Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 28 which will broadcast on SABC 2 at 19h30 on Monday the 17th of March 2014. Venture into the Drakensberg to ask some important questions regarding the proposed cable car development, examine a variety of relationships in the animal kingdom and watch a snake and a tortoise go head to head.
Drakensberg cable cars
The Drakensberg mountain range is an incredible escarpment extending from southern Lesotho, all the way to Limpopo. This magnificent and dramatic mountain range reaches its highest point in KwaZulu Natal, what most of us know as the “true Drakensberg”. The peaks of the Drakensberg mountains are pristine and have been a World Heritage Site since 2000. Only those who expend the effort and climb have previously experienced the beauty of these summits but with the proposed development of a cable car, many more will take on the mountain with ease. The proposed cable car will be built in the Northern Drakensberg, near the Amphitheatre in a poorly accessed part of the berg. Proponent of the development, the MEC of Economic Development and Tourism, says this is a way of sharing the beauty of the Drakensberg with all South Africans and aims to build up tourism in the area. The proposed site is home to many endangered vultures, as well as a community who have concern about the cableway and are fervent custodians of the environment and keen on protecting the Drakensberg. Bonne ventures to the Drakensberg to investigate the impacts of this development and ask some important questions.
In nature some species depend on relationships with other individuals to survive. These relationships can be between animals of the same species, but also be between different species or between animals and plants. Both individuals may benefit from the relationship but sometimes it can actually cause harm to one of the individuals. James takes us on a trip through Klaserie to find some examples of relationships in nature.
Tonight it seems the hunter becomes the hunted with a brave bullfrog, a snake and tortoise that go head to head, a python bird-catcher and some hungry heron chicks.