The Heritage Portal is a discussion, education and marketing platform serving the South African Heritage Sector. It aims to assist a spectrum of stakeholders to negotiate the tensions between preservation and development and help integrate heritage into the planning process. It aspires to ease the burden on heritage officials and to drive an owner education agenda.
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The Heritage Register is a powerful tool designed to assist property owners, developers, estate agents and other stakeholders find out the heritage status of a property. Knowing a property’s heritage status is important as owners may need to follow processes set out in the National Heritage Resources Act. The Heritage Register alerts stakeholders to these processes and provides a list of professionals to assist when needed.
The Heritage Register has been made possible through the support of Johannesburg Inner City Partnership, the Johannesburg CID Forum, the Johannesburg Heritage Foundation, the Egoli Heritage Foundation and the City of Johannesburg and Burtronix.
The necessity for a Heritage Register is due to the fact that over the years, many owners and investors have felt financial pain and opened themselves up to reputational risk because they did not know the heritage status of a property. Providing owners and investors with this information up front improves decision making, reduces risk and creates an enabling environment for investment. This is essential to accelerate economic growth and create jobs.
The information provided by The Heritage Register creates a foundation for improved compliance. Countless demolitions, alterations and additions across the country are carried out illegally due to a combination of ignorance and lack of enforcement. Not only will improved compliance provide better protection of the historical fabric of our towns and cities but it will stimulate job creation by expanding the demand for heritage practitioners, contractors and craftspeople.
The following updates to the site have taken place since the Heritage Register was first launched;
- The number of listings on the site has grown to 2225 (as of 3 May 2018)
- The Heritage Professionals Directory lists 72 advisors, craftspeople and contractors capable of carrying out highly specialised work on heritage properties.
- A new Google map below site listings gives users the ability to zoom right into a building, swivel around it, toggle between layers (map and satellite) and use Google Street View. With the addition of the google search functionality this brings the overall tally of search options to four; map search, quick search, advanced search and google custom search.