Elvira Van Noort

Minister to discuss elephant culling with scientists

Local and international scientists have been invited to another round table with Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk to discuss the proposed culling of elephants in the Kruger National Park. A report from the South African National Parks board in July this year proposed the culling of the elephants.

Plight of the world’s ‘invisible’ children

Millions of children die every year, despite efforts to provide them with the necessary services that could save their lives. They are the world's ''invisible'' children, who are highlighted in a new United Nations Children's Fund report, The State of the World's Children 2006: Excluded and Invisible, released on Wednesday.

SA’s Theron, Tsotsi nominated for Golden Globes

South African-born actress Charlize Theron was nominated for best actress for North Country, and director Gavin Hood's Tsotsi -- based on the Athol Fugard novel -- was nominated for best foreign film on Tuesday when the list of nominations for the Golden Globes was announced.

The tough job of being Proudly South African

Manana Moroka took up the position of Proudly South African CEO in November this year. The M&G Online asks her why Proudly SA has lost members.

Fuel crisis: I don’t want panic, says minister

A call for members of the public not to panic over fuel shortages was made by Minister of Minerals and Energy Lindiwe Hendricks in the National Assembly on Tuesday morning. In Gauteng, the problem has been exacerbated by panic buying among motorists who do not even need to fill up with fuel, she said.

Cull Kruger’s elephants, say wildlife groups

Seven major conservation and wildlife NGOs in South Africa say culling elephants in the Kruger National Park must be considered. A report from the South African National Parks board in July this year proposed culling between 5 000 and 7 000 elephants, but several wildlife groups have opposed the proposal.

‘Content is starting to eat itself’

Arthur Goldstuck's new book, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Going Wireless, delves into wireless communication in South Africa.

Tenor’s death a ‘personal loss’ for SA

One of South Africa's most successful opera singers, Deon van der Walt, was found dead on Thursday at his family's wine estate in northern Paarl after being shot twice in the chest. During his career as tenor, Van der Walt performed in many prestigious opera houses and won several prizes.

Speak out about Aids, IFP tells Mbeki

Stop fence-sitting and speak out about HIV, the Inkatha Freedom Party told President Thabo Mbeki on the eve of World Aids Day. ''Come off the fence ... admit the high-profile people who are dying of HIV and become a role model for openness,'' IFP health spokesperson Ruth Rabinowitz said on Wednesday.

Broadband take-up to double in SA

Broadband internet access, which finally made an impact on South Africa this year with the first 147 000 users settling into high-speed online lives, will almost double in usage in 2006 to 277 000 users. This is one of the key findings of <i>Broadband in South Africa 2005</i>, a new research report from World Wide Worx.

Plan to cull Kruger elephants is ‘deeply flawed’

NGOs, activists and other interest groups opposing elephant culling in the Kruger National Park met Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk on Monday. A report from the South African National Parks board in July proposed culling between 5 000 and 7 000 elephants.

Airline fights for light in South Africa

Daylight saving time (DST) is a reality in more than 70 countries worldwide -- but not in South Africa. Budget airline kulula.com, which started its ''Fight for Light'' DST campaign on September 1 this year, now claims President Thabo Mbeki has asked one of his ministers to investigate whether South Africa can adopt DST.

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