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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Rowe, Christine
Email christinerw@gmail.com
URN etd-08102010-151432
Document Title Heritage management of archaelogical, historical and industrial resources on the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve
Degree MHCS
Department Historical and Heritage Studies
Advisor Name Title
Dr R C De Jong Co-Supervisor
Ms M van Heerden Supervisor
  • historical resources
  • Mpumalanga
  • Blyde River Canyon
  • archaeological resources
  • cultural landscape
  • guiding principles
  • heritage management
  • conservation
  • industrial resources
  • heritage resources
  • rock art
Date 2009-04-14
Availability unrestricted

The management of South Africa's heritage resources is still lacking a great deal and many resources are being destroyed by ignorance, development and plain greed. Although South African legislation is adequate in theory, commitment on the side of the government in terms of staff, skills and resources to implement it, is not forthcoming. On the global platform however, we have much to learn as heritage management is regarded as a priority in most of the first world countries. Four steps to reach this goal, is summarizing it effectively: the identification, understanding how it was created and used, selecting the appropriate conservation techniques, and stakeholder involvement.

The focus of this study is on the diverse heritage resources of the Blyde Canyon Nature Reserve in Mpumalanga, the largest green canyon in the world. This area has a rich, irreplaceable and unexplored cultural heritage. The tangible and intangible values were classified in a typological framework, including archaeology (stone age and iron age), rock art, historical industrial features, sacred sites, monuments, burial sites, graves and historic tourist features.

Authorities are in the process of changing the status of the Nature Reserve to that of a National Park and it is also envisioned to nominate this unique natural and cultural landscape for World Heritage status. The database and overall objectives of this study has been identified to highlight the relevance and importance of the cultural heritage resources and to ensure its future protection and management.

This area is already a popular tourist destination which is currently under-utilised, and by contributing to the protection and responsible development of the heritage resources, and by having the correct management principles set in place, the visitor experience will not only be enhanced but the surrounding towns and communities will benefit extensively.

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Please cite as follows:

Rowe, C 2009, Heritage management of archaelogical, historical and industrial resources on the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, MHCS dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-08102010-151432/ >


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