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Mayibuye Community Reserve

The United Nations has hailed a community game reserve project that is being launched on restituted land at Cato Ridge, west of Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.

The 4 000 hectare Mayibuye reserve is being created by an international conservation NGO and the local community, with financial backing from Britain. Mayibuye Reserve at Camperdown between Durban and Pietermaritzburg is a joint venture between The Earth Organisation, the UK-based Bridgehouse Capital group and the Mayibuye Community Trust.

More than 400 land claimants will receive income from an upmarket residential area, game lodges, and wildlife rehabilitation centres. Smaller game farms were started up after the Mayibuye community was forced from the land in the 1960s. Since winning back the land the community has been convinced of its conservation potential. A luxury lodge, housing estate, a raptor sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation centre are all part of the plan.

The community will benefit from employment created, nature conservation education, and a planned partnership in the housing estate. Empowerment initiatives like these with tangible benefits for communities are believed the only way to ensure the future of nature conservation.
 
SABC News 07 March 2010
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