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Suzette de Wet

<B>Programme Relations Officer, IUCN-SA</b> Currently studying for a BCom in financial management, Suzette's job involves controlling million-rand budgets. What drives her is her passion for community development. She acts as the focal point for the IUCN-SA National Committee and the Southern Africa Sustainable Use Specialist Group, under IUCN's Species Survival Commission.

Yolan Friedmann

<b>Conservation Manager, Endangered Wildlife Trust; Programme Manager, Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, SSC/IUCN Southern Africa; Chairperson, IUCN South African Members' Committee</b> Yolan's background includes a BA in English; veterinary nursing at Onderstepoort; and, in between a very busy schedule, she is currently studying media communications.

Phumla Mzazi-Geja

<b>Park Manager: Mountain Zebra National Park, SANParks</b> The Cape mountain zebra nearly became extinct, but at Mountain Zebra National Park near Cradock, they are making a comeback. Now their population numbers 300. Their custodian is a small Xhosa woman, with a big laugh and a big heart.

When the wolf guards the flock

What happens if you appoint a wolf as shepherd? A steady downsizing of the flock. The wolf, professing vegetarianism, calls it right-sizing and states his enthusiastic commitment to fattening the remaining sheep. What happens if you appoint a dominant company to make the rules for its industry? It legislates its own dominance -- subtly, slowly, insidiously, in the name of the public good.

Can lawyers move beyond the pale?

The words of Steve Biko -- "Just like Jews know that if you forget that you are Jewish, a gentile will remind you; if you forget that you are black, a white man will remind you" -- must be starting to ring true for black lawyers and newly appointed black judges. These lawyers are finding, right in the corridors of justice, that no matter how high they go or well-read they become, they will never shed the albatross of their blackness. So, what's new?

Clutter’s Comeback

Does ambient media just clutter the urban landscape, facilitating brand bombardment and fuelling the white noise, or is there something here of real value? Jacquie Golding-Duffy jumps into the fray.

Narrow defeat for SA sailors

If ever Team Shosholoza came close to winning their first America's Cup match race in the Valencia Louis Vuitton Act 2, it was in Monday's neck-and-neck race against the super-slick American BMW Oracle racing team -- but it was not to be. The South Africans took the lead from the Americans just after the first windward mark.

Kelly Wilson

Field Research Officer, Wild Cheetah Unit, De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre Farmers often regard cheetahs on their land as vermin, to be shot or poisoned. Kelly is intent on changing their perceptions and behaviour, and she has succeeded in converting many into becoming allies of the De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Centre.

National women’s hockey coach quits

The South African Hockey Association is on the hunt for a new national women's coach following the shock announcement this week that Ros Howell has quit the job. Howell will, however, continue in the position until the end of the year, after which she will return to being deputy headmaster at St Mary's School in Johannesburg.

Forced sell-offs queried

Privatisation and trade liberalisation policies foisted on developing countries in return for financial help are often bad for the poor, according to a confidential United Kingdom government paper. The document says the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and individual governments should limit and streamline so-called ''conditionality'' for aid money.

Kaizer Chiefs plan big birthday gift

Kaizer Chiefs are planning a memorable 60th birthday present for their chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, in the form of a convincing victory over Bush Bucks at the FNB Stadium on Saturday. Club communications and public-relations manager Putco Mafani said their preparations for the game are at an advanced stage.

Lesotho: Coping in the midst of crisis

''In one of the areas visited, a community member said many of those without food at home made a point of regularly attending funerals, so they could at least get a meal that day.'' The impoverished mountain kingdom of Lesotho has experienced three consecutive years of drought-induced food shortages. Three people talk about how their lives have been affected by the crisis.

Woods and Elin Nordegren ‘chill’ on honeymoon

Golfing superstar Tiger Woods, who is relaxing on a Caribbean honeymoon with his Swedish sweetheart Elin Nordegren, said being married would not reduce his passion for winning golf tournaments. ''It is not going to change the way I play golf,'' Woods said on his website tigerwoods.com.

Beckham goes out his way to get booking

England captain David Beckham has revealed he deliberately went out of his way to get booked against Wales on Saturday because he knew he would be sidelined by an injury for England's next World Cup qualifying match. Two reckless clashes with Wales fullback Ben Thatcher earned Beckham his second yellow card of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Six die at World Cup matches

African football was on Monday mourning the deaths of six people after two World Cup qualifiers ended in tragedy and controversy at the weekend. In Lome, four people were killed and eight injured when a crowd stampeded following a power-cut after the Group One qualifying game between Togo and Mali.

Now it’s six titles for Aussie swimming hero

Australia's Brooke Hanson captured her record-setting sixth world title at the World Short-Course Swim Championships, completing a stunning effort on Monday with a 200m breaststroke crown. Hanson surpassed the previous short-course one-meet title haul of five set by China's Jing-yi Le in 1993.

United fans turn to people power

Manchester United fans are hoping people power can help beat off an Old Trafford takeover bid from American billionaire Malcolm Glazer. The club's biggest supporters group, Shareholders United, on Monday launched a campaign to attract 100 000 new members to help fight any proposed attempt to seize control.

Poor marks for Africa’s governments

Africans gave their governments poor marks in a landmark scorecard on the way officials run 28 of the continent's nations, a senior United Nations official said on Monday. Corruption, poor tax systems and dilapidated public services were the main complaints of about 50 000 African families and 2 000 experts polled.

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