KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute

Contact Details

Postal PO Box 2685, Pietermaritzburg, 3200
Physical 195 Langalibalele Street, Pietermaritzburg, 3201
Tel 033 394 6543


The KwaZulu-Natal Amafa and Research Institute (The Institute) is the provincial heritage resources authority (PHRA) for KwaZulu-Natal (KZN). 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 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 took up office in 2019. The Institute fell under the portfolio of the MEC of Arts and 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 and 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.

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