OUR VISION

Our City's built heritage resources are precious, non-renewable, finite and irreplaceable. Through its core activities of Tours, Research, Education, Conservation and Activism, the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation aims to protect our rich and varied heritage of Johannesburg and its associated social history, for the use and enjoyment of both current and future generations.

Johannesburg Heritage Foundation Constitution

Please click on the link to open the document - CONSTITUTION

 

 

 

CURRENT ISSUES

FRIENDS OF THE CEMETERIES approved and will soon be in action.

We are starting a new group called Friends of the Cemeteries.

The Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo has given us approval. 
The aim of this group is to take care of the graves, initially in Johannesburg’s oldest and therefore heritage cemeteries, Braamfontein and Brixton. 

We need involvement on several levels:
People who are as passionate as we are about our heritage, to join work parties to clean headstones, cut back invasive vegetation and repair or lay flat, damaged or fallen headstones. People/Corporates/Businesses who will sponsor us.  We do not expect huge expenses as no-one is being paid to do this work, except for the security guards whom we will pay to protect us as we work.  We will however need extra-long hosepipes, cleaning materials, large water containers with a pump attachment, etc.
Links to organizations such as the Monumental Masons, that can offer us assistance with the tackle we may need to lift fallen headstones, etc.
Possible links to the media, so they can come along to some of our work parties and publicize what we are doing

To join send your name to Sarah Welham and ask for an application form.

 

World War 1 Monument damaged by fire

In 2014 the JHF cleaned it up planted the trees behind to create a screen and got the Darras shopping centre involved in assisting with maintenance. Pick-it-Up undertook weekly clean-ups.

The centre was sold on a year later to someone else and despite the  efforts of ward councillors this significant piece of heritage in a public place has been allowed to deteriorate to such an extent . Fires have broken the massive granite bowl.

The small area in front is always crowded indicating the desperate need for open space and for the City’s Management to find  a sustainable way of keeping the place clean and shelter for the homeless as the nights get colder.

 

RESEARCH

Digitisation project reaches 30 000 entries.  
Diana Steele and her dedicated ditigisting team have made increadible strides. The index of their work is available on line to anyone but more infornmation can be requested on payment of a small fee.  

Click here to view the Research Page

 

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EVENTS CALENDAR

Sat 13 October

HOUSE TOUR
‘A ROYAL WEDDING TEA AT EMOYENI’

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Sat, 20 October

WALKING TOUR
‘THE NATAL BANK BUILDING AND HISTORIC BANKING DISTRICT’

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Sat, 27 October

WALKING TOUR
‘MAGICAL MODDERFONTEIN’

 

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Sun, 4 November

BUS TOUR
‘JOHANNESBURG PANORAMAS’

 

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