CONFERENCES AT MALIBA LODGE
TS’EHLANYANE NATIONAL PARK
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is celebrating the publication of the Notice of Intent to Declare the Beaumont Nature Reserve in the Swartberg region of KwaZulu-Natal.
“The proposed Beaumont Nature Reserve is 1050 ha in size and forms part of the Thule Conservancy, which was created in 2012 ,” said Cobus Theron, the EWT’s African Crane Conservation Programme’s Southern Drakensberg / East Griqualand Stewardship Facilitator.
Boundless Southern Africa is looking for investors for multi-million tourism projects located in a conservation area.
Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is spans parts of South Africa and Lesotho has six tourism projects that require funding. These are, Sehlabathebe National Park Mountain Resort, Sehlabathebe National Park Environmental Education Centre, Bokong Nature Reserve, Mohale Village, Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom and Katse Tourist Village. Read more
The Maloti-Drakensberg mountain range is home to the only remaining population of southern African Bearded Vultures. Due to ongoing threats causing high death tolls, the population has been depleted to a critical level of just 350 birds.
Bearded Vulture in flight Read more
The controversial wind farm proposed for Lesotho’s Maluti-Drakensberg has received the go-ahead from the Lesotho Government. Conservationists are concerned that this decision does not bode well for the future of vultures in the region or for the reputation of the fledging wind energy industry in southern Africa.
“Approval of the Letseng project is a source of great concern to BirdLife”, said Ken Mwathe, BirdLife International’s Africa Policy Programme Coordinator. “African governments must tread carefully on renewable energy projects by ensuring they do not threaten birds and biodiversity”.
Durban – Plans for a controversial 7km cable car route to the top of the Drakensberg have changed with a new proposal to extend it by another 5km to link it to the Afriski ski resort in Lesotho and indirectly to a failed golf estate near Bergville.
This follows a meeting last week between Mike Mabuyakhulu, the KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development and Tourism, and his counterparts from Lesotho and the Free State, where it was agreed that a new technical committee would be set up to discuss potential cable car partnership opportunities. Read more
His Majesty King Letsie III of the Kingdom of Lesotho, the last reigning Roman Catholic monarch in Africa, has been invested as a Bailiff Grand Cross of Justice of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George.
His Majesty’s investiture into the Constantinian Order took place at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho to the Italian Republic in Rome and was conducted by His Eminence Renato Raffaele, Cardinal Martino, Grand Prior of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St George. The investiture took place as part of the wider visit of the southern African monarch official visit to His Holiness Pope Francis at the Apostolic Palace, Vatican City.
Her Majesty Queen ‘Masenate Mohato Seeiso of Lesotho attended the ceremony together with senior ministers of His Majesty’s Government in Lesotho. Read more
On 24th of July around 12 O’clock mid night Lesotho’s only five-star lodge, the internationally-renowned Maliba Lodge in the northern highlands, was severely damaged by fire.
Guests were staying in the six luxury chalets situated away from the lodge and they were in no danger from the fire which started in the early hours of Thursday morning.. The Chalets, gardens and other surrounding buildings were unaffected.