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World Heritage Convention Act, 1999 (Act No. 49 of 1999)



Recognising that the cultural heritage and the natural heritage are among the priceless and irreplaceable possessions, not only of the Republic, but of humankind as a whole;


Acknowledging that the loss, through deterioration, disappearance or damage through inappropriate development of any of these most prized possessions, constitutes an impoverishment of the heritage of all the peoples of the world and, in particular, the people of South Africa,


BE IT THEREFORE ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows: