National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999

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25 of 1999

The National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999 intends:

  • to introduce an integrated and interactive system for the management of the national heritage resources;
  • to promote good government at all levels, and empower civil society to nurture and conserve their heritage resources so that they may be bequeathed to future generations;
  • to lay down general principles for governing heritage resources management throughout the Republic;
  • to introduce an integrated system for the identification, assessment and management of the heritage resources of South Africa;
  • to establish the South African Heritage Resources Agency together with its Council to co-ordinate and promote the management of heritage resources at national level;
  • to set norms and maintain essential national standards for the management of heritage resources in the Republic and to protect heritage resources of national significance;
  • to control the export of nationally significant heritage objects and the import into the Republic of cultural property illegally exported from foreign countries;
  • to enable the provinces to establish heritage authorities which must adopt powers to protect and manage certain categories of heritage resources;
  • to provide for the protection and management of conservation-worthy places and areas by local authorities; and
  • to provide for matters connected therewith.


1 April 2000 (Gazette 21051 of 31 March 2000)

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