Wildlife on the back foot

Nowhere else in the world does legislation exist classifying wild animals and livestock or domestic animals under the same grouping. Except here in South Africa. ————— The well-being of 33 wildlife species has been grouped together with that of livestock and domestic animals following a far-reaching amendment that parliament made to the Animal Improvement Act of…

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SA’s new wave of online optimism

The South African Facebook pages Good Things Guy and #ImStaying collectively have more than half a million followers and members, and is growing daily. Despite the clouds of darkness hanging over the local landscape, the sun do seem to peak out at times. ————— Sometimes pure herders animals, then again swimming against the stream. Somewhere…

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Who’ll come knockin’ tonight?

The night before last it was the four sisters and a dancing Yankee girl The night before them it was Marvin Gaye and a geisha in a white kimono I wonder who’ll come knockin’ tonight Because the cover of darkness isn’t always relief from the harshness of day It’s the playground of angels and demons…

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Proteas bloom at Netball World Cup

At the 2003 Netball World Cup in Kingston, Jamaica, South Africa didn’t feature among the top tier nations, Norma Plummer was Australia’s new coach and New Zealand was crowned champions. Over the next 16 years, much reshuffling would take place. ————— Their journey to the pinnacle of world netball could not have been more different. From…

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Say it in 10: Ignorance is bliss

You can’t miss it, the big blue letters adorning the stark white walls – NYPD. Therefore, please read and hear with the appropriate local inflection: “What does NYPD stand for?” Waiting to enter the hallowed ground where the twin towers of the World Trade Centre used to throw their shadows over Lower Manhattan, I at…

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