The SANDF is to be re-deployed to the Free State - Lesotho border, replacing the SAPS, and the dilapidated and almost non-existent border fence it to be re-built.

Seems like a crazy preposition doesn’t it? Imagine my surprise when I stumbled onto this question posted by someone on the net.

Dagga to the street value of R1.2 million was seized by the police close to the Qacha’s Nek border post on Thursday morning, September 4th.

Democratic Alliance representatives visit Lesotho border near Clarens, Golden Gate and Fouriesburg and raise concern over lack of security.

Results and comments on the “Do you feel threatened by the Basotho in the Berg?” poll.

The Didima-Tlanyaku area of the Northern Berg continues to be one of the most significant smuggling corridors in the entire Drakensberg. A recent scare involving a group of hikers camping in the area serves as a fresh reminder.

Situated in an area with some of the most disturbing security related incidents in the Drakensberg, Bannerman Pass, as fine a pass as it may be, has not escaped association with these problems. The Giant’s Castle escarpment has witnessed some particularly malicious attacks and robberies that hikers have suffered at the hands of Basutho herdsmen. Bannerman Pass is not just a risky area to camp in - hikers are also at risk of being attacked in the pass.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife would like to inform visitors who intend travelling to the Didima Camp in the Cathedral Peak area of the Ukhahlamba-Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site that a tense situation exists between two neighbouring communities along the Winterton/Bergville - Cathedral Peak road.

Prevention is better than cure and so we list the following guidelines which will go a long way in avoiding security related problems in the Berg (though there are no guarantees!).  We have also included a list of precautions and suggestions of what to do when you are confronted with a problem.

Of the more recent security incidents in the Berg, what transpired over at Giants Castle Easter in 2005 is among the most disturbing and most publicised. A group of hikers was viciously attacked and robbed on the escarpment.