The lesser flamingo breeding success story on Kimberley’s Kamfers Dam may be shortlived thanks to an ageing sewage works that is leaking raw sewage into the dam, and a planned housing and shopping mall development.
An insert on M-Net’s Carte Blanche on Sunday was very disheartening because the protests against the site of proposed multibillion-rand Northgate development are being turned into a race issue by people who are pro-development. And the local council also appears to be in denial about the sewage problem.
Thousands of flamingo chicks hatched on a purpose-built island in the middle of the dam earlier this year, the first time the birds had bred on Kamfer’s Dam. Dr Brooks Childress, the chairman of the IUCN international flamingo specialist group, said the breeding island was “arguably the single most important flamingo conservation project to have taken place anywhere in the world in recent years”.
A website has been set up at www.savetheflamingo.co.za where you can find out more about the problem and sign an online petition.