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MINISTER MOLEWA LAUNCHES KHOMANI CULTURAL LANDSCAPE AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
The unveiling of the plaque was followed by the symbolic handover of game and the release of game to the ‡Khomani community at the Erin Game Ranch near Mier in the Northern Cape by Minister Molewa.

On Wednesday, 4 October, the Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, officially marked the listing of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site at Tweerivieren in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (KTP).

The Minister delivered a keynote address prior to the unveiling of the commemorative plaque at a formal event at Tweeriviern prior to departure to the community event and game handover at Erin Game Ranch.

The ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape was inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage List by the World Heritage Committee during its 41st Session in Poland in July 2017. The inscription increases the number of South African world heritage sites to nine.

In May 2002, the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities reached a historic land settlement agreement with the Government of South Africa and South African National Parks (SANParks). The agreement saw land restored to the communities that had once roamed or farmed the KTP. The settlement is in line with government's programme to ensure equitable redress for communities that have launched land claims on national and provincial parks. Part of the 2002 agreement was that the Department of Environmental Affairs together with SANParks would translocate wildlife to one of the ‡Khomani San properties in order to establish a game ranch.


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