Drakensberg Cable Car

11 Jul 2013 19:41 #57641 by intrepid
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Thanks everyone for your input again, have updated the Word doc accordingly. I have put my name on it for what its worth, though for me what is important and significant is the way in which this community has collectively put the statement together - so thanks to everyone for that.

The main punch of the statement by the locals of the Mnweni for me is: nobody has even spoken to them (shocking!), and they are not fooled into thinking the cable car will magically uplift the whole community.

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12 Jul 2013 07:05 #57644 by BobbyStanton
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Don't tell anyone that I told you but my information is that the local amaKhosi are all represented on the project steering committee and the community is thus fully informed of what is happening.

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12 Jul 2013 08:03 #57645 by intrepid
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Doesn't surprise me that certain details are being kept quiet.

The last article on the cable car in the Witness stated:

The communities have yet to be consulted directly — their attendance at the June 6 meeting was not by invitation. However, they have been aware of the proposed cableway for some time, and at a meeting held in September last year, there was unanimous opposition to the cableway. “The cableway will destroy our community and our wilderness (ihlane),” said one representative.


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17 Jul 2013 11:22 #57723 by intrepid
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Ive just had a phone chat with people from The Times. They will be writing a general article on the cable car idea (like the feasibility study going ahead) and along with that they will present some our objections that we raised on our statement. Will keep you posted.

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17 Jul 2013 13:19 #57735 by tiska
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intrepid wrote: Ive just had a phone chat with people from The Times. They will be writing a general article on the cable car idea (like the feasibility study going ahead) and along with that they will present some our objections that we raised on our statement. Will keep you posted.


On the whole, good news. But I would definitely ask to see the quotes and how they will be used before agreeing to be quoted in the article. Otherwise it might be better intact as a letter.

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17 Jul 2013 13:53 #57740 by intrepid
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The difficulty Im starting to realise is that our statement is firstly too long for some formats. Secondly "letters to the editors" are sometimes only accepted in response to something which the paper has already published - and that often has to be from their own reporters, not from the outside. Thirdly they tend to want to publish both sides of the story. Will see as we go along. The arguments about safety and viability are very strong ones and I think these will hit home.

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18 Jul 2013 06:40 - 18 Jul 2013 06:41 #57754 by intrepid
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Two publications so far:

The Witness

Times Live

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Last Edit: 18 Jul 2013 06:41 by intrepid.
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18 Jul 2013 08:52 #57756 by intrepid
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I have also published the article on our own blogs here too. This makes it easier to refer to. It has a link to the Word document too.

www.vertical-endeavour.com/blog/33-drakensberg/general/226-white-elephants-shouldnt-roam-the-berg.html

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18 Jul 2013 12:48 #57757 by tiska
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Nice work! Well done....

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18 Jul 2013 17:48 #57760 by ghaznavid
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intrepid wrote: Two publications so far:

The Witness


I assume we both sent it to the Witness? Seems they used my photo, and as usual didn't bother to credit the photographer - not the first time :laugh:

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