On its own, the recent donation by the US Department of State in South Africa of a 4 x 4, ‘crime scene’ trailer to Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (‘Ezemvelo’) in Pretoria was a generous and highly practical gift.
The coincidence is deeply ironic. At a time when people in South Africa and worldwide reflect on the loss of one of the world’s most celebrated conservationists, Dr Ian Player, frantic efforts are being made to save one of his finest achievements; the establishment of the Wilderness area of iMfolozi Park inside KZN’s premier Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park (HiP).
The Kwazulu Natal Nature Conservation Board (The Board) has suspended the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. I B. Mkhize and the Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Darius Chitate following the meeting held last week Tuesday, 25 November 2014 with the MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Honorable Michael Mabuyakhulu.
The Independent on Saturday sent through this letter from one of the winners of a bi-monthly competition. They were taken on an Ezemvelo trail, together with the staff pictured here - Nununu Jobe (Ezemvelo Trails Officer); Mpilo Sikhakhane; Jacob Rademeyer; Sthembiso Dube; Ms Kerri Rademeyer; Ms Veronica McGregory; Ms Ntobeko Ncube (back-up guide) and Daniel Henry.
Community Farm Cited as Conservation Business Flagship
Never has the cry been so persuasive and authoritative. Government must now act on the very real business opportunities that Conservation offers rural communities, especially land claimants occupying suitable wildlife land. For too long, decision-makers have equated conservation and wildlife as anti-development and therefore been accorded a relative backseat.
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