Golden Shield Heritage Awards

Nominations for 2021/22 are now open

Closing date: 25 February 2022 – 24h00


Nomination forms and more details are available here:


You can nominate in the following categories:

1. National Living Treasure
2. Local Government Commitment
3. Preferred Heritage Destination
4. Young Heritage Activist
5. Corporate Heritage Management
6. Liberation Heritage Steward
7. Heritage Education

The 2021/22 Winners will receive their Golden Shields and prizes on March 2022 in Polokwane, Limpopo Province. The GOSHA will take care of all travel and accommodation expenses of the finalists in all the categories.

It’s your time to be recognized as a Heritage Champion!

Golden Shield Heritage Awards

The National Heritage Council conceived the Golden Shield National Heritage Awards (GOSHA) in 2012 as a way to acknowledge active citizenship that protects and promotes the country’s heritage. As the name of the awards suggests, these are the people who act as the shields against the obliteration of our cultural and natural heritage. It is important to acknowledge, thank and take pride in people who continuously contribute selflessly to the preservation, interpretation and promotion of South Africa’s rich cultural heritage.

The awards were motivated by the rationale that heritage has a significant role to play in promoting social cohesion and community development. Awards such as this one therefore give acknowledgement and expose the depth of the South African Heritage which is unique and diverse. This project takes a national character and is intended to be all-inclusive.

We recognise the contribution of individuals, groups, or organisations/academic institutions that protect, preserve and promote the country’s heritage. The award recipients and the projects reflect best practice in promotion, preservation, conservation and/or interpretation of our heritage. Nominations are welcomed from all disciplines that have a direct bearing to how heritage is appreciated and preserved in the country. 

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