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South African History In A Nutshell

Ancient history Modern humans have lived in what is today South Africa for over 100,000 years, and their ancestors for some 3,3 million years. Not surprisingly, palaeoanthropology thrives in this country. One site which is particularly rich in fossil remains, the area around the Sterkfontein Caves near Johannesburg and Pretoria, is justifiably called the Cradle of Humankind.

Sa Trivia

South Africa is a weird and wonderful place, and has spawned some truly gifted pioneers and inventors, as well as possessing some unique and marvellous, biological and geological attributes.

Illegal Poisoning Of Wildlife On The Increase

Griffon Poison Information Centre Director: Dr Gerhard H Verdoorn Telephone: +27-82-446-8946 E-mail: No. 45 Galpin Avenue, Summerstrand 6001, South Africa   MEDIA STATEMENT ILLEGAL POISONING OF WILDLIFE ON THE INCREASE   31 August 2015 Embargo: immediately   The recent death of vultures, Blue Cranes, Brown Hyaenas and other wildlife due to illegal poisoning should be a wake-up call for South African conser...

The Sustainability Lie – A Film About The Dirty Palm Oil Business

From 8th to 11th November, the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) is holding its Annual General Assembly in the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Europe wants to import ever more cheap palm oil and RSPO-certificates are buying producers and customers a good conscience. However, sustainable palm oil production is a myth, not a reality. Today, the NGO Rainforest Rescue is releasing a film about deforestation and evictions in Indonesia at the hands of the world's largest palm oil company. ...

African Travel, Inc.'s New President Announces The Era Of Voluntourism

  Sherwin Banda is grateful that recent high-profile events have increased awareness about the importance of responsible, sustainable tourism in Africa.   “The allure of Africa is multi-faceted, but so are the challenges facing the continent,” said the South Africa-born hotelier, who was appointed president of African Travel, Inc. earlier this month. “Fortunately, travelers are beginning to recognize and prioritize the importance of supporting long-last...

Say No To Wildlife Petting

South Africa is becoming more and more popular as a tourist destination and one of the most popular reasons for visiting is the spectacular wildlife. Along with the ‘Big Five’, South Africa is also home to an abundance of mammals, spectacular birdlife and our coasts are visited by dolphins, seals and migrating whales. However, despite all this wildlife living free in our forests, plains, mountains and coasts there is a disturbing number of facilities offering tourists the oppo...

Two Reasons To Celebrate At Monkeyland This Week.

Baby Howler with mum at 5 days old

  The multi-award winning primate sanctuary, Monkeyland, located in Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route has double the reason to celebrate this week.   On Wednesday 11th March, a new Howler Monkey was born.  Both parents have been seen being very protective of the new addition to their family whilst the baby’s big sister has shown some interest in baby, but more interest in ensuring she still gets enough attention from Mum and Dad.

Travel Market Looks At Responsible Tourism In Africa

Responsible tourism will be a key focus of the World Travel Market Africa (WTM Africa), which runs from 15 to 17 April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

Law Passed: Importing Illegally Sourced Timber Is Banned In The Eu.

But what does this all mean and why should the Average Joe Bloggs care? We all want nice furniture for our home; a wooden dining table, wooden flooring etc, but how often do you question where the wood has come from? Have you considered how your dining table came to be? From forests, often in Asia or South America, to timber factories; into Europe and the shop floor and finally into your home? 

Eu Reaches Agreement To Cut Down On Plastic Bags

EIA welcomes Friday’s agreement by the European Union institutions on European wide measures to address lightweight plastic carrier bags. Once adopted the new rules will allow EU countries to choose either to impose mandatory charges for plastic bags, or to introduce measures to reduce consumption of single use plastic bags to 90 bags per person by end of 2019 and 40 bags per person by the end of 2025 (the EU average in 2010 was 198).

Eia Campaign Administrator – Forests

EIA Campaign Administrator – Forests   January 7, 2015   Organisation: Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA)   Location: Islington, London   DeskPosition Type: Paid, Full Time, Permanent   Salary:  £competitive   Application Closing Date: 5pm on Monday, January 26, 2015   Website:   Contact Name: Bill Dishington   Contact Email: uki...

The 11th International Conference On Responsible Tourism In Destinations

RTD11 The 11th  International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations 14th – 15th April 2014    The first International Conference on Responsible Tourism in Destinations took place in Cape Town in 2002, it was organised with Western Cape Tourism as a side event to the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg ten years on from Rio.   The Cape Town Conference established the city as the birthplace of the idea of Responsible...

Welcome To Indaba 2011

7 - 10 May 2011, Albert Luthuli Convention Centre (Durban ICC), South Africa

Indaba 2013 Trade Show

Exhibiting at the Indaba 2013 in Durban? Aware of the excellent opportunities available to generate sales leads, expand establishment awareness, see and hear industry leaders speak, recognize top performers, and much more? You need to separate yourself from the competition and get the best results while exhibiting. Will the most influential leaders and potential customers come to your stand and chat or simply.....walk away? The answer for 2013 and beyond is a powerful visual impact!!

Poachers Beware!

Upon first glance, the new efforts undertaken by the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya on behalf of their wildlife may seem extreme. Pause for a moment, though, and consider this fact: three of six endangered white rhinos left on the planet reside at the reserve. Now, Ol Pejeta’s military-style plan may feel less scary and more necessary.   Teams of Kenyan police reservists are trained to a high level and armed against the threat of poachers. Trained dogs work side-by-side wit...

The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (saasa) Makes South Africa Proud!!

Lara Mostert addressing the audience at The World responsible Tourism Awards clutching the Global Overall World Responsible Tourism Award

  SAASA (South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance) which has 3 sanctuaries in The Crags, Plettenberg Bay namely Monkeyland, Birds of Eden and Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary, was awarded the two highest accolades in Responsible Tourism when, on Responsible Tourism Day (5 November 2014) at World Travel Market in London, SAASA was declared the winner of the World Responsible Tourism Award for the best “Animal Welfare Initiative”.    SAASA then went on to win the ...