HERITAGE AS A HUMAN RIGHT: 30 Years of Freedom and South African democracy


How far have we come in the preservation and promotion of our cultural heritage 30 years later? The political landscape changed for the better and naturally everyone expected to start enjoying their freedom as well as to exercise their constitutional human rights, including practicing their culture without any fear of repression.

The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) in partnership with the Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will host a dialogue on Heritage as a Human Right under the theme: Reflecting on the successes and challenges of Heritage Preservation and Promotion in South Africa.

The scheduled dialogue will take place in two-folds; collectively taking stock on the progress made and unpacking the successes and the challenges faced within the Heritage landscape. Secondly, the dialogue seeks to embrace the cultural heritage practices as a human right as enshrined in our constitution by exhibiting forms of dances, practices and performances on the day.

The discussants will include; Mr Irwin Langeveld, Chief Director at the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture; Mr. Mohlomi Masooa from the Department of Basic Education (DBE); Ms Elodie Tlhoaele Chairperson of Free State Provincial Heritage Resources Authority (FSPHRA); Ms. Queen Magalakangqa, Provincial Geographical Names Committee (PGNC) Council Member and Mr Julius Ka Dantile from Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB).



Date: Thursday, 14 March 2024

Venue: President Hotel, Mangaung

Time: 10h00

“This year marks 30 years since the dawn of democracy were the NHC is also commemorating 20 years of preservation and promotion of our country’s heritage. It is a year where we look for gains and losses since the liberation of our country. Hence the NHC is committed to host engagements such as these, to ascertain the strides made in redressing this anomaly when it comes to heritage management” says Dr Ndivhoniswani Lukhwareni, Chief Executive Officer of the NHC.

The seminar will also will be streamed live on National Heritage Council’s Facebook page.

For Media RSVPs and interviews, please email or whatsapp: Ms. Tebogo Shilakwe: 084 597 8881; Email: t.shilakwe@nhc.org.za or Ms Lerato Tlhapuletsa: 066 485 9647; Email: Tlhapuletsa.l@sacr.fs.gov.za