South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)


South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is a statutory organisation established under the National Heritage Resources Act, No 25 of 1999, as the national administrative body responsible for the protection of South Africa’s cultural heritage. Prior to 1999 the organisation for heritage protection was the National Monuments Council.

The object of SAHRA is to coordinate the identification and management of the national estate. The aims are to introduce an integrated system for the identification, assessment and management of heritage resources and to enable provincial and local authorities to adopt powers to protect and manage them.

This legislation aims to promote good management of the national estate, and to enable and encourage communities to nurture and conserve their legacy so that it may be bequeathed to future generations.

Certain responsibilities are assigned to SAHRA at a national level. However, most aspects of heritage resources management are the responsibility of the Provincial Heritage Resources Authorities (PHRAs) and other responsibilities are assigned to local authorities.

See also Heritage Terminology.

For more information visit the SAHRA website.