Category: South Africa

South Africa welcomes another world heritage site; Brand South Africa

South Africa – Khomani Cultural Landscape

Unesco’s World Heritage Committee has included South Africa’s ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape on its list of world heritage sites.

South Africa’s ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape in the Northern Cape has been inscribed as a world heritage site.

The United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage Committee also inscribed two other sites from Africa – in Eritrea and Angola – during its 41st session in Krakow, Poland.

“The decision that was taken today marks a long-awaited historical moment for us, the ‡Khomani San, and all other San/Bushman communities,” said Dirk Pienaar, a ǂKhomani community member, addressing the session.

He said it was an acknowledgement of universal value and importance. “This listing will thus provide a foundation for us to continue to preserve, protect and practise our ancient culture and traditions with minimum threat of extinction within the current society.”

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Sharks, safari and stunning scenery – the magnificent KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa; Simon Coyle; Manchester Evening News

South Africa – Maloti-Drakensberg Park

Simon Coyle enjoys an action-packed week in the beautiful South African coastal province of KwaZulu-Natal.

Looking out the cage into the deep blue sea a shark emerges from the murky depths.

The creature’s grey skin shimmers in the water with its beady white eyes seemingly fixated on me.

It gets closer and within seconds I am face-to-face with the two metre long predator.

More swim towards me and before I know it a dozen others are now circling the cage.

While my heart is racing, the initial terror soon gives way to awe as the black tip sharks majestically glide around me.

A terrifying, but absolutely exhilarating half-an-hour, it is one of the many reasons why South Africa is just simply breathaking.

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Whose World Heritage? The problem with UNESCO’s famous list; Chloe Maurel; Equal Times

South Africa – Maloti-Drakensberg Park

In 1972 the United National Education, Science and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) adopted its Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage leading to its famous list of world heritage sites, an inventory of sites considered of outstanding universal value.

More than 1,000 sites are now included on this prestigious list. Italy has the most sites listed, with 53 entries, France is in fourth place with 43 sites, but some countries in the southern hemisphere, such as Rwanda and Liberia, have none.

The World Heritage Fund, which manages these sites, has an annual budget of US$2.5 million, a very modest budget compared to UNESCO’s total annual budget of US$333 million, but the symbolic value of this world heritage list is very high.

As Mechtild Rössler, director of UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre explains, “developing countries often lack the institutions needed to support this process.

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SA gets ninth World Heritage Site; South Africa Today

South Africa – ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape

Inscribed as the ninth World Heritage Site in South Africa, the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been added to the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) prestigious list of sites.

The area, which has now been recognised by UNESCO as a site of universal value, covers the entire Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and is part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park bordering Botswana and Namibia.

The ‡Khomani and related San people are the ancestors of the entire human race. They descend directly from an ancient group of people who inhabited Southern Africa about 150 000 years ago.

“This exciting announcement brings with it prospects of development for South Africa and our neighbours, but it has global significance that extends far beyond our region,” said Tourism Minister Tokozile Xasa.

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Experience The Big 5; City Press

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Limpopo is home to three national parks – Mapungubwe National Park, which borders Botswana and Zimbabwe, and which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site; the Kruger National Park, which straddles the Vhembe and Mopani regions; and the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg region.

All three contain the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site

Sip sundowners at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe’s skies, hear the echo of elephant calls, take a tree-top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings. The Mapungubwe National Park is rich in biodiversity, scenic beauty and contains many archaeological treasures.

Nearest airport: Phalaborwa

Driving distance from Johannesburg: Approximately six hours

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Cottages at Leokwe Rest Camp

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Robben Island Prison: A peep into Mandela’s cell; Vanguard News

And one of the inmates who made the prison to attract global attention was prisoner 466/64, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Mandela, referred to as Madiba or Tata (Father of the nation), who was later to become President of South Africa, spent 18 of his 27- year jail term in Robben Island prison. He never gave up. The bold inscription on the walls of the docking area, THE HUMAN SPIRIT CANNOT BE MENACLED, or another, THE TRIUMPH OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, are testaments to the struggle and the never-say-die mentality of Mandela and his other freedom fighters during the anti-apartheid struggle.

Source: Robben Island Prison: A peep into Mandela’s cell – Vanguard News