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Saving the most trafficked species in the word – Pangolin
2 January 2019, 11:17 AM

The African Pangolin species has been around for over 40 million years and is fast on its way to extinction.

One Pangolin is taken from the wild every five minutes. There are only eight Pangolin species in the world, four in Asia and four in Africa.

An NGO dedicated to rescue and rehabilitate pangolins – The Pangolin Photo Safaris’ Toby Jermyn explains that the Pangolin is the most trafficked species in the world.

“In Chinese and far eastern traditional medicine the Pangolin has always been revered for unproven medical properties. For example the scales are ground down; they are used to help new mothers with lactation issues. Some people say that it can help cue asthma, poultry and even cancers in some respect. Unfortunately the Pangolin flesh itself is also regarded as a bit of a delicacy especially in Vietnam and China and is often eaten to celebrate the success of a big business deal for example.”

A film called ‘The Eye of the Pangolin’ will be released online internationally on May, 17 which is Endangered Species Day, in order to create awareness for the critically endangered animal.

“We are very excited about the film. We are hoping that it will become the world’s most viewed wildlife documentary.”

Jermyn encourages the public to visit to find out more and report the sighting of Pangolins on Pangalert, in different area’s in order to focus their conservation efforts in those areas.



Sebokeng floods
Clearing of drainage channels underway in Sebokeng
2 January 2019, 9:56 AM

Gauteng’s Emfuleni Local Municipality says it’s now working with the Defence force on clearing drainage channels to allow for storm water to make its way out of the residential area of Sebokeng, south of Johannesburg.

Seventy houses were flooded in Zone 6 due to heavy rains in the past couple of days.

Fifty families are cleaning up at their homes – while the other 20 have been offered temporary accommodation at a local community hall.

Emfuleni municipality’s spokesperson Stanley Gaba says, “The main problem here has been the riverbank. It broke down and flooded the entire community, so we need to contain that. So we have enlisted the services of the South African National Defence Force to help us repair that bank immediately and we’re waiting for SASSA to come and help us with the food parcels for those 20 families.”


jazz presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla
Tributes pour in for the late Mesh Mapetla
2 January 2019, 9:05 AM

Tributes continue to pour in for jazz presenter and radio legend Mesh Mapetla who passed away on Tuesday at age 71.

His radio career centred around the presentation of Jazz programs at the SABC and is known in Jazz circles as the ultimate Jazz fundi.

He worked for the erstwhile Radio SR which is now 702, Radio Metro and Lesedi FM. Many Jazz artists have credited “Bra Mesh” for their success in the industry. Stan Bodibe a friend and colleague spoke fondly of Mapetla.

Mapetla’s daughter Neo says her late father was a humble soul who taught her a lot about music.

Bra Mesh died at the Chris Hani Baragwaneth hospital on Tuesday aged 71. Neo says his father had been ill for some time.

“We went to shows together. He taught me about different genres of music. I will always remember his beautiful smile. I was always daddy’s girl. He will be greatly missed. There’s a huge void that we are filling right now. We want to say farewell in a celebratory way.”


Cars on the road
TETA urges people to remain vigilant on roads
2 January 2019, 8:32 AM

The Transport Education Training Authority (TETA) has urged people to remain vigilant on the roads as wet weather conditions are expected to continue throughout the week.

This as hundreds of people is making their way home from the festive season holidays.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to continue across most parts of the country, and emergency services personnel are on high alert due to the possibility of flooding.

TETA’s Chief Financial Officer, Simon Ndukwana, has appealed to people to obey the rules of the road.

“Accidents are caused by human error. We are reminding you about simple things like fatigue. When you are driving long distance you need to take a lot of juices. Please don’t text and drive. It’s so shocking when you see someone driving at 120kms/hour and they are texting and driving. Please be safe out there. Sort out your behaviours. This is the festive season, yes be glad and have fun, but there are options out there. You can call an Uber or other cabs instead of you getting behind the wheel.”

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Indian Hindu temple
Two women defy centuries-old ban by entering Indian temple
2 January 2019, 7:26 AM

Two women defied a centuries-old ban on entering a Hindu temple in India’s southern state of Kerala in the early hours of Wednesday raising fears of a backlash from conservative Hindu groups, the state’s chief minister said.

An online video posted by a local police official showed two women inside the temple with their heads covered on Wednesday.

Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala’s chief minister, said in a televised news conference that the two women, who had previously tried but failed to enter the temple because their way was blocked by devotees, faced no obstruction on Wednesday.

It was not immediately clear how the women on this occasion managed to avoid devotees guarding the temple.

Last year, violent protests broken out in the state after India’s top court in September ordered the authorities to lift a ban on women or girls of menstruating age – between 10 and 50 from entering the temple, which draws millions of worshippers a year.



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