Circle of Islam to receive national heritage site status


The South African Heritage Resources Agency intends declaring the first ten Kramats as a National Heritage site. Referred to as the Circle of Islam, the Kramats are located in Macassar, Simon’s Town, Mowbray, Oudekraal, Signal Hill, and Constantia.

The City of Cape Town says that the recognition of the cultural significance of these tombs is long overdue. Mayoral Committee Member for Spatial Planning and Environment, Alderman Marian Nieuwoudt says that once these tombs are protected by the National Heritage Resources Act, they cannot be destroyed, damaged, excavated, altered, or relocated.

The Kramats are also referred to as Mazaars, and are sacred places that represent the advent of Islam to Southern Africa.

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