Following the inscription of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape as a World Heritage Site in July this year, the national and provincial governments and South African National Parks (SANParks) officials have marked this historic occasion with the launch of the landscape under its new title.
Minister of Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas were among the dignitaries who gathered at the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site in the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park on 4 October 2017 for the launch.
The delegates then proceeded to the Erin Game Ranch, about 60km south of the transfrontier park, to celebrate the establishment of the ranch.
Back in 2002, when the Department of Environmental Affairs and SANParks reached a land-settlement agreement with the ‡Khomani San and Mier communities, part of the deal was that a community-owned game ranch would be established. More than 700 animals, including blue wildebeest, hartebeest, springbok and gemsbok, were translocated to the ranch.
The Erin Game Ranch also offers cultural activities such as dancing, guided walks and tracking sessions, conducted by members of the ‡Khomani San community and giving intriguing insight into their history and culture.
The successful establishment of the ranch also formed part of the ‡Khomani Cultural Landscape World Heritage Site launch celebrations.