The scene in the photo will change if social housing in put on the canefields to the rightt beside the riverside walk to the Sibudu gorge.
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On the border
Sibudu is situated on the border between Ethekwini and Kwa-Dukuza local authorities, and the Ndwedwe tribal trust lands which are South of the river. It is not actually on the land bought up by the developer because it is on the cliff face. The only way of getting to it is by going South of the river and through the village occupied by the Mqwabi people, then wading the river and climbing up the rocks.
For the last 3 years, this development proposal by KDC has been under consideration and the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has now been APPROVED bythe kzn provincial government
Objectives of the Wewe Development Project by KDC
AMAFA (kzn heritage body)
Recommended Ilembe housing project should go ahead with two conditions:
1) A higher fence
2) an extra 100 metres be added to the buffer zone, making up 300 metres altogether, to be planted with indigenous trees by the developper
They also passed the request on to national heritage office (SAHRA) that Sibudu should be granted national heritage status, but nothing has happened about this until April 2015 when SAHRA has nominated Sibudu for UNESCO tentative list for World Heritage.
Who are the Objectors ?
In 2011 these were:
The directors of archaeology at Sibudu (Prof Lyn Wadley, Prof Nick Conard)
Archaeology Societies of kzn and of South Africa
Overseas Universities who send researchers to Sibudu (Germany, France, U.S.A)
University of Witwatersrand
Director of Pietermaritzburg Museum
From 2015 add:
The Sibudu Trust
Friends of Sibudu
Sinembe contractors(neighbouring farmer)
When will heritage bring money ?
AMAFA expects money to be granted for heritage once the World Heritage Status is gained.But Sibudu missed declaration of World Heritage status because it did not yet have the national staIus. What is the delay since 2011 ?
Staffing problems in the heritage sector may be the cause - post of Director of AMAFA is currently vacant, and there has been no appointment to a Heritage office post. Post of Director of Archaeology, National, at SAHRA department is also vacant (June 2014). It takes time to develop the qualifications and skills in archaeology.
The site needs to be purchased by a Trust and then an Environmental Management Plan can be made. Legal and financial processes take time.
Get real about managing the site for heritage
Involve local people in heritage
Local residents, mainly the Mqwabi people of the Ndwedwe tribal authority, are situated on the access route to this site. Their houses are low density and compatible with a scenic approach to the cliff.
They should be part of the planning for heritage investment. They should gain the revenue and the jobs linked to the heritage development rather than an influx of new inhabitants north of the river.
HIgh density social housing so near such a significant site will spoil the potential for developiing the area for tourism and thus negate the job-creation possible around World heritage site.
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