In South Africa buildings, places and things of historical and cultural importance were declared National Monuments by what used to be the National Monuments Council. Each place was then given a brass plaque which was mounted somewhere prominent. Unfortunately a lot of these plaques have been stolen over the years and sold as scrap metal. The National Monuments Council has now been replaced by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA). What used to be known as National Monuments are now termed as Provincial Heritage Sites and will in future receive a provisional heritage site badge. The next step is going to be identifying places with qualities so exceptional that they are of special national significance and to declared them national heritage sites.