Our People




Cecilia Kruger, Managing Director


Cecilia Kruger offers strategic guidance and direction, liaises with authorities, and deals with financial management and all legal aspects, as well as coordinates all conservation management projects and liaises between the respective departments.


Johan Nel, Chief: Heritage Resource Management


Johan has been involved in various aspects of heritage resources management since 2000. He obtained an Honours degree in Archaeology from the University of Pretoria in 2003 and completed a Certificate in Integrated Heritage Resources Management from Rhodes University in 2015. In 2017, Johan was appointed by the Department of Arts and Culture to the Umsunduzi Museum Council and acts as Chairperson of this Council’s Core Functions Committee.

Dr. Annie Antonites, Senior Manager: Research and Information Services


Dr. Annie Antonites mananges all research projects and information services, including the library and archive. She coordinates the HF’s publication services and Heritage Centre tours. She serves on the council of the Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA) and is a consulting editor for the Msunduzi Journal.

Riana Mulder, Conservation Official

Riana Mulder, Manager: Collections Management and HCA


Riana Mulder deals with enquiries about heritage conservation, as well as any museum related projects and collections, including the Voortrekker Monument and Ossewabrandwag Collections. She manages the Heritage Conservation Awareness Project (HCA) and serves on the council of the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein. She is also the author of the HF’s first recipe book: Deur Dik en Dun- lekker kos en stories uit ou Pretoria, and deals with the HF’s Facebook page.


Francois Langerman, Logistics Manager


Francois is responsible for the maintenance of the HF building as well as cleaning and maintenance of the external heritage sites.

Lizette Jansen, Senior Marketing Manager


Lizette Jansen manages the social media profiles and website of the HF, and is involved with the marketing actions and development of marketing material for the company.


The Team


Alta Botha, Financial Officer


Alta Botha manages the financial and membership affairs of the HF.


Estelle Pretorius, Senior Researcher


Estelle Pretorius conducts specialist culture historical research, deals with public inquiries and undertakes Afrikaans editing and translation. She serves on the Council of the South African Society for Culture History (SASCH) and is the secretary of the Research Trust.

Zabeth Botha, Senior Archivist


Zabeth Botha is responsible for record management and the management of the HF’s range of archival collections. She is also responsible for assessing, collecting, organizing, preserving, maintaining control and providing access to records to the personnel of the HF and the Voortrekkermonument, as well as to the general public for research purposes.


Petra Luus, Archivist


Petra Luus is involved with the retrieval of archival material and documenting the photographic collection as well as research on general enquiries and research projects. 

Anna Mpe, Archive Assistant


Anna Mpe supports the archivist with the management of the archive by dealing with administrative tasks and enquiries, as well as by conducting the media migration of audiovisual material.


Meisie Malindi, Library Assistant


Meisie Malindi is responsible for the shelving of books and the tidiness of the library and reading room. She also keeps record of the magazine collection and donations to the library.


Johanna Letsholo, Cleaner

Johanna Letsholo is responsible for the cleaning of the Heritage Centre and ensures that the Afrikaanse Winkel, Afrikanerbakens Exhibition, Research Library and Archive are as neat as a pin.


Kate Letsholo, Cleaner

Kate Letsholo is responsible for the cleaning of the Heritage Centre and ensures that the Afrikaanse Winkel, Afrikanerbakens Exhibition, Research Library and Archive are as neat as a pin.



Anthroplogy South Africa (ASnA)

Association of Southern African Indexers and Bibliographers (ASAIB)

Association of Southern African Professional Archaeologists (ASAPA)

International Association of Impact Assessors – South Africa (IAIAsa)

International Council for Arcahaeozoology (ICAZ)

International Council of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) 

International Council of Museums (ICOM)

Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA)

Society of Africanist Archaeologists (SafA)

South african Museum Association (SAMA)

South African Society of Archivists (SASA)

South African Society for Cultural History (SASCH)