Mike Moriarty was appointed to lead the initiative and work began in early 2009.
A wide range of consultations took place, resulting the calling of a consultative conference on 5 September 2009 in Johannesburg. The conference was attended by more than 50 organisations, individuals, government officials and businessmen involved in or supportive of heritage preservation in South Africa.
The conference overwhelmingly agreed that there was a need to have a National Heritage Trust for South Africa. To this end, a steering committee was nominated to work on how to take the idea forward.
A conversation with interested parties was held on 13 March 2010, and again, the overwhelming response was confirmation that the way forward was to establish a National Heritage Trust for South Africa.