All these theories are all good and well but they are just that. Theories.
The fact remain that Kruger is a restricted area where wild life cannot move to greener pastures such as the case in central Africa. As soon as humans start to restrict or regulate animal movement, the humans will have to take responsibility for those animal lives. If that is by means of culling excess animals or supplying water to areas where surface water does not naturally occur, or even bringing in new genes for species such as Roan or Lichtenstein hartebees. These are all ways in which humans will have to interfere at some stage in an enclosed environment. Like running a massive game farm.
If these measures are not implemented Elephants and buffalo will overpopulate and destroy the bush and push other species out of their little space in nature.
To avoid accusations and people including myself from pointing fingers and asking questions about the reasoning behind decisions for doing things and not doing others. SANParks should have a clear plan where the lines of "nature on its own vs humans will interfere" are clearly drawn. And made public. Will a Uber greeny approach be followed and no animals will get culled ever even if they destroy the habitat of other species beyond repair and forcing those species into extinction?
Hiding behind reports and not answering questions will only make people who are entitled to their own views and some with loads of experience in conservation outside SANParks doubt the leadership and motives of SANParks.
I know we have restricted the ability of animals to move over huge areas as in the past by erecting fences, but that is why water points along river areas will be left in place so they can be used to supplement water if necessary.
For instance it should be clear when SANParks will deem it necessary to supplement water? How many animals of each species can the park hold and what is a good ratio for a stable ecosystem. What measures will be used to keep the system as stable as possible. (everyone knows the park has way to many elephants but SANPArks will not do anything about it as it might anger some people).
In the original report it was stated that "Natural alternatives" will be used to replace the boreholes? This has not been explained and it is not clear if some roads will now close down or just become a deserted road with no water points or animals?
The problem with most scientific reports are that they are the opinion of the guy with the time to write it. If that person is a important person or his/hers views are values greatly then what they say will eventually become law. Allow the public to ask questions and be man enough to listen and then answer the questions If people are informed they are much happier and easier to deal with.
Just my 2c worth........