In June this year UNESCO declared the greater Magaliesberg region, including the Cradle of Humankind, a globally recognised Biosphere Reserve.
The Cradle of Humankind: http://www.daslandhaussa.net
This declaration is a proud accomplishment for South Africa as the Magaliesberg has essentially been declared a ‘fine monument of the world’. This momentous occasion was celebrated by the ceremonial unveiling of a granite plaque on the summit of the Magaliesberg on 28 October.
The day was hosted by the Harties Cableway, and commenced with a presentation by Vincent Carruthers who initiated the biosphere application. Two hundred guests were transported by cable car to the top of the mountain, where they were entertained by exhibitions of abseiling, paragliding and traditional music.
Biosphere Reserves are especially important regions that must fulfil three functions:
- Conserve landscapes and ecosystems
- Foster sustainable development
- Support research, education and information exchange.
Charles Ndabeni of the North West Department of Tourism had this to say:
‘The declaration of the Magaliesberg Biosphere throws a global spotlight onto this remarkable part of the country and will draw further tourism into the area.’