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In the Footsteps of Acocks

By |2021-01-05T06:16:57+00:00September 19th, 2018|Features|

He was a gigantic, unsung character with unsurpassed knowledge and understanding of South African plant species, veld types and veld management. Landbou Weekblad salutes South African botanist and man of the veld, the late great John Acocks. By Heather Dugmore In the Footsteps of Acocks is the working title of a book about the contributions [...]

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A symbol of what South Africa can be

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00April 10th, 2018|Features|

Nelson Mandela University, the only university in the world to carry Nelson Mandela’s name has its first woman Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sibongile Muthwa. She is joined by two other top-ranking women in leading the university: the new Chancellor, Dr Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi, and the new Chair of Council, Ambassador Nozipho January-Bardill. All three assumed their posts in [...]

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Boring the pants off life’s miracles

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00April 10th, 2018|Features|

From the wildebeest migration to the ice floes of Alaska, we are so inundated with hype and overbaked replays that life’s miracles have become boring. “Oh whaaaw they’re approaching the Maaahwra – look at all those craaacs just waiting for them,” we’re told as the camera zooms in on yet another wildebeest migration crossing the [...]

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The Day That People Felt Free

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Columns, Features|

It has been 46 years since the first Free Peoples Concert was held at Wits in 1971. Back then, as always, music was a way for everyone to imagine and be part of a different South Africa – starting on campus. It was South Africa’s Monterey, Haight-Ashbury, Woodstock; a platform for counterculture with music as [...]

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Four Fish or 15000 Fish – the choice is in our hands

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Features, Sustainability|

Stocks of some of our iconic angling fish species – such as red and white steenbras, black musselcracker, dageraad, kabeljou (kob) and seventy-four – are now so overexploited that they fall within the red list of threatened species as tracked by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Professor Nadine Strydom a marine [...]

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Algoa Bay: South Africa’s Dolphin Research Capital

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00October 23rd, 2017|Features, Sustainability|

Algoa Bay in South Africa’s Eastern Cape has unusually large group sizes of common and bottlenose dolphins. The reason for this is being researched by dolphin and whale (cetacean) specialist, Dr Stephanie Plön, an ocean health researcher from the Earth Stewardship Science Research Institute at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. “My research team and [...]

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We have to learn, unlearn and relearn

By |2020-03-05T06:07:41+00:00April 5th, 2017|Features|

“Businesspeople talking to businesspeople is the best way to address the innovations required to address the challenges of our time,” says Zimbabwean-born telecoms mogul Strive Masiyiwa who is listed as one the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine. Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chair of Econet, a diversified pan-Africa telecommunications, media and technology [...]

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So Very South African

By |2020-03-05T06:07:42+00:00January 16th, 2017|Features|

South Africa is a complex piece of music that loops between the deep-rooted love of this land and consuming chaos and corruption. Its rhythm charges towards the brink of no return, then reaches out and rescues you, gently placing you on golden shores under southern skies. You lie there exhausted, warmed by the African sun. [...]

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Wanting, seeking, crashing – The power of addiction

By |2020-03-05T06:07:42+00:00December 13th, 2016|Features|

Escalating numbers of people in South Africa and worldwide are addicted to substances and destructive behaviours. What causes addiction? Why is it on the increase? What can be done about it? It’s year-end – a time when most of us feel licensed to let go and indulge. The pact we make with ourselves is that [...]

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FishforLife – Fish for South Africa

By |2020-03-05T06:07:42+00:00December 12th, 2016|Features|

Nobody is better at managing fish stocks than those who actually catch fish. This is what it says on CatchReport, launched in October 2016, where recreational anglers voluntarily contribute to conserving South Africa's fish stocks and oceans by adding and sharing their catch data. CatchReport is housed on the FishforLife website (www.FishforLife.co.za). This is such [...]

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