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Khami Ruins National Monument

Zimbabwe
Factors affecting the property in 1996*
  • Financial resources
  • Housing
  • Human resources
  • Management systems/ management plan
  • Other Threats:

    Need for structural stabilization and repair of collapsed sections of walls

International Assistance: requests for the property until 1996
Requests approved: 1 (from 1987-1987)
Total amount approved : 25,000 USD
Missions to the property until 1996**
Conservation issues presented to the World Heritage Committee in 1996

The Khami National Monument is Zimbabwe's second largest stone-built settlement. Since its inscription in November 1986 not much data has been collected on the, site. Four custodians ensure the maintenance work of Khami; they monitor the wall movements, police the site against vandalism, check and maintain the fence, man the visitor centre and provide guide services to visitors. Their number is inadequate. A strategic Action Plan for the conservation and management of Khami is being formulated.

The conservation treatment projects will involve mostly structural stabilization, and repair of collapsed sections of walls. It is hoped that when properly implemented, these projects will enhance and maintain the architectural, cultural and historical values as well as the authenticity and integrity of Khami. The sources of finance are very inadequate, hence conservation problems.

The site is threatened by development projects taking place in Bulawayo and which are leading to increased negative pressures on the site. Ten year from now Bulawayo's built-up area and infrastructural developments will inevitably engulf Khami.

Analysis and Conclusion by World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies in 1996

The Bureau may wish to adopt the following text and transmit it to the Committee for noting:

"The Bureau takes note of the information provided by the National Museums and Monuments and encourages the Zimbabwe authorities to pursue their efforts for a better conservation of this site by allocating adequate resources, and transferring the expertise acquired at the site of Great Zimbabwe."

Decisions adopted by the Committee in 1996
20 COM VII.D.57
SOC: Khami (Zimbabwe)

VII.57 Khami (Zimbabwe)

The Secretariat informed the Committee that the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe had reported that a Strategic Action Plan for the conservation and management of Khami is being formulated. However, resources for maintenance work and surveillance are inadequate.

The Committee noted the information provided by the National Museums and Monuments concerning the threats of the development project in the vicinity which are leading to increased negative pressure on the si te. It encouraged the Zimbabwe authorities to pursue their efforts for better conservation of this si te by allocating adequate resources, and transferring the expertise acquired at the site of Great Zimbabwe.

Report year: 1996
Zimbabwe
Date of Inscription: 1986
Category: Cultural
Criteria: (iii)(iv)
Documents examined by the Committee
arrow_circle_right 20COM (1996)
Exports

* : The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).

** : All mission reports are not always available electronically.


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