Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 31 which will broadcast on SABC 2 at 19h30 on Monday the 14th of April 2014. Learn all about fish farming, discover how chocolate may become a thing of the past and meet the finalists of the Safari Guide of the Year competition.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 29 which will broadcast on SABC 2 at 19h30 on Monday the 24th of March 2014. This episode is all about alien invasive plant species and biocontrol methods that are designed to reduce the spread of these species.
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.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 27 on Monday the 10th of March 2014. Investigate why fish are dying in Olifants River, visit the Seekoeivlei wetland, at Memel-Zamani, which is under serious threat and meet some extraordinary animals.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 25 which airs on SABC 2 at 19h30 on 24 February 2014. Learn more about lion conservation throughout South Africa, get the inside story of the Kruger Park elephant incident and find out how to track big game on a bush walk.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 24 on 17 February 2014. Follow disaster relief efforts in a wildlife sanctuary in the Philippines that resembles an african nature reserve, see the release of a young elephant seal and open your eyes to the world of online animal trade scams.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 23 on 10 February 2014. Visit the magical mangroves in Durban, see how urban development is interfering with the natural coastline, confront your fear of snakes and fall in love with dung beetles!
Here is the line-up for Episode 22 of 50 | 50 on 03 February 2014. Visit the Simalaha Community Conservancy and see how wildlife and local people can exist in harmony, take a trip underwater with new technology designed to conduct marine biodiversity surveys and meet some amazing nocturnal creatures in this week’s episode!
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 21. This episode of 50 | 50 will be broadcast on SABC 3 at 9pm on 20 January 2014. Spend a couple of days in the life of a vet at Kruger National Park, follow up with the hyena that was found wondering the streets of Johannesburg and take a trip to see what sustainable farming is all about.
In the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 20 on 13 January 2014 discover how seismic survey ships are killing whales, farm the sun in the Northern Cape and meet the first hand-reared cheetah to be successfully re-introduced into the wild.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 19 on 6 January 2014: The Southern African elephant population has, to date, been largely unaffected by the mass poaching slaughters happening around Africa – but for how much longer? Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve is one of the last remaining […]
Here is the New Year’s episode line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 18 on 30 December 2013: Continue to explore the waterways of the Okavango Delta, take a trip to Kleinsee to discover how this once thriving mining town is now a pearl for oyster production and find out how tourists are ruining Kruger National Park.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50, Anniversary Season, Episode 17 on 23 December 2013: Go deep into the heart of the Okavango Delta to research the delicate ecosystem, find out if the Natal Midlands is the new Franschhoek and learn all about cheetah conservation in the Kgalagadi.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 16, on 16 December 2013 on SABC2 at 19:30. Uncover a devastating petrol spill in a wetland in KwaZulu-Natal, delve into why dung beetles dance and enjoy the small things in the mopane woodlands at Klaserie.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 16, on 9 December 2013. Find out more about Southern Africa’s looming elephant poaching crisis and join the team as they question the future of Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve – one of the last pockets of unspoiled biodiversity in the Johannesburg area.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 15, on 02 December 2013. Learn all about revolutionary mining techniques, bear baiting and some wonderful books that celebrate Africa.
Here is the line-up for the South African TV show 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 13, on 18 November 2013. Discover the Amatola Toad – which till recently was thought to be extinct. Learn more about the animal shelter policy in South Africa and follow James Steyn on a bush walk in Klaserie Game Reserve in search of elephants.
Here is the line-up for the 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 12, on 11 November 2013. Learn about shark species threatened by humans, the potential discovery of a new species of sengi, and the issue of wildlife in urban areas.
Here is the line-up for the 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 9, on 21 October 2013. Learn about elephants in parking lots, electronic waste and monitor lizards.
Here is the line-up for the 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 8, on 14 October 2013. Learn about African horse sickness, celebrate World Food Day and see the rescue of an elephant seal…
What to expect on the 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 7, on 7 October 2013. Rock lobsters, dinosaur footprints and social media sightings…
The line up of the the Heritage Day 50 | 50: Anniversary Season: Episode 5.
Featured news on 50│50 30th Anniversary Season: Episode 4, 16 September 2013 including lions at Mountain Zebra Park and the GAP program to raise water awareness.
50|50 returns to South African television screens this Monday with with their 30th Anniversary Season! See below for the lineup to their upcoming episode, due for screening Monday 2 September, at 19h30 on SABC 2. Drones As the demand for rhino horn soars, driven by buyers in Asia for its reputed medicinal properties and status symbolism, […]
Roadkill How many of us have driven the highways and byways of South Africa after dark and have suddenly had to brake or swerve to avoid a collision with an animal crossing the road? And how many of us driving during the day have passed the carcasses of mammals, birds and reptiles that have been […]
Islands of Hope: Floating Wetlands The Hartebeespoort Dam is a leisure and watersport location in Gauteng and many stately private homes overlook the water. But while the scene may be tranquil at first glance, the waterscape has been severely tainted by pollution over the years. From plastic bottles amongst invasive hyacinths to exotic fish species […]
Utrecht Utrecht is small town in northern KwaZulu-Natal. It is home not only to the endangered wattled crane but also to a unique geographical point where a significant proportion of South Africa’s fresh water originates. Unfortunately, almost a third of the town’s residents are unemployed … but with mining-prospecting applications going through almost back-to-back, there […]
A focus on water Making a mess Throughout South Africa, one of the leading causes of illness is poor water quality. And one of the main causes of poor water quality is a problem with local sewerage works. Some sewerage plants manage to remediate polluted river systems to near-natural, but not every aspect of a […]
Nastia rescued Last year we featured a story on the plight of Ukrainian brown bears living in harsh and cruel conditions. Bears that would under normal circumstances walk hundreds of kilometres daily are spending their entire lives in tiny cages on restaurant properties, subdued with alcohol or used as targets for dog-hunting. The animal welfare […]
Cape parrots A large green parrot with a yellow-brown head, the Cape parrot could be mistaken for a green-and-gold Springbok supporter. However, these birds live in evergreen forests far from rugby stadia. Once common, they are making fewer and fewer appearances in general these days and are fast becoming the most endangered parrots in the […]
Vietnam Busters When it comes to conservation Vietnam has a bad reputation, especially in light of the devastating rhino poaching occurring across South Africa to meet Vietnamese demand. With Vietnamese nationals and embassy officials having been caught red handed dealing in illegal rhino horn, it’s not surprising that South Africans see them as an enemy […]
Sungazers Ivory and wild animal pelts and bones are in high demand. However, only certain species capture the eye of the media. Hundreds of thousands of rands are dedicated to the conservation some species while others have barely been heard of. Sungazers, for example, are large girdled lizards unique in many ways and equally threatened. […]
Princess Vlei Our country is often plagued by strikes and violent protests that leave nerves frayed and tempers flaring. But in the Cape a quieter battle is being fought between the poor residents of the Cape Flats and big business. The residents are not fighting for better pay; instead they are battling bulldozers threatening lovely […]
December is a logical time to look back over the year that has passed and remember the good times. We’ve had a fantastic year and covered some incredible and unique stories. In our special New Year’s Eve episode we bring you the highlights of 2012, from the spectacular oceans to the many mysterious and endangered […]
Swimming with Dolphins Dolphins – those slippery, friendly mammals – have been popular since before the hit movie ‘Flipper’ and now we have dolphin shows, trainers and can even swim with these incredible sea creatures. Dolphins slip through the ocean waters with grace, serenity and playfulness. They are social and interact with humans, but is […]
Samangos Of the few species of primate in South Africa, the samango monkey is the least known. This is because samangos are limited to the canopies of mist-belt forests, which are threatened and becoming more and more fragmented. Two researchers have recently joined forces to have a look at the monkeys – one from the […]
MammalMAP We have heard of the bird atlasing projects, we have heard of mapping the locations of butterflies and reptiles but the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) in Cape Town has embarked on a continent-wide search for our mammals. The creation of MammalMAP aims to update the distribution records of all African mammal species. But this […]
Penguin Slick A major oil slick from SELI 1 on the Table View beach front on Saturday, 1 September 2012 meant that hundreds of seabirds needed to be de-oiled. The Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB), along with many volunteers, have been working frantically since then. The African penguin population has […]
Dewatering Kathu Kathu, known as ‘the town under the trees’, came into being as a result of iron-ore mining activity in the Kalahari – an area previously home only to farmers of sheep and cattle. Thousands of jobs were created with the opening of the Kumba (Sishen) Opencast Mine and today almost a third of […]
Predator Purge 350 years ago was the last time that jackals, caracals and other small predators roamed carefree in the Western Cape. Nowadays these so-called ‘vermin’ have lost their former hunting grounds to agriculture, and farmers in some provinces can legally hunt and kill them to protect their livestock. New draft legislation in the Western […]
Fracking With the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo lifted, fracking is back on everyone’s minds. There are more lobby groups than ever before and many of them are citing the dire consequences of fracking experienced in the USA. Fracking is banned, or under some form of restriction in more than 140 places […]
Bearded vultures Lammergeier, lammervanger or bearded vulture – this majestic bird that might have slipped under the survival radar had Sonja Kruger and her task team not been keeping a close eye on them. While bearded vultures are not threatened globally, in South Africa there are fewer than 300 individuals left in the wild. The […]
Marine Protected Areas Surfing, building sand castles and splashing around in the waves are some of the many uses we have for the ocean. This huge mass of water covers 71% of the earth’s surface and yet a mere 1% of it is protected. While game reserves on land protect wildlife from human disturbance, the […]
Rhino Reality In August 2012, a dynamic team of adventurers completed an expedition through the heartland of black and white rhino territory in South Africa, to raise awareness for the need to end the demand for rhino horn in Asia. The Rhino Reality Expedition was a journey through the heartland of rhino territory in Kwa-Zulu […]
Chapman’s peak A luxury office block on a World Heritage Site … in the Table Mountain National Park! Since the planning of this construction, everyone from environmentalists to fishermen to the local communities have been opposed to it.Never mind the unsightly concrete block placed on the beautiful land, the toll plaza will mean that commuters […]
Tuna Global tuna stocks are down by 90% or so they have been saying for a while now, but we still see shelves and shelves of tinned tuna in our shopping centres. Internationally, sushi is readily available with tuna in it. So what is the problem? The blue-fin tuna, one of the ocean’s top predators […]
Caves (part 2) This week Bonne takes a look at another underground wonder in Namibia. Bonne’s guides are local experts Nico Scholtz (adventure caver and geologist) and entomologist, John Irish. Not many of the Namibian caves are open to the public for exploration and in the case of Pofadder, years of stalactite and stalagmite development […]
Caves Namibia is just a hop over the border away and has more to offer than beautiful views of the Namib and great wildlife: It also has over 120 caves. Most of the caves are not open to tourists – for safety reasons and for the protection of the cave itself. But with the help […]
Lavender Hill The poverty, drugs and gangsters that pervades life in Lavender Hill on the sandy Cape Flats has always been at odds with the suburb’s name. A new vision to populate Lavender Hill with lavender hopes to create a social artwork and an urban farm for the production of lavender. Most importantly, the fields […]
The countdown has begun with mere days until the London Olympics 2012! (27 July) Athletes around the world have been training to get the gold but London Olympics have gone green. The Ancient Olympic Games were a series of competitions held between representatives of several city-states and kingdoms from Ancient Greece, which featured mainly athletic but also combat […]
Rhino Drama Continues… In a conservancy near the Kruger National Park, the number of rhinos that have lost their lives to rhino poachers has been high. Now Atile and her new calf, Bina, are in danger of losing their lives. However, the reserve managers are determined not to let this happen and are pinning their […]
Killing Crocs When we see a jacket made of animal fur, the first thing that springs to mind is the slogan ‘Beauty without cruelty’. But do we feel the same when we see a crocodile-skin purse? Crocodile-skin boots, handbags and belts are sought-after fashion items that come at a high price, both for your pocket […]
Shark drama Once or twice a year, reports of shark attacks hit the media, often graphically headlined with phrases such as “Blood everywhere” or “Killer shark strikes again!” But no-one celebrates the remaining 364 days, when these apex predators that swim off our coastlines contribute to the marine ecosystem – without affecting us negatively. On […]
Take a look at this exciting lineup: Vodka Bears The practices of bear baiting and dancing bears were outlawed in Eastern Europe almost 12 years ago and we thought we’d seen the end of cruelty to bears… Not so. Deeper into Eastern Europe in the Ukraine, brown bears are living under harsh, cruel conditions. [quote]Bears […]