One in a Thousand

One in a Thousand

[Green Renaissance]

“The Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve is part of the Ponta do Ouro-Kosi Bay TFCA, Africa’s first marine TFCA and part of the Lubombo TFCA. Around 77% of the marine turtles monitored in Mozambique nest in the Marine Reserve. It is thus the most important leatherback and loggerhead turtle nesting ground along the Mozambican coast. What makes the Marine Reserve’s turtle monitoring programme all the more exciting, is that it links up with the turtle monitoring programme of iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage Site, that is now in its 43rd season. Good news for turtles!” [Green Renaisance visit their site HERE]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • Winds may be rising
  • It walks up the beach, plodding
  • You are absolutely awestruck
  • Maybe they’ve been doing it for 60 millions of years
  • It’s something that you don’t forget
  • It knows exactly what its going to do
  • It builds a nest
  • It carefully crafts a hole
  • It lays its eggs
  • Its beyond comprehension how this can actually happen
  • In the wild, naturally
  • Thousands of hatchlings
  • Entering the water
  • All sorts of things
  • Making good progress
  • Numbers are increasing
  • A huge responsibility
  • We’ve made a difference

Read more about this Marine Conservation Project HERE

There is no other place that could match it

There is no other place that could match it

  [Green Renaissance]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Existing here is a very fragile existence
  • There’s a balance
  • Mapungubwe is an ancient, ancient band
  • The enormous history
  • Time has carved its way through this area
  • There is no other place that could match it
  • The beautiful magnificent Baobabtrees
  • They’re primordial (existing at or from the beginning of time)
  • They stand dormant and sentinel (watch over so as to protect) in winter
  • There is so much life, it’s in the earth, and it’s in the environment and it’s in the animals
  • Some small experience that is just totally memorable
  • Without this pristine (in its original condition) wilderness, this place would be a much sadder place
  • We need to protect it from industrial development
  • Once we’ve lost this battle, there is nothing left for anybody

“Location – Mapungubwe is set against the northern border of South Africa, joining Zimbabwe and Botswana.



Vanessa Bristow is well acquainted with the traces that ancient life has left behind. She feels that at Mapungubwe there is an overwhelming sense of “enormous history, and evidence of how time has “carved its way” through the landscape.

However, the announcement that authorisation has been given to an Australian company called CoAL to construct an open-cast mine just outside of the boundaries of this conservation area will affect this fragile natural harmony. To Vanessa, without these pristine wilderness areas, “the world would be a much sadder place.”

Vanessa, like many others, believes that Mapungubwe should be preserved and protected from infrastructural development, and allowed to remain pristine for future generations to come, because as she says, “if we lose this battle, there’s nothing left, for anybody.”

[Green Renaissance] 
Read more about this World Heritage Site @ UNESCO : Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape