A Letter to the Department of Minerals and Energy Dr. Wilhelm Schack is a Wildlife Vet and Ecologist based in the Thabazimbi area. In his capacity as Chairman of the Marakele Park Forum, he has sent the following strong letter (14 June 2011) to the Department of Minerals and Energy.
The Waterberg Mountains benefit from many features, including the name itself. The very words conjure up all that we appreciate about the region – the bio-diversity, the general state of the environment, the vistas, the game, the watercourses, even the remoteness from urban centres.
Those who operate tourist establishments benefit from the natural branding; the rest of us are simply proud.
In the Waterberg town of Vaalwater, that well-known rumour mill, stories keep circulating about possible mineral discoveries and mining operations in the Waterberg. It is time to put these rumours - and your concerns (or hopes) to rest.