Friday, July 29, 2005

BBC NEWS | Africa | Skiing without snow in South Africa

BBC NEWS | Africa | Skiing without snow in South Africa: "Downhill skiing is a sport that requires strength, skill and guts - all prized qualities for South Africans.

In the few weeks of the southern hemisphere winter, thousands of ski enthusiasts make the long journey up into South Africa's Drakensberg mountains."

Friday, July 22, 2005

Finance24 : Lesotho, SA sign deals

Finance24 : Lesotho, SA sign deals: "Kwa Sani Pass - Agreements of transport, infrastructure development and co-operation in search and rescue operations were signed between South Africa and Lesotho on Friday.

Transport Minister Jeff Radebe and his Lesotho counterpart Popane Lebesa signed the agreements on the Lesotho side of the border on the top of the Kwa Sani Pass.

Radebe said: 'We acknowledged that implementation of the agreements needs all sectors of our countries to work together, while we as governments will forge an enabling environment.'

He said challenges that faced both countries, such as poverty, called for the constant invention of new ways and means to address them.

Lebesa said the signing of the agreements signified the culmination of a long assignment which began in 2001 at the adoption of joint bi-national commission on co-operation between the two countries.

The chairperson of Lesotho Mokhohlond District Council, Nkoebele Makhakhe, speaking through an interpreter, said for a long time the community had felt neglected by the Lesotho government, but the signing of the agreements overwhelmed them with joy.

He said the building of a road connecting the district with South Africa would increase tourism to the area and co-operation in search and rescue would help those caught on the mountain during snowfalls in winter.

He said he hoped the carrying out of the agreements would be 'crowned with success'.

Also present at the signing were William Lesly, South Africa's high commissioner to Lesotho, and Maggie Bather, mayor of the Kwa Sani municipality on the South African side of the border.

The transport infrastructure development agreement would include improvements to Kwa Sani Pass road which winds through Drakensberg mountain range.

It can take an hour-and-a-half to travel the 40km of untarred road to travel from the nearest South African town of Himeville to the Lesotho b"

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Star - Nature's palette of joy

Star - Nature's palette of joy: "Nature's splendour can be discovered all over South and Southern Africa. But, writes Winnie Graham, many people still have to discover the wonders of the Drakensberg. It's all there: rock art, landscapes and biological diversity.

There was a time when lonely herdsmen watching their cattle among mist-shrouded peaks were the only ones to appreciate the
exquisite wild flowers of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg - one of South Africa's magnificent World Heritage sites.

All that has changed as more and more tourists, both domestic and international, head for the mountains.

The plants of South Africa's eastern seaboard are rapidly becoming as much a tourist attraction as those of another World Heritage site: those of the Western Cape, an area stretching from the southern tip of South Africa to Namaqualand. This has been described as 'one of the world's most precious natural assets' and has been identified as one of the top 20 key eco-regions of the world crucial to conservation. "