update (05 Sept 2011): The South African Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), South African National Parks (SANParks) and Coal of Africa Limited have signed Memorandum of agreement, which assures that Mapungubwe’s "integrity" will be maintained. For more info click on the link.
The Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape, one of South Africa's eight World Heritage Sites, is under severe threat. An Australian company, Coal of Africa Limited (CoAL), has recently been given the go ahead from the South African government to begin the construction of an opencast and underground coal mine just outside of the boundaries of the Mapungubwe National Park. The National Park is also part of the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is shared by South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Please watch the video and listen to what Abraham Ramonwana, head guide at the Tuli Safari Lodge, has to say about the mining plans.