In recognition of noteworthy contributions to architecture, Buffelsdrift, located west of Ladismith in the arid Klein Karoo region of the Western Cape, has been awarded a 2021 Cape Institute for Architecture (CIfA) Award.

A collaborative project between SAOTA and Jaco Booyens Architect, a specialist in clay buildings, Buffelsdrift also received a Bronze Loerie this year and won the gold medal at the seventh edition (2019) of the international Domus Restoration and Conservation Award in Italy.

The restoration involved a cluster of Cape buildings in a valley beneath the Swartberg mountain range, consisting of the main house and two barns, plus a guest house.

The annual CIfA Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, 17 November 2021. CIfA is the largest regional architectural body in South Africa and recognises exceptional architecture throughout the country.