The Department of Environmental Affairs has announced that Andrew Zaloumis will no longer occupy the position of iSimangaliso Wetland Park chief executive.
The department said in a statement on Sunday afternoon that under his tenure, Zaloumis had pioneered and institutionalised development-focused conservation at the park.
Examples of this development-focused conservation, said the department in a statement, due to the restored eco-system, were the recent reintroduction of game last seen a century ago on the banks of St Lucia; the separation of commercial forestry plantations from the park as a way of ensuring that the two businesses operated without negative impact on one another; and the systematic rehabilitation of the Eastern and Western Shores of iSimangaliso.
“Much of this work has been undertaken using labour-intensive methods, creating a significant number of temporary jobs in the area.”
They said a total of 87 young people had received support for their university studies; some 3000 crafters, artists, and tour guides had been trained to support the continuously growing tourism industry in the area; and 215 small businesses had received mentoring and support.