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South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA)

To provide for the identification, conservation, protection and promotion of our heritage for the present and future generations.


As custodians of our national estate our mission is:
  • To coordinate and monitor the identification of our national heritage;
  • To set a norm and standards and maintain the management of heritage resources nationally;
  • To encourage and facilitate the development of provincial structures;
  • To control export and import of nationally significant heritage resources;
  • To develop policy initiatives on the promotion and management of our heritage;
  • To nurture an holistic celebration of our history;
  • To set national policy for heritage resources management, i.e. formal protection, general protection and management;
  • To develop an integrated and interactive system for the management of the national heritage resources.