http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.12Change: 0.03
R/$ = 11.03Change: 0.06
Au 1245.99 $/ozChange: 0.90
Pt 1262.20 $/ozChange: -2.80
 
 
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
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders 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
Africa|Fire|Resources|System|Systems|Waste|Waste Management|Water|Africa|South Africa|Vredefort Dome|Building|Maintenance|Systems|Environmental|Edna Molewa|Pallo Jordan|Waste|Water|The Heritage
Africa|Fire|Resources|System|Systems|Waste|Waste Management|Water|Africa|||Building|Maintenance|Systems|Environmental|Waste|Water|
africa-company|fire|resources|system|systems-company|waste-company|waste-management|water-company|africa|south-africa|vredefort-dome|building|maintenance|systems|environmental|edna-molewa|pallo-jordan|waste|water|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 (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Environment News
Particulate matter pollution remains a problem in major cities and industrial zones in Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal. The most populated and industrial areas are consistently above the Air Quality Act standards for particulate matter and significantly above...
South Africa has for the first time been elected to the United Nations (UN) Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Conference of the Parties (CoP) bureau, strengthening the country’s status as a global player in the biodiversity field, the Department of...
WATER IMPORTANCE The major problem with the current management of water infrastructure is a lack of uniformity
Managing risk in the water services sector is key to the longevity and cost efficiency of South Africa’s water infrastructure, according to multinational professional services firm Arup.
More
 
 
Latest News
A former employee of the Manufacturing, Engineering and Related Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Merseta) and his accomplice have each been sentenced to 20 years imprisonment after being found guilty of fraud by the Specialised Commercial Court, in...
The Richards Bay Bulk Terminal, in KwaZulu-Natal, loaded 1.49-million tons of cargo in September, exceeding its monthly target of 1.32-million tons, Transnet Port Terminals (TPT) said on Monday. TPT said the reaching of vessel targets ahead of deadline created...
Judge Dennis Davis
The revenue implications for South Africa of ‘base erosion and profit shifting’ by corporate taxpayers are firmly in the crosshairs of the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) and Judge Dennis Davis hinted on Monday that recommendations were being considered to “detect and...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Defence 2014: A review of South Africa's defence industry (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Defence 2014 report examines South Africa’s defence industry, with particular focus on the key participants in the sector, the innovations that have come out of the sector, local and export demand, South Africa’s controversial multibillion-rand...
Road and Rail 2014: A review of South Africa's road and rail infrastructure (PDF report)
Creamer Media’s Road and Rail 2014 report examines South Africa’s road and rail transport system, with particular focus on the size and state of the country’s road and rail network, the funding and maintenance of these respective networks, and the push to move road...
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
The broad-based black economic-empowerment (BBBEE) alignment process in the con-struction sector has begun, dur-ing which the sector codes of the Construction Sector Charter Council (CSCC) will be aligned with the revised Codes of Good Practice (CoGP), which come...
It is second time lucky for Toby Venter. Ten years ago he negotiated to buy the Kyalami racetrack, but “the deal did not materialise”.
Environmental solutions company I-Cat started construction work on its R22-million, 1 949 m2 environmentally sustainable office and warehouse facility, commissioned by I-CAT Environmental Solutions, at a launch event in October. The new sustainable I-CAT campus,...
IAN EVANS AirWatch file synchronisation and sharing system was initially designed for a large airline company
Effective file synchronisation and sharing across an organisation’s structures can provide the basis for robust mobile-device and document management while maintaining proper backup, version control and content distribution. These are the lessons learned by complex...
Hotel group Carlson Rezidor currently holds the largest hotel pipeline in Africa with 30 hotels and 6 300 rooms under development. The hotel group develops and operates Radisson Blu in the upper upscale segment and Park Inn by Radisson in the mid-market segment. With...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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