Mountain Range Rehabilitation Project

The mountain range rehabilitation and San rock-art recording project was implemented in the Mnweni and Amazizi Valleys of the Drakensberg; bordering with the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site. The project implemented a number of activities, including conserving mountain streams, removing alien weeds, replanting indigenous vegetation, preventing soil erosion and repairing massive gullies (dongas). A large scale archaeological survey was conducted of San rock art, which was documented and catalogued.

The project also aimed to establish a community-owned conservation buffer zone along the borders with the Ukhahlamba World Heritage site and develop tourism related infrastructure in this zone to generate an income for local communities.  Significant progress has been made in establishing the buffer zone and a number of community-owned tourism establishments continue to provide an income for the communities. These include the Thandanani Craft Centre and the Mnweni Cultural and Hiking Centre.

 

 

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