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Heritage, Museums, Geographical Names and Language
Provincial Heritage Resources Authority-Gauteng

The Gauteng Heritage Resources Authority is responsible for the management of Grade 11 heritage resources (i.e. heritage resources that are of provincial significance/as stipulated in section 8(1) of the National Heritage Resources Act.

In accordance with section 34 of the Act, no person may alter or demolish any structure or part of a structure which is older than 60 years and without a permit from PHRA-G. These are identified by this programme throughout Gauteng- Johannesburg, Soweto, Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Sedibeng, and West Rand.

To date, 100 sites have been identified and are now protected under the National Heritage Resources Act, Act 25 of 1999. Accordingly, the unit consider permit applications for demolition of or alteration to structures older than 60 years, maintain the data base on heritage resources in accordance with the national standards and establish policy and strategy plans for heritage resources management. It determines the competence of local authorities to manage heritage resources in accordance with the national system for the heritage resources grading of local authorities prescribed under section 8(6).

Geographical Names

The Gauteng Geographical Names Committee is a body responsible for standardizing geographical names in South Africa established in terms of section 2(2)(a) of the above Act. Geographical names are the names of features on the earth that are natural, or made or adapted by humans, and they can be populated or unpopulated.

The GGNC advice local authorities and working with them in ensuring that they apply the principles of the SAGNC to the names under their jurisdiction and make recommendations to SAGNC on the names of geographical features that fall within its provincial boundaries.

GGNC Publications:

  • GGNC Act
  • GGNC booklet
  • GGNC Approved application form

Indigenous Knowledge System

The concept Indigenous Knowledge Systems is conceived from the main term “Indigenous Knowledge” which refers to the knowledge created, acquired and appropriated by indigenous people of specific localities over generations.

The Department has developed a Indigenous Knowledge System Policy with the objectives to rehabilitate Indigenous Knowledge in all its manifest forms by encouraging researchers and policy matters to apply IK in project management and development, planning, especially with respect to issues affecting local communities. It also create awareness on the need to protect, sustain and promote the Indigenous Knowledge Systems in the province, provide a framework for application of Indigenous Knowledge in research and innovation, and thus promote the national goal of economic development to improve the quality of life of all people.


The Gauteng Language policy was adopted in September 2005 with four working languages for the province which has been reviewed in 2011. A Gauteng Provincial Language Committee is in place to give advice and with its support two language programmes have been implemented namely; International Mother Language Day and Deaf Week and Interpretation.

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Surrey House
35 Rissik Street

Tel: +27 11 355 2500
​Fax: +27 11 355 2505​​

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