http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.49Change: 0.10
R/$ = 10.50Change: 0.05
Au 1294.90 $/ozChange: -0.67
Pt 1407.50 $/ozChange: -21.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Nelson Mandela 1918 - 2013   Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science & Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jul 06, 2012

Moves to develop Vredefort Dome’s heritage status

Back
South Africa|Vredefort Dome|Edna Molewa|Pallo Jordan|The Heritage
south-africa|vredefort-dome|edna-molewa|pallo-jordan|the-heritage
More Insight
© Reuse this



After four years of negotiations between the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), relevant provincial and local government institutions and landowners, the Vredefort Dome is officially South Africa’s eighth World Heritage Site.

Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has signed the Vredefort Dome memorandum of agreement with landowners from the Free State and North West provinces.

She explains that the signing of the memo- randum marks the beginning of a formal partnership between government and the landowners of the site.

“It will ensure that the integrity and value of the site will be maintained,” she says.

The Vredefort Dome was inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage list in 2005 because it had met the selection criteria of having universal value to humankind.

The intention to proclaim the site a World Heritate Site in terms of national legislation was gazetted in 2007. Landowners’ concerns caused the delay in its proclamation.

“Government has addressed most of the concerns and established a multistake- holder steering committee for coordination purposes,” Molewa says in a statement.

South Africa has spearheaded the establishment of the African World Heritage Fund through the Department of Arts and Culture as an initiative of the African Union and the African member states of Unesco.

The fund is geared for increasing the number of sites and preserving the heritage of existing ones on the African continent by supporting the maintenance of the national inventories of existing sites, their conservation, the rehabilitation of properties in danger and the preparation of nomination dossiers for inscription onto the world heritage list, states Molewa.

The South African government has pledged R20-million to the fund, with a further R88-million from other countries and R25-million in pending pledges.

Molewa adds that the sustainability of sites depends on the establishment of effective governance arrangements, development of appropriate management systems and provision of financial and human resources to support socioeconomic development.

“I will embark on a consultation process for the final proclamation of this area as a World Heritage Site. The management authority will be given the resources to manage the area in terms of relevant policies and ensure compliance with Unesco World Heritage prescripts and South Africa’s World Heritage Convention Act of 1999,” says the Minister.

She adds that the management system will address issues relating to the preservation of archaeological sites, land-use management and zoning, pollution and waste management, water resources preservation and fire management.

As part of the management system, tourism development will be ensured to support local economic development.

The Vredefort Dome is the oldest, largest and most deeply eroded complex meteorite- impact structure in the world. It contains high-quality and accessible outcrop sites that demonstrate a range of geological evidence of a complex meteorite-impact structure.

The site is also rich in ancient art, and evidence of early human occupation can be seen in the caves and rock shelters, as well as on pottery, rock engravings and in the rock art.

“Vredefort is rich in the symbolic representation of our culture; it demonstrates the coming together of scientific and cultural philosophy and practice. Opportunities at Vredefort include geological research through studying the rock art, exploring and understanding the rich culture of the Basotho, Batswana and Khoi San, as well as the early evidence of human cognitive and artistic endeavours that their cultures boast, demonstrating that heritage can be a tool for nation building,” says former Minister of Arts and Culture Dr Pallo Jordan.

Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Environment News
Lead acid battery manufacturer and distributor First National Battery officially launched its Scrap Battery division last month to address environmental concerns and promote the recycling of batteries.
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
Article contains comments
A United Nations (UN) report said on Sunday that governments must act faster to keep global warming in check and delays until 2030 could force them to use little-tested technologies to extract greenhouse gases from the air. The study, drawing on work by more than 1...
Article contains comments
More
 
 
Latest News
Few would argue with the notion that unemployment, which stands at around 25% on the narrow definition as reported by Statistics South Africa, remains one of the country’s most pressing challenges. Fewer still could contest the view that South Africa’s education...
Renewable-energy projects, such as this Northern Cape solar farm, seen as key to low‐carbon energy supply.
Upfront investment costs will and should remain a critical consideration as South Africa moves to upscale and accelerate its infrastructure programmes. But one of the lead authors of the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) argues that the...
The barrier to efficient water service delivery in South Africa was not of a technological nature but rather related to legal and Constitutional challenges, Water Research Commission (WRC) CEO Dhesigen Naidoo said on Thursday. Opening a WRC debate under the theme...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2014: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2014 report provides an overview of the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon steel and stainless...
Projects in Progress 2014 - First Edition (PDF Report)
This publication contains insight into progress at the delayed Medupi and Kusile coal-fired projects, in Mpumalanga and Limpopo respectively, as well as at the Ingula pumped-storage scheme, which is under construction on the border between the Free State and...
Automotive 2014: A review of South Africa's automotive sector (PDF Report)
The report provides insight into the business environment, the key participants in the sector, local construction demand, geographic diversification, competition within the sector, corporate activity, skills, safety, environmental considerations and the challenges...
Construction 2014: A review of South Africa's construction sector (PDF Report)
Construction data released during 2013 hints at a halt to the decline in the industry during the last few years, with some commentators averring that the industry could be poised for recovery. However, others have urged caution, noting that the prospects for a...
Electricity 2014: A Review of South Africa's Electricity Sector (PDF Report)
This report provides an overview of the state of electricity generation and transmission in South Africa and examines electricity planning, investment in generation capacity, electricity tariffs, the role of independent power producers and demand-focused initiatives,...
Defence 2013: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s 2013 Defence Report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key players in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the defence sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial...
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The Electronic Systems Laboratory (ESL) of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Stellenbosch University is strongly reaffirming its position as one of South Africa’s leading centres for satellite technology and expertise. It is currently...
MORE IN SA Phase 2 should see local content on the mainline locomotive increase from 65% to 80% by the end of 2014
The world’s lowest-cost diesel-electric locomotive is not made in China, but in Pretoria, at RRL Grindrod Locomotives’ newly upgraded 30 000 m2 plant. The company’s locomotive pricing is “more competitive than any other original-equipment manufacturer (OEM)...
The South African Defence Review 2012, released to the public at the end of last month (despite the year given in its title) recommends the creation of the post of Chief Defence Scientist. This official would be responsible for the management of defence technology...
AltX-listed engineering technology company Ansys has been awarded an R188-million contract by Transnet to supply integrated dashboard display systems to the freight rail utility’s locomotives. Black-owned and controlled Ansys developed the bespoke integrated system...
South Africa’s sole nuclear power station Koeberg, which is located in the Western Cape, breached a major operations milestone on April 4, which marked the thirtieth anniversary of Unit 1 having been connected to the grid. Eskom, which operates the two-unit plant,...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks