The KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute (The Institute) is the provincial heritage resources authority (PHRA) for KwaZulu Natal. Amafa, the predecessor to The Institute, was established as a statutory body in terms of the KZN Heritage Act of 1997, replaced by the KZN Heritage Act of 2008. The Institute became the official PHRA on the 14 December 2018 when the new KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute Act (5 of 2018) was Gazetted.
The new Council of The Institute was appointed by the Premier of KZN and will take up office in 2019. The Institute fell under the portfolio of the MEC for Cultural Matters (Arts & Culture) from April 2019 and is funded through a grant from the Legislature through the same department.
The Institute has offices in Pietermaritzburg (Head Office), and Ulundi and manages several major heritage projects such as the Isandlwana & Rorke’s Drift Battlefields, Border Cave archaeological site and the KwaZulu Cultural Museum.
All compliance processes for development, structural/visual changes to protected buildings and archaeological and battlefield sites in KZN are administered from the Pietermaritzburg office. Click here to obtain information on submitting.
The senior management develops and implements the organization’s strategy with policies, programs, and initiatives. Leads cross functional teams to study and develop effective tools, methods, and systems to ensure that the products and services are of the highest quality.
Dr mxolisi dlamuka
Ms Cheryl moodley
Mr Akash Rampersad
dr reverend vikinduku mnculwane
Ms Sushila Keshav
Mr Themba shezi
Mr Nqobani mzizi
Dr thelma ngidi
Mr Dumisani mhlaba
During September (Heritage Month) of each year, Amafa hosts the Annual Amafa Heritage Awards. These awards recognize the efforts of members of the public who have made a contribution towards heritage conservation in KwaZulu Natal.