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Right! That's a wrap of our #ManBooker2014 coverage. Congratulations to Richard Flanagan

Kingsley Holgate Has His Beard Cut in the Name of Conservation at World Youth Rhino Summit

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersThe first-ever World Youth Rhino Summit, organised by Project Rhino KZN, the Kingsley Holgate Foundation and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, took place at the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park recently.

150 young conservation leaders from South Africa and other African countries affected by rhino poaching – including Vietnam – as well as delegates, educators, and conservation leaders, gathered to address the rhino poaching crisis and develop resolutions to stop wildlife crime.

At the end of the summit the children handed over a declaration to Deputy Minister of the Environment, Barbara Thomson:

We, representing the youth of the world gathered at the Centenary Centre in the symbolic Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park from the 21 to 23 September 2014 call for action against rhino poaching and wildlife crime.

The declaration is a result of 150 000 hearts and minds messages already composed by young people participating in the international Rhino Art – Let the Children’s Voices be Heard campaign.

We, the youth are deeply disturbed by the worsening rhino poaching crisis, the exploitation of our natural heritage by organised crime syndicates and the subversion of our communities – all fed by human greed and deep-rooted corruption.

We demand that our voices be heard!

We do not want to be the generation that tell our grandchildren that we did nothing about it and so we call upon global leaders to join us in bringing illegal trade in wildlife to an end.

EarthTouch News Network reported on the summit, saying that “The World Youth Rhino Summit reduced all of us to tears at the strangest moments”, and shared a video of a rhino at the summit:

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Kingsley Holgate, one of Africa’s most colourful modern-day explorers and the author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers, allowed some of his beard to be symbolically snipped off:

Kingsley Holgate took a GIANT leap of faith in TVG’s facilitators abilities, when he allowed Katheline to have a go at his beard with a pair of scissors, all in the name of conservation. The idea being to offer keratin, in the form of nail clippings and hair clippings, as an alternative to the demand for rhino horn.

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Join Brent Meersman, Edwin Cameron and Antony Altbeker for a Discussion on 80 Gays at the Troyeville Hotel

80 Gays Around the WorldThe Troyeville Hotel invites you to an evening of supper and conversation with Brent Meersman, Edwin Cameron and Antony Altbeker about Meersman’s book, 80 Gays Around the World.

80 Gays Around the World is a work of travel writing which tells the stories of gay men from 18 countries.

The dinner will take place on Thursday, 9 October, at 7 for 7:30 PM. Tickets cost R199 and include drinks.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Thursday, 9 October 2014
  • Time: 7:00 for 7:30 PM
  • Venue: The Troyeville Hotel,
    1403 Albertina Sisulu Road,
    Corner Wilhemeina Street,
    Johannesburg | Map
  • Guest speakers: Edwin Cameron and Antony Altbeker
  • Refreshments: Catered supper
  • Cover charge: R199 including drinks
  • RSVP:, 011 402 7709

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Podcast: Paul Morris Speaks About His Time as a Soldier and his Book Back to Angola

Back to AngolaPaul Morris spoke to Michele Magwood on the TM Live Book Show about his book, Back to Angola.

Magwood points out that the war in Angola happened more than 20 years ago now, and while some men who were conscripted can forget their experiences, many are haunted by memories of the war.

Morris took an epic bicycle journey across Angola recently; it was a journey of healing for him. He took detailed notes in his journals while he was riding across the country, because he wanted to remember it. This became his book.

In this interview, he speaks about how he ended up fighting in Angola. He was sent to the border after he became superfluous as a driver.

Magwood’s TM LIVE Book Show streams online every Thursday at 2 PM.

Listen to the podcast:

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Paul Morris Sets Out to Excorcise the Ghosts of War in this Excerpt from Back to Angola

Back to AngolaBack to Angola is Paul Morris’ story of how he dislodged the gloomy picture of Angola he had from the war. He was conscripted in 1987.

Morris set out to cycle across the country on his own. It was a journey he took to free himself from the shadows of the war.

Namibiana Buchdepot has shared an extract from this book. In this excerpt, Morris describes the start of his journey in Angola. The experience of war shapes, to a large extent, how he perceives Angola.

Read the excerpt:

Setting out from Cuito
Cuito Cuanavale, Angola, 24 June 2012

I’m so full of war and feelings I can’t explain. Feelings that swirl and suck like the sea in a rock pool on an incoming tide. Tears narrow my throat and I swallow hard because I’m with people I don’t know. I’d swallow harder still if I did know them. This place is thick with the past, layers of it piled atop the sand on the ridge. It rusts away slowly in its armoured wrecks and in my soul. I am deep in my own history; it stares boldly at me and I can’t look away.

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Sean Disney and Vaughan de la Harpe on Being Mountaineers: "Your Physiological Condition Needs to be Right"

Poles ApartSean Disney and Vaughan de la Harpe, the adventurers who wrote Poles Apart with David Bristow, were interviewed by Nancy Richards for Country Life magazine.

In this inteview, Richards asked Disney and De la Harpe about what it takes to be a mountaineer. They told her about the mindset that enables them to succeed and some of the more peculiar equipment they require when they climb mountains.

They have some great stories to tell, and are planning even more adventures. “First your physiological condition needs to be right – some people cope with altitude better than others – then you have to have the mental strength,” said De la Harpe.

Read the interview:

It all began in a crowded bar, as only male bonding can, when journalist David Bristow had a chance encounter with a couple of strong-looking lads from Joburg. But, as Bristow discovered, Vaughan de la Harpe, ‘the Somewhat More Dapper One’ and Sean Disney ‘The Taller One’ turned out not be a pair of lycra-clad chancers in the Cape about to try their luck at the Argus Cycle Tour, but two eminent mountaineers, members of the elite global Explorers Grand Slam rock-climbing club of people who have conquered all Seven Summits – the world’s highest – with both North and South Poles thrown in.

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Join Passes and Poorts South Africa Author Marion Whitehead at The Athenaeum in Cape Town

Passes and Poorts South Africa: Getaway's Top Scenic Mountain RoutesThe Cape Natural History Club and Jacana Media would like to invite you to a talk by Marion Whitehead.

Marion Whitehead, the author of Passes and Poorts South Africa: Getaway’s Top Scenic Mountain Routes, will be delivering a lecture at Athenaeum in Newlands on Friday 3 October at 8 PM.

Entrance costs R20 for visitors; there is no charge for members of The Cape Natural History Club. Copies of her book will be on sale – please bring cash as there will not be credit card facilities.

Don’t miss it!

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  • Date: Friday, 3 October 2014
  • Time: 8 PM
  • Venue: The Athenaeum
    Boundary Terraces
    1 Mariendahl Lane
    Newlands | Map
  • Cover charge: R20, free for Cape Natural History Club Members
  • RSVP: Sheila, 021 782 1620

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