Free entry into SA national parks

first_imgStudents of the Southern African WildlifeCollege in Hoedspruit, Limpopo. It is hopedthat National Parks Week will encouragemore people to choose conservationas their career.(Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. Formore free photos, visit the image library) MEDIA CONTACTS • Reynold Thakhuli Sanparks GM: Media, Events andStakeholder Relations+27 12 426 5170 or +27 83 552 2020Janine ErasmusSouth Africans visiting the country’s national parks will get in for free during National Parks Week, which runs from 14 to 20 September 2009.The promotion will kick off with a ceremony in the Kruger Park’s Mopani camp.There are certain entry conditions during this time: presentation of a valid South African identity document is compulsory, although schoolchildren and other youth under 16 will be allowed in for free without proof of identity.However, free access will not be granted to commercial ventures like tour operations. In addition, the free access only applies during the week i.e. until 18 September.It’s also worth noting that Boulders in the Table Mountain National Park is not part of the free access scheme and normal tariffs will apply to all visitors. Boulders is the picturesque home of the famous Jackass penguin colony and is one of only three areas, along with Silvermine and the Cape of Good Hope, in the largely open-access Table Mountain park that asks for a conservation fee.Conserving natural heritageSouth African National Parks (Sanparks) oversees the annual week-long awareness drive, which was launched in 2006 with the ongoing theme of Know Your National Parks.The initiative aims to promote national parks as affordable holiday destinations for local and international visitors, particularly those with families.Sanparks CE David Mabunda said the National Parks Week campaign encourages South Africans, especially those in nearby communities, to visit their parks. This will help to develop a greater sense of national pride in this precious natural heritage, which will translate to more appreciation and conservation of the areas, ensuring their survival for future generations.“Through this project we also aim at building stronger constituencies and ambassadors of conservation and the environment,” commented Mabunda.Besides the free access, Sanparks has planned a host of activities in all parks – including exhibitions; tree-planting; clean-up and conservation drives; interaction with schools, pensioners and other community groups; and walks and talks with game rangers, among others.“The survival of the South African national parks system and our natural and cultural heritage lies in the people of South Africa and this year we are focusing on involving young people and communities,” said Mabunda.Sanparks says it will continue to promote National Parks Week in recognition of the natural treasure under its protection.“National parks provide recreational tourism experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge,” said the organisation in a statement. “Through this week’s celebration we want to positively influence and inculcate responsible behaviour towards national parks and the environment as a whole.”Saving ecosystemsSanparks was established in 1926 when the National Parks Bill was tabled in Parliament, replacing the previous game reserve system. The latter placed more emphasis on the protection of animals than the protection of ecosystems as a whole. Also in 1926 the Kruger National Park became the first in Sanparks’s stable and the inaugural Sanparks board was appointed.Today the organisation is responsible for the management of almost 4-million hectares of protected land in 22 national parks.These are West Coast, Table Mountain, Bontebok, Karoo and Agulhas, in the Western Cape province; Knysna, Wilderness, Tsitsikamma, Addo Elephant, Mountain Zebra and Camdeboo in the Eastern Cape; Namaqua, |Ai-|Ais/Richtersveld, Augrabies, Kgalagadi, Tankwa Karoo and Mokala in the Northern Cape; Golden Gate in the Free State; Marakele and Mapungubwe in Limpopo; Kruger in Mpumalanga; and Groenkloof in Gauteng.In recent years Sanparks has largely focused its efforts on making national parks more accessible to visitors to the country, so the tourist drawcards can continue contributing to the economy and help develop the rural areas surrounding them.Queries or comments? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

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New electric car to hit South African market

first_imgSouth African-born entrepreneur, Elon Musk, tweeted that the Tesla Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor. (Image: Inverse)Tesla’s latest electric car would be available in South Africa, chief executive Elon Musk said on 31 March. The South African-born entrepreneur tweeted that the Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016Watch the launch, and listen to Musk explaining how climate change inspired his creation:Tesla Unveils Model 3 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.According to news website ENCA, two full-electric cars are already available in the country: the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3. But this will be the first time a full-electric car company will set up shop in South Africa.The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor.The starting price is $35 000, about R520 000 at the current exchange rate. The Tesla website states deliveries will start in late 2017.Lines are moving! #Model3https://t.co/0wbXJtiiK7— Tesla Motors (@TeslaMotors) March 31, 2016Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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No strength required, just ingenuity 2 — Geocache of the Week

first_imgLocation:Ohio, United StatesN 39° 46.645 W 084° 03.946 Mystery CacheGC11AT5by PZ Dude No strength required, just ingenuity 2 — Geocache of the WeekThe cache is located at the top of the Wright State University sign. Seems simple enough, right? Just climb up, grab the cache, and be done with it. But here’s the catch: climbing the structure is not allowed. Plus, judging from the gallery, you may want to bring your friends — lots and lots of friends — for this Geocache of the Week.Bring your friends for this cacheThe cache description readsThis is going to be a little different than the kind of cache you’re accustomed to searching for. Completion requires no strength, just a lot of thought and ingenuity. You might also need to bring your bag of geostuff. I placed this cache with my feet firmly planted on the ground. Please do not climb, dig, turn over, poke or prod anything. Don’t bother the lights, it’s not there. You will be searching for a decon container hidden in plain sight.Cache owner PZ Dude is the proud owner who drives past this location 4-5 times a week, giving him a big smile. But with great power comes great responsibility, as this cache is 75 feet (23 meters) up and according to him, “…a pain the A double snakes to get back up on top of the sign.”Teamwork makes the dream workPZ Dude says he’s seen a dozen ways to attempt this cache: ropes, strings, kites, slingshots, regular tennis balls, weighted tennis balls, dog ball launcher, water balloon cannon, fishing poles, even a lift truck.Slingshot methodAlthough Event Caches cannot be set up for the sole purpose of finding caches, on one Christmas Eve a group of a dozen intrepid geocachers got together and finally logged this smiley. Many others came along for a good chuckle, to offer pointers, and hand out mugs of hot chocolate.Werqin’ it!Need a spoiler? With blessings from the cache owner, check out this 30-second video hosted by Tom Hanks that actually shows the cache at about the 10-second mark. This well-known cache was originally owned by Steve of stevensheri (who sadly passed away in 2012) then taken over by Slammer47 who subsequently moved away from the area. His cache was approved by the Chief of Police and the Head of Grounds Maintenance at Wright State University. A big THANK YOU goes out to them.In the words of the original cache owner, “Take your time and work it out. When it’s signed and back in place, love it or hate it, you’ll never forget it.”Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More Difficulty:4Terrain:1.5 SharePrint RelatedWho’s Watching You!!! GC15KNG GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – January 30, 2012January 30, 2012In “Community”Nargö — Geocache of the WeekMay 10, 2017In “Community”High energy! — Fission around the bend (GC1NGRD) — Geocache of the WeekMay 28, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

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You Sell from In Front

first_imgIt’s difficult to play the game of sales from behind.It’s difficult to play from behind when your buyer has already entered the buying cycle. Once they’ve decided that they’re dissatisfied, that they need to change, and have started evaluating options, you’re already working from behind. If you think you can wait for your dream client to decide they need something before you start engaging them, you’re incorrect.It’s difficult to play from behind your competitors, too. Once they’ve managed to find their way into your dream client company and made connections, you’re already behind in relationship building. If you think you can play catch up after your competitors have the place wired, you’re going to learn just how difficult it can be to displace someone with a deep relationship. Selling is built on relationships of value. You need to have built relationships before you really need them.It’s difficult to play from behind when it comes to pricing. Once you’re at the end of your sales process and begin negotiating, it’s too late to start trying to define the value you create. To successfully maintain your pricing and your margins, you needed to build the value and gain agreement on what it’s worth to your client early in the sales process. The only way you can push back and reiterate the value you create is if you’ve already gained that agreement earlier. You sharpen your value creation, or you sharpen your pencil.Selling is a game that’s best played from in front. You work in front of opportunities to help your dream client understand and their needs—and the eventual solution. You work in front of opportunities to create the relationships you need up and down your client’s organizational chart. You work in front of pricing by gaining agreement on the value you create and what it’s worth to your dream client before you ever get to a negotiation.QuestionsHow do you play the game of sales from in front?How do you fall behind?What are the challenges of trying to catch up with your dream client when they’re deep into their buying cycle?What do you do to catch up with your competitors when they’ve built strong relationships?When is the right time to start justifying your price as it relates to the value you create? Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

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I-T dept officials raid house, offices of Gupta brothers

first_imgIncome Tax officials raided the offices in Saharanpur and Dehradun belonging to the South Africa-based industrialists Gupta brothers. Searches were also conducted at the Guptas’ ancestral house in Ranibazar where the brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become industrial tycoons in South Africa and close allies of the country’s former President Jacob Zuma. Mr. Zuma’s reported dealings with the brothers had rocked South African politics, leading to his resignation as President in mid-February. The Gupta brothers, however, have consistently denied any wrongdoing. “There was suspicion that the brothers were trying to bring illegal money into the country through various means. We intend to investigate if there is some basis for the suspicion,” said a senior IT department official involved with the raid. “Raids were conducted at the old Ranibazar house in Saharanpur, as well as their houses in Dehradun. We are also looking for bank accounts associated with them and properties they own,” the official said.Premise of a temple where the Gupta brothers were in the process of building a grand structure worth several crores were also raided, said the official.last_img read more

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IPL 2011: Sourav breaks his silence over snub

first_imgBreaking his silence after being ignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he was always transparent in whatever he did as a cricketer.Sourav Ganguly”I never did politics. I would not have been here if I did politics. With my practical experiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the top all the time,” said the former India skipper during a programme in Kolkata.”So when you are at the top, be transparent. The rule is same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader you must tell the truth. They might not like it but it’s important to be clear with your colleagues,” Ganguly said.Having retired from international cricket, Ganguly continued playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the IPL Kolkata team for the first three seasons. However, none of the 10 franchises showed any interest in him in the IPL auction for the fourth season of the League.But, the 38-year-old former captain insisted that there was no age for retirement. “As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement,” he said. Referring to Indian cricket’s Big Three – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – who are at the fag-end of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should be careful to avoid an Australia-like crisis.”Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That’s too much of a void to fill so quickly,” Ganguly said. Ganguly said the magnificent trio should retire in phases. “I don’t see them retiring very soon as long as they keep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thing that they make sure that they don’t finish together, so there will be a lot of void.” “So the selectors have to be careful to make sure that they go one at a time and not all together so that you get in the replacements and get them ready. “Also it’s important to get in the replacements in a home series so that they go to an overseas tour with runs and confidence behind them.” “You saw Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series in South Africa. He struggled a bit but it was difficult condition to bat in there as well. So it’s important that they go in phases.”advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Airtel TV is now available on the web: You can watch more than 100 live TV channels

first_imgOnline content platforms have been extremely popular with mobile internet becoming cheap. After seeing a host of third-party players jump in and rule the segment, telecom players are themselves participating in the game to snatch a share of the pie. Jio was the first one to jump in with its JioTv a few years ago and others followed. Airtel has been offering its Airtel TV in the guise of a mobile app and now, it is moving a step ahead of its rivals.After limiting its TV service to the mobile app, Airtel has now released the Airtel TV service for the web. Subscribers will now be able to enjoy content from the app on the web. Therefore, the consumer now gets to watch the content on computers anywhere anytime. With this service, Airtel has essentially made available almost 100 live TV channels on the web.All Airtel subscribers need to do is simply go on to website (www.airtelxstream.in) and log in with their Airtel number to access the service. Once logged in, the subscriber will able to see all the content available for free. For watching premium content, subscribers will need to pay for the packages. If a subscriber has done that, even the premium content is available to watch online.The app offers more than 350 live TV channel across news, entertainment, infotainment, music, movies, devotional, lifestyle, kids, sports across multiple languages like English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bengali, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi and more. The service makes available content from some popular streaming platforms such as Zee5, Hooq, Eros Now, YouTube and others.advertisementIn comparison, Reliance Jio’s JioTV is only available in the form of an app. JioTV isn’t available on the web but it also offers access to TV channels – both live as well as recorded. JioTV also doesn’t require additional paid subscription as it is complimentary with all Jio recharges. However, Jio’s TV service will be soon coming to the GigaFiber service scheduled to launch within a few weeks.ALSO READ | How to watch Game of Thrones in India: What are the legal options and how much will it costALSO READ | Hotstar Rs 365 VIP subscription: What is it, what does it offer and everything you need to knowlast_img read more

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Everything you need to know about #NTL2016

first_imgNeed to find out information about the 2016 National Touch League? Everything you need to know is here: 2016 National Touch LeagueDrawLive streamingNTL TV AnnouncementWhat we are looking forward toKeep up-to-date with all of the latest news, information and results from the 2016 National Touch League:Website – www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.comFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#NTL2016)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (#NTL2016)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksEverything you need!last_img read more

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