Drakensberg region under fracking threat
Go look at www.treasurethekaroo.co.za/
Jonathan Deal from TKAG is planning to take the matter to court. But they need support.
Some relevant info:
Management of the Park is guided by an Integrated Management Plan with subsidiary plans, and is undertaken in accordance with the World Heritage Convention Act, 1999 (Act No. 49 of 1999); National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act, 2003 (Act 57 of 2003); National Environmental Management Biodiversity Act, 2004 (Act No 10 of 2004); KwaZulu-Natal Nature Conservation Management Amendment Act (No 5 of 1999); World Heritage Convention Operational Guidelines; and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife policies. In terms of these legislation, all development within or outside the property is subjected to an Environmental Impact Assessment, which considers the Outstanding Universal Value of the property. In addition all World Heritage Sites are recognized as protected areas, meaning that mining or prospecting will be completely prohibited from taking place within the property or the proclaimed buffer zone. Furthermore, any unsuitable development with a potential impact on the property will not be permitted by the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs who is responsible for the implementation of the World Heritage Convention.
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Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
Apparently EIA processes will also be shortened and mining licenses will only take 30 days to obtain in future.
How about some game-changing-fixing-of-broken-roads and broken-hotels? Me thinks business-as-it-should be doesn't have quite the same level of kick backs to greedy pockets.