South Africa Gains Another Unesco World Heritage Site

The Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains in Mpumalanga, just an hour south of Nelspruit, have officially been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site (WHS) after being on the tentative list for a number of years.

The World Heritage Committee inscribed the naturally significant Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains on Monday, 02 July 2018, after the decision was taken at the 42nd session of the World Heritage Committee of Unesco, which took place in Manama, Bahrain, from29 – 30 June 2018, where Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa represented South Africa.

This marks the tenth site in South Africa to be inscribed by the world heritage body since the country became a member in 1997.

The mountain range lies within the sub-tropical lowland region in the north-east of South Africa, containing some the world’s best preserved, oldest and diverse sequence of volcanic and sedimentary rock, dating back 3.5 billion years.

The project was initiated back in 2007 and put forward for nomination two years later as part of the efforts to conserve the natural inheritance and to boost tourism in the province, according to the Department of Economic Development and Tourism for Mpumalanga.