20°C / 22°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 25°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 27°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 30°C
  • 19°C
  • Sat
  • 25°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 20°C
  • 16°C
  • Thu
  • 28°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 18°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 17°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 20°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 23°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 13°C
  • Wed
  • 24°C
  • 20°C
  • Thu
  • 22°C
  • 18°C
  • Fri
  • 24°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 27°C
  • 19°C
  • Sun
  • 28°C
  • 21°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 15°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 24°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 18°C
  • Wed
  • 27°C
  • 14°C
  • Thu
  • 34°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 36°C
  • 18°C
  • Sat
  • 34°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Wed
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 29°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 31°C
  • 19°C
  • Sat
  • 29°C
  • 17°C
  • Sun
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 30°C
  • 18°C
  • Thu
  • 25°C
  • 16°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 15°C
  • Sat
  • 26°C
  • 15°C
  • Sun
  • 28°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Thu
  • 18°C
  • 12°C
  • Fri
  • 22°C
  • 11°C
  • Sat
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 14°C
  • Wed
  • 25°C
  • 15°C
  • Thu
  • 24°C
  • 13°C
  • Fri
  • 26°C
  • 12°C
  • Sat
  • 21°C
  • 13°C
  • Sun
  • 32°C
  • 13°C
  • Thu
  • 19°C
  • 14°C
  • Fri
  • 21°C
  • 14°C
  • Sat
  • 22°C
  • 16°C
  • Sun
  • 26°C
  • 17°C

‡Khomani Cultural Landscape listed on World Heritage List

Unesco has announced its amended list at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Poland earlier this week.

The ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been listed as World Heritage site by Unesco. Picture: khomanisan.com

CAPE TOWN - The listing of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage List adds weight behind preservation efforts of an ancient South African community.

The ‡Khomani San people, who live on a section of land at South Africa's border with Botswana and Namibia, have been fighting for the protection of this space for decades.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced its amended list at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Poland earlier this week.

The ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape in the southern Kalahari Desert has been home to a few hundred people who have been able to survive the extreme weather conditions due to their intimate knowledge of the land.

The Environmental Affairs Department has welcomed Unesco's decision to add it to the World Heritage List, saying it will support efforts to "boost the economic development of the area.

Bushman Council chairperson Oupa-Jan Pietersen says the recognition provides the ‡Khomani San people more opportunity to preserve their culture.

“Unfortunately there have been developments built over most of our ancestral land. So now we are given an opportunity to preserve our heritage and what is ours.”

The landscape in the Dawid Kruiper District Municipality covers the entire Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, stretching over 959,000 hectares.

Comments

EWN welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

- Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
- Sexism
- Homophobia
- Religious intolerance
- Cyber bullying
- Hate speech
- Derogatory language
- Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the EWN community a safe and welcoming space for all.

EWN reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

EWN is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

comments powered by Disqus