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


South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA) Permit Regulations

Chapter VIII : Application for Permit :  Wrecks (Section 35(4))

28. Minimum qualifications


(1) Permits for wrecks will be issued only to persons working with an approved collaborating institution.


(2) Applicants will be required to demonstrate a knowledge and understanding of, and commitment to, the use of underwater archaeological recording and excavation procedures and methods as set out in the Guidelines.


(3) If a wreck is older than 1850 or deemed to be significant by SAHRA, a suitably qualified maritime archaeologist, approved by SAHRA and preferably employed at a recognised institution, must be included as a full member of the team: Provided that if a maritime archaeologist is not available, a suitably qualified approved archaeologist may be included in the team, on condition that he/she remain in regular contact with SAHRA during the work. If there is no archaeologist available at the collaborating institution, arrangements for the inclusion of a suitable archaeologist on the team must be made in consultation with SAHRA.