The Act could enable our heritage authorities to delegate the conservation of sites to the most appropriate custodians which we believe has not been the case to date. Appointing the right people or organisations to look after and develop the heritage potential of sites is vital and in many cases community volunteer Heritage Conservation Bodies could help. There are many Grade 3 sites on state owned land which could involve partnerships with local communities, as municipalities will often readily support local initiatives where convincing business plans regarding maintenance and security can be locally funded. However, Grade 2 sites are often distanced from their relevant Provincial Heritage Resources Agency (PHRA) and the adage ‘Out of sight is out of mind’ often prevails!
Heritage Conservation 1.01: - The Law
A community that turns its back on its history, the lessons and experiences of the past, good or bad, undermines the foundations of its future.
Hout Bay and Llandudno Heritage Trust - Helping to build community pride.
The law is where a successful route starts and possibly ends! The National Heritage Resources Act (NHRA) emphatically prescribes the involvement of “Civil Society” (communities). It is extensive and incisive. It also has flexibility which could help us to resolve our heritage conservation challenges. It is not necessary for you to read the entire Act as it will bore you, but do read the Objectives of the Act highlighted in red below as they are of great importance and ignored in many cases. However, you can download and read the entire National Heritage Resources Act from this site if you so wish.