The illegal trade and smuggling of South African abalone, or Perlemoen, has been described as an industry “probably worth close to a billion rand or more every year” by Traffic – a leading non-governmental organisation working globally on trade in wild animals and plants. Markus Burgener, the programme coordinator of[…]
Residents and ratepayers of Green Point have submitted a proposal that aims to declare the popular Green Point Common a heritage site. According to Councillor Dave Bryant, the proposal was submitted by the Green Point Ratepayers Association (GPRA). “The GPRRA and heritage officials at the City of Cape Town have[…]
After it was believed to be extinct since the 1800’s, one of the Western Cape’s endemic species has been rediscovered by a student from the University of Cape Town (UCT). Psoralea cataracta is one of the first recorded species lost to forestry and agriculture and originates from the pea family. It[…]
Western Cape homeowners have been warned to keep a lookout for unwanted guests as summer approaches. Bush cockraoches have been spotted in homes from the city to Bredasdorp, and are regarded as “super roaches”. According to Sebastian Seelig, managing Director of Pest Free SA, bush roaches are a hybrid between[…]
When thinking of the words to describe Cape Town and the Western Cape, ‘unique’ is usually at the top of my list. Nowhere else compares to our beautiful home. From the diversity of Cape Town’s cultures, to the impressive displays that Mother Nature created, living in this city is truly[…]
Residents in the sleepy French town of Armentieres got a major shock Wednesday evening when a large black panther was seen patrolling the suburbs, and this was no Marvel superhero. Calls flooded in to local authorities at around 6:30pm Wednesday that the powerful animal was spotted prowling the city streets…[…]
A gigantic floating rock formation, believed to emanate from the depths of the Pacific Ocean, is heading directly for Australia, and some believe it may prove to be a lifeline for the Great Barrier Reef. The giant volcanic rock pumice, over 20,000 football fields in size, is believed to be[…]
Following a number of attacks on hikers within Table Mountain National Park, a local hiker from Kenilworth has taken the initiative to create a Google map, called Table Mountain Crime Map, for recording crime in the area and preparing those who plan to explore the mountain trails. The recent murder[…]
The recent death of a Ukrainian hiker as well as 14 other attacks reported in the Table Mountain area this year has prompted SANParks to deploy more rangers to bolster security and better ensure the safety of visitors to Cape Town’s iconic landmark. At World Rangers Day, held in Cape[…]
By Anees Teladia The murder of a Ukrainian tourist this past weekend has once again highlighted the inadequate safety mechanisms and crime prevention strategies on mountain trails and hiking paths in the Western Cape. Table Mountain, one of the most iconic landmarks of South Africa, is riddled with crime and[…]
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