Gauteng and NW Province

Is it worth the risk?

By 50| 50 on February 18, 2013 in Conservation
Utrecht is small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is home not only to the endangered wattled crane but also to a unique geographical point where a significant proportion of South Africa’s fresh water originates. Unfortunately, almost a third of the town’s residents are unemployed … but with mining-prospecting applications going through almost back-to-back, there seems to be hope for the unemployed. However, conservationists are concerned for the future of the protected wildlife species in the area and the endangered Enkangala grasslands if more such operations are approved. Mining concerns in past years have left scars in and around Utrecht already. Concerned farmers speak out about the threat to their currently sustainable rural livelihoods. Are the costs of learning our mineral worth really worth all the risks?

Nothing is worth risking our fresh water resources. Unfortunately everything is always justified by ’employment’…….

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