Heritage Western Cape
Heritage Western Cape is a provincial heritage resources authority. Established in January 2003, this public entity seeks to identify, protect and conserve the rich and diverse heritage resources of the Western Cape.
There are landscapes, sites, artefacts, buildings and structures that are of significance to the people of the Western Cape. Identifying, protecting and conserving these heritage resources will ensure that they are promoted and conserved for generations to come.
Heritage Western Cape was established in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act, Act 25 of 1999. It is mandated to promote co-operative governance between national, provincial and local authorities for the identification, conservation and management of heritage resources.
In promoting heritage, Heritage Western Cape recognises that heritage resources are both tangible and intangible. These include:
Heritage Resource Management Services provides executive and administrative services to Heritage Western Cape. Appropriately qualified and experienced staff within Heritage Resource Management Services implement heritage legislation in managing provincial heritage resources.
To ensure that it fulfils its legislative mandate, the Council of Heritage Western Cape meets regularly and has established the following committees:
The Built Environment and Landscape Committee (BELCOM)
BELCOM is responsible for considering permit applications for alterations & demolitions of buildings older than 60 years. It also assesses activities occurring in and affecting formally declared Provincial Heritage Sites, heritage areas, public monuments and memorials.
The Committee also considers proposals regarding heritage resource management for certain categories of development and comments on applications in terms of NEMA.
The Archaeological, Palaeontological and Meteorites Permit Committee (APM)
The Archaeology, Palaeontology and Meteorites Permit Committee is responsible for considering permit applications related to archaeological and palaeontological sites and meteorites in the Western Cape.
Both the APM and BELCOM Committees deliberate and manage impacts on declared Provincial Heritage Sites and heritage areas. These Heritage Western Cape committees also play an integral part of the commentary process under NEMA and MPRDA for developments.
An Appeals Committee has been appointed to meet on an ad hoc basis when appeals are received. Appeals against decisions taken by staff under their delegated duties, BELCOM or the APM Committee must be made within 14 days of receipt of a Record of Decision from HWC.
Heritage Western Cape Members:
Dr Stephen Stewart Townsend
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Mr Andrew Hall
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