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Dept warns process to declare Bo-Kaap a heritage site can take up to 2 years

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa made the announcement of the declaration in December last year, setting into motion the process which will be run by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.

FILE: One of Cape Town's oldest suburbs, Bo-Kaap. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Arts and Culture Ministry says that the process to declare Bo-Kaap a national heritage site can take up to a year or two to be completed.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa made the announcement of the declaration in December last year, setting into motion the process which will be run by the South African Heritage Resource Agency.

Mthethwa also said that he'd send a letter to Unesco requesting that the area be declared a world heritage site.

But his spokesperson Asanda Magaqa says that the process could take longer than the national declaration one.

"The process of the South African Heritage Resource Agency is one that, unlike that of Unesco, can take less than two years. It can take a year if there's no problems or no challenges, is one that can be expected to be reasonably swift."

Meanwhile, the City of Cape Town has opened a public participation process into its plan to include Bo-Kaap in a Heritage Protection Overlay Zone.

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