Amafa to help fund restoration

2012-07-20 00:00

THE provincial heritage agency, Amafa Heritage KZN, has set up a fund to help the owners of protected buildings in restoration work.

Private individuals, conservation agencies and organisations and university departments can apply for the funding.

It is not available for the restoration of public buildings.

The funds may be used for projects such as heritage landmarks, structures listed in the heritage register and structures within a conservation area.

Other projects to be funded include production of restoration reports, drawings, specifications to enable the work to be carried out to the correct standard, as well as the preparation of management plans for the continued maintenance and management of the site after the remedial work has been completed.

Amafa’s Barry Marshall said in a report that funding would be for two categories: small projects worth R60 000 or less, and large projects costing ­R60 000 or more.

The report indicates that funding may not be used to increase the value of a property for a sale, and that an exclusion period of three years will be imposed on the sale of properties benefiting from the fund.

All projects will require a permit from the Amafa built environment committee.

Beneficiaries of restoration grants will be required to give a written undertaking to adhere to the conditions of the permit.

Applications made in terms of a rand-for-rand subsidy will receive preference.

Applications can be made on Form R, obtainable from the Amafa website, www.heritagekzn.co.za, and should be submitted in hard copy to: The Head, Built Environment Committee, Amafa, PO Box 2685 Pietermaritzburg 3201 or 195 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg 3201.

For more information, call Barry Marshall at 082 820 1771 or e-mail marshallb@telkomsa.net.

— Supplied.

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