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.
The Vredefort Dome, spanning the Free State and the North West provinces, has been declared a World Heritage Site, the Department of Arts and Culture said on Thursday, making it the country's seventh such site. This decision was made earlier in the day at the 29th World Heritage Committee meeting being held in Durban.