ProtectionLegislation provides for the formal
preservation of cultural resources in the Durban
Metropolitan Area (DMA). At the national level
there is the newly adopted National Heritage
Resources Act 25 of 1999. At provincial
level, the KwaZulu-Natal Heritage Act 10 of
1997 applies. The management of heritage
resources in the Province now resides with
KwaZulu-Natal) the statutory heritage
conservation agency. Locally, by-laws promote
preservation through listing of buildings of
cultural and historical significance. Durban
currently hosts over 50 Declared National
Incentives for Preservation of
Rates rebates which acknowledge, through providing
financial benefits, the contribution of the individual
to the greater community.
Town planning regulations may be relaxed in aspects such
as the requirements for change in use, building
coverage, building lines and parking.
Transfer of development rights from a heritage site to
Civic awards to the owners of well-maintained or
Local government in Durban uses a
range of incentives and encouragements to promote the
preservation of significant buildings. These include rate
rebates, relaxation of certain town planning regulations,
transfer of development rights and civic awards.
Compiling a Heritage
The Heritage Atlas initiative
involves the compilation, distribution and updating of an
Atlas of places, buildings, and other features of historical
and cultural significance, in the DMA. The Atlas is being
created to provide an accessible record of historical places,
especially those which have been neglected or are generally
unknown. It is also hoped to increase public awareness of, and
exposure to, the city's heritage.
of cultural heritage initiatives are currently
underway to promote the preservation and
appreciation of important cultural sites. These
include the Proposed Bluff
Headland Heritage Park and
the Inanda Tourism
Environmental Policy Initiative
The Environmental Management
Policy for the Durban Metropolitan Area
addresses the conservation of cultural
|Objective E6: To conserve and manage the
cultural resources of the DMA for the people of
the DMA and South
protection and promotion of cultural resources
in the DMA should be addressed by legislation
and other means.
U Areas used for cultural
activities, e.g. craftwork, initiation ceremonies, shall
be protected to enable continued and sustained use, and
to encourage and facilitate cultural development of all
people of the DMA.
U Identification of museums,
monuments cultural heritage and archeological sites in
the DMA in terms of the Heritage Act.
U Enhancing access to cultural
resources for education and tourism.
U Education on cultural heritage,
including public, business and