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What is Heritage?

Heritage resources in South Africa are protected under the National Heritage Resources Act. Buildings are protected in two ways. Either they are declared as heritage sites (for important buildings or places) or they are protected due to their age (60 years or older).

What is a Heritage Resource?

A heritage resource is something that is of historical or cultural significance to a community, city or country. It can be a building, a place or even an object. They are protected as part of our collective heritage and cultural inheritance. For example, most trees in Saxonwold are protected by heritage, especially those on the street.

How do I know if my property is a heritage resource?

• It is a declared heritage resource. A list of these is maintained by the city and the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. You should be made aware of this when purchasing the property. 
• If your building (or part of your building) is over 60 years old. You can find this out by getting copies of the previously approved plans from the city council. Most of the buildings in Saxonwold and Parkwood are over 60 years old. 
• If your building was owned or occupied by an important person. 
Remember, even though you own the building you do not own the heritage value. It is collectively owned by all South Africans.

What do I do if my property is a heritage resource?

• Just because your building is over 60 years old it does not mean that you cannot make changes. You must however get approval for these. This is for all changes, both the inside as well as the outside of the building. 
• You will need to get comment from SAPRA on your proposed changes. Please submit the full PHRAG document to KWA Architects at 27 Gleneagles Road, Greenside for review. Should a consult be required prior to planning, please contact Lorin Bugoyne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
• You will need to make a submission to the Provincial Heritage Resources Authority Gauteng (PHRAG) for approval of your proposed changes. This must be done before the work starts.  • You can download the PHRAG application form here.
You can get further information the Heritage Portal. Please click here
More information can be found at the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation. Please click here. 

Information supplied by Mayat Hart Architects and Heritage Consultants

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