Have your say!

Now is your chance to have your say in the future of the environment of our District Municipality. In other words the Umngeni, Mshwathi, Mkhambathini, Impendhle and Pietermaritzburg municipal areas. If you haven’t already, or don’t now take this opportunity, you will have no right in the future to complain about the state of our environment!

A Strategic Environmental Assessment and Strategic Environmental Management Plan has been commissioned by the uMgungundlovu District Municipality. This is an important document relating to the environmental framework for the District Municipality that has been published in draft form for public comment before it is finally presented to the UDM. Taking into consideration aspects of natural capital, social and economic factors, it comprises a detailed study of the status quo, and proposes the way forward in terms of sustainability to best utilize, conserve and rehabilitate the natural resources of the region.

You are encouraged to attend the meetings next week to provide input to this strategic process, which is in all of our interests.    On 30th January at 14h00, Kevan Zunckel will do a short presentation on the SEA at Fernhill Hotel opposite Midmar.  If you can’t make the presentation, you can pop in anytime until 19h00 that day for a one-on-one discussion with the authors. They would very much like to make sure they get as much input as possible.  Or else you can meet them during the same times on 31 January at Umgungundlovu District Municipality’s Council Chambers in Langalibalele Street Pietermaritzburg.

If you are interested, please Post a Comment requesting a copy of the SEA draft report and we will send it to you to read ahead of time – it would best to do so before going to the meeting.  It is 243 pages long – 3MB.  You are still welcome to comment on the document, even if you are unable to attend the meetings. Write to kzunckel@telkomsa.net

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About Nikki Brighton

I live in a Magic Cottage near the mist-belt forest with my African dog, Dizzy. We enjoy long walks in the fields to gather wild greens, sitting on the verandah with a pot of tea, and harvesting vegetables outside the kitchen door.
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