Why there is resistance to coal mining at this SA heritage site; LLEWELLYN LEONARD; IOL News

New coal mining operations could threaten South Africa’s Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.

Source: Why there is resistance to coal mining at this SA heritage site | IOL News

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South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit; Wanda Coustas; SA-Venues

It’s incredible to think that South Africa has Ten sites that have ‘outstanding universal value to humanity’. These places form part of a World Heritage…

Source: South Africa’s 10 World Heritage Sites – and why they’re worth a visit

SANParks plans to shoo Zim cattle out of Mapungubwe National Park; Tony Carnie; Daily Maverick

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

South African National Parks is mulling plans to hire more livestock rangers on quadbikes to shepherd Zimbabwean cattle out of the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site. 

SANParks’ plan to hire livestock rangers to shepherd Zimbabwean cattle out of Mapungubwe National Park follows mounting unease by wildlife tourists over continued incursions by communal cattle that enter the park by wading across the Limpopo River border line and through a neglected veterinary fence in search of scarce grazing.

Responding to complaints from tourists, SANParks communications head Janine Raftopoulos said two environmental monitors had been employed “to patrol and herd the cattle back to Zimbabwe as often as possible to prevent major impacts on biodiversity objectives and visitor experience”.

She suggested that herds of between 50 and 250 cattle from Zimbabwe were present in the park at a given time, depending on the season.

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IN PICS: 4 Heritage sites in SA parks; Christelle du Toit; eNCA

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

South Africa’s natural and cultural heritage have become tightly inter-woven with no less than four heritage sites located inside national parks.

Thulamela Hill

Thulamela is a stone-walled site situated in the Far North region of the Kruger National Park (KNP), and dates back to approximately 450 – 500 years before present (BP).

This late Iron Age site forms part of what is called the Zimbabwe, culture which is believed to have started at Mapungubwe. Mapungubwe’s decline coincided with the increase of Great Zimbabwe’s importance. When Great Zimbabwe was abandoned about 300 years later, possibly due to political break down, several groups moved south across the Limpopo river into the North Eastern areas of South Africa (and Northern Kruger) and established new smaller chiefdoms such as Thulamela

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Coal mining halted on heritage site; Phila Mzamo; Mining News

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Plans to mine coal by Australia’s Coal for Africa close to the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site have been put on hold.

This follows some concerns over the impact of coal mining and related activities on the environment, specifically the impact of mining on water and heritage resources in the area.

For the first time in South Africa, an offset agreement has been negotiated as a condition to obtain a mining license by the coal company. This means that any mining damage caused by Coal for Africa will be monetised and penalised.

The agreement is a win say environmentalists, who have said that should mining go ahead in the area, they have negotiated a deal that protects the area’s living and cultural heritage.

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Mining halted at Mapungubwe heritage site, for now; Christelle du Toit; ENCA

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

MAPUNGUBWE – Plans to mine coal close to the Mapungubwe Unesco World Heritage site are on hold, but environmentalists are happy that should the mining go ahead, they have negotiated a deal that protects the area’s living and cultural heritage.

In the Mapungubwe valley, shortly after the death of Christ, there lived an African civilisation that was so advanced that it mined gold, crafted it into beautiful jewelry and artifacts, and traded goods with people as far as from China.

Situated just off the confluence of South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana, Mapungubwe Hill was home to the royal family and is where they were buried together with priceless gold artifacts.

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5 reasons to visit the Mapungubwe National Park; SHINGAI DARANGWA; IOL Travel

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Mapungubwe is one of the most significant historical landmarks in Southern Africa. Located at the confluence of the Shashe and Limpopo rivers, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is a historical marvel that not only carries cultural significance, but also presents a beautifully scenic travel destination.

Here are some of the reasons why you need to check it out:

The Confluence 

I visited the Mapungubwe National Park over this weekend as part of SANParks’ Cultural and Spiritual Weekend and one of the things I was most excited about was catching a glimpse of the confluence that separates South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. It was breathtaking how, during sunset over a raised viewing deck, our tour guide indicated where the three countries were divided by the Shashe and Limpopo rivers.

 

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Nine pictures to remind you of the beautiful World Heritage sites in South Africa; Alexis Haden; The South African

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

We live in a magnificent country.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.

As of 2016, there are nine World Heritage Sites in South Africa, including five cultural sites, three natural sites and one mixed site.

Now, you already know that South Africa is beautiful. But if you needed another reminder…

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Where is it?

Basically, wherever there is precious fynbos in the Cape. The area covers Covering 78,555 km², Cape Floristic Region hotspot is located entirely within the borders of South Africa.

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

Where is it?

The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Nine pictures to remind you of the beautiful World Heritage sites in South Africa; Alexis Haden; The South African

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

We live in a magnificent country.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Sites are places of importance to cultural or natural heritage as described in the UNESCO World Heritage Convention, established in 1972.

As of 2016, there are nine World Heritage Sites in South Africa, including five cultural sites, three natural sites and one mixed site.

Now, you already know that South Africa is beautiful. But if you needed another reminder…

Cape Floral Region Protected Areas

Where is it?

Basically, wherever there is precious fynbos in the Cape. The area covers Covering 78,555 km², Cape Floristic Region hotspot is located entirely within the borders of South Africa.

Fossil Hominid Sites of Sterkfontein, Swartkrans, Kromdraai, and Environs

Where is it?

The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province.

iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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Experience The Big 5; City Press

South Africa – Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape

Limpopo is home to three national parks – Mapungubwe National Park, which borders Botswana and Zimbabwe, and which is also a Unesco World Heritage Site; the Kruger National Park, which straddles the Vhembe and Mopani regions; and the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg region.

All three contain the Big Five: lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard.

Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site

Sip sundowners at the confluence of the legendary Limpopo and Shashe rivers, watch the eagles soar over Botswana and Zimbabwe’s skies, hear the echo of elephant calls, take a tree-top walk or just relax and absorb the surroundings. The Mapungubwe National Park is rich in biodiversity, scenic beauty and contains many archaeological treasures.

Nearest airport: Phalaborwa

Driving distance from Johannesburg: Approximately six hours

More information: sanparks.org/parks/mapungubwe/

Featured accommodation:

Cottages at Leokwe Rest Camp

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