Joburg Heritage Foundation


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

How You Can Get Involved

Call +27-11-482-3349 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved

Volunteer Program

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

We have started 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.

Fundraising Initiatives


We shall be running a JHF fund raising book sale on the Heritage Weekend , 1st and 2nd  October .  We invite you to gather your unwanted books for the book sale.  Please ask your friends and family for donations of books.  It is an opportunity to donate books, but also to buy some fresh reading material.   Last year this effort raised approx  R8000 for JHF. We were delighted. Any books not sold are passed on to HOSPICE.

We’d like this year’s book sale to be a bumper one. All subjects welcome. Popular novels, classics, non- fiction ( history ), heritage books,  Joburg books, South African titles, children’s books, travel, biography.  Cooking  hobbies.  

Please drop off your donations at the Holy Family Convent, Heritage Resource Centre Monday  or Thursday mornings between 9am and 2 pm or at the office at Northwards.  We have a storeroom available as a storage depot .  

All contributions most gratefully received.

Support Us?

  • Become a member not only for the benefit it brings you but the credibility it gives our cause:
  • Make a donation:                               Johannesburg Heritage Foundation’
    Branch Code 194405
    Account Number: 1944023011

If you do this by EFT mark it donation plus your name and e-mail us the information. If you want it to go towards the school tours or our research projects please let us know.

Current Issues


Well done to Flo Bird and the members of the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation.

Rand Steam Laundries

Our Story

1. The dreaded beetle destroying oaks, planes, maples and many indigenous trees.

This is such a hideous threat to Johannesburg both environmentally and aesthetically. The possibility that we may lose hundreds of thousands of trees to the beetle is strong. In southern California the infected trees were cut down and incinerated. Joburg City Parks is lagging in taking action. They need to offer help and incineration facilities. Anyone driven along Club Street in Linksfield lately will understand why we are anxiously watching the great Oaks at Holy Family College and also at the Country Club Johannesburg.

2. Rosebank Library Park.

We were alerted by a Heritage Impact Assessment to the fact that the CITY OF JOHANNESBURG plans to demolish the Library and sell half the park for an upmarket development. The Library they say will go somewhere more suitable. COJ has already garnered over R10 million but from undefined Rosebank developers for parks. How come they are selling instead of buying them? Something is really rotten when you plan hugely increased density 12 – 20 storeys of accommodation – and sell half of one of Rosebank’s original Parks.
Sad to say though this dreadful plan started with the ANC in charge in 2008 it has the strong support of the DA! Instead of investigating who was going to make a small fortune from selling off Public Park not for economic housing, but for upmarket accommodation the DA has apparently supported it to the hilt. The park is said to be unsafe and unworthy due to the local drug dealers who inhabit it. What happened to the Metro Police?

3. EIGHT Blue Plaques have been erected in only two days. So watch out for Riviera Mansions in Riviera, Phoenix Place in Park Lane Parktown, , the Country Club Johannesburg, Trig Beacon Oxford Road just off the corner of Glenhove, Master Mansions in Ntemi Piliso, the Lutheran church in Doornfontein, Begbie’s Foundry Explosion in Anderson Street City and Suburban and the delightful Art Deco in Troyeville. This is our 5th plaque in Troyeville.


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

Click here to view the Research Page

Ongoing Causes

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Tours & Events

No other organisation offers a more varied tour programme of Johannesburg and surrounds than the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, and our tour guides have unrivalled access to our City’s most fascinating sites. Anybody is able to attend a tour, but members receive substantial discounts and are able to attend members only tours.


Support Us

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation is a non-profit organisation and relies on income generated from tours, membership fees and donations to fund its activities.


School Tours

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation School’s Program offers four fun filled guided tours for children in Grades 3-8, with illustrated worksheets to complete so they remember the places they have visited. These tours are only available through the JHF as most of the buildings are not generally open to the public. Contact:  to book your place.



The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation has built a formidable research competency over 30 years. Our Research Centre is located at Holy Family College, Parktown, and houses numerous files with information on old Townships and Historic Buildings.

Members are able to access the Research Centre for personal use free of charge, and non-members may do so for a fee.

Dedicated research may be undertaken on request and for a fee.


Blue Plaques

  • Access the list of blue plaqueshere
  • Read more about our conservation activitiesclick here


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Our Plaques

  • Access the list of blue plaqueshere
  • Read more about our conservation activitiesclick here

Help Save Our Heritage

The Johannesburg Heritage Foundation actively protects the built heritage of our city. We do this by researching the heritage value of places and structures, lobbying for the protection of places of importance, erecting blue plaques, and funding restoration activities. We do, unfortunately, on occasion have to fight battles against well-resourced corporates and institutions of government who should know better, and often win – Imperial and Rand Steam Laundries is a case in point. Our restoration activities are focused on structures in less affluent communities, and we have recently completed work at St Alban’s in Ferreirasdorp, the Lutheran Church in Doornfontein, St Mary the Less in Jeppestown (for its 125th birthday), and at James Mpanza Sofasonke’s House with the lions in Soweto.

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