Drakensberg Cable Car

19 Jun 2012 05:11 #54405 by intrepid
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Bassa said that tourism bodies needed to aggressively market KZN and give international airlines incentives to fly passengers through Durban, by working with hoteliers to offer free nights.

“The authorities feel that if we put a cable car into the Drakensberg mountains, people will come,” he said. “It is not going to happen. You need to get out there and you need to market.”

www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/kzn-not-selling-itself-1.1319098#.T-AHRpEZdCg

The government obviously is looking for ways to boost tourism in the province and is trying to compete with Cape Town. The point above is a good one: look after what you have and market it, rather than chase after a potential R60m white elephant.

The Facebook poll stands at 8 for and 40 against the cable car. Remember to cast your vote and spread an awareness.

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.

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22 Jun 2012 08:56 #54491 by Serious tribe
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Hear, hear!

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15 Jul 2012 16:37 #54649 by SeriousTribe2
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IDIOTS.

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18 Oct 2012 08:26 #55461 by intrepid
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At a recent meeting, the wilderness committee, headmen and elders of the AmaNgwane mountain communities of Khokwana, Manzana, and Mabhuleseni, discussed the proposed cableway and their response to it.

They were unanimous in opposition to the cableway. “The cableway will destroy our community and our wilderness (ihlane),” said Mkwazeni Hlongwane, who detailed the various cultural and community activities such as controlled hunting and medicinal plant harvesting that would be adversely affected.

“There has been no consultation with the community; we are not happy about the process,” he said. “One thousand people survive here because of what the mountains give us. The cableway will employ 100, but what about the other 900?”


The full article in The Witness is a worthwhile read.

Why is this not surprising....

Take nothing but litter, leave nothing but a cleaner Drakensberg.
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19 Oct 2012 09:34 #55462 by tiska
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Well spoken Mr Hlongwane.

One has to hope that IFP/ANC rivalries don't distort the picture here.
Generally speaking public consultations when it comes to infrastructure development are a jape of note. The consultations often happen after the decision is made and the finance committed. So the time to beat this off is almost passed, given the deadline for the scoping study.

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19 Oct 2012 10:34 - 19 Oct 2012 10:36 #55463 by ghaznavid
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Interesting article. I agree completely with what the locals are saying - bring in the tourists and goodbye to lots of plants and animals, goodbye to good grazing areas, and goodbye to the rural life that those people are used to. I have to say that I don't blame them for wanting to remain partially unplugged from the modern world - they have all that they need for survival, beautiful surroundings, what else do we all need?
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19 Oct 2012 11:16 #55464 by tiska
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I propose that we release a media statement on behalf of the VE community. We can add a word of support for the Mnweni community but also say why we, as the experts who know the area best, know the proposal to be flawed.

We can mention things like:
a) the degree of cloud that enevelops the area every summers day - after lunch you can't see your shoes for the mist.
b) danger of lightning strikes - you don't just hear the stuff, you can smell it. Its a long walk home when the cable way gets struck and I'm not carrying any handbags down the pass should I be there at the time!
c) frequency of strong winds which undermine the safe operation in winter -- nearly every day.
d) contentiously - the lack of safety in the region with cross border smuggling routine (that should scare off the ice-cream and scones brigade).
e) how bleak the escarpment top is in the Mnweni area (few will know - and it is genuinely bleak - much as I love it).

The aim here would be to get at the potential financiers and make them nervous.

Saying things like the area is beautiful and needs to be protected will make the financiers think they are on to something because that stuff sells. Thats exactrly why people would pay to see it. That is what they want.

Note that I'll probably edit out the comments above which point at the tactics once a bulk of people have read this comment.
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19 Oct 2012 11:21 #55465 by tiska
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and just to be properly emotional while I'm at it. The whole cable way thing stinks to high heaven. It is the stuff that makes me awake in the middle of the night and sit bolt up right in a cold sweat. Often. I will never go to the Mnweni again if this eyesore gets built. Mnweni will be ruined for me. I wish a *great* plague on the bastards who are dreaming this up.

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19 Oct 2012 11:22 #55466 by Stijn
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I like that idea. :thumbsup:

Another thing to add is the completely impractical current "plan" of having the lower station at Woodstock Dam and the upper station on the escarpment. Are they really considering rigging 20km of cable-way!? As much as I hated the idea, the Sentinel Cable Car plan was much more feasible and would have had far less impact than the current site being proposed. Is it just a matter of KZN tourism wanting to put it somewhere in KZN and zoning in on the only unprotected land in the Berg?

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19 Oct 2012 14:01 #55467 by JustinBaker
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I wish a *great* plague on the bastards who are dreaming this up.[/quote]

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