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Creation of new nature reserve protects important bird habitat in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

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.  

Southern Bald Ibis 

“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.

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Tourism projects in Lesotho seek investors

 

Tourism projects in Lesotho seek investors

Boundless Southern Africa is looking for investors for multi-million tourism projects located in a conservation area.

Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier 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

Japan demand fuels expansion for Lesotho trout farm

The idea of Japanese consumers eating sushi exported from a tiny African country with no coastline may sound improbable, but the kingdom of Lesotho is pulling it off. Highlands Trout, based in Lesotho produces trout – or river salmon to the Japanese market – in reservoirs created by the Katse and Mohale Dams.

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Following a feasibility study in 2008 and mobilizing in 2009, the company now has a five-year operating license and plans to increase production volumes for exports to Japan. Read more

“The Forgotten Kingdom” one of 2013 Heartland’s Underrated Gems

Atang (Zenzo Ngqobe) is a young man who lives amongst the hustle and bustle of Johannesburg in South Africa. When his estranged father becomes seriously ill, he goes to visit him and by the time he arrives he learns his father has passed away. It is now his task to bury him in the remote and mountainous region of Lesotho where Atang was born and where his father had contracted HIV. Stirred by memories of his youth, Atang falls in love with his childhood friend, Dineo (Nozipho Nkelemba), now a radiant teacher. Through Dineo, Atang becomes deeply in touch with the mystical beauty of the land and people he had long ago left behind. Read more

Another bearded vulture killed by poisoning

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

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Controversial wind farm in Lesotho gets the go-ahead

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”.

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Cableway plans extended to AfriSki, Lesotho

Kwa-Zulu Natal Drakensburg - Amphitheatre, one of the finest view sites in the world.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

King Letsie III of Lesotho invested into Constantinian Order

The Badge of the Order is a red enamel gold greek or flory cross set in gold with the letters I.H.S.V. (In Hoc Signo Vinces - the motto seen by the Emperor Constantine at his conversion)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

Fire destroys Maliba main area [Part1]

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.

Maliba Lodge on fire September 2013No one was injured in the blaze which swept through the thatched main lodge, destroying the massive deck along with the Bar, lounge, restaurant and curio shop.

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.

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Staff Accounts of the fire Dwain and Daniel [Part2]

Maliba-Lodge-Fire-1I woke up to a popping sound, not sure what it was, I walked to my curtain thinking it was snow on the satellite dish.As I opened the curtain I saw the flames protruding from the roof towards the bar side, and instantly the sky light caved into the building. With shock I just started shouting, ran to wake my management team, Martin, Melany, Kevin to get the staff, following which I ran to room 6 and told them as calmly as I could to pack their things and move to the security gate. Read more

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