Today marks an historic occasion. We've just heard that the application for development on the wetland that we've worked hard to protect, has been turned down by the Government (Gauteng) authorities.
Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone in South Africa and around the world who signed our petition to save the wetland. 27 000+ voices cannot go unheard.
Thank you to those people who gave of their time to assist us in getting information about our environmental laws in this country.
Thank you to the Gauteng decision makers for recognising the laws of our country that protect sensitive eco systems such as wetlands.
Thank you to the media for giving us 'little people' a voice.
Thank you to the eco-warriors (I prefer the term 'Eco Angels') that do this work to help Nature tirelessly.
We didn't have the money to hire top-notch lawyers to pour over Acts, and make a case. We had to do this ourselves. From our many hours of reading and studying, we have compiled documents for people who are in a similar situation - trying to do their best to protect our natural environment.
We are not against development in general. That is why we have never criticised the developer in question about other developments he has less than a kilometre away from the wetland site. We are in favour of keeping sensitive natural sites such as wetlands, protected granite ridges etc in their natural state.
The documents that will assist you in protecting other sensitive areas from development will be made available soon on a new website I am launching. Full details to follow.
Again, thank you to everyone.
The developer may well appeal the decision, and we will monitor and update you accordingly. For now, we are happy with the decision that has been reached by the authorities.
And lastly, a thanks to Pot Plant Owl. For if she never decided to lay her eggs in our pot plant, we may have been oblivious to the impact a proposed development would have on their hunting ground.
With peace and love