The Chamber is:

  an independent, non-political, subscription-based association dedicated to promoting a business-friendly environment;

  an impartial, credible non-profit association, which enables it to negotiate contracts and secure funding for projects that benefit its community;

  comprised of members from every sector of the economy, ranging from small entrepreneurs to large corporates;

  involved in a number of initiatives to promote regional development, enterprise and skills development, training and business advisory services
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Projects:

Songimvelo-Malolotja Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA)

 

Description

The Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA (Transfrontier Conservation Area) straddling the northern border of Swaziland with the south eastern border of Mpumalanga province (South Africa) aims to foster regional development and the conservation of biodiversity across man-made boundaries. The recognized protected areas within the TFCA encompasses around 170 000 hectares.

In March 2000 the Governments of South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique signed a general agreement establishing the Lubombo Transfrontier Conservation Area. It differs markedly from other TFCA’s in southern Africa, like the Kgalagadi and Greater Limpopo TFCA’s in that it encompasses five distinct protocols separated geographically, but jointly planned under the Trilateral Lubombo Commission delegated by a Tri-lateral Ministerial Meeting. In 2004 the Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA was formally recognized under the protocol as one of the five.

Two conservation authorities, namely Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (South Africa) and the Swaziland National Trust Commission (Swaziland) are actively cooperating on this unique Transfrontier Conservation Area which also forms part of tentative listed World Heritage Site.

The departure point for this TFCA links the Songimvelo Nature Reserve in South Africa with the adjacent Malolotja Nature Reserve in Swaziland. The Drakensberg Escarpment (the dominant physiographic feature of south-eastern Africa), which together with its associated highlands and mountains are known locally as the Barberton Mountain Land, forms the central feature of the expanded TFCA with links to adjacent conservation areas. It is envisaged that the adjacent conservation areas such as Mountainlands Nature Reserve, Barberton Nature Reserve and Nkomazi Wilderness will form part of the second phase of the TFCA.

 

Developmental importance

The TFCA encompasses a very large part of the BATOBIC Programme area and shares very similar objectives. The projects of the BATOBIC Programme will also contribute significantly to the economic viability of the TFCA and its developments and vice versa. As such the BATOBIC Programme has taken steps to ensure integration of its projects with the TFCA and has joined the TFCA Task Team.

 

Further information

... Visit http://www.sntc.org.sz/programs/songimvelomalolotja.asp for further information.

... Download Songimvelo-Malolotja TFCA Map JPG (569kb)