Unesco has announced its amended list at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Poland earlier this week.
The ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape has been listed as World Heritage site by Unesco. Picture: khomanisan.com
CAPE TOWN – The listing of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage List adds weight behind preservation efforts of an ancient South African community.
The ‡Khomani San people, who live on a section of land at South Africa’s border with Botswana and Namibia, have been fighting for the protection of this space for decades.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) announced its amended list at the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee meeting in Poland earlier this week.
The ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape in the southern Kalahari Desert has been home to a few hundred people who have been able to survive the extreme weather conditions due to their intimate knowledge of the land.
The Environmental Affairs Department has welcomed Unesco’s decision to add it to the World Heritage List, saying it will support efforts to “boost the economic development of the area.
Bushman Council chairperson Oupa-Jan Pietersen says the recognition provides the ‡Khomani San people more opportunity to preserve their culture.
“Unfortunately there have been developments built over most of our ancestral land. So now we are given an opportunity to preserve our heritage and what is ours.”
The landscape in the Dawid Kruiper District Municipality covers the entire Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, stretching over 959,000 hectares.