I live and work within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, which is South Africa's first world heritage site. The natural environment within this area is one of the primary draw cards for the local tourism industry, as this is where the game parks, game reserves and game farms fit into the tourism sector.
Lake St. Lucia and the St. Lucia estuary are also part of this picture, as is the Indian Ocean and the shore line of the Elephant coast. These natural environments need to be looked after and cared for in a manner that best suits all the creatures, which of course include us as human beings.
People do come first, but we also need to take some time out and consider the other creatures of the world. The recent drought that we are experiencing in Zululand, KZN South Africa, is a big issue and it has had many strange and unwelcome impacts on a number of different natural environments. within the Umkhanyakude district municipality.
I am not going to discuss all these environments, but will focus on the parts that I know and those that impact on my life, especially my leisure side of life. I enjoy fishing and the out doors, and have been fortunate enough to live in an area where these experiences are just a walk away from home.
The current drought has caused the Mouth of the St. Lucia estuary system to close, and the bed of the St. Lucia Lake dried up into a vast salt pan, which had a few sweet water pools here and there. The very recent (last 2 weeks of February 2017 ) spate of rain fall has not broken the drought, though it has caused the water levels in Lake St. Lucia to raise considerably. We still need about 800 more Millimeters of rain, over an extended period of time (about 3 months) to really say that the droughts has broken.
There are historical issues with the mouth of the St. Lucia Estuary system, and poor land use management systems within the greater catchment of Lake St. Lucia is also a very disturbing problem. These need to be addressed by the IWPA or the iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, as they are the legal custodians of this natural environment, as prescribed in South African law. This legal precedent has been set in place by the WHCA (World Heritage Convention Act) which was enacted by the South African legislation system to accommodate the World Heritage Status given to the area through UNESCO.
WE have management problems that need to be addressed, but there are many problems and the legal framework for these problems to be solved id very murky, or just as clean as mud...
The IWPA needs to have an Integrated Management Plan in place, and this needs to correspond and match up with many other plans that are mandated in terms of other related legislation such as but not including 1) the ICMA or Integrated Coastal Management Plan 2) the NEMA or the National Environmental management Act 3) the MSA or the Municipal Systems Act
Billy Frankie sorry to burst your bubble but I have a question for you. Have you been living in a cave for the last 20 years ? the world heritage status is the big clue here, when your awarded world heritage status is a code word. Roughly translated it means fuck off you useless eaters its ours, the drought you talk about is man made. I could go on but I am only convinced 50% your a complete idiot or 50% a paid disinfo agent so take your pick I wont be insulted if I am wrong either way. Ask the Americans who have had their cattle ranchers taken from them because of some non existent turtle like creature and then the land is claimed as a heritage site, its all the same plan they just use different lingo, anyway Frankie if your a fool then hang around and find some good education on here but if your a disinfo agent the last word ends in off have a nice day
Tuesday 28 February 2017, 15:13:03
Frankie2socks Yo Billy thanx for your input here. We do have political issues that you speak of, as the area is managed by persons who do not follow the standard rules as laid out in our (South African) legislation. The IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority is the legal entity in charge here.
I am not sure if we should fight these issues using South African legislation, or if we should fight them using the UNESCO path and related world platforms, or both.
There has been a great deal of DISINFORMATION put out there by the IWPA or iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority, so I understand your point of view, as the amount of so called FAKE NEWS when talking of the ecological problems faced by the various Elephant Coast Communities is really astounding.
I am in the process of gathering information and establishing what to do and how to take some kind of action. I am seriously considering the mass action route, where I would mobilize the black community within the Umkhanyakude district municipality. This is how ever a very scary route, as the black population of South Africa do not behave in a rational manner, and they have very strange ways of forcing the Central government to sit up and take note.
So any advice and contacts that you may have is really appreciated.
This is going to be a very dirty fight, and some folks may decide to place me on a hit list... wont be the first time.... last time I arranged a face to face meeting at the fellas home at 2 bells in the morning, , and he has since changed his tune becoming just a little more friendly, and now understands that our income within Umkhanyakude district municipality comes from tourism, in some or other form.
We have very little manufacturing infrastructure, with the sugar mill at Riverview being the only serious industrial development within the whole district. this puts an awful lot of pressure on the folks out there because job opportunities are few and far between, and we have one of the bigger rural populations in South Africa in the Umkhanykude district municipality.
Tuesday 28 February 2017, 15:33:44
Billy Thanks Frankie you are growing on me, that's the answer i wanted go get them Tiger. If you have any problems with the Natives i can help with that, i have experience in special forces, it was me who invented bullet proof lipstick, i taught the Australian SAS on how to light a fire by rubbing your foreskin on your buddies ear lobe. it was me who taught the African special forces how to ward off an ambush by African killer bees, we had a Babboon as a camp mascot if had a torn off left ear (Got in to a ruck with a mountain gorilla} it had a wooden leg ( Lost that in a rice field in Nam ding dong) and it only had 1 eye ( Lost that whilst testing out new style parachutes) we called it lucky. I spent 2 years in North Korea teaching young Kim jungs all female personal body guard, i taught them how to tread water using their piss flaps as stabilisers so it kept their hands free to use the weapons. Anyway you answered very well but next time don't be so professional with the way you lay out your posts it looked like the BBC was writing it, got my BS meter running on over time, welcome to The full circle project brother