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A Book Review/Report after reading an environmental book

by Xolani Mnisi | 01-07-2019 21:25 recommendations 0

Subject :United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): Barberton Makhojwa Mountain World Heritage Site.

It was within the Kingdom of Bahrain on Monday 2 July 2018, a year the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially promulgated its recognition of the (Barberton) Makhonjwa Mountains, within Mpumalanga, South Africa as a world heritage site.

The Makhonjwa Mountain positions as worlds only oldest mountain greenstone belt range which consists of archeological rock formations estimated to be worth 3.6 billion years old in age forms-believed of being world’s oldest.

Interesting and intriguing are suggestable facts that of the mountains genetic geology evidence: comprising of volcanic nutrients which provides bacteria fossils, mineral and sedimentary content.

The Makhonjwa mountain has paved path for various mineral content to develop: greenstone, gold and asbestos stone/ rock predominantly. More so interestingly, a sudden era of new rock family “specie”. Red stones have now erupted and presented themselves in evolutionary rock timeline within from the Makhonjwa mountain. These come in certain types, weights, color, content and structure.


Influenced and encouraged off by the auspices of the national governments Department of Tourism and of provincial Department of Economic Development and Tourism par Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) sub Mpumalanga Provincial Government, the project cycle period exercises; from the local decision-making until enforcement to reaching present finalization determination within global sphere was one notable to learn.

Its said that the mountain to achieve its global recognition achievement, the UNESCO committee was lead by the inspiration of the natural values of vegetation, flora and fauna.

The Barberton Daisy flower, Paleontology and soil contents which all set out  detailing definition meaning for the mountain to being understood as the “genesis of life”(where life began) due to the ecosystem and biodiversity it holds and hosts. Todate gold mining, forestry and ranching economic activities are performed and encouraged in high growth and development.

In acknowledgement of such natural diversity and prosperity Barberton Tourism: local tourism organization which ensures conservation practices are maintained and upheld, have taken the role to steer sustainability exercises to bestow and maintain such heritage. Marketing the heritage at the Tourism Indaba in Durban, KZN  was another action plan due done yet also equipping the general local public citizens  information about this significance where easily reachable(media platforms[Barberton Times newspaper]) was another lauded approach undertaken.

Provided information and acting adjacent to that learnt and understood environmental protectionism was exercised. The knowledge to understand and partake on the pivotal role for future viability and bolster socio-governance environmental endorsement practices were considered and implemented.   

Thus attempt of a community commune and integrated socio- bureaucratic environmental governance relationship and partnership the conservation and preservation efforts contributed and pledged by the residential community citizens in ensuring excellence to foster strong regulation for the Makhonjwa mountain  was considered and endured as an phenomenal stance which amazed the UNESCO council.

Therefore, amongst the rest bidding nations presented afore, given the natural and enlightenments, sound discovery knowledge information and concrete phenomenal of what bestows, UNESCO officially considered; promulgated the Barberton Makhonjwa Mountain (Greenstone Belt) to be a World Heriatge Site, the Republic of South Africa’s 10th and  Mpumalanga Province 1st(first) world heritage site.   


·         World Heritage Nomination-IUCN Technical Evaluation

Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains (Republic of South Africa)

IUCN Recommendation to World Heritage Committee.


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  • South Africa Former E-gen Ambassador Xolani Mnisi


Xolani Mnisi

  • Xolani Mnisi says :
    Good day Louis Mentor
    I hope you are well.
    Firstly, i appreciate your response to my report. However, i find it ample of the view to express my disappointment regards your feedback(personal assumption) and immediate decision provided- being suspicious of the report being copied without any consultation nor request for more information. The general axiom is that the report had not and is not copied. This report is original sub auspices from information of the published IUCN report, Barberton Tourism Barberton Times and Mpumalanga Mirrior Newspaper. The provided information relevant to such is a research found upon the basis and can be traced as source from the Mpumalanga Provincial Government(MPG) Department of Economic Development and Tourism site which was also promulgated by the former honorable Member of the Executive Committee(MEC). I have pledged greater emphasis and effort into producing such an extensive report on the basis of equitable, credible and legitimate findings. Again, I have written many reports prior(even during my first[21st] ambassadorship tenure) and even recently(prior reports) about the Makhonjwa Mountains from the research of such and other relevant sources. Lastly, I provided a link of the main actual reports whereby position, stating the original source. If this was plagiarized, then i wouldn't have provided any links to the main (IUCN) reports. Please kindly view the IUCN report, read thoroughly and compare my own report to your analysis. I believe you will alter your decision thereof. I will appreciate response. Thank you.
    Posted 08-07-2019 16:58

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Xolani,

    Thank you for writing this book review about the Makhonjwa mountain. I am highly suspicious of the originality of this report and I assume you have copied this report from World Heritage Nomination-IUCN Technical Evaluation Report. Please rewrite the report ASAP and meanwhile this submission will not be counted.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 02-07-2019 21:44

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Thank you for the heads-up Xolani. It has been duly noted. I hope to further learning and sharing work with you!
    Posted 02-07-2019 14:49

Xolani Mnisi

  • Xolani Mnisi says :
    Also, please find and consider the provided link intra the article which provides the general crux/ gist f the review(article). Appreciated.
    Posted 01-07-2019 22:25

Xolani Mnisi

  • Xolani Mnisi says :
    Good day indeed my fellow ambassador peers. With sincere humble pleasure, I have to say that i am deeply and profoundly honored about the positive response and feedback given about my reports. I am highly appreciative and hope that much of this information will be further extended and shared to other fellow citizens, communities and imperatively: nations. It is through such initiatives that i find your insights key and valuable in attempt for more further information and research analysis contribution. Thus, I wish you could observe all such written in reality.However, such hope are of my duty that one/someday become achieved. Your valued inputs provides me strength and courage to find and narrate more. In such attempt, again i say: thank you very much indeed. Let us keeping learning's and sharing for the betterment of community knowledge.
    Posted 01-07-2019 22:24

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Xolani

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO): Barberton Makhojwa Mountain World Heritage Site

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 01-07-2019 22:05

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey there Xolani!

    I hope you are well today!

    I remember learning about the green stone Belt in University when I did Geology 1st semester. It is so incredible to further know that the UN has recognised its beautify as a Heritage Site needing conservation and protection.

    Thank you so much for sharing this article piece with us!
    With gratitude,
    Posted 01-07-2019 22:03

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