The NHC has dedicated all of its 2014 programmes to celebrate the council’s successes of the past ten years as a contribution to the twenty years of democracy in South Africa. Among the milestones of the NHC are:
These are some of the NHC’s milestones since inception:
- Developing community heritage
More than R30 million was distributed to heritage projects of communities who would ordinarily not have access to funding from financial institutions.
- National Building
Conscientised the country and the world about the concept of Ubuntu as an African philosophy of humanity. Also advocated for the practice of its values to promote a just society.
- Exposed youth to heritage education
Exposed learners from all nine provinces on an annual basis to embrace the significance of the diverse South African culture and learn about the heritage of our country.
- Participatory public involvement in heritage discourse
Activated the involvement of citizens in a wide variety of critical subjects on heritage transformation, preservation and promotion throughout the country.
- Policy and thought leadership
Pro-actively led policy analysis, development of position papers on pertinent legislative non-congruencies, crafted a transformation charter to advance alignment of heritage to the democratic dispensation and made public expressions on obsolete legislation that require a review.
- Consistent governance
In the past 10 years, the NHC has received unqualified annual financial audits from the Auditor General of South Africa.
- Positioned the preservation of the South African liberation
The importance of South Africa’s liberation struggle history was successfully placed as a possible heritage property on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.