The Democratic Alliance (DA) welcomes the inscription of the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains as South Africa’s 10th World Heritage Site, and the first in Mpumalanga.
The Makhonjwa Mountains comprises 40% of the Barberton Greenstone Belt, one of the world’s oldest geological structures. It is believed to contain the oldest signs of life‚ with a micro fossil of bacteria discovered there that is estimated to be 3.1 billion years old.
These mountains are also thought to be one of the oldest sites on Earth‚ with the best-preserved succession of volcanic and sedimentary rock dating back 3.6 to 3.25 billion years.
It is indeed a huge honour for the people of Mpumalanga to have this iconic site recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as this recognition will grant South Africa access to funds for conservation from the World Heritage Fund which may increase tourism to the area.
Mpumalanga is home to some of the most beautiful and dramatic scenery in the country and this recognition signals a need for the provincial government to intensify conservation efforts to preserve the inheritance of future generations.
Bosman Grobler, MPL
DA Mpumalanga Provincial Chairperson
083 697 0747
Provincial Communications Manager
079 873 7590