Cape Town – All hopes of declaring the Bo-Kaap area a national heritage site soon have been dashed. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says it can take up to two years for the process to be finalised.
“The process of the SA Heritage Resources Agency is one that, unlike that of Unesco (UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), can take up to two years,” said Mthethwa’s spokesperson, Asanda Magaqa.
Mthethwa has been supporting Bo-Kaap residents, promising in December that the government planned to make the area a “cultural destination for all”.
The Bo-Kaap Ratepayers’ Association said it had hoped the process would be completed before the end of the year. “However, I think what we should be thankful about is that there is a process,” said association chairperson Osman Shabodien.