S African Province Mountains Declared a World Heritage Site

MountainsThe Makhonjwa Mountains, in Mpumalanga, has become today 10 World Heritage Site in South Africa by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Known also as the Barberton Greenstone Belt or the Baberton Mountain Land, these elevations cover an area of 120 by 60 kilometers, 80 percent of them in South African territory and the rest in the neighboring Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland).

Its highest point reaches 1,800 meters.

Local specialists said today that the site contains the four aspects set by UNESCO for heritage sites: exceptional beauty area, example of the different eras on earth, significant ecological environment and evolutionary development of plants and animals, and conservation of diversity biological.

Lusizo Sharon Makhubele-Mashele, president of the Committee on Tourism of this country, expressed the joy of that body for the choice of this place as a World Heritage Site, since it is one of the oldest geological structures in the world.