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.@TheFolioPrize 2015 Longlist Revealed, Including Damon Galgut, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor and @dinawmengestu:

SANParke se nuwe uitvoerende hoof Fundisile Mketeni sal fokus op die stryd teen renosterstropers

National Parks and Nature ReservesSANParke het pas ‘n nuwe uitvoerende hoof aangestel: Fundisile Mketeni, ‘n gerespekteerde natuurbewaringsveteraan. Herman Jansen het met hom gesels om te hoor waarop hy gaan fokus in hierdie nuwe amp en uit te vind hoe hy beoog om te werk te gaan om bewaringsdoelwitte te bereik.

Mketeni sê dat die stryd teen renosterstropers vir hom ‘n prioriteit is en beplan om op die lang termyn “SANParke te vestig as voorste bewaringsinstelling – nasionaal, in die streek en wêreldwyd”. Hy gesels ook oor die voorstel dat renosterhoring-handel gewettig moet word, die talle (ongeregistreerde) organisasies wat beweer dat hul geld insamel vir renosterbewaring en die wêreld se drie mees kritieke omgewingskwessies.

Vir meer oor Suid-Afrika se nasionale parke loer gerus na National Parks and Nature Reserves: A South African Field Guide deur Chris en Mathilde Stuart.

Lees die artikel:

Wat is die een ding wat jy hoop om by SANParke te vermag wat jou sal laat voel jou termyn was suksesvol?

Om die getal renosters wat doodgemaak word te verminder.

Wat is jou belangrikste onmiddellike prioriteit?

Om die ingrypings teen renosterstropery te versnel, veral in die Krugerwildtuin.

En op lang termyn?

Om SANParke te vestig as voorste bewaringsinstelling – nasionaal, in die streek en wêreldwyd.

Daarby moet ons verseker dat die wetenskap die hoeksteen bly wat betref besluitneming oor park- en spesiebestuur en ons moet meer besoekers lok om so die nasionale parke se inkomste te verhoog.


Sue Derwent's List of 7 Beautiful and Interesting Places of Worship to Visit in KwaZulu-Natal

Picturesque DrakensbergKwaZulu-NatalPicturesque Durban and Surrounds

Sue Derwent, author of
Picturesque Drakensberg, KwaZulu-Natal: Adventures in Culture & Nature and Picturesque Durban and Surrounds, has written an article for the Sunday Tribune about the many religious sites that can be visited in KwaZulu-Natal.

In the article, Derwent lists seven places that offer fascinating cultural experiences. Along with brief descriptions of the monasteries, temples and caves, she includes contact details and information about available tours.

Read the article:

In a world where politics, religious intolerance and fanaticism increasingly play a major role in conflicts, we in KwaZulu-Natal can feel proud of our religious tolerance.

This got me thinking that in the travel industry, KZN’s spiritual acceptance, the beautiful and interesting places of worship and the many accompanying colourful festivals, are largely overlooked assets in our province.

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Closing Date for 2015 Short Sharp Stories Awards Creeps Closer

If you haven’t submitted your entry for the 2015 Short Sharp Stories Award you still have some time – until Sunday, to be precise.

Bloody SatisfiedAdults OnlyThe Short Sharp Stories Award, made possible by the National Arts Festival, is an annual South African short story competition for new fiction, with the winners being published in a themed anthology. Previous themes touched on the blood and guts of crime stories, published as Bloody Satisfied, and modern sex stories, published as Adults Only.

The theme for next year’s anthology is “Incredible Journey“, calling on uniquely South African voices to capture rollercoaster rides of incredible experience, telling tales of travel, change and momentum.

The closing date for submissions is 30 November, 2014. Shortlisted writers will be notified by 31 March, 2015. Have a look at the rules and regulations:


By email to
Submissions should be accompanied by the signed declaration which you can download here.
Stories are preferably to be set in 11 point, Times Roman, at one and half line spacing.
Entries should be sent as a file attachment in one of the following file formats: PDF (.pdf), Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or Rich Text Format (.rtf).

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Take a Hike in the World's Largest Meteorite Crater – Denise Slabbert Gives the Lowdown

Offbeat South AfricaDenise Slabbert, co-author of Offbeat South Africa: The Travel Guide to the Weird and Wonderful, provided some valuable information you would need for a getaway at the Vredefort Dome, a meteor impact crater and World Heritage Site near Venterskroon.

The crater, which was formed about about 2023 million years ago, is 300km wide, and the Vredefort Dome is the central part, 90km across.

The meteorite impact that happened in the Free State made a crater that was about 300 km wide (from Johannesburg to Welkom!). This is the biggest meteorite impact that geologists have yet found on Earth and it is nearly twice as big as the impact that killed the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. This makes it a site of great importance for scientists. It is also the oldest impact crater that has been found on Earth. It is mainly for these reasons that it has been made a World Heritage Site.

In her article for City Press, Slabbert explains how to get there, where to stay, as well as a host of activities to do, including hiking, 4×4 trails, quad biking, whitewater rafting and golfing.


Hiking Trails with Dome Adventures

Dome Adventures offers the two-day Rooihaas Hiking Trail that begins in Venterskroon. The hike covers 21km and costs R280 per person per day (group must be a minimum of four people). Day trips are also on offer. Geological tours, abseiling, canoe trips and rock climbing are also on offer from Dome Adventures.

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Kingsley Holgate Shares a Wildlife Crime Tale with a Twist from Zambia

Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great ExplorersKingsley Holgate shared photographs from his expedition to Zambia and told a story of wildlife crimes with a different kind of perpetrator. The author of Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers embarked on a trip around the edge of Africa recently and regularly shares photographs, videos and notes from his trip on his Facebook.

Holgate shares the story of Nikedi the elephant, infamous for chasing police from their roadblock posts, breaking car windows and raiding the markets for fruit. He also learned about other local crime legends, from an apish mugger to a hippo who likes to do interior remodeling.

Read Holgate’s anecdote about the thieving wildlife:


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Discover the Cape Floristic Region with Denise Slabbert's Easy-to-follow Tips

Offbeat South AfricaOffbeat South Africa: The Travel Guide to the Weird and Wonderful co-author Denise Slabbert has written an article for City Press in which she shares tips and tricks to best discover a lesser-known part of the Western Cape: The Cape Floristic Region.

Included in this region, a noted World Heritage Site, is Table Mountain National Park, the “rock star” of the area; Cederberg Wilderness Area; De Hoop Nature Reserve and Kogelberg Nature Reserve.

Read Slabbert’s guide to this beautiful region and discover somewhere new:

Getting There
First you have to get to the Western Cape. There are ­regular flights from all major urban centres in South Africa to Cape Town. If you choose to drive, it’s a good idea to stop over along the way as it could take up to 14 hours.

Another option is to take one of the regular tourist buses that travel to and from the Mother City. There is a railway service that runs along the False Bay coast from Cape Town to Simon’s Town.

Getting Around
Having your own car is the best bet as there are various attractions in the Cape Floristic Region, and you will want to be mobile and independent. For car hire, see local ­operators or look out for tour operators specialising in ­floristic tours.

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