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 Introduction to the De Rust Heritage Conservation Association 

The De Rust Heritage Conservation Association was founded in 2008 by a number of residents who were concerned about preserving the unique Heritage of De Rust. This was following the heightened concern both in South Africa and globally on the preservation of “Heritage Sensitive Areas” and how to maximise their value to both the local and other communities. 

De Rust has a number of registered provincial heritage buildings in the Western Cape including the “Old Mill” at Voelgesang and the historic Dutch Reformed Church in the Village consecrated in 1902. 


"Old Mill" at Voelgesang   The Dutch Reformed Church at De Rust
                    “Old Mill” at Voelgesang            The historic Dutch Reformed Church in De Rust


Added to the above of the over 300 residential stands in the Village over 95% are Victorian style buildings built in the early 1900’s. Many of these buildings have been well maintained and preserved over the years and there is an increasing interest by incoming new residents in upgrading existing buildings that require sympathetic restoration to bring them back to their former glory. 

The above provides an excellent reason for preserving the “Historic Heritage Roots of De Rust” along similar lines to those of neighbouring Prince Albert. 


The Story of our Logo 

Our logo represents our ancient South African Heritage, a time when the San (Bushmen) and the Khoikhoi (nomadic cattle herders) roamed the Klein Karoo. It also represents the long history of the area, considering all the people who came after the Bushmen, including farmers and traders from the Cape who settled in this area. 


San (or Bushman) homestead, with hearth and cooking-pots, Robert Jacob Gordon (attributed to), 1779 - 1780
Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam   "Karoo Trekboer," by Charles Davidson Bell

San (or Bushman) homestead, with hearth and cooking-pots,

Robert Jacob Gordon (attributed to), 1779 - 1780

click to see enlargement on the Rijksmuseum website


Trekboers crossing the Karoo

 by Charles Davidson Bell, 19th century

click to see enlargement on Wikimedia Commons


One part of our logo depicts a San Bushman one of the earliest inhabitants of this part of Southern Africa. The other part of the logo looks to the future – the “Modern Bushman” of the Klein Karoo looking at the challenges, opportunities and threats facing us all in this unique and beautiful area into the 21st Century and beyond – long after we are all gone. 


The pace of technological and social change in our society is greater than ever, creating an environment of unprecedented uncertainty that offers a host of new opportunities as well as challenges. Organizations of all kinds need new ways to operate and plan effectively in a world where the future is so rapidly evolving in such unpredictable ways.  Charles M Vest President: MIT - Mass. USA  


The March/April, 2018 edition of the “MIT Technology Review” covers the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies in detail. These are the issues that will strongly influence the “Modern Bushmen” into the 21st Century and beyond and will determine our long term survival on this planet as we know it. 

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                                               The March/April, 2018 edition of the “MIT Technology Review” covers the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other emerging technologies in detail.  


Links to Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis and Heritage Western Cape 

The De Rust Heritage Conservation Association is an independent body with its own registration number with Heritage Western Cape. In fact the De Rust Heritage Conservation Association was one of the first heritage bodies in the Southern Cape to register officially with Heritage Western Cape on 18 June, 2008 (Ref: HWC/DRCA/10/18). 


De Rust Heritage works closely with Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis (HOE) and is a full member in the Joint Permit Committee which is Chaired by Johan Smit from HOE and has members from Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis, De Rust Heritage and the Oudtshoorn Municipality. In turn Heritage Oudtshoorn Erfenis is a registered body with Heritage Western Cape. In addition, De Rust Heritage are also members of the Simon van der Stel Foundation in the Southern Cape which is Chaired by Dr Natie de Swart who is on the Board of Heritage Western Cape. 


In early 2019 De Rust Heritage in conjunction with the Oudtshoorn Municipality will be conducting a Heritage Survey/Inventory in the Village in order to establish those properties which possess heritage aspects worthy of preservation.  At this stage it is anticipated that Phase 1 of this Survey should be completed by mid-2019.  Further details will be available shortly. 


De Rust is very much a place to visit. The village was voted the Kwêla/Rapport Western Cape Town of the year in 2011


De Rust - Western Cape Town of the Year 2011De Rust - Western Cape Town of the Year 2011

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