Heritage Western Cape

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The Council for Heritage Western Cape:

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Acknowledges the leading role the Western Cape Province has played in the conservation of our heritage.

Continues this tradition within a transformed and transforming cultural context.

Proposes to set the highest standards for the conservation of its rich legacy, acknowledging national and international trends in heritage conservation.

Realises the importance of tourism within our economy, and believes that the tourist appeal of the Western Cape resides largely in the diversity of its cultural heritage.

WHAT IS 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:

  • Monuments,
  • Places of worship,
  • Historical sites,
  • Sacred sites,
  • Oral traditions,
  • Indigenous knowledge systems,
  • Structures associated with slavery,
  • Palaeontological artefacts such as fossils
  • Archaeological artefacts and sites such as ship wrecks, burial grounds & graves, memorials and rock art sites.

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.

COMMITTEES

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.

Appeals Committee

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
Ms Melanie Atwell
Ms Ziyanda Manzana
Ms Sarah Elizabeth Winter
Mr Roger Morgan Joshua
Mr Zoyisile Patrick Fefeza
Ms Maureen Lesley Wolters
Mr Trevor Thorold
Mr Timothy (Tim) Hart

Heritage goes Digital
In 2012, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is Making Heritage Relevant in the Digital Age. In this regard it is running a number of projects and programmes to bring our heritage to life in a modern, digital South Africa; making it accessible to new and wider audiences and specifically focussing on relevance to youth and other users of modern, digital technology. Read More.

Robben Island Booklet
Late in December 2009 I received an invitation from the Department of Cultural. Affairs and Sport in my capacity as chairperson of the Western Cape Sport Council to visit Robben Island. At that time, all the countries participating in the Commonwealth Games to be held in India later in 2010 were holding parades for the Games baton to move through their communities. The baton moved through various communities in Cape Town before going to Robben Island. There we heard that the Island's sport records were kept by the Mayibuye Centre at the University of the Western Cape, and I undertook a visit to the Centre the following week. Read More.

Robben Island Exhibition
At a time when despair and adversity threatened to overwhelm prisoners on Robben Island, sport became instrumental in forging good relationships between inmates. The prisoners produced a unique collection of records that cover the history of sport on Robben Island from 1966 to 1991. This collection is now housed at the University of the Western Cape-Robben Island Museum Mayibuye Archives. Read More.


Robben Island Booklet

Robben Island Booklet

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Telephone:
021 483 9598
Fax:
021 483 9845
Street Address:

3rd Floor, Protea Assurance Bldg, Greenmarket Square, Cape Town, 8000

Postal Address:

Heritage Resource Council, Private Bag X9067, Cape Town, 8000

Contact Person:
Mr Andrew Hall
Overseeing Government Body: (Western Cape Government)
The content on this page was last updated on 14 April 2014