South African Tentative List submitted to UNESCO for review

The Department of Forestry, Fisheries and Environment has published a revised South African Tentative List for consideration and inscription on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s World Heritage List ( UNESCO).

The process of updating and revising South Africa’s Tentative List was last undertaken in 2015.

Since then, the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains and the Khomani Cultural Landscape were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

The second review of Tentative List sites was undertaken in the 2021/22 financial year with assistance from the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), the department said on Wednesday.

During consultations that brought together the South African Committee for the World Heritage Convention (SAWHCC), the Departments of Sports, Arts and Culture, and International Relations and Cooperation, the South African Heritage Resources (SAHRA), African heritage experts from Zambia and Botswana, and UNESCO Advisory Bodies, three new nominations and five existing sites were reviewed.

The three new submissions received include Bushman’s Kloof Rock Painting Landscape in the Western Cape (cultural site), Phoenix Settlement in KwaZulu-Natal (cultural site) and Rhodes Building in the Eastern Cape (cultural site).

Other proposals received concerned sites already inscribed on the Tentative List.

“After reviewing all supporting information on the potential of these sites to be considered of Outstanding Universal Value, only two of the seven have been accepted for inclusion in the Tentative List.

“The Human Rights Liberation and Reconciliation: Nelson Mandela Legacy Sites and The Emergence of Modern Humans: The Pleistocene occupation sites of South Africa have been retained on the South African Tentative List and submitted to the United Nations Educational Organization, Science and Culture (UNESCO) for review,” the ministry said.

“The submission of the Tentative List to UNESCO is the start of the process that will culminate in a final decision by the World Heritage Committee at its next meetings,” the department said.

(With contributions from the South African government press release)

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