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
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.