This article was published on 6 September 2011, written by Chris Renshaw on www.krugerpark.com/blog about the ongoing threat of mining on the Wild Coast.
Mining the Wild Coast
After last week’s blog article on mining and the threat it poses to our natural resources, I received a very disturbing email from a friend of mine, Bridgette Duffey. Bridgette and her partners, Russel Hartshorne and Andrew Werner, have started a joint ecotourism venture in the Pondoland area of the Wild Coast. As an aquatic ecologist, I know these areas have some of the last remaining pristine estuarine and coastal forest habitats within South Africa, and need to be preserved. They have reopened the Mtentu River Lodge, which has been dormant after a decade of threatening titanium mining left the lodge and many others lying idle.