vidamemoria heritage consultants

About vidamemoria heritage resource management specialists

vidamemoria heritage consultants is a heritage resources management firm focusing on the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage resources.

Established in 2006, vidamemoria is a 100% black female owned and managed heritage resources firm, the only such firm in the Western Cape with a proven track record of 14 years of heritage consulting experience. The firm is a Level 1 BEE contributor.

Our vision is to provide heritage resource management services encompassing management of heritage resources and the protection, preservation and promotion of heritage resources at a high level of professional service; and to conduct quality assessments and nominations for heritage sites particularly within previously disadvantaged communities.

vidamemoria has developed a reputation for remaining independent and ethical with a genuine interest in the advancement of young professionals in the built environment and passionate about overcoming the spatial, economic and social legacies of the Apartheid city. 

We have been involved in a range of commercial and residential development applications, permanent and travelling museum exhibitions and nomination and declaration of provincial and national heritage sites. 

Our Services

vidamemoria operates within the ambit of the National Heritage Resources Act in two key areas:

Heritage Impact Assessment

Heritage impact assessments required in terms of section 38 of the National Heritage Resources Act, including impacts of proposed developments on built and cultural heritage, archaeology, palaeontology, burial grounds, public monuments and memorials.


Nomination and declaration of heritage sites at provincial and national level in terms of section 27 of the National Heritage Resources Act

Our Experience

vidamemoria has conducted heritage impact assessments for the expansion of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, the 2010 Green Point Stadium, Arniston social housing projects and residential initiatives in Khayelitsha, Gugulethu, Blue Downs, Eerste River, Delft, Phillipi, Mitchells Plain and Valhalla Park. Our exhibitions include the Cradle of Human Culture, Imam Haron travelling exhibition and permanent exhibition of the identification of heritage resources in the Bo Kaap Musuem.

We have conducted declaration of heritage sites on a pro bono basis including Auwal Masjid and Tana Baru in Bo Kaap and Harold Cressy High School in District Six. Our current pro bono nominations are the Circle of Tombs (Kramats) and sites of religious significance in District Six.

Our people

Quahnita Samie

Director, Heritage Practitioner

Yunus Samodien

Heritage Support

Fayaad Scheepers

Heritage Support

Current public documents

Public participation is an integral part of heritage resource management.

In this space you can participate in current consultation processes and share your views on projects. Select an item to access further information and comment forms. Your input is important and we look forward to hearing from you.

Unheard Heritage

Unheard Heritage Schools Nomination

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