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National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act No. 25 of 1999)

Chapter I : System for Management of National Heritage Resources

Part 2 : Constitution, function, powers and duties of heritage resources authorities

14. Establishment and constitution of SAHRA Council


(1) The affairs of SAHRA are under the control, management and direction of a Council consisting of—
(a) at least nine but not more than 15 members appointed by the Minister in the prescribed manner, of which nine members must respectively represent each of the provinces of South Africa; and
(b) the chief executive officer of SAHRA.


(2) The members of the Council contemplated in subsection (1)(a) must be appointed in accordance with the principles of transparency and representivity and their appointment must take into account the desirability that the members—
(a) have among them qualifications or special experience or interest in fields relevant to heritage resources, and the financial knowledge needed for the efficient functioning of SAHRA; and
(b) be representative of the relevant sectoral interests and the cultural and demographic characteristics of the population of the Republic.


(3) A member of the Council must vacate the office if the member—
(a) resigns in writing;
(b) has been absent from three consecutive meetings of the Council without the leave of the Council;
(c) is an unrehabilitated insolvent;
(d) is found to be of unsound mind by a competent court; or
(e) is convicted of an offence involving dishonesty or bodily harm and is sentenced to imprisonment without the option of a fine.


(4) The Minister may, after consultation with the Council, remove a member of the Council from office if in the opinion of the Minister there are sound reasons for doing so after hearing the member on those reasons.


(5) A member of the Council holds office for a period not exceeding three years, and may be reappointed.


(6) No member may serve more than two consecutive terms.


(7) If a member of the Council dies or vacates the office before the expiration of the period for which the member has been appointed, another person may be appointed to fill the vacancy for the unexpired portion of the period for which the member was appointed.