Officially no one is a candidate and there is not even a campaign, but in reality the contest to become the next South African president is well under way ahead of a crucial vote in December. The African National Congress (ANC) meets at the end of year to choose the person expected to lead the party into the 2009 general elections.
Carel van Heerden feels no reason to apologise about his doomed lion-breeding business. ''Trophy hunters will always exist. We're taking the pressure off the rest of the roaming lions in Africa.'' The appetite for big-game hunting among foreign tourists sustains around 300 lion-breeding farms across South Africa.