Sunday, July 15, 2012

Econimic losses due to mismanagment in iSimangaliso Wetland Park

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For many years I battled to get support for the idea that St. Lucia was suffering great losses due to the mismanagement of the IWPWHS (iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site) by the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) and became consumed with this issue until I went bankrupt.

Many others followed this route to financial ruin, though most were a lot faster than me. The collapse of the Domestic tourism market along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa  is still denied by the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) and they are due for a wake up call following the incident where a hippo attacked a man in St.Luci recently read more here

This in incident will lead to many other issues being discussed, and hopefully in the right forums where the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) can be held accountable for their actions that preceded this attack. The hippos feeding grounds have been poisoned with DDT as a MALARIA retardant, sprayed to keep the number of mosquitoes down.

Fences have been erected without  due diligence of EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments) and no PPP (Public Participation Procedures)  have been done as is mandated by the NEMA (National Environmental Management Act) the ICMA (Integrated Coastal Management Act) and many other laws have been blatantly disregarded by the IWPA (iSimanagliso Wetland Park Authority)
The IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority) has been making a mockery of the MSA (Municipal Systems Act) and deliberately not taken part in the local municipalities IDP (Integrated Development Plan), which has ensured that the public have never read
  • the IWPA ICMP (Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority Integrated Coastal Management plan)
  • The IWPA IMP (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Integrated Management Plan)
  • any studies associated with the IWPA MP's Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authorities Management Plans
  • Public participation reports associated with these plans.
  • Zoning proposals and zoning schedules as specified in the Mtubatuba Municipality's LUMS  (Land Use Management Scheme)
  • any other relevant planning documentation specified by a host of laws including the WHA (World Heritage Act)
This has lead to the central government believing, and then informing the world that tourism within the iSimangaliso wetland park is alive and doing well.  Any visitor (read domestic tourist) who has visited St. Lucia recently as well as 9in the past will inform you that this is a load of BS (in English - BULL SHIT)  as it is blatantly obvious with the change in the makeup of shops and tourism activities that this is not true.

Caravan parks and camp sites have closed up shop, Self catering facilities that catered for large groups have closed up shop and been converted to guest houses that cater for up market individuals, the arts and crafts market has disappeared into nothingness, and the total tourism figures for the area have been misrepresented by the IWPA (iSimanagliso Wetland Park Authority)  in ways that have deceived government officials.

True tourism figures are not available for the Elephant Coast, as they have not been done on purpose to hide the IWPA (iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authorities) blatant and purposeful mismanagement efforts. The domestic tourism market within the Greater St. Lucia area has collapsed with more than 20 -000 people losing their jobs according to a study done by KZN Tourism, but no action has been taken to remedy this matter. 

why? Well I believe this has been done in preparation for the mining of Lake St. Lucia and the surrounding coastal sand dunes along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa. The 4x4 ban was in my opinion implement to ensure that the collapse of the domestic tourim market along the Elephant Coast of KZN South Africa was realised, so that when mining is eventually offered as a job creation project to alleviate the local poverty there would be no opposition, as the tourism industry  would be non existent.

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