Report: Vredefort heritage site under threat

South African world heritage site, the Vredefort Dome, is under threat, the South African Broadcasting Corporation reported Monday.

The area around one of the world’s oldest meteorite craters is experiencing major development as tourists and investors flock there.

Geologist Frans Waanders said people and even scientists chipped off pieces of rock during visits.

Resident Johannes van der Merwe said illegal development was taking place and infrastructure was under threat.

He said raw sewerage was being pumped into the Vaal River, threatening the ecosystem.

Three golfing estates were being built in the heart of the dome.

Chairperson of the Dome Conservation Area, Stephen de la Harpe, has blamed state departments for lack of planning.

The Free State government said a new management plan would be implemented within months. — Sapa

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