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Shark Tales
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Shark Tales

The following aquatic conversation is based (albeit very loosely) on true fictional tails. The names of the Great White Sharks have been concealed in order to protect their predatory identity. Overheard on location in Gansbaai: Shark 1: "Where are they? They know its winter and we're practically lurking around in schools this time of year!" Shark 2: "I don't know but I didn't floss my pearly whites on seaweed to impress the sardines, they better show up soon I've got some scaring to do" ... Shark 3, Shark 4, Shark 5, Shark 6 and Shark 7 appear from the shadows of the deep Indian Ocean....
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time
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Mandela Day – Give 67 minutes of your time

In an effort to celebrate Nelson Mandela's legacy the Nelson Mandela Foundation is urging the globe to join together in their bid to create an official Mandela Day (18 July). This day will not only be symbolic in celebrating the man who changed South African history, but will enable and encourage individuals to improve the circumstances of those around them. This global movement for positive change will only be made possible by individuals giving of themselves ... The 67 minutes campaign that will be taking place globally on 18 July 2009 asks that participants give 67 minutes of their t...
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SA-Venues.com celebrates its 10th birthday
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SA-Venues.com celebrates its 10th birthday

The eyes of the world have been focused on South Africa recently for obvious reasons - the Dalai Lama's unfortunate banning from the conference intended to tackle racism ahead of the 2010 World Cup, our new president, our banks have remained largely protected against the direct effects of the global financial crisis, and the upcoming 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa. It is an appropriate moment to announce SA-Venues.com 10th anniversary that also just happened to fall a few days ago, on the 10th May 2009! The tourism industry also reported a buoyant year in South Africa for 2008, despite the...
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Cape Town Street Crafts
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Cape Town Street Crafts

Cape Town Street Crafts: Anyone who travels round the streets of the Mother City cannot fail to be moved by either the extreme beauty or the dire poverty that makes up much of Cape Town life. Each journey can be an emotional roller-coaster ride – joy, sadness, enchantment, anger, hope. But for me one of the most powerful and recurring themes has been an absolute respect and admiration for the extraordinary craftsmanship and dazzling inventiveness of the street artists that ply their bead work, paintings and metal sculptures around a number of major intersection across town. Wow! Thes...
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat
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Arum Lily Reed Frog at Afton Grove Country Retreat

Chris Spengler, owner of Afton Grove Country Retreat in Noordhoek - Cape Town, reports having recently found an Arum Lily Reed Frog (Hyperolius horstocki) on the glass pane of a dining door at the lodge recently. The Red Data listed species - Western Leopard Toad (Bufo Pantherinus) is resident for most of the year on the lodge grounds at Afton Grove Country Retreat. Other species that also occur at Afton Grove are: Clicking Stream Frog (Strongylopus grayii), Cape Sand Frog (Tomopterna delalandii) and Clawed Frog / Common Platana (Xenopus laevis). "It is a long time since I have been th...
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Oscar Win for South African Film
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Oscar Win for South African Film

Tsotsi, the South African film about a Johannesburg Shantytown thug won the Oscar for best foreign language film on Sunday, making it the first film from the country to win the award. The film which was directed and written by South African Gavin Hood features a searing performance by Presley Chweneyagae a gun-toting grown up AIDS orphan, who becomes an emotionally dead gangster until he learns the value of human life when he is forced to care for a baby he has mistakenly kidnapped. "We may have foreign language films, but our stories are the same as your stories. They are about the human ...
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