Simon van der Stel Foundation (Cape Town)


The Simon van der Stel Foundation was founded on 8 April 1959 at a ceremony at the Cape Town Castle. The purpose was to promote conservation of South Africa’s National Heritage – this included buildings, sites, townscapes, squares, objects and environments.

The Cape Town Branch was formed in the same year and has been actively involved over the years in preserving old buildings such as Coornhoop at Mowbray, the Sendinggestig Museum in Long Street, the Lutheran Church complex in Strand Street, the Boshof Gates at Newlands and the Van Reede van Oudsthoorn Vault in the Gardens. We were also involved in getting part of Tulbagh’s Church Street restored and in getting the Tokai Manor House restored.

Our foundation takes an active part in promoting Cape Town's history and heritage. By supporting the conservation and preservation of Cape Town's old buildings and historical places we help develop the cultural history of the beautiful Cape Peninsula.

The organisation is now known nationally as Heritage Association of South Africa (HASA) and every year presents the Simon van der Stel Gold Medal to individuals who have done outstanding work in the field of conservation. 

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Tokai Manor house
The Tokai Manor House designed by Louis-Michel Thibault in 1796

    Installed in a public place to commemorate historic persons or places
 Blue plaques commemorate historic persons or sites

All enquiries or completed application forms to be directed to:

The Secretary
Simon van der Stel Foundation - Cape Town
Postal Address: PO Box 366
Plumstead 7801
Email :
Telephone : 021 794 7464
Facsimile :   021 794 5480