the image below to open the Online Heritage Inventory Map.
  2. Click on this link to open the Expanded map which includes various Critical Biodiversity layers.
  3. Every link on the right-hand legend can be switched on and off.
  4. Once a layer is switched on, you can click on any point and polygon, opening a pop-up balloon with
    extra information.
  5. Some clickable points (heritage sites, landscape units, townscape units) have pdfs (documents)
    linked to them. Once clicked, it will take you to the pdf with further heritage significance information.
  6. The Landscape Unit pdfs are arranged from the large-scale Valleys to the smaller Areas within the
    valleys and then the smallest Landscape Units that have been graded. Please open them all to gain
    the most thorough understanding of the Unit.