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Massingir Dam and Olifants Gorge

Unread postby Scruff » Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:04 pm

Has anyone read the article in Getaway on the raising of the wall of the Massingir dam in Mocambique and its effect on the Olifants gorge? It seems as though it is being ignored locally (maybe in the hopes that it will go away). Is there nothhing that we can do about it?
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Jul 03, 2005 8:44 pm

Hi Scruff - I know that the issue has been discussed on this forum somewhere but I just can't find where. I am sure the mods will help you out.

There are also these threads - Getaway and Olifants Gorge
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:59 pm

The Getaway August 2004 edition featured the KNP - here are some of the articles which I am sure many of you will find interesting.
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Unread postby Loams » Thu Jul 07, 2005 9:57 pm

Thanks DB!! Loved the articles

Maybe this is a bad place to mention this seeing as they fought in court, but did anyone read the Weg this month? In particular the story of the horses and Lions?

Man what a laugh!!!!

If anyone is curious enough, and I am allowed I will translate and post here.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Jul 07, 2005 10:01 pm

Maybe you should start a 'Weg' thread. Articles from that mag have been mentioned on the forums before. They must also do articles on Kruger & SANParks?
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Unread postby acekam » Thu Jul 07, 2005 11:12 pm

DinkyBird wrote:The Getaway August 2004 edition featured the KNP - here are some of the articles which I am sure many of you will find interesting.


My personal view is that the quality of reporting and editing in Getaway has deteriorated over the years, with the focus becoming far more on glossy pictorials than useful or accurate written content. Aptly illustrated by the following paragraph from one of these articles:
"The best game drives from Skukuza begin northeast on the H1-2 to Tshokwane picnic site, stopping at Elephant, Jones, Leeupan and Siloweni water holes, followed by a big fry-up at Tshokwane. Next is west on the H4-1, taking it very slowly along the Sabie River to the bridge (H12). This is best done at dawn and dusk when animal sightings are more magical in the soft, golden light filtering through the riverine forest. Third is east along the less-travelled Doispane Road (S1) to the Albasini Ruins, for the quiet and chance of seeing something special. Finally, head southeast then south on the H1-4 to Nkulu picnic spot on the Sabie River, for lion, leopard and elephant."

Maybe its me who's directionally challenged, but on my map the H12 is east, not west of Skukuza; the S1 is west, not east, of Skukuza; "Nkulu" is actually spelt "Nkuhlu"; and its on the H4-1, not the H1-4.

Sure, all magazines make the odd printing error, but four in one paragraph smacks of sloppiness, and then to still not notice and reproduce it on your website without ammending the errors, is just plain embarrassing. Fortunately for them, with so many advertisements, its hard to find the content anyway.

Instead of crying foul over Wegbreek, they should rise to the challenge of competition and improve their own product.

This week I finally received the Kruger Park's Top 10 Megaticks article from a visiting family member. I found it to be incredibly superficial and personal. Right here on this site they could rather have put these to the vote amongst Kruger enthusiasts and got something really representative, which would have been of much more journalistic value than "worst food ever eaten in Kruger - re-fried hot chips at Lower Sabie". And included under best rest camp is Timbavati, which has apparently been converted from a picnic spot without anyone but Getaway noticing.

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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Jul 08, 2005 7:46 am

DinkyBird wrote:Maybe you should start a 'Weg' thread. Articles from that mag have been mentioned on the forums before. They must also do articles on Kruger & SANParks?

I prefer Weg above Getaway. Only buy the Getaway if something is of real interest to me. Have subscription to Weg.

Sent Weg the weblink to the Forum, webcam and SANParks websites yesterday to consider for adding to their links page. Maybe we can get 1000 members soon
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:00 am

francoisd wrote:
DinkyBird wrote:Maybe you should start a 'Weg' thread. Articles from that mag have been mentioned on the forums before. They must also do articles on Kruger & SANParks?

I prefer Weg above Getaway. Only buy the Getaway if something is of real interest to me. Have subscription to Weg.

Sent Weg the weblink to the Forum, webcam and SANParks websites yesterday to consider for adding to their links page. Maybe we can get 1000 members soon


I agree, Weg kicks Getaway's butt. Getaway is half an advertising booklet. :twisted:
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Unread postby Guinea Pig » Fri Jul 08, 2005 8:47 am

wildtuinman wrote:
I agree, Weg kicks Getaway's butt. Getaway is half an advertising booklet. :twisted:


Unfortunately yes. The last three quarters of the mag is plain advertising. I haven't really tried the WEG yet, but then again I prefer English magazines. :lol:

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Unread postby Loams » Fri Jul 08, 2005 9:06 am

I was just quickly scanning with no intention of logging in..... See what you've made me do GP. Getaway is actually half articles (With the odd add) and the other half is the shopping window section. Their magazine has more pages of articles than Weg, but like ace pointed out it's quite sloppy. I like Weg, because I am actually afrikaans (Getting married to a soutie), When I read Weg I go on holiday with them, they explain better than Getaway. Although I have to say that Afrikaans is one of the most expressive languages anyway. I still buy both (Now and then) when either has something of interest to me.
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Unread postby declan_h » Thu Jul 21, 2005 9:28 pm

Hi.

I hate to sound like a doomsayer but the short answer is no theres nothing we can do. Money talks and with US$80 million pumped into the rehabilitation of the dam (most of which, rumour at Massingir has it, has already been spent) its not gonna stop soon.
Unfortunately there are going to be affects on the gorge if it pushes that far back (as planned) but I have heard from people involved at Massingir that due to budget constraints changes have been made in the original rehabiliatation plan and it is unlikely that the water will now ever reach the planned 125m asl mark. Massingir Game Reserve (running from the gorge south) and LNP are both monitoring the wildlife situation in the area.
A comment on the Getaway article: In my opinion the article painted a very politically one sided view of the story (ie how will the dam hurt us? (South Africa)) which is fair enough from a SA periodical but it would be nice to see an official reply from Moz goverment, ARA-sul or other affected parties in Moz. I will be notifying the Water Resources Specialist for the project about the article and perhaps he will repspond (although it must be pointed out that politics is not his responsibillity, he's just the kind of responsible, nice guy that may feel more facts are necessary and if he can help he will).

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Unread postby Loams » Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:13 pm

Let's not forget the dams that South Africa blocks that is affecting Moz as well.

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April Getaway

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:38 am

For those who do not get Getaway, the April edition is well worth buying and storing.
There is a special theme on South African Reserves and the SanPark reserves are strongly featured.
I particularly liked the feature on Kruger, which focused on camping facilities and gave a run down of each camp.
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