South African National Parks (SANParks) has begun implementation of a comprehensive rhino management strategy, starting with the relocation of a limited number of white rhinos from the Kruger National Park (KNP).
This is in line with a rhino management strategy adopted by Cabinet in August this year, aimed at curbing poaching in the country’s national parks.
Chander Pahar actor Gerard Rudolf.
In 1940, a 22-year old recently politicized Nelson Mandela found himself expelled from Fort Hare University for his involvement in a student strike. On the cusp of an unwanted arranged marriage, he escaped his home in the Eastern Cape for the promise of Johannesburg. Mandela ended up in Alexandra (or Alex), a sprawling township known as ‘Dark City’ because of its lack of electricity.
“Alexandra occupies a treasured place in my heart,” Mandela wrote in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.
“Life in Alexandra was exhilarating and precarious. Its atmosphere was alive, its spirit adventurous, its people resourceful. In spite of the hellish aspects of life in Alexandra, the township was also a kind of heaven.”
As the struggle continued, Mandela found himself in other neighbourhoods, including Orlando in Soweto. Later he was moved across the country where he spent 27 years in prison. After South Africa’s transition to democracy, and following his single term as president, Mandela moved back to Johannesburg, to what would be his final home in Houghton, a wealthy and opulent suburb north-east of the city centre.
Today, Alex is still steeped in crime and poverty. Steel shacks echo across the township, while refuse and rubbish litters many streets and alleyways.
Although Alex is just a 15-minute drive away from Houghton, Mandela’s first and last homes are, in many ways, still a world apart.
Exercise SEBOKA Open Day held at SA Army Combat Training Centre, Lohatlha. The annual training exercise is aimed at integration training with troops of the Military Skills Development System. The evaluation of the integration training is done by means of a joint exercise in order to protect the South African borders and its people.
Exercise SEBOKA is an exclusively SA Army training exercise conducted at SA Army Combat Training Centre with an aim of facilitating an integrated training, and to showcase SA Army’s state of readiness in conventional warfare. It is executed by SA Army Combat Training Centre and support elements. The Open Day will consist of fire power demonstrations that showcase the SA Army level of preparedness.
Johannesburg – A bomb exploded in Bedfordview near the Eastgate shopping mall late Tuesday afternoon, Ekurhuleni metro police said.
“There was a bomb explosion at the corner of Bradford and Nicol roads in Bedfordview,” said police spokesperson Wilfred Kgasago.
He said metro police had no further information at this stage.
Eyewitness News reported the blast was at a shop owned by businessman Radovan Krejcir, who is currently fighting his extradition to the Czech Republic where he is facing a prison sentence.