The National Heritage Council of South Africa is a government institution that is responsible for the preservation of the country’s heritage. In its seven years of existence, it has managed to place heritage as a priority for nation building and national identity. The important areas that the NHC focuses on are policy development for the sector to meet its transformation goals, public awareness and education, knowledge production in heritage subjects that were previously neglected, as well as making funding available to projects that place heritage as a socio-economic resource.
The National Heritage Council, a Schedule 3A public entity that came into existence through an amendment of the Cultural Laws Second Amendment Act 69 of 2001, was officially constituted through the National Heritage Council Act 11 of 1999, assented to on 14 April, 1999 and officially proclaimed on 26 February, 2004.
Our vision is to build a nation proud of its heritage.
Our mission is to transform, protect and promote South African heritage for sustainable development.