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 won’t be able to cope with the tolls and may be cut off from their families across the peninsula.
After the area was proclaimed as part of the the Table Mountain World Heritage Site, the residents thought it was protected, but that seems not to be the case. We speak to Bronwyn Byrnes, an environmental activist who has starved herself and chained herself to a tree in a bid to preventing the construction of the plaza on this favourite old road. Clifford Nogwavu feels he has been short-changed by the National Park; he wants to know why he was turned away and the toll plaza was not. We will also speak to the local government and Entileni to find out why exactly they need to be on the mountain.
SNARE movie Interview
When one rhino is killed in every 21 hours in a country, it is certainly a crisis – such as the one in South Africa at the moment. SNARE the movie follows a series of hunters, poachers and businessmen who play a role in the country’s rhino poaching crisis. Basie van Tonder, a game farmer, makes a deal with an arms dealer who has interests in rhino horn trading. A down-payment of 40 horns means that Van Tonder turns to other people to help boost his supply, thereby widening the web of illegal activity.
SNARE does not just speak to environmentalists. It is thrilling entertainment that simulates the audience to think about the slaughter of this magnificent species. We speak to Justin Strydom who plays Vickers in the movie and Andrew Worsdale, the producer, to find out what it was like being involved in a project that strikes so close to home as well as the challenges of making a movie that is the first of its kind in South Africa.
The Rietvlei Nature Reserve, between the OR Tambo international airport and Pretoria, is threatened by development. Being one of the world’s largest urban reserves, it has the room to boast two of the Big Five, rhino and buffalo, as well as eland, Burchell’s zebra, red hartebeest, springbok and small carnivore. There are also numerous bird species. The reserve contains wetland that cleans the 41 million litres of water supplied by Rietvlei to the city of Tshwane daily. This vital yet fragile ecosystem runs the risk of being sliced apart to make room for a high-performance soccer training facility. What is worse is that there has been no environmental impact assessment or public participation in the process, and the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipal Council approved ‘in principle’ the lease of 110 hectares of the protected property. We follow Kobus Engelbrecht, the Chairperson of Friends of Rietvlei, who walks us through the changes that will occur in the reserve should some of it be leased out. What will happen to the water supply for Tshwane? Why did the municipality approve it? Maurice finds out…
It’s up to us
Do you own a pet snake? Or a lizard? Or any other exotic pet? How often have you seen snake shows in shopping centres or schools? Litha is intrigued by how people come to own these exotic pets. How easy it? Do you need a permit? Litha chats to a pet store owner and to CapeNature about the technicalities of owning an exotic pet. What happens if they escape? Litha also learns the terrible truth of what happens to unwanted pets that cannot be cared for by the owners or the authorities.
Veldfokus has a look at predators in all shapes and sizes from shrikes to raptors to scavengers and the usual suspects, lions.