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roger with team in background Stella NHCKeyan miliswa hands to nhcA very successful launch was held at the Merensky Library, University of Pretoria thanks to the organisation of Elsabe Oliver, Deputy Director of UP Library services supported by Ms Stella Ndhlazi NHC funding manager and Prof Emeritus Roger Fisher, acting head of Architecture UP.  Prof Emeritus Fisher who is a co-editor, author and funder of Engraved Landscape Biesje Poort: Many Voices was the key note speaker at the event. Elsabe mc The launch was held in the library’s auditorium and approximately 50 people attended.  The MC for the event was Ms Elsabe Olivier and the audience was welcomed by the Director of UP Library services Mr Robert Maropa.  Ms Stella Ndhlazi, National Heritage Council funding manager addressed the audience regarding the NHC’s funding role.  She noted that the book was one of the flagship projects of the NHC and that it was hoped that it could be translated into other languages so that as many of the population could read the research in their home language as possible. Prof Emeritus Keyan Tomaselli of the Centre for Communication, Media and Society, UKZN introduced the key note speaker.  He gave some context to the project and mentioned that as a team effort Prof Emeritus Fisher had been a crucial participant as he had been a co-editor, author and facilitated the inclusion of UCT Landscape Architectural Department by inviting Ms Liana  Muller Jansen to be part of the team.  He also noted that Prof Fisher had used part of his personal research funds to ensure the success of the project by e.g. funding the proof reading trips to Cape Town and to the Kalahari participants. Prof Emeritus Fisher included background slides for his address.  He emphasised the narrative and inclusive approach of the project and noted how this had influenced his thoughts on future built environment heritage recording projects. At the end of his address Prof Emeritus called upon Ms Miliswa Magongo to handover complimentary books to firstly Mr Thembelani Maso of the NHC.  Ms Stella Ndhlazi accepted this on behalf of Mr Maso.  Complimentary copies were also handed over to Jonathan Noble, University of the Witwatersrand School of Architecture.  Ms Stella Ndhlazi then handed over copies to the head of Tshwane City Museums of libraries for the city libraries.