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Stakeholder Participation Process open for Protected Environment

Unread post by FrontierPR » Mon Feb 20, 2017 1:55 pm

Ref: 9/2/2-17-CNP

14 February 2017

MEDIA RELEASE (PUBLICPROCESS)

For Immediate Release

STAKEHOLDER PARTICIPATION PROCESS OPEN FOR PROTECTED ENVIRONMENT

The stakeholder participation process for comments and inputs on the Management Plan for the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment (MZCPE) has kicked off and is open until 13 March 2017.

The MZCPE Landowner’s Association is in the process of creating their first management plan for the MZCPE, aimed at guiding the future management of the protected environment for a period of ten years until 2027.

The protected environment is situated between Graaff-Reinet, Nieu-Bethesda, Cradock and Pearston. Its purpose is to maintain the landscape in terms of its scenic, biodiversity and landscape value through collective action by the private landowners and to protect the area from detrimental developments. The protected environment was officially proclaimed by the Minister of Environmental Affairs on 1 April 2016, involving 65 landowners and spanning an area of 286 343ha.

In terms of the National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act No. 57 of 2003 (NEM:PAA), interested parties are required to register in order to participate in the process. This can be done by accessing the MZCPE website at www.mzcpe.co.za/Management or by post to Ms Bronwyn Botha (Buffer Zone Co-ordinator) - P.O.Box 349, Graaff-Reinet, 6280 or 071 272 5784 or Bronwyn.botha@sanparks.org. Alternatively, stakeholders may also register at one of the public information sessions:

• Tuesday 28 February (09:00) – Pearston Town Hall, 49 Voortrekker Street, Pearston
• Wednesday 1 March (09:00) – Vusubuntu Lodge and Cultural Village, Eluxolwni Street, Lingelihle, Cradock
• Thursday 2 March (09:00) – Trinity Methodist Church, 57 Caledon Street, Graaff-Reinet

An electronic version of the management plan is available on the MZCPE website www.mzcpe.co.za/Management. The plan can also be viewed at the following locations:

Cradock Public Library, J.A. Calata St, Cradock
Masizame Library, Cradock
Horseshoe Public Library, Parsonage St, Graaff-Reinet
Kroonvale Public Library, Akasia St, Graaff-Reinet
Pearston Public Library, Main St, Pearston
Middleburg Public Library, corner Van Reenen and Church St
Kwa-Nonzame Public Library, Cetyiwe Street, Middleburg
Camdeboo National Park
Mountain Zebra National Park

Written comments are to be submitted either electronically or by mail, to Bronwyn Botha by 13 March 2017 via her details above.
****Ends****
For previous media statements please go to www.sanparks.org
Issued by : South African National Parks (SANParks) Frontier Region
Communications

Enquiries : Fayroush Ludick: Regional Manager: Communications, SANParks
Tel: 082 888 0201 or 012 426 5371 or email: fayroush.ludick@sanparks.org
Fayroush Ludick
Regional Communications

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