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Tue, 27 Jun 2017
Local beach makes most colourful places in the world list

South Africa may have been dubbed many things under the sun but one thing is for sure, the country prides itself on flying the flag high up when it comes to its colourful people and attractions.

And the latest accolade is being included in CNN’s compilation of colourful places in the world that affirms what we already know when it comes to our country’s attractions – after all, we are known to be a rainbow nation.

Ranked at number 2 on the list of 25 world’s most bright colourful places, SA’s Muizenberg beach surpassed places found in the Tokyo, Arizona, Italy and France to name a few – see full list here

It says “Muizenberg’s colourful beach huts don’t need an Instagram filter to dazzle”.

Known as a shallow beach with warm water during the time of winter, according to Cape Town tourism, the Muizenberg region is more than just a summer destination. It offers great family fun and learning to surf has become the number one activity on the jam-packed beachfront, even during winter.

If you move away from the beach you will discover some quirky characters in this distinctly bohemian seaside village.

In fact, the easiest way to familiarise yourself with the region is to join Moonlight Meander with the locals and enjoy a safe, fun-filled evening walking on the beautiful Muizenberg Blue Flag beach in the light of the full moon on Saturday

The series continues throughout the year in partnership with the Muizenberg Precinct Neighbourhood Watch Association.

Meet at the Safer Together table in front of Knead Bakery at Surfer’s Corner on Beach Road, Muizenberg at 18:00. The walk starts at 18:15 on the corner in front of the bakery, which stays open especially for Meander Saturday evenings.

There is ample parking for participants, and roaming car guards will be on duty. Alcohol is not permitted on the beach, but dogs are a welcome provided they are on leashes.



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Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Young entrepreneurs helped by Bizniz in a Box

Coca-Cola Beverages SA (CCBSA) is working with young people to help them triumph over challenges as most young people struggle to find work and many have given up hope.

CCBSA is introducing them to the possibilities of entrepreneurship through a concept dubbed Bizniz in a Box. This initiative gives young people between the ages of 24 and 35 and living in townships the opportunity, skills and funding to set up and run their own successful container shops. From December last year to February this year, total revenue for the first six shops increased from just over R50 000 a month to more than R200 000, demonstrating the great potential of the programme.

Talented young people are selected, trained in marketing, sales, stock management and finance and given access to funding to start their container business – literally a business in a box.

“Aspiring entrepreneurs in SA face a number of challenges including a lack of funding and skills, fierce competition from bigger companies and regulatory challenges. These common hurdles have resulted in high failure rates for small businesses,” says Tsholofelo Mqhayi, head of enterprise and community development at CCBSA.

“Through the Bizniz in a Box process, we’re helping young people set up and manage thriving businesses in their communities.”

The programme grooms young entrepreneurs to run their own businesses through on-the-job training. This means they are assessed on their actual performance in a live environment, rather than in a classroom set-up only. It also gives candidates a taste of what it’s like to operate a micro business independently.

Once they’ve completed repayment of a portion of the capital cost of the store and met the performance criteria, the store is officially handed over to them and their new life as a fully independent entrepreneur begins.

They are also encouraged to start thinking about other opportunities outside their shop, such as opening up a franchised business.




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Fri, 23 Jun 2017
Natal Lion Park devastated after poachers kill Maxine the rhino...

As South Africa continues to battle an intense rhino poaching war, conservation and wildlife haven, Natal Lion Park says it is “devastated” with the recent poaching of its beloved white rhino, Maxine.

The Natal Lion Park reported the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday,  21 June saying that the 11-year-old white rhino at the wildlife park – not far from the major cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg – was shot in the head while she was sleeping by poachers, who then stole the animal’s horn.

Although the news came as a shock, the park says it is grateful for the support it has received and to the South African Police Services for responding to the call so quickly.  The park hopes that arrests will be made soon so that the poachers can be brought to justice.

“We are devastated to announce that our beloved Maxine, the white rhino that everyone has come to know and love over the years at the Natal Lion Park, was killed in the early hours of yesterday morning by poachers.

“Maxine was an orphan rhino that was hand raised at the Lion Park. She was 11 years old.

The park writes, “according to the veterinary surgeon, who examined her yesterday morning, she was killed instantly by a bullet to the head while she was asleep, so the one blessing is that she didn’t suffer when they removed her horn.

“We are so sad and in shock, and will do everything possible to find the culprits responsible for this heinous crime.

“We are grateful to the Stock Theft Unit, Ezemvelo KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) Wildlife and the SAPS (South African Police Services) for responding to the call so quickly. We hope that arrests will be made soon so that the poachers can be brought to justice. RIP Maxine.”

Rhino crisis highlighted

While poachers target the horn believed to have high-value medicinal properties, such tragic and reckless poaching incidents highlight how intense and fearless the criminal industry has become.

In just a short space of time,  poachers have attacked Thula Thula Rhino Orphanage in Kwa Zulu Natal, which has subsequently decided to close down after a heavily armed gang hit the orphanage on the night of 21 February.

Most recently SA’s special investigative police unit has arrested poaching suspects at OR Tambo International Airport trying to smuggle rhino horns out of the country – with the latest being the two alleged smugglers arrested on Monday, 12 June and 10 rhino horn, valued at R2.8 million, recovered.

While government says it is doing all it can to reduce the number on poaching and increase arrests, conservationists have also alleged that there is massive corruption within the court system, resulting in the release of several suspects or the engineering of ongoing delays in trials that go nowhere – and poachers clearly becoming more brazen in their attack.




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