Heritage Conservation, is an endeavour that seeks to preserve, conserve and protect buildings, objects, landscapes or other artifacts of historical significance. This term refers specifically to the preservation of the built environment or landscapes.
WHY DOES IT MATTER?
Southern Africa hosts a vast array of heritage artifacts such as historic buildings, rock art sites, archaeological sites, battlefield landscapes etc. all of which are under potential threat of decay and neglect to the point of dereliction. It is as much our duty to protect, record and disseminate these aspects of our heritage as it is the biodiversity heritage for future generations.
WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
State-of-the-art technology is being used for the digital preservation some of South Arica’s most significant heritage sites. From ancient San rock art paintings to the historical battlefields of Northern KZN, the African Conservation Trust (ACT) have been using cutting edge technology to assist in conservation & management, and to promote cultural heritage by making sites accessible to the public.
You can find out more about our various conservation projects by visiting our dedicated heritage website: www.actheritage.org
Digital Mapping Unit
Drakensberg Rock Art Mapping
Kruger Park Documentation & Exploration
Emakhosini Royal Zulu Mapping Project
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Other than raising funds for the various heritage project list you can be vigilant and report vandalism, demolition or neglect of our heritage items to your local provincial heritage agency, or the South African Heritage Resource Agency.