Over 23 years of heritage management experience at both private and public sector in South Africa and beyond, taught as a Guest Lecturer at the University of Pretoria, Wits and Robben Island Training Programme in collaboration with the University of Western Cape teaching Heritage Management to Post Graduate Students
Served in a number of Heritage Councils and Committees, current, Chairperson of Gauteng Provincial Names Change Committee, Council Member of the South African Geographical Names Council, appointed by the MEC of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng to the Appeals Tribunal in terms of Section 49 of the National Heritage Resources Act No. 25 of 1999,
Served in the Memory of the World Committee in 2000-1
Proven track record of managing a successful heritage management consulting firm in South Africa and beyond, built a reputable brand with a remarkable achievement of concluding over 300 Projects locally (SA) and Internationally.
Relevant Experience: Employment
In 1991 I joined Vuwani Secondary School in Soweto as a Teacher, teaching History, English and Geography, the Department of Education also appointed me a Sub-Examiner for marking Grade 12 history examination papers,
In 1995 I left for Transnet Heritage Foundation, a division of Transnet Limited where I worked as a Researcher, Curator for Exhibitions and Outreach Programmes promoting Arts Education through forums like the Grahamstown Arts Festival, I also worked as a Tour Guide for a Company called Mindwalks on a Part- time basis doing tours in Soweto with major historical marks as an area of focus,
In 2000 I joined Freedom Park Trust as an inaugural Heritage Manager responsible for concept development for the entire heritage site which included the development of a museum and the garden of remembrance. I carried out a number of international benchmark exercises to assess best practices in the USA, Europe and East Africa. It was during this period that I taught at a number of South African Universities and got invited to different platforms to share the Freedom Park experience.
Relevant Experience: Consultancy
Principal Heritage Consultant and Research Project Manager
For Khensani Heritage Consulting, 2007 – date
Part of the team that undertook a number of catalytic projects in South Africa i.e. Bus Rapid Transport conducting Heritage Impact Assessments (HIA) for JDA around Bertrams, Johannesburg, Vilakazi Street Precinct in Soweto as a tourism destination, Development of National Museum Policy for the National Department of Arts and Culture, Part of the Heritage Committee that adjudicated various routes proposed for the Gautrain, conducted a condition survey for the Gauteng Government Precinct Project.
Khensani Heritage Consulting enjoys 100% success rate on HIA and Section 34 on the facilitation and preparation of heritage permit applications. Work with or within multidisciplinary teams including but not limited to Turner and Townsend, Gapp Architects, Osmond Lange, LTE Holdings.
Khensani Heritage Consulting executed a number of the University of Johannesburg heritage projects. At an international level, carried out UNESCO work in Ghana and Mozambique, currently doing work for the Lesotho Government i.e. feasibility study on the establishment of Snake Park and the Development of a National Museum and Art Gallery.
Khensani Heritage Consulting was commissioned by ICCROM, Rome, Italy, to evaluate the Africa 2009 Project. The purpose was to establish whether a need existed for the company to proceed or not.
Khensani Heritage Consulting in collaboration with Sector Based Development Consulting conducted a study for OXFAM, Italy, in Mamelodi in Tshwane to identify and recommend a tourism route.
Managing Partner and Heritage Consultant at Matimu Heritage Solutions 2003 – 2007
Pioneered heritage consulting business carrying out a lot of government work from policy and strategy development to risk management and compliance. Assisted our clients mostly Government to implement programmes and projects. Major highlights were doing heritage mapping for the Nelson Mandela Development Bay in the Port Elizabeth, facilitated strategic planning sessions for the Robben Island Museum.
Heritage Manager – Freedom Park Museum, Pretoria, Gauteng Province 2000 -2003
Inaugural Heritage Manager at Freedom Park, the brief was to develop a concept and content for the Freedom Park Heritage Project resulting in Cabinet approval. The roles and responsibilities included setting up of structures and systems, identification of stakeholders, benchmarking best practices, establishing best performing teams internally and externally. The project required extensive international traveling to Europe, USA and Africa.
Khensani Maluleke is born and raised in Soweto; he is familiar with the landscape in all its facets. He has taught and conducted work in the area. Khensani has witnessed the growth of Soweto and was part of the transition from apartheid to democracy. The Vilakazi Street Precinct Project is one of the major projects I have, as Khensani Heritage Consulting undertaken with passion and a great sense of elation as it pointed to events and incidents I was familiar with. I guess it is through this project that my desire to deconstruct apartheid geography and planning will be realized. I have tried in the past to submit proposals to the City of Johannesburg to consider the nomination of Soweto as a World Heritage Site because it has outstanding universal value. I have also worked and advised the June 16 Foundation the memorialization of the June 16 experience that included advice on the route and other heritage related matters.
Liberation heritage is one aspect of heritage I am passionate about I have carried out studies on the subject in the Mpumalanga Province and have worked on a few in Soweto i.e. Walter Sisulu Square of Dedication where the Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955, graves of fallen heroes at the Avalon Cemetery, Mandela House Museum, Hector Pieterson Memorial Museum etc.
I had the privilege of working on similar projects in other townships like Mamelodi in Tshwane and Thokoza in Ekurhuleni, these projects included the Solomon Mahlangu Square and Thokoza Memorial.