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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))

30. Standards of curation


(1) The permit holder and the collaborating institution must enter into a formal agreement—
(a) to ensure the proper management of wreck objects and data, including accessioning, conserving, storing and maintaining the condition of objects;
(b) setting out the financial implications and responsibilities of each party with regard to the conservation, documentation and curation of the objects.


(2) SAHRA may inspect the premises where the finds are to be conserved and/or housed at any reasonable time to evaluate the conservation measures adopted.


(3) The permit holder must consult the collaborating institution on a regular basis with regard to the delivery of the finds to the collaborating institution.


(4) No object recovered from a wreck may be disposed of except to the collaborating institution without the prior agreement of SAHRA.


(5) Objects recovered from wrecks older than 1850 or deemed to be significant by SAHRA will be regarded as a study collection and may not be dispersed, sold or otherwise disposed of without the special permission of SAHRA.


(6) In the event that an agreement regarding the division of wreck material between the collaborating institution and the permit holder is approved by SAHRA, such division may take place at any time mutually acceptable to both parties: Provided that the permit holder must notify SAHRA of the division at least seven days in advance, and SAHRA has the right to attend.