Public opinion is a big WORD in our constitution with little impact for the current management of iSimangaliso Wetlands Park. For years the Wild Life Custodians has fought a war against over development of coastal destinations. They visited schools and held leadership camps teaching us the importance of minimum human interference. But the current leadership of the most pristine World Heritage Site has a different view and like a rabbit dog he spoils for front page coverage and with big words making empty promises he is leading the public further and further away from having a beautiful environment.
Maybe he would have more support if he had more public participation, but his money crazy followers fend of any objection to public participation and keep on raping the environment. Developments in the small little town has gone rampant and huge luxurious lodges is popping up like mushrooms. Many people will again shout crazy man talking, but I have a few facts. Let us look at Sea Turtle Breeding Habits.
- They use the skyline to navigate
- They use the taste of the ocean water filled with water purculating from land to find the right coastal beaches again.
What we have here is a Authority building all sizes of structures bellow the water table altering the "taste" of the water seeping from the wetlands back into the ocean for ever. This will have a long term catastrophic effect on Breeding sea turtle population.
The human habitation also creates a glow in the evening that also interfere with the skyline of the coast. This is such an important influence that for many years the bay at Banga Neck was lit up during Turtle Nesting Season to ensure the congregation of Nesting sites in this area. In other parts of the World they have a black out on coastal towns during the nesting season.
Why do we allow this sort of management style that hamper Tourism Flow ... why do we belief Eco Tourism is environmentally friendly ...????