My blood chills...

by Inge Skliros
(Brandon, MB Canada)

As and addendum to my previous note...I have just visited the Zambezi Seaway Project website and I was shocked beyond belief at what I read there.

It is so blatantly obvious that those in favour of this project have only commercial interests in mind and have never set foot on the sandy banks of the Zambezi. Money, money, money and only money drives these people and their interests.

To liken this project to the St. Lawrence Seaway is an admission of obvious ignorance about the Zambezi River Valley and its wildlife treasures. One comment I noted was unimaginable! "One has only to look at the Industry and Cities that have sprung up due to the St Lawrence Seaway. China has now prioritised such projects spending 22 billion dollars on one seaway project alone in the best interests of export earnings and development."

These people actually view the springing up of cities along the waterway as a POSITIVE development?!?!? Can you imagine cities around Mana Pools? And praising the Chinese for developing the Three Gorges Dam is like praising Hitler for the Holocaust!

In the March 25, 2008 issue of the Scientific American, "Chinese officials staged a sudden about-face, acknowledging for the first time that the massive hydroelectric dam, sandwiched between breathtaking cliffs on the Yangtze River in central China, may be triggering landslides, altering entire ecosystems and causing other serious environmental problems—and, by extension, endangering the millions who live in its shadow."

But they went ahead with the project anyway. The Zambezi Seaway Project further claims that "...It would be unnecessary, and counterproductive for the region to engage in lengthy and costly feasibility studies." They figure if it could be done in China, it can be done in Africa.

It's only a matter of money. There is no mention whatsoever of the environmental impact of this project on the people, the wildlife and the eco-system of the region. That does not seem to be an issue in their estimation. In fact, they believe - wrongly - that the project will draw tourists to see the 'wonders' of commercial barges going up and down the Zambezi. Have you heard of anything quite so absurd??? It is glaringly obvious that this project is primarily profit driven, and nature and wildlife be damned.

I am so angry I could spit!

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Aug 17, 2012
Oh ye of little knowledge
by: Fair Comment

The author is one of those who travels to see nature but puts nothing into protecting it save usless comment.
Despite fllods that destroy much animal lifev and frora - no funds are raised for dredging the river. Dams are built and get educated you cant see the banks on the Zambezi once its flooded.
It were better that she simply spat as threatened than attempt a useless protest against progress.Just be angry that you are wrong and have no idea.

May 24, 2012
This project can improve tourism
by: Zolani Penxa, Johannesburg, RSA

On a positive note this project can actually improve tourism in that area and the extra income derived from it can be put aside to improve conservation of those animals as they are facing challenges like pouching anyway.So this project can give that area more international exposure and eventually stimulate revenue in the tourism sector.

Feb 14, 2010
Un Chill Your Blood
by: zim zambezi

I don't see why Africa can't replicate positive thinking's, this idea is very positive in its merit, look at the St.Lawrence Seaway,Thames,Danube I can go and on. I think you don't care what Africa wants

Nov 09, 2009
China terrifies me
by: Tony

Hi Inge

Thanks for your response. Your love for the Zambezi valley is clearly very obvious and I empathize with you completely.

As you so clearly point out this is an economic decision driven by people who have probably never been there. With no regard for the environment in the slightest.

I have posted awareness of this project onto a few forums and it is such a far fetched idea that people reject it as nonsense. Which I certainly hope it is, but nations like China terrify me as to what they will do to become a superpower.

Their quest to claim Africa is very evident and this is just the sort of thing that they would throw money into. Sadly the the decision makers in Africa are also only to keen to make vast sums of money for putting their signature on a piece of paper.

I will make contact with someone from the Zambezi wildlife society and see if they can shed any more light on this. I will post my findings here and on our newsletter.

Thanks again for your contribution

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