The MoU towards the TFCA at Mapungubwe was signed 5 years back and yet no treaty was signed. Will this dream ever come true? The fact that cattle are still found in the area means no plans have been made in the past 5 years to relocate the cattle and the electric fence donated is not working.
It will be interesting to get more feedback on progress so far to get the treaty in place and what solution / alternative will be given to the Maramani community so that their land can be incorporated into the park for game and not cattle.
See quote below from Peace Park Foundation for background on the process up to 2009.
The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape was proclaimed a World Heritage Site in July 2003. Peace Parks Foundation, De Beers, the National Parks Trust and WWF-SA assisted SANParks by facilitating negotiations with landowners and buying up farmland to consolidate the core area of South Africa's contribution to the proposed TFCA.
The 30 000 ha Mapungubwe National Park was officially opened on 24 September 2004. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) towards the TFCA's establishment was signed on 22 June 2006 and an international coordinator was appointed. Since then, a strategic plan for the TFCA's development has been drafted to determine a vision and mission, long-term goals, objectives and actions.
On 19 June 2009, Limpopo/Shashe was renamed the Greater Mapungubwe TFCA. The Ministers of Botswana, South Africa and Zimbabwe announced the new name at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers where the three countries meet. The Ministers said the decision to change the name of the TFCA was based on the need for a name that accurately reflected the uniqueness of the TFCA, adding that the name Greater Mapungubwe was preferred because all three countries had sites called Mapungubwe.
On the same day, Peace Parks Foundation handed over an electric fence worth R250 000 to the Maramani community of Zimbabwe to help deter stray elephants from destroying crops in the Shashe irrigation scheme.