SUMMARISING THE NATIONAL INVENTORY OF SOUTH AFRICA FOR THE PUBLIC AND ITS APPLICATION IN HERITAGE MANAGEMENT
Keywords: Inventory, Heritage Management, Public Data, Sites, NHRA, SAHRIS, Digitisation
Abstract. This paper will focus on the national inventory of South Africa and application in heritage management. The South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) is mandated to compile and maintain an inventory of the national estate, defined as heritage resources of cultural and other significance as per Sections 3 and 39 of the National Heritage Resources Act. No.25 of 1999. This inventory is presented in a form of a database facilitated through the South African Heritage Resources Information System (SAHRIS). SAHRA is also mandated to produce a summary and analysis of this inventory of the national estate at regular intervals as per Section 39(7) of the NHRA. This inventory and its subsequent publication facilitate accountability for the institution, access to the data by the public as well as public awareness. The national inventory is populated through numerous digitisation projects by various heritage institutions namely museums, galleries, Provincial Heritage Resources Authorities (PHRA’s) and the public at large.