Govern­ment ‘beams’ with pride over May­ibuye

Vuk'uzenzele - - General - Hlengiwe Ngob­ese

THE MAY­IBUYE

The May­ibuye Game Re­serve is a suc­cess story that will trans­form the ru­ral eco­nomic land­scape for the May­ibuye com­mu­nity in KwaZulu-Natal.

“This is the suc­cess­ful out­come of the com­mit­ment by govern­ment and stake­hold­ers to work to­gether to en­sure a thriv­ing, in­clu­sive and sus­tain­able wildlife econ­omy for the well­be­ing of all South Africans," said En­vi­ron­men­tal Af­fairs Deputy Min­is­ter Bar­bara Thom­son.

She was speak­ing dur­ing the launch of the May­ibuye Game Re­serve in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful land claim through the Land Claims Com­mis­sion in 2007, the May­ibuye Com­mu­nity Trust was given 5 581 hectares of land lo­cated be­tween Pi­eter­mar­itzburg and Dur­ban.

The trustees de­cided to turn the land into a pri­vate game re­serve which cur­rently em­ploys 78 peo­ple. An­other 1 000 jobs will be cre­ated after com­ple­tion.

Deputy Min­is­ter Thom­son said govern­ment is grate­ful for the sup­port given to the May­ibuye com­mu­nity Trust.

"This in­cludes sup­port from Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, a strate­gic part­ner, that will in­cor­po­rate its Na­gle Dam Na­ture Re­serve into the greater re­serve and do­nate wildlife stock pop­u­la­tions,” she said.

The part­ner­ship be­tween govern­ment and key stake­hold­ers was fur­ther ce­mented at the re­cent Third Bio­di­ver­sity Econ­omy Ind­aba in East Lon­don.

South African Na­tional Parks pledged to do­nate 3 000 an­i­mals to emerg­ing wildlife farm­ers in the next three years.

Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife also pledged to do­nate 1 200 an­i­mals over the next four years, the Eastern Cape Parks and Tourism Agency will do­nate 1 500.

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