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Thursday, 21 October 2021

CPUT to establish Centre on Sustainable Heritage

ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE: Head of Programme: Diploma in Civil Engineering, Dr Pallav took part in the Heritage Resources Management Co-ordination Seminar organised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency. ENVIRONMENTAL HERITAGE: Head of Programme: Diploma in Civil Engineering, Dr Pallav took part in the Heritage Resources Management Co-ordination Seminar organised by the South African Heritage Resources Agency.

CPUT is working on establishing a Centre on Sustainable Heritage in partnership with the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), where research and consultancy will be performed to develop various guidelines to protect and restore heritage sites and structures.

Head of Programme:Diploma in Civil Engineering, Dr Pallav Kumar was invited to a recent SAHRA webinar together with Ashaadia Kamalie, Head of Department, Civil Engineering and Geomatics, to take part in the Heritage Resources Management Co-ordination Seminar.

“The purpose of the seminar was to bring together various role players in heritage resources protection to discuss the status of heritage resources coordination in the country, issues impeding effective coordination and how we can improve the coordination process for the benefit of the South Africans,” Kumar said.

At the seminar, Kumar, who is an expert on heritage structures and their material, presented his research work, which was performed by his students, PhD candidate, Maphole Loke and two Master’s students, Riaan Victor and Monique Mentor. The work comprises of characterisation and development of heritage mortar for Castle of Good Hope and Robben Island (UNESCO Heritage Sites). “In this work, we proposed to develop a Primary Heritage Material Card (PHMC) for each of the heritage structures in South Africa. This PHMC will help in the restoration work of these structures. Further work is also initiated at Dal Josafat, Paarl, to perform non-destructive testing and estimate the mechanical properties of the Masonry wall.”

The seminar concluded with the report on the national audit of monuments and memorials which  were presented to the role players in heritage resources management.

Written by Des