Reckless mining is poisoning the country’s vital resources.
Eco-tourism in South Africa is under threat. Tourism is a major source of income, out-performing all other sectors of the economy, with the Kruger National Park, one of the largest conservation areas in Africa, attracting over a million visitors a year. This income supports between 300,000 and 600,000 people who live in the park’s surrounding areas.
Such is the finding of a study commissioned by SANParks and conducted by the Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES) whose director is Professor Melville Saayman of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom campus.