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Thread: [IAC] Fw: Game reserve closing

Message: [IAC] Fw: Game reserve closing

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From: "Mike Fagan" <sashalee at iafrica.com>

Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 06:50:16 UTC


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Sent: Saturday, February 12, 2000 12:40 AM
Subject: Game reserve closing


>
>
> >  > NATIONAL PARK UNDER THREAT - PLEASE SIGN ON
> >  >
> >  > This is to protest against closing a National Park in South Africa
> >  > that has rare animals (desert rhinos for example). It would be the
> >  > first time in SA that a National Park is "de-proclaimed", and the
> >  > reason is to allow for diamond mining. Please, sign and send it to
> >  > your friends.
> >  >
> >  > Please, please, please add your names to the list .........
> >  >
> >  > DEPROCLAMATION (CLOSURE) OF VAALBOS NATIONAL PARK:
> >  > Kimberley Area, South Africa:
> >  > Please sign at the bottom for your signify and do include your
> >  > town, country and e-mail address. If you receive this list and it has
> >  > 100 names on it, please e-mail a copy of it to dtours at kimnet.co.za
> >  >
> >  > Even if you decide not to sign, please be considerate and do not kill
> >  > this important petition. (Choose either the COPY or FORWARD functions
> >  > depending which is best at keeping the email legible.) Please edit if
> >  > necessary.
> >  > Thank you and kind regards.
> >  > Dirk Potgieter
> >  > Kimberley, South Africa.
> >  >
> >  > VAALBOS NATIONAL PARK (VNP) was proclamated by the South African
> >  > Parliament in 1986 - the primary function of this 23 000 ha National
> >  > Park was to protect a rare combination of 3 x ecotypes and to set up
a
> >  > safe and secure breeding facility for the highly endangered  (desert)
> >  > black rhino and several other rare species. Larger animal species
> >  > found in the park on the schedule 1 list of endangered wild animals
> >  > include the (desert) black rhino, white rhino, African scaly
ant-eater
> >  > and several schedule 2 endangered wild animals!
> >  >
> >  > It is worth noting that Vaalbos National Park it is bordered on the
> >  > east & west boundaries by approx. 50 km of Vaal River frontage this
> >  > being the only section of the Vaal River protected by National Park
> >  > status and containing rare barb, rock catfish and the large-mouth
> >  > yellowfish, not to mention birds, reptiles and insects.
> >  > The infrastructure of this uniquely diverse Park (situated 60 km
north
> >  > from Kimberley) was established primarily with a local work force
("by
> >  > the community for the benefit of the community") recruited from among
> >  > the impoverished local community along the eastern boundary (Barkly
> >  > West,
> >  > Longlands, Delportshoop and Gong-Gong).
> >  > It is also worth noting that more than R4 million of local taxpayer
> >  > money was invested in setting up roads and tourist facilities within
> >  > this Vaalbos National Park. The promise was made from the very
> >  > beginning and again with the grand opening in November 1996 that
> >  > Vaalbos National
> >  > Park would be a major economic boost and tourism asset to this
> >  > neglected and progressively impoverished / unemployed area. As a
young
> >  > National Park, VNP was making its mark and visitor figures steadily
> >  > increased with the charming 3 chalets very often fully book out.
> >  >
> >  > But then on 24 July 1998 it was announced by Mr. Mavuso Masimang,
> >  > Chief Executive of the South African National Parks (SANP) that the
> >  > SANP in conjunction with the Northern Cape Provincial Government
> >  > (NCPG) had decided  upon deproclamation of the Park (the first Park
> >  > ever in South Africa to be deproclamated) and that it should thus
> >  > lose its National Park conservation status and legal protection.
> >  >
> >  > This immediately influenced visitor figures negatively and amazed
> >  > foreign tourists. According to a press release dated 25/07/98, Mr.
> >  > Thabo
> >  > Makweya, the NCPG MEC for agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Land
> >  > Reform, stated that the interests of beginner miners (small diamond
> >  > miners) would receive preference in the area's new status of
> >  > utilisation. Deproclamate a National Park for small-scale mining of
> >  > unconfirmed diamond deposits?
> >  >
> >  > According to the SANP the initial aims for establishing a larger
> >  > Vaalbos National Park were not realised, partly due to the manner in
> >  > which it was done, which included threats of expropriation and
> >  > non-consolation; this was to be expected to lead to failure.
> >  >
> >  > Other excuses such as not having aesthetic value, nor meeting the
IUCN
> >  > merit system requirements, as well as not being able to carry and
> >  > sustain the major predators, are misleading - many Parks, even in
> >  > South Africa, do not meet these conditions and still exist. As for
> >  > SANP and NCPG themselves, there has been very limited communication
> >  > and no consultation with the neglected and impoverished/unemployed
> >  > surrounding area communities, as well as a definite lack of
> >  > transparency and consideration in reaching this decision. Destroying
> >  > the well-
> >  > established Vaalbos National Park, with its much-needed tourism
> >  > potential for local communities, and then attempting to establish a
> >  > new National Park elsewhere in the province, is but a futile dream.
> >  > The result would be progressive impoverishment of already unemployed
> >  > communities, and
> >  > any attempt to establish a new National Park elsewhere in the
province
> >  > would involve great (duplicated) financial cost.
> >  > The loss of Vaalbos National Park is our real issue here and this
> >  > being the first National Park to be deproclamated in South Africa,
> >  > this conservation failure would lay the foundation for further
> >  > onslaught on other National Parks, in a modern world where
> >  > conservation is fighting a
> >  > losing battle.
> >  >
> >  > To quote a foreign tourist once visiting Vaalbos National Park: "Some
> >  > of the finest classic African scenery I have yet experienced!" We
hope
> >  > to have a web page up within the near future, but presently request
> >  > your kind supporting vote in our quest to retain Vaalbos National
Park
> >  > for
> >  > conservation and as a viable development to the benefit of the
> >  > surrounding communities.
> >  >
> >  > We thank you for your time.
> >  >
> >  > 1) Charmaine Gregory, Dbn, RSA, charmaine at un.co.za
> >  > 2) Maurice de Marigny,DBN, RSA, maurice at un.co.za
> >  > 3) Adine Pearce, Dbn, RSA, apearce at specialty.co.za
> >  > 4) Keith Baatz, Montreal, Canada - baatzk at iata.org
> >  > 5) Natasha Cherry, Montreal, Canada - cherryn at iata.org
> >  > 6) Gary Cherry, Dbn, RSA - cherryg at icon.co.za
> >  > 7) Cathy Aveta, Montreal, Canada - avetac at iata.org
> >  > 8) Kelly Baatz, Montreal, Canada
> >  > 9) Cindy Lacireno, Montreal, Canada - lacirenoc at iata.org
> >  > 10) Carol Baatz, Montreal, Canada - baatzc at iata.org
> >  > 11) Scott Houston,Durban,South Africa - mask at iafrica.com
> >  > 12) Louis Matthee,Pretoria, South Africa - louisjm at icon.co.za
> >  > 13) Emke Groenewald, Houston, Texas  - emkeg at msn.com
> >  > 14) Sonja Groenewald, Pretoria , South Africa-homebrew at grpafric.co.za
> >  > 15) Verna Gordon, Pretoria, South Africa. - vernag at vodac.co.za
> >  > 16) Lyverne Wenman, Johannesburg, South Africa -
> >  > lyverne.wenman at oeb.co.za
> >  > 17) Sylwia Jakubowski, Pretoria, SA ->sylwia.jakubowski at oeb.co.za
> >  > 18) Luiza Korwin-Kossakowska, Johannesburg, LuizaK at mintek.co.za
> >  > 19) Diana Naidoo, Johannesburg, SA - naidood at aec.co.za
> >  > 20) Hantie Labuschagne, Hartbeespoort, SA - rrt at aec.co.za
> >  > 21) Henk Schutte, Lexington, SC, USA - henk_schutte at hotmail.com
> >  > 22) Jeremy Dreyer, Charlotte, NC, USA - jaysandee at msn.com
> >  > 23) Elmari van Wyk, Atlanta, GA, USA - reality at worldnet.att.net
> >  > 24)Daniel van Wyk, Atlanta, GA, USA - reality at worldnet.att.net
> >  > 25) Dieter Zimmermann, New York, NY,
> >  > USA ->103156.1167 at compuserve.com
> >  > 26)  Jennifer Beattie, New York, USA - j-beattie at peapc.com
> >  > 27) Helmuth & Hildegard Zimmermann, Pretoria, South Africa.
> >  > hilde at netactive.co.za
> >  > 28) David Beattie, Danbury, Connecticut,
> >  > USA><dbbeattie.topright at snet.net
> > <<mailto:dbbeattie.topright at snet.net>>>
> >  > 29) Mike & Sue van Ryneveld, Johannesburg, SA - sue at ryno.co.za &
> >  > mike at ryno.co.za
> >  > 30)    Juliet Cullinan cullwine at global.co.za
> >  > 31)    Neil Cullinan   neilcullinan at 108c.freeserve.co.uk
> >  > 32)  Braam Kruger, Johannesburg kitchenboy at kitchenboy.co.za
> >  > 33)Jo-Ann Harrison, Johannesburg junglegirl at kitchenboy.co.za
> >  > 34. John Leyden john at rightsafrica.co.za
> >  > 35. Claire Johnston cj at netactive.co.za
> >  > 36. Claudia Gramowsky claudiag at olfitra.com.na
> >  > 37. Helgard Huber, Windhoek Namibia huberh at olfitra.com.na
> >  > 38. Anja Schroder, Windhoek, Namibia schroedera at olfitra.com.na
> >  > 39.Kyra Stipp,Windhoek ,Namibia kyras at cyberhost.com.na
> >  > 40. Bruce brucep at iafrica.com.na
> >  > 41.Lynn Nederlof lynn at harveyworld.co.za
> >  > 42.Punam Punam.kalyan at harveyworld.co.za
> >  > 43.    Kerre C Venter  Kerre.venter at harveyworld.co.za
> >  > 44. Melanie Wedge  wedge at smartnet.co.za
> >  > 55.Bronwyn Wedge wedge at smartnet.co.za
> >  > 46.Justine Wedge wedge at smartnet.co.za
> >  > 47. Lionel Wedge wedge at smartnet.co.za
> >  > 48. Warren Boelhouwer wedge at smartnet.co.za
> >  > 49. Brenda Bouwer brenda at jockyclubsa.co.
> >  > 50. Lynn Etheridge lynn at jockeyclubsa.co.sa
> >  > 51. Penny Jackson, JHB, South Africa, penny at jockeyclubsa.co.za
> > 52. Brierley Buck, Auckland, New Zealand, kiwibuck at ihug.co.nz
> > 53. Chanelle Hibbins, chanelleh at qualsa.co.za, South African
> > 54.Winnie Barnard winnieb at qualsa.co.za  South African
> 55. Delrae Abrams, abrams at iafrica.com - South Africa
> 56. Ryan Abrams, ryan at lantern.co.za - South Africa
> 57. Robyne Abrams, robynea at yahoo.com - South Africa
> 58. Phil Cripps, phil at conservation.za.net -South Africa
> 59. Barry Mathews, DRBCM at aol.com - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina,USA
> 60. Jeannine Mathews , jmathews at musc.edu - Mount POleasant, South
Carolina,usa
> 61. Paul Friedman, mcfriedman at aol.com, Mount Pleasant,SC USA


                


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