Bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to anti-rhino poaching strategy.

The South African government believes that bringing local communities into the mainstream of conservation should continue to be central to our anti-rhino poaching strategy.  South Africa joins the world in marking the 9th World Rhino Day – a   day launched by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) in 2010 under the theme Five Rhino Species Forever. This annual day has since grown to become a global event drawing attention to the impact of poaching on the continued survival of the species. “We will redouble our efforts to make sure that…

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Rare black rhino’s relocated to Tanzania

South African rare black rhinos were relocated to the Serengeti. Poaching killed off most of the rhinos in Tanzania and this was done in an attempt to repopulate the area. There are only 133 left in the country and conservationists are hoping these animals would find a safe home away from home. In another relocation not so long ago, all the rhinos died as a result of negligence and proper care during and before being re-introduced to the wild. Tanzania’s  elephant and rhino populations are beginning to show increases after…

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Lilizela victory for Graskop Gorge Lift Co

 Exciting developments underway Graskop Gorge Lift Co won the Visitor Experience of the Year award at the prestigious Mpumalanga Lilizela Tourism Awards. Graskop Gorge Lift Co introduced Africa’s first outdoor viewing lift in December 2017 and had so far attracted thousands of visitors. The development brought new life to the Lowveld’s Panorama Route, with domestic and foreign visitors keen to travel 51-metres down the face of the gorge to explore the Afromontane forest below via a circular interpretation trail. Plans are now well underway to create an adventure hub at…

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The raping of our land, resources and people

The Baloyi Commission had released its report into the corruption that had been plaguing the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, an indigenous community of 350,000, since at least 1998.   The looting of their resources by mining conglomerates and its own government-approved chief were highlighted. The Baloyi Commission Report contained findings of an official inquest into the corruption that had been plaguing the Bakgatla Ba Kgafela, an indigenous community of 350,000 Tswana speakers in North West Province, since at least 1998. Daily Maverick’ had dedicated many months, two investigative features and over…

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Sign a petition against proposed gold mine close to KNP

In a letter to Manzolwandle Investments, regarding the coal mine planned close to the Kruger National Park, an African Greenpeace campaign had now joined the voices people of the people of Mpumalanga. A lobby group, SAAI, is calling for all of us to combat climate change and all the extra evils which will befall this beautiful region by signing a petition. https://www.vuma.earth/petitions/stop-the-coal-mine-in-komatipoort. Use this link to sign the petition please. Please send to your friends. This iconic Park is a haven for wild animals and plays a huge part in …

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Lowvelders – you are not alone with your allergies

HAY FEVER SUFFERERS FED UP WITH SYMPTOMS A whopping 90% of hay fever sufferers in SA blamed their nasal allergy for ruining a special moment according to a national poll released today. Birthdays (13%), long awaited holidays (24%), job interviews/auditions (19%), important presentations (17%), even romantic dates (23%), intimate moments (18%) and weddings (6%) have all turned slimy, runny and sneezy due to uninvited nasal allergy symptoms. Among the 1 218 survey participants were a few sport pros who also confessed to hay fever getting in the way of running their…

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Namibia wants relaxed laws on hunting and exporting white rhinos

Namibia is considering withdrawing from the rules governing the global trade in endangered species, after countries voted last week to reject proposals to relax restrictions on hunting and exporting its white rhinos. Namibia has the second largest population of white rhinos after South Africa. It wants to allow more trophy hunting of rhinos and export of live animals, arguing that the funds it would raise would help it to protect the species. But countries which belong to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) last week voted against…

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Taming fires in an ecological way

Scientists have converted acids found in tea leaves and buckwheat into fire-resistant chemicals. Does this mean humans will not be able to combust internally anymore? Using compounds from plants, researchers are concocting a new generation of flame retardants, which one day could replace the fire-quenching chemicals added by manufacturers to furniture, electronics and other consumer products. Many traditional synthetic flame retardants have come under fire for being linked to health problems like thyroid disruption and cancer. These retardants that leach out of trash in landfills can persist in the environment…

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Duzi spill kills 80% of all marine life

The famous Duzi River has seen a  massive, toxic spill of oil and caustic soda from Willowton Oil in Pietermaritzburg. As much as 80% of all  fish, plants, invertebrates, insects and other aquatic life have been killed. Renowned river ecologist Mark Graha, said to Roving Reporters (DM) that almost two million litres of  edible oil and caustic soda had fish jumping out of the water to escape the poison. The spill occurred when a huge container collapsed, affecting water upstream to the Inanda Dam, for 70 km. With the collapse,…

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A brilliant new plan with plastic – Eco-blocks

Nature is unable to decompose plastic such as polyethylene, which is often used in shopping bags and single-use plastics (water bottles, the lids of disposable coffee cups, straws, coffee stirrers etc) and dumping it in landfills exacerbates environmental and economic problems. But building with plastic could be one answer to Earth’s plastic crisis. The Eco-Block is an environmentally-friendly brick made from recycled materials and construction waste. Invented at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2006, it is  made of plastic, rubber and electronic waste products  melted into casts resembling building…

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