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THE ‡KHOMANI CULTURAL LANDSCAPE INSCRIPTED AS A WORLD HERITAGE SITE
At its 41st Session taking place in Krakow, Poland, from 2 to 12 July 2017, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) World Heritage Committee has inscribed on its prestigious world heritage list, the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape.

This landmark inscription amplifies the ‡Khomani San's unique cultural heritage and adds to the other eight South African world heritage sites: Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa, Maloti-Drakensberg Park (Transboundary with Lesotho), Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, Vredefort Dome, Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape, Robben Island Museum, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and the Cape Floral Region Protected Areas.

The ‡Khomani and related San people are unique in that they descend directly from an ancient population that existed in southern Africa some 150 000 years ago.

The landscape, which covers an area of 959100 ha in Dawid Kruiper District Municipality, covers the entire Kalahari Gemsbok National Park and forms part of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, which is bordered by Botswana and Namibia in the east and west respectively.

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, welcomed the recognition of the ‡Khomani cultural traditions at a global level and acknowledged the significant role played by the ‡Khomani community. The Minister has committed that government will ensure its protection and transmission to future generations. The South African National Parks, which already manages the Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, will also ensure that the integrity of the outstanding universal value of the property


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