The Heritage Inventory

Sites which are proclaimed gain the status of either Provincial Landmark ( Site in ownership of the State) or Heritage Landmark (Site in private ownership) Once proclaimed they are included in the Schedule of protected Sites. The public can apply to Amafa to have a site proclaimed. This application will be considered by the Council of Amafa. Once approved, the site will be added to the schedule.

The South African Heritage Resources Act of 1999 (5(6)) requires local authorities to take on responsibilities with regard to heritage resources and integrate heritage into urban and rural planning. The Act (SAHRA 24 (1)(h-k)further requires local authorities to develop heritage management capacity.  Finally, legislation requires that local authorities assist in the implementation of SAHRA 36 and KZNHRA Ch 10 relating to the impact of by laws on heritage, and the duties of the local authority in ensuring that developments triggering the heritage legislation proceed with full compliance.


All but the largest local authorities will establish dedicated  heritage units within their administration. Therefore, to this end Amafa, the Provincial Heritage Resource Agency is on hand to provide institutional assistance to local authorities in developing this capacity. Amafa has developed a system that allows local authorities to fully comply with heritage legislation, with minimum impact on financial and human resources. The system hinges on a Heritage Management Memorandum of Agreement.

Heritage Management Memorandum of Agreement (HMMA)

A heritage management agreement entered into between Amafa and a local authority will be tailored to the requirements of the authority, based on the existing status of heritage resources and staff capacity.

Download an information leaflet on local authorities' responsibility wrt heritage.


Download the Provincial Schedule.


Download Application form to proclaim a site.