started this petition to
South African Heritage Resources Agency
The Hole in the Wall and surrounds are unquestionably worthy of being called a World Heritage Site of "Outstanding Universal Value", but it has not yet even been accoladed with National Heritage Site status.
Our local district Municipality agrees, and mentions no fewer than 7 times in its current Development Plan that it is indeed a heritage site, but that it has not yet been declared, and that it absolutely should be, to protect it for future generations' enjoyment.
It is without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places on earth, and should be protected from inappropriate developments such as what is, sadly, happening right NOW!
This remarkably beautiful natural paradise is threatened with a parking lot and picnic site on the closest hillside overlooking the attraction, which will needlessly impose vehicles and the glare of the sun's reflections from them into the beautiful tranquil settings, and disturbing the sense of place. And worse will surely follow.
The roadway and parking lot is being finalised right now, and tarring and therefore permanent negative impact on this beautiful paradise could be happening in days, or at most a few short weeks.
Unless we stop it NOW!
A heartfelt appeal has been submitted to the South African Heritage Resources Agency, to Urgently declare Hole in the Wall a national heritage site, and to thereby provide the Hole in the Wall natural reserve area with protection in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act [No. 25 of 1999].
Please help this cause. By signing this petition you are telling SAHRA the World supports this cause!
The worst part about this massive problem, is that it is so unnecessary, as mitigation would be so easy if they would simply locate the 'parking lot' 200 metres before the current intended location is, where a far more suitable, beautiful, and sheltered area forms the most ideal spot. So much so, that it seems like Nature intended it. However the government departments responsible for this ill conceived notion refuse to listen to reason.
Please sign and share this petition. Share it like it means the end of the world if we don't stop them. In some ways it does. It will be the death knell of a small piece of a living natural paradise.