Die Stellenbosch Erfenis Stigting

  • Bevorder toepaslike en volhoubare bewaring en ontwikkeling in en om Stellenbosch.
  • Steun dinamiese ontwikkeling wat tegelyk die unieke kulturele landskap, historiese kontinuiteit en sin van plek versterk.
  • Besef ‘n kulturele landskap en sin van plek is nie staties en verkry betekenis eers deur mense.

The Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

  • Promotes appropriate and sustainable conservation in and around Stellenbosch.
  • Supports dynamic development that strengthens the unique cultural landscape, historical continuity and sense of place.
  • Realises that a cultural landscape and sense of place is not static and have meaning only through people.

The documents on this website are significant for archaeologists, architects, town planners, engineers, historians and municipal and heritage resource officials as well as students, scholars, property owners, residents and visitors to Stellenbosch.  



Q and A with Katherine Robinson, Stellenbosch Municipality’s new Senior Heritage Planner

Stellenbosch Municipality recently appointed Katherine Robinson as Senior Heritage Planner. She joined the Department of Planning and Economic Development in February 2021.  Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation asked Katherine a few questions about her interest in heritage and her new position. Q: You have worked for several years with heritage related issues. Why Heritage? Was it a […]

New chair for Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

Lauren Buchanan, newly elected chair of the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation, sees the Foundation become more widely and pro-actively involved in the broader community of Stellenbosch. Lauren has been on the Foundation’s executive committee for the past three years and is also involved with projects for the national Heritage Association of South Africa. She has just […]

Heritage under fire

In the past years, heritage and its reciprocal relationship with society have been in the news and also circulates in everyday conversations. Again, so when the recent fire in Cape Town destroyed amongst others the University of Cape Town’s Jagger Reading Room and significant parts of the library, Fuller House, Cadboll House, Mostert’s Mill, hectares […]

April fires

In April the restoration of the Bloemfontein City Hall, which was gutted by a fire in 2017, was completed. Mangaung Metro Municipality formed a task team with Roodt Architects to manage the restoration project. Architect Anton Roodt explained that the restored building looks very similar to the original building, which was the agreed upon purpose […]

A historical garden in Stellenbosch

Charles and Dorothy Johnman were conservationists at heart (www.johnman.co.za). They wished that their house in Herte street to be a home for music and that future generations will also enjoy the garden. When Dorothy died in 1995, she left her house and beautiful garden in the middle of historic Stellenbosch for use by future generations. […]

Lanquedoc building nominated for Provincial Heritage status

Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation nominated a building in Lanquedoc for Provincial Heritage status. Several generations have shared their lives in various ways with the Old Shop, as it is affectionately called. This building was designed in the late 1800’s by Sir Herbert Baker as part of a bigger project when Rhodes commissioned him to plan a […]

2021 Pritzker Prize underlines shift in architecture

The 2021 Pritzker Prize, architecture’s equivalent to the Nobel Prize, to Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal underlines a gradual, ongoing shift in architecture. Lacaton and Vassal’s design philosophy includes the Never Demolish principle, which they coined. Architectural design begins inside the existing space and transforms and expands what is already there – the opposite of […]

University of Stellenbosch: Integrated Spatial Development Framework 2020-2035

Towards a cancel crisis?

In this article Janine Loubser and Maaike te Kulve asks ‘How did the influence of networked media on the contestation of heritage develop from specific cases like #RhodesMustFall to current processes of “Woke Iconoclasm” and “Cancel Culture”, and what can be expected next?’

Biography of Landscape: Karoo as Canvas

In this article (11 January 2021), Janine Loubser assesses the shifts in artistic interpretation and portrayal of the Karoo landscape through a biographical exploration of South African artists inspired by this vast arid interior, including the effects thereof on local identity and activity trends. Read more:

New energy, new approach at Department of Planning

The Department of Planning of Stellenbosch Municipality plays a crucial role in the wellbeing of our town. This Department recently made new appointments. Journalist Elsabe Retief conducted interviews with the key role players and also reflects on the history of this department and explores the opportunities as well as the challenges that the Municipality is facing in 2020 and beyond.  

Imagining a Post-Pandemic Future – what will change and what will stay the same? The long term impacts of Covid 19 on our homes and cities.

Every morning at exactly 10:30 my neighbour waters her terrace garden. At around midday my upstairs neighbour sits outside for lunch. At 15:00 the café down the street can be heard packing up chairs. These insights to other’s daily routines and the sounds of our neighbourhoods have shifted from being part of lock-down induced discoveries to the defining characteristics of most people’s current working environment. In this article, Janine Loubser gives an informed opinion on the impact that Covid-19 already has on how accommodation is designed and cities are planned, as well as the possible long-term effects of Covid-19 on our homes and cities.