Declarations

BABOON POINT (CAPE DESEADA), ERVEN 64, 65, 66, 67, PORTION 4 OF VERLORENVLEI 8 AND ERF 10 ON PORTION 8 OF VERLORENVLEI 8, ELAND’S BAY, PIKETBERG DISTRICT, CEDERBERG MUNICIPALITY

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GazetteNo: 

6621

Gazette Date: 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

NoticeNo: 

4619

Notice Date: 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

DiagramNo: 

S.G. 4168/2008

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FORMAL PROTECTION OF ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND PALAEONTOLOGICAL SITES, LANDSCAPE AND NATURAL FEATURES OF CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE, STRUCTURES AND UNMARKED BURIALS, SITUATED ON OR AT BABOON POINT (CAPE DESEADA), ERVEN 64, 65, 66, 67, PORTION 4 OF VERLORENVLEI 8 AND ERF 10 ON PORTION 8 OF VERLORENVLEI 8, ELAND’S BAY, PIKETBERG DISTRICT, CEDERBERG MUNICIPALITY

By virtue of the powers vested in Heritage Western Cape, as the provincial heritage resources authority for the province of the Western Cape, in terms of section 27(2) of the National Heritage Resources Act, Act no. 25 of 1999, archaeological and palaeontological sites, unmarked burials, the landscape and natural features of cultural significance and structures situated on or at Erven 64, 65, 66, 67, portion 4 of Verlorenvlei 8 and Erf 10
on portion 8 of Verlorenvlei 8, Eland’s Bay, Piketberg District, known as Baboon Point (Cape Deseada), and as surveyed and reflected in the diagram S.G. 4168/2008 held at the offices of the Surveyor General and covering 29.7498 hectares in extent, are hereby formally protected under section 27 of the Act bearing the provisions of sections 34, 35 and 36 of the Act in mind.

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Significance
A range of heritage resources of high significance is located on Baboon Point. The heritage significance of Baboon Point is particularly high in terms of the scientific value of archaeological and palaeontological sites that contribute to a wider understanding of southern African indigenous cultural history, local past environment and identification of original animal populations and their changes through time. Its aesthetic value also
ranks high due to its almost unparalleled landmark qualities and by its role in defining important elements of the West Coast landscape character. The historical significance of Baboon Point is not only highlighted by the cultural sequence encapsulated in a number of ancient archaeological sites, but also by several World War 2 Radar station buildings. These structures are the testimony of South Africa’s role in a global historic event.
These buildings also have a particular association with important social developments in South Africa as a result of the institutionalised Apartheid system, namely their use to house migrant labourers serving the local fishing industry. The high degree of significance of Baboon Point is also supported by the presence of rare and/or endangered aspects of natural and cultural heritage.

 
 

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