The 13th Annual Symposium of The Heritage Association of South Africa was hosted by the Clanwilliam Heritage Society and Ou Tronk Museum in Clanwilliam from 15 to 17 October 2015. Says Gerda de Wet, Communication Manager at Rooibos Ltd: "The involvement of Rooibos Ltd in this symposium is about creating awareness of our cultural heritage as an asset that holds benefits for Clanwilliam and all its people. Clanwilliam has such valuable heritage resources - from its unique natural environment to its historial buildings, oral histories, Rooibos and Rieldancing."
The theme of the Symposium was Time and the Valley. Various speakers and presentatiions elaborated on the theme by incorporating archaeology, history, geography, music, art, storytelling, craft and poetry. The three-day programme included historical walks through Clanwilliam and placing a plaque of remembrance on the old Commonage and a Rieldans performance by the award-winning Nuwe Graskoue Trappers and local musicians in front of the Ou Tronk Museum. On the Friday, Rooibos Ltd MD Martin Bergh gave a presentation on the history of Rooibos and agriculture.
Friday evening's Leipoldt Dinner and Awards Ceremony by candlelight was sponsored by Rooibos Ltd & Cederberg Winery. This included a three-course dinner prepared by Floris Smit, executive chef of Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Wellness Retreat, inspired by Leipoldt and Rooibos gastronomy. Paul Murray and Prof Trevor Emslie entertained guests on stories about Leipoldt's world.
The remainder of the programme included various architectural, cultural and historical presentations and knowledge sharing, walk-abouts through Clanwilliam's streetscapes, rock art tours as well as a presentation on the challenges of conservation in our cultural heritage by John Bergh of Patrysvlei farms and and an open discussion on the future of sustainable heritage conservation in rural South Africa, facilitated by Len Raymond.
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