Government wants to secure heritage sites

2018-07-06 06:00
Explaining the bill was KZN Provincial Legislature legal advisor Daphne Khuzwayo (left), while Hon Cyril Xaba, Hon Sipho Gcabashe and Hon Dona Dlamini observed.  PHOTO: siphelele nketo

Explaining the bill was KZN Provincial Legislature legal advisor Daphne Khuzwayo (left), while Hon Cyril Xaba, Hon Sipho Gcabashe and Hon Dona Dlamini observed. PHOTO: siphelele nketo

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THE KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Provincial Legislature this week conducted public hearings all over the province to get views about the proposed KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute Bill, 2017.

The KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute seeks to conserve, protect, manage and administer heritage resources and conduct research to generate relevant knowledge.

On Tuesday, members of the KZN Provincial Legislature, led by Chairperson Nonhlanhla Khoza, held a public hearing in Kokstad Town Hall about the bill. The community of Kokstad attended.

Daphne Khuzwayo, the KZN Provincial Legislature legal advisor read the bill in the presence of other members.

Speaking to the Fever, Khoza said the KZN Premier’s office wants to regulate heritage sites to protect history.

“We want people to express their views about the bill and their heritage sites. It is important for people to know where they come from. Government wants to restore information for the next generation,” said Khoza.

She urged young people to preserve their heritage.

“Heritage will be distorted if not written by the current generation,” added Khoza.

The community agreed that Kokstad has an enormous history that needs to be preserved for the next generation. Heritage sites identified in Kokstad include Old Town Hall and Kokstad Museum but there are also many graves of prominent people that need to be protected.

People were asked to make written submissions of their commentary on the bill to mthembuv@kznleg.gov.za by no later than July 14.

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