SA Schools gather for a Heritage Challenge

After gruelling months of provincial workshops with coordinators for the competition of 2017 Heritage Educations Schools Outreach Programme (HESOP), there were eliminations of district and provincial schools with nine (9) schools represented by a group of four learners from each province finally making it to a week-long heritage camp from 02 – 06 October 2017 in Northern Cape at the Mokala National Park.

Screen Shot 2017-10-02 at 2.19.26 PMThe learners will challenge each other for first, second and third prize winner.  For the past nine years, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) together with its partners have taken learners from different schools to take part in the annual week-long camps which highlight our heritage and practically exposes learners to their identity as South Africans. A total of 36 heritage enthusiastic learners from the nine provinces will battle it out this year for first prize – R25, 000; Second prize – R15, 000 and third prize – R10, 000 at the Mokala National Park in Northern Cape. This is in addition to a fully sponsored travel and accommodation for all the learners and their Educators.

The Mokala National park conserves endangered plant and animal species, which can only be found at the park. Learners will have the opportunity to engage with the cultural and natural heritage found in Mokala National Park which was used as a route for the English and Boer armies during the Anglo Boer War with San Rock engravings found at the park. This year’s partners of the Heritage Schools Outreach Programme are; Department of Basic of Educations (DBE); National Arts Council (NAC); South African National Parks and Brand South Africa.

“We are proud with the increasing level of interest amongst South Africa’s organisations; learners as well as Educators in promoting our African heritage amongst the future leaders of this country. This means a lot to us as the NHC because it affirms that our heritage will be conserved and preserved for generations to come through concerted efforts like the one we have through HESOP”, said Chief Executive of the NHC, Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa.

This year the focus will be on liberation heritage aligned to the Heritage month theme: The year of OR Tambo: Celebrating our liberation heritage.  The list of schools part of the 2017 Heritage Educations Schools Outreach Programme are:

Province School Name
Free State, Harrysmith Harrismith Secondary School
Gauteng, Eastrand Sunward Park High School
Kwazulu Natal, Phongola Ezibukweni High School
Limpopo, Nkowankowa Magoza Secondary School
Mpumalanga, Bushbuckridge (Hlubukane) Mugena High School
Northern Cape, Alexandra Bay Alexandra Bay High School
North West, Klerksdorp Vuyani Mawethu High School
Western Cape, Cape Flats Rylands High School
Eastern Cape, Mthatha Zimele High School


“HESOP is one of the key programmes where we involve the youth to be aware of their heritage and understand their historical heritage by interacting with people across geographic, socio-economic and language barriers. As the learners are going on a heritage battle against each other which comprises of exciting excursions, research and presentation of the given topics aligned to liberation heritage, the Council wishes the represented schools the best and believe that they will leave the camp empowered with heritage knowledge and share it with their respective communities” said Adv. Mancotywa.


Issued by: The National Heritage Council (NHC) of South Africa


Contact: Danny Goulkan (Communications Manager)

012 348 1663 / 072 952 2260 /


Interview enquiries: Ms Linda Shilakwe

012 348 1663 / 082 657 7064 /



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