I confirm that the occasional cow was indeed spotted on the beach during my last visit to Mazzeppa Bay, and have forwarded the photograph to this site for publication. Regarding drive time, I include a (5 year old) photo of the road, which gives drivers an idea of local conditions. A normal car will be fine, but watch out for livestock, and be aware that small children often run towards your car hoping that you will throw sweets at them.
The 3 month long petition "Demand that the South African government declare the Wild Coast a No Go area for mining once and for all" ran from 9 July until 8 October 2012 and received 24,315 supporter's signatures.
PALM BEACH SOUTH COAST KWAZULU NATAL SOUTH AFRICA PALM BEACH IS A BEAUTIFUL PART OF THE COAST NEAR MANY ACTIVITIES AND BEAUTIFUL NATURE WALKS, Karens Cottage SELF CATERING IS PRIVATE AND HAS TWO BEDROOMS ABLE TO ACCOMMODATE SIX PEOPLE, FULL D.S.T.V. AND BBQ FACILITIES AND SPLASH POOL, JUST A TEN MINUTE WALK TO THE BEACH WHERE THE LONG SANDY BEACH AND ROCK POOLS WILL AMAZE YOU. THIS QUIET AREA IS A GEM STILL WAITING TO BE DISCOVERED.
What has happened at Cebe Reserve. I hear that it has been trashed and abandoned. The ablution rondawels that were built in the 1930s and the little "office" have been vandalised. I hear too that a number of trees have cut down and carted away by locals. What is it with our "government" that they cannot look after and manage state assets.
Another sin and disgrace.
You’ve probably heard of the Tanzanian government‘s recent decision to cancel plans for the construction of a new highway that would have bisected the Serengeti National Park, threatening the integrity of the site of one of the world’s largest, most famous and most important annual wildlife migrations. That was great news.
WRITTEN BY WESSA
THURSDAY, 04 AUGUST 2011 11:42
On Monday 25 July, a year since appeals were first submitted, the Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs, Mrs Edna Molewa, rejected all 49 appeals against the development of the N2 toll road and in so doing has given the go-ahead for the construction of this new section of the highway.
SILLY, silly me. All these years I have laboured under the illusion that the prime duty of the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs and its minister was to protect our water resources and be the steward of our environment.
Minister of Water & Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, has approved the controversial N2 tollroad through the environmentally sensitive Pondoland Centre of Endemism.
In a 21 page fax sent out to IAPs she dismissed all 49 appeals lodged in objection to the new road. What is clear is that the minister is being a "loyal cadre" and carrying out the wishes of the ANC, while betraying her office and responsibilities to the environment.
Opponents of the N2 toll road that will snake through the Wild Coast are ready to take their battle to the highest court following the controversial road's approval by Environment Minister Edna Molewa this week.
The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has fought tooth and nail to build the road from Durban to East London for the past 10 years but has faced fierce opposition from environmentalists, the local community and civil society.
Just two weeks ago, Karen and I went to stay with the most hospitable people in Umgazana, Warren and Margy. It was surprisingly easy to get there without using 4x4 and only 350kms from Warner Beach. Unfortunately the sea was tempestuous so no deep-sea fishing was attempted, but we were spoilt with three cooked meals a day including fresh oyster starters! Coffee, hot showers and warm beds kept us toasty and in good spirits on those icy cold evenings and mornings.
Inyoni (AKA Slipway)A crowd of bemused holiday makers gathered on the beach at Hole in the Wall yesterday where a small penguin had set ashore nursing an injured leg. As it is tagged (S29329), it definitely has had human contact before and seems to have landed at the busiest beach in the area specifically looking for help from humans. Especially as it is over 1000km away from its usual habitat.
The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus, Xhosa name: Nombombiya, and also known as the Black-footed Penguin) is an endangered species and there are fewer than 100,000 left in the world.
A hiker from nearby Coffee Bay turned out to be a marine biologist from Hawaii, and advised Charlene from Hole in the Wall Hotel on the correct care for the docile, cute little fuzzy, who whacked down 4 sards for dinner, and another 3 for breakfast this morning.
It is well known by now that the minister of minerals & energy revoked the mining license, granted to MRC and their local subsidiary Xolco in 2008, at the beginning of the month.
However the door is still ajar and we await the outcome in 3 months time.
The applicants have until then to resubmit properly completed environmental impact assessments, a full environmental management plan, and to comply fully with the various requirements of affected government departments.
Wow, the marriage of Prince William and Lady Catherine solicited a great deal of interest on the site yesterday. The visitor count hit a new all time record, and I thought the site had been compromised until I figured out that over half of the hits were on the blog post from 2008 about the Royal brothers riding the Wild Coast. (http://www.wildcoast.co.za/node/514)
I thought that (what little I saw of it) the pomp and pageantry of the wedding of the century was quite magical. The stuff of fantasy; and we need that in this world.
Well known Kwazulu-Natal midlands water-colour artist, Joan Bastard, has kindly put together a calendar of paintings for SWC, depicting scenes of Transkei and Pondoland.
These calendars are selling for R150 each, of which R30/ calendar is donated to SWC. The remainder goes towards printing costs and artist commission. The calendars are printed on high quality paper and make wonderful mementos and gifts.
The Amadiba Crisis Committee (ACC) and Legal Resource Centre (LRC) demands decision from the department “by no later than 28 September 2010”, failing which the matter will be taken to High Court.
Social worker John Clarke has provided the following summary of developments, and opinion.
We are still waiting for DG of Mineral Resources, Sandile Nogcina, to announce the outcome of the appeal by the Amadiba Crisis Committee. It has been over two years since the appeal was lodged.