24 November 2014

Interview: The rhino poaching situation in Namibia

Two rhinos got killed in the Etosha National Park in Namibia earlier this month. A total of 20 rhino got illegally poached in the country since the beginning of 2014. Jaco Muller, a rhino farm owner and the Chairperson of HoRN.nam (Help Our Rhino Now Namibia), was interviewed on NBC's Good Morning Namibia (24 Nov 2014) and gave some insights to the current rhino poaching situation in Namibia.

Kenya Airways suspends direct service Nairobi <> New Delhi

Effective from today (24 Nov 2014), Kenya Airways stops its direct flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) in Nairobi in Kenya and Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) in New Delhi in India. The airline continues to operate daily flights between Nairobi and Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) in Mumbai and partners with Jet Airways for the onward connection to New Delhi.

Namibia: Kasamane border post to Angola officially inaugurated!

Namibia's Minister of Home Affairs and Immigration, Pendukeni Iivula-Ithana, officially inaugurated the Kasamane border post between Namibia and Angola on 21 November 2014. The construction of the first phase of the border post has been completed, with the second phase to follow suit. Kasamane border post is located in the Okalongo constituency in the Omusati region and will mainly cater for residents in and travellers coming trough the Omusati region on the Namibian side and the Cunene province in southern Angola. Travellers and residents were in the past limited to use the Oshikango border post in the east or the Omahenene border post in the west, which are about 150km apart.

20 November 2014

Johannnesburg named second-most inspiring city in the world!

The Good Magazine has issued the results of this year's Good City Index, through which the magazine celebrates 50 cities around the world that best capture the elusive quality of possibility. According to the Index, Johannesburg is the second-most inspiring city in the world – after Hong Kong. The City of Gold scored the highest points in all categories the publication uses to rank cities. These included categories such as being a Hub of Progress, City Engagement, Street Life, Defining Moments, Connectivity, Green Life, Diversity and Work Life Balance. Congratulations! Johannesburg is one of only three African cities to feature in the Top 20 list of the 2014 Good City Index. The others included Nairobi in Kenya (#5) and Dakar in Senegal (#9). Cape Town was named 25th-most inspiring city in the world, while Accra in Ghana was ranked 29th, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia 35th, Maputo in Mozambique 43rd and Kampala in Uganda 49th.
The results of the 2014 Good City Index were based on data culled by Good Magazine's editors and solicited from a network of global correspondents.

Kulula & Air France started codeshare service!

The codeshare agreement between French flag carrier, Air France, and South Africa's largest low-fare airline Kulula came into effect on 17 November 2014. Air France's "AF" appears on the following routes serviced by Kulula in South Africa:

South Africa: 1020 rhinos killed by poachers so far in 2014

update (20 Nov 2014): The Department of Environmental Affairs has just confirmed that South Africa lost 1020 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2014. A total of 344 alleged rhino poachers, couriers and poaching syndicate members have been arrested in South Africa since the start of 2014.

According to Julian Rademeyer, author of the book "Killing for Profit - Exposing the illegal rhino horn trade" and editor of fact-checking site @AfricaCheck, South Africa has lost a total of 1020 rhinos to illegal poaching since the beginning of 2014.

The Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) is urging members of the public to report incidents of rhino poaching or any tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime-Line on 32211.

19 November 2014

Pretoria: Rietvlei Nature Reserve introduced a male cheetah after a two year absence!

The Rietvlei Nature Reserve, situated between Johannesburg and Pretoria, has introduced a new male cheetah into its 3 800ha reserve after a two year absence in order to regulate the prey population in the reserve. The reserve was left without cheetah after the two male cheetah, which got reintroduced into Rietvlei in March 2003, died in 2012 and 2013 from old age. Rietvlei Game Reserve and the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) are currently also searching for a female cheetah to join the new male. This should happen by early 2015. Rietvlei Nature Reserve forms part of EWT's Cheetah Metapopulation Project.

Rietvlei Nature Reserve, owned and managed by the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, is situated 18km from the centre of Pretoria and 38km from the OR Tambo International Airport. Located within the reserve is the Rietvlei Dam. The reserve is home to blesbuck, black wildebeest, red hartebeest, eland, Burchell's zebra, waterbuck, reedbuck, springbuck, mountain reedbuck, steenbuck, grey duiker, as well as to cheetah, leopard, buffalo, hippopotamus and white rhino.