Friday, May 14, 2010

National Monument Plaque

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 The National Monuments Council has now been replaced by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA).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.

4 comments:

  1. Wow, that will be a big job because of So many choices. Hope the new markers are made of maybe wood or plastic so nobody will steal them.

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  2. That's so sad that they get stolen - never thought of that! but I suppose it's like everything else - anything gets stolen these days - for instance a number/brass letter box from garden walls. Signs of the times here!

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  3. I look forward to seeing your photos of some of the local national heritage sites! Cheers!

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  4. Oh dear, the scrap metal trade in our country nowadays (sigh). Whe have an old steam locomotive parked in the grounds of our municipality and in the past the copper pipes on it were kept beautifully shiny. Now there is no need to shine them... they have been stolen off.

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