Minister Pallo Jordan To Receive President of China, President Hu Jintao’s Substantial Grant To The African World Heritage Fund.

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06 Feb 2007

THE Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will receive a cheque of a substantial amount on behalf of the African World Heritage Fund which will be donated by the President of China, GIVE NAME.

The event is the cultural highlight of the President’s three day visit to South Africa which ends on Wednesday, 7 February.

The occasion will take place at Maropeng on Wednesday at 5pm and will be attended by a high profile delegation from both the South African and Chinese governments, important stakeholders and guests.

“Our greatest challenge remains providing material resources to African heritage institutions to enable them to do what we all know should be done. This gesture by the Chinese government is aimed towards helping us as Africans to walk the talk when it comes to concrete programmes to make sure that more of our heritage sites are restored, preserved and promoted as world heritage sites.

“Over the last few months there have been discussions around a vision of creating a fund for the African Continent which will look at addressing challenges in conserving and protecting heritage sites of this continent.

“It is significant to note that China has not only just contributed to the cost of the feasibility study but has now given a substantial amount of money towards the preservation of our world heritage sites,” said Minister Z. P.  Jordan.

The Fund itself was launched on 5 May 2006. However, the AWHF will start functioning operationally from 1 April 2007. It will be housed at and utilize the systems of the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) in Midrand, South Africa.

The fundraising target of US$ 10 million within two years has been set for an endowment for the AWHF.  South Africa was the first to pledge an immediate contribution of ZAR 20 million (approximately US$ 3.3 million) towards the target of an initial capital endowment.  This makes the Chinese donation the second large pledge.

It is well known that Africa, out of a total of over 788 World Heritage sites internationally, in 134 countries, has only 63 sites on the list. The aim of the Fund is to change this unacceptable state of affairs.

“The contribution by the Chinese government will make it possible for Africa’s rich, diverse, natural tangible and intangible heritage to be rehabilitated and preserved for future generations,” said Jordan.

Event:             MAROPENG – Cradle of Humankind – Visit by President Hu Jintao and Delegation of China to contribute to African World Heritage Fund.

Date:               Wednesday 7 February 2007

Time:              16:15
Media Accreditation:  Reshma.Lakha-Singh at 082 852 8405 / 082 928 5700 by 6 February 2007. Identity/ passport number is required.


For further details, call Sandile Memela, Spokesman for the Ministry of Arts & Culture at 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju, Media Liaison Officer at 082 903 6778