New world heritage for SA

2012-05-26 19:00
Johannesburg - The Vredefort Dome - the world's largest meteoric impact site - is one step closer to being protected in South African law and being a new world heritage site, Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa said on Saturday.

Molewa said a memorandum of agreement, signed by land owners in the area, marked four years of negotiations with land owners in the 300km wide area.

It was a step closer to formal proclamation "of this breath-taking landscape as South Africa's eighth world heritage site".

"This will give the area a formal status like other sites such as Robben Island, iSimangaliso, Mapungubwe, Cape Floral Region, Richtersveld, uKhahlamba Drakensberg", she said.

The site has been recognised on the Unesco Heritage list, being described as having "Outstanding universal value to human kind".

Molewa said she was working with land owners towards "final proclamation of this area as a World Heritage Site."

The memorandum will also pave the way for the appointment of a management authority which will serve as a precursor for the development of an integrated management plan, as required by Unesco regulations.

The management authority would be mandated to preserve archaeological sites, manage pollution and waste as well as tourism development.

Read more on:    edna molewa
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
9 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Your body is extra sensitive to the energies around you today. If you have been burning the candle at both ends, you will benefit...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.