2016 most endangered heritage sites in South Africa

Tomorrow is Heritage Day yet the Heritage Monitoring Project has just released its 2016 most endangered cultural Heritage Sites in the country.

702's John Robbie talks to Jacques Stoltz, co-founding member of The Heritage Monitoring Project.

This is the first year that the project is running the monitoring campaign and the reports will be annual.

We had 50 submissions this year to the campaign, which we whittled down to the top 10 list.

Jacques Stoltz, co-founding member of The Heritage Monitoring Project.

Stoltz says they take their cue from the definition in the National Heritage Resources Act which defines a heritage site but says these sites can be anything from geological, archaeological, natural sites and built environments.

The campaign is aimed at showing the importance of these sites and the significant role they play in communities for tourism and the economy.

Sites are managed through the three-tier system of government - national sites, provincial sites or local sites are managed by national, provincial or municipal Heritage Resources Authorities.

Stoltz says there are heritage sites everywhere and the project is calling on people to donate help in local areas - be it activities like clean ups or repainting buildings.

Go to their website to see how you can help.

Listen to the interview below:


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