Mining will Destroy Life’s Balance

Green Renaissance has just launched the second in a series of three videos, which were filmed in collaboration with the Save Mapungubwe NGO Coalition to fight against the granting of a coal mining license outside of the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site.

This video focuses on a character from the opposite side of the Limpopo River- Vanessa Bristow- who lives on a farm called Sentinel in Zimbabwe, and feels deeply connected to the land and variety of life in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area.


Vanessa Bristow is well acquainted with the traces that ancient life has left behind. She feels that at Mapungubwe there is an overwhelming sense of “enormous history, and evidence of how time has “carved its way” through the landscape.

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However, the recent announcement that authorisation has been given to an Australian company called CoAL to construct an open-cast mine just outside of the boundaries of this conservation area will affect this fragile natural harmony. To Bristow, without these pristine wilderness areas, “the world would be a much sadder place.”

Bristow, like many others, believes that Mapungubwe should be preserved and protected from infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for future generations to come, because as she says, “if we lose this battle, there’s nothing left, for anybody.”

Website: Green Renaissance
Campaign Website: Save Mapungubwe

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