In 2009 the Genealogical Society of SA made a certificate Award of Excellence for his dedicated service to the Genealogical community over many years. Eckhardt has a huge data base of information about early German Settlers and in fact has written a number of books on the subject. He has lectured extensively and has served on a number of committees related to Heritage and German Culture. He is a past Chairman of the Natal Midlands branch of the Genealogical Society of SA and has served on the committee for an extensive period.
Due to the fact that he was unable to attend recent National Annual General Meetings the certificate was only handed over in April of this year by the local chairman, John Deare.