South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)
|Postal||PO Box 4637, Cape Town, 8000|
|Physical||111 Harrington Street, Cape Town, 8001|
|Tel||021 462 4502|
The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is a statutory organisation established under the National Heritage Resources Act 25 of 1999, as the national administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage.
The Act follows the principle that heritage resources should be managed by the levels of government closest to the community. These local and provincial authorities will manage heritage resources as part of their planning process.
In order to develop the skills and capacities of communities, heritage resource agencies will promote education and training to encourage public involvement in the identification of heritage resources, with the recording of living heritage associated with heritage and oral history as a crucial element, because much of the past is undocumented.
SAHRA creates an awareness among the people of our country of their right to conserve what they consider to be valuable heritage resources, the mechanisms for doing this, and to recognise the exciting new possibilities that the Act creates for them.