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Celebratory Unveiling Of The Magaliesberg Biosphere
In June this year UNESCO declared the greater Magaliesberg region, including the Cradle of
Humankind, a globally recognised biosphere reserve.
The declaration is described in a new booklet about the area as ‘a proud accomplishment for South Africa and a fine moment for the world’. It will be celebrated by the ceremonial unveiling of a granite plaque on the summit of the Magaliesberg on 28 October. The official unveiling will be done by NON other than Professor Lee Berger.
The day will be hosted by the Harties Cableway and will commence with a presentation by Vincent Carruthers who initiated the biosphere application. Two hundred guests will then be transported by cable car to the top of the mountain. They will be entertained by exhibitions of abseiling, paragliding and traditional music.
A granite plaque commemorating the declaration of the Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve will be ceremonially unveiled at a site overlooking a spectacular view of the Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam.
Media packs and facilities for interviews and photo-ops will be arranged for journalists.
Biosphere Reserves are especially important regions that must fulfil three functions:
1) conserve landscapes and ecosystems,
2) foster sustainable development and
3) support research, education and information exchange.
They are subject to regular monitoring.
In the new booklet published by the Hartbeespoort Tourism Association, Charles Ndabeni of the North West Department of Tourism says, ‘the declaration of the Magaliesberg Biosphere throws a global spotlight onto this remarkable part of the country and will draw tourists into the area.’
Tourism is widely recognised as a principal stimulus to the ailing South African economy and a major contributor to employment opportunities.
All are welcome to attend the Celebration Day. The cost is R100.00. Booking is essential and a
maximum of 200 people can be accommodated on a first come – first served basis.
Harties Cable Way
Phone: (012) 253-9910
The booklet to be published
on the Biosphere Celebration Day
by the Hartbeespoort Tourism Association