We unconditionally believe in and support the principle of heritage conservation in Southern Africa. At the same time we also recognize that it is not ideal, not even possible, to do so in isolation in today’s contemporary world where accelerated development has become the norm.
Conservation is often viewed as standing in the way of modern day development. This is especially and often true in the fields of building restoration, construction projects and property development ventures.
It is therefore important to maintain a balance between the mandates and requirements of opposing parties who are involved in such scenarios. In fact, our experience has shown that the benefit of sensible collaboration and accord between advocates from both sides far outweighs the advantage of merely trying to maintain a balance. In doing so, conservation becomes a process of maintaining and managing change to a heritage asset in a way that sustains and, where possible, enhances its significance.
Creating outcomes that would benefit all parties involved are achievable with a level-headed approach. Such outcomes are often of more value when facilitated by an independent, experienced facilitator. This stands in contrast with a result where the winner takes it all.
To reach beneficial outcomes, the following is required: