Heritage Western Cape is also responsible for the conservation of heritage resources. Our heritage resources are unique and should be celebrated, treasured and maintained. It they are damaged or destroyed, they cannot be recreated. Our province is diverse in its cultural heritage. All cultures help to shape the character of the province. This is why our heritage resources should be preserved, conserved, promoted and enjoyed by all who live here.
The Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, calls for an audit of all offensive names in the Western Cape. The audit aims to identify all offensive names as part of the ongoing process to develop a common national identity, social cohesion and inclusivity within the province.
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To comply with the National Heritage Resources Act, anyone who wishes to modify historical structures must apply to Heritage Western Cape (HWC) for permission. A historical structure is defined as a building older than 60 years.
Once Provincial Heritage Sites have been identified and declared, it is important to promote and treasure these heritage sites as cultural heritage resources. No part of our history should be erased and it is important to guard against this happening.