A “beach bum extraordinaire” has teamed up with fellow marine scientists to generate a new wave of ocean stewards. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report.
Boots on the ground will not solve South Africa’s poaching problem, says criminologist, Cath Jakins, co-organiser of the Durban chapter of yesterday’s Global March for Elephants and Rhinos. Continue reading “Poverty drives poaching”
Vultures thrive on rhino kills
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife is under unfriendly fire, but latest arrests spark hope that the tide can be turned in combating rhino poaching. FRED KOCKOTT reports Continue reading “Battle against bloodshed”
Several thousand people in 97 cities worldwide – from Gaborone to Canada – are taking part in a global march tomorrow to raise awareness about the impacts of poaching and the associated illegal trade in wildlife. Continue reading “Global march against poaching”
The 2017 Cobbles Classic surfing event and Cape Recife Music Festival in Port Elizabeth last weekend, heralded the start of a drive to create “plastic-free” surf contests in South Africa. Spearheading the campaign is Diony Lalieu, the winner of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer award at the SA Longboarding Championships hosted in Durban earlier this year. Continue reading “Plastic-free surf contests for a “blue-er” ocean”
Deep-sea exploration sparks renewed conservation efforts, but when it comes to protecting ocean life, competing commercial interests pose a huge challenge, writes FRED KOCKOTT.
A world without trees would be hell on earth
As a massive indigenous tree planting project takes root in South Africa, FRED KOCKOTT and JANE ROSS reflect on the relevance of a poignant tree planting tale from French author, Jean Giono.
With Arbor Week underway in South Africa, it is worth reflecting on the life Abdul Samad Sheikh, a rickshaw-puller in Bangladesh who planted at least one tree a day since he was 12. Continue reading “The “Forest Person of Bangaladesh””
1 to 7 September
South Africa celebrates Arbor Week in the first week of September annually. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF), is responsible for the campaign, and can assist with queries about Arbor Week activities taking place around the country this week. Click here for contact list. Continue reading “Arbor Week activities”
Daily Vox writer, SHAAZIA EBRAHIM, reports that a South African student’s poster has been selected to raise global awareness about the extent of plastic pollution in our oceans. University of Pretoria (UP) student, Sascha Saddul’s work was one of ten selected for the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference exhibition in New York.
Can 23-year-old, Boyan Slat, clear the oceans of plastic waste? asks Guy Kelly of The Telegraph. Slat is the founder and the CEO of The Ocean Cleanup. Continue reading “23-year-old’s ambitious ocean clean up scheme”
Desperate people who rummage for goods in rubbish bins, municipal dumps and landfill sites represent an untapped workforce that could help prevent vast amounts of plastic ending up in the ocean. So says world renowned environmental engineer and expert on marine waste, Dr Jenna Jambeck. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report. Continue reading “Plastic waste can drive circular economies”
Seafarers in South African waters have been warned to avoid tampering with two strange alien-looking crafts – one of them floating on the surface; the other drifting at depths of up to 1000 metres. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report. Continue reading “Space age tech deployed in Agulhas Current”
Several hundred people turned out for Durban’s first Welcoming the Whales Festival at the Bluff over the weekend. FRED KOCKOTT and DIONY LALIEU report Continue reading “Welcoming the whales”
In celebrating World Ocean Day this week, Durban South Tourism, Sodurba, launched its whaling history tours in association with various stakeholders, including Wildlands’ WhaleTime project which engages the public in monitoring the migration of the marine mammal along the KZN coast from June to December each year. Continue reading “Sights set on Durban becoming a Whale Heritage Site”
In KwaZulu-Natal, the endemic plastic litter problem, extending from city streets to communities in river catchment areas, becomes obscene after heavy rains, our beaches clogged with vast amounts of plastic waste. But it need not be this way, say Plastics SA sustainability director Douw Steyn and Catherine Constantinides, head of Miss Earth South Africa’s leadership programme. Click here to read this story as published in today’s Sunday Tribune.
Around the globe, people are uniting around a serious decline of the health of our oceans, many of them coming up with innovative solutions.
In celebration of World Oceans Day, Roving Reporters looks at what is happening at the United Nations through to public events taking place in Durban.
The prospect for a “vibrant, sustainable blue economy” is on South Africa’s doorstep, South Africa’s environmental affairs minister, Dr Edna Molewa, told the United Nation’s Ocean Conference that got underway in New York this week. Continue reading “Vibrant, blue economy on our doorstep, says environmental affairs minister”
The 2017 Ocean Stewards deep-sea expedition along the KwaZulu-Natal coast comes under the spotlight at the United Nations (UN) Ocean Conference in New York today. Continue reading “Epic KZN deep sea expedition sparks international interest”
In promoting the World Whale Conference in Durban later this month, an art initiative, Creations for Cetaceans, is helping school children make whale sculptures from recycled ocean waste. Roving Reporters Ocean Watch ambassador, Diony Lalieu, reports. Continue reading “Whale sculpture highlights plastic pollution threats”
In this video, Zodidi Gwayise talked about her expectations in taking part in the 30-day Ocean Stewards epic ocean expedition. Zodidi returned from the first leg of the exhibition at midnight. Roving Reporters will catch up with her to find out how it went. Continue reading “Zodidi Gwayise docks back in Durban”
Roving Reporters Ocean Watch ambassador, Diony Lalieu, recently alerted us to this amazing concept – and a future to look forward to. IF all goes according to plan, this innovative ocean clean up system will hit the water 2018. Continue reading “How to rid the world’s oceans of plastic”
Falling overboard while on a yacht far out at sea is no longer a concern for 25-year-old marine biology student, Zodidi Gwayisa.
Over the next 30 days, a team of seventeen young marine biologists – most of whom have never been out to sea before – will help leading marine scientists explore rich and diverse deep sea habitats along the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
The 2017 Ocean Stewards expedition on board the 72-foot wooden research vessel, the RV Angra Pequena, aims to identify areas for inclusion in an expanded network of Marine Protected Areas.
Seventeen new Ocean Stewards are about to embark on a 30-day deep sea research expedition on board the 72-foot expedition yacht, the Angra Pequena. For many of the students, the excitement of going out to sea for the first time is mingled with the fear of falling over board. To counter these fears, Sea Quests’ Nikki Chapman treated students to a survival swimming lesson this week. Zamo Phungula was there to witness the action. Continue reading “Survival swimming lesson for Ocean Stewards”
The collection and recycling of plastic waste from school yards will help save marine life, says the South African Association of Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR). Continue reading “Ocean conservationists endorse Green Desks”
A nutritional feeding scheme is sprouting into a world-first recycling project which sees FUTURELIFE food sachets converted into ‘green’ school desks. Continue reading “Recycling project sprouts Green Desks”
Within days of becoming an Ocean Watch ambassador, the winner of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer Award, Diony Lalieu is in action promoting penguin conservation. Continue reading “Ocean Watch ambassador goes waddling to save African Penguins”
16-year-old Durban school girl, Christy Gilmour, was last night crowned South African Longboard “Surfers’ Surfer of the Year” after winning the Open Women’s championship title as well as the under 18 woman’s division in challenging surf conditions at Durban’s Bay of Plenty yesterday.
The soul of South African surfing is alive and well at the national longboard championships at Durban’s fabled Bay of Plenty, write David Macgregor and Fred Kockott. Continue reading “South Africa’s surfing soul comes alive in Durban”
A whale watching trip is now also on the cards for two top contenders of Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfer Awards. Sponsored by the World Cetacean Alliance, the trip will enable the two nominated Soul Surfer ambassadors to go whale watching with delegates of the forthcoming World Whale Conference taking place in Durban in June. Continue reading “Whale watching trip for two Soul Surfer Award winners”
As a hip hop enthusiast, environmental journalism is not Zamo Phungula’s first calling, but a recent visit to Port Natal Maritime Museum certainly struck a chord, inspiring her first Ocean Watch blog.
Answering the call of the ocean
More than 200 of the country’s top longboard surfers, including world title holders and legendary veterans of the sport, descend on Durban next week for a seven-day action packed surfing extravaganza that aims to promote marine conservation. Continue reading “Biggest surfing event in Africa comes to Durban”
Going out to sea for the first time is exciting. Working with marine scientists on a research vessel using under water cameras to study life at ocean depths never surveyed before, is an opportunity of a lifetime, says 20-year-old Thamsanqa Nkosi. Continue reading “Opportunity of a life time for Ocean Stewards”
Amid a government drive to unlock the economic potential of the oceans, an innovative offshore research programme involving annual deep sea expeditions, hopes to guide the associated protection of rich, biodiverse and fragile marine eco-systems. Continue reading “Deep sea research could stop exploitation”
Chance for city to join an international whale tourism route
With the 4th World Whale Congress being hosted in Durban in June this year, whale-based tourism in KwaZulu-Natal is likely to get a giant boost. Continue reading “World Whale Congress planned for Durban”
When 27-year-old Nondumiso Chili and four colleagues from Umlazi enrolled for training as whale tourism guides, they got teased and ridiculed in the township. Continue reading “The Whale Time Girls”
Roving Reporter’s director, Fred Kockott, cut to the chase in launching a series of seminars on Critical Conversations in Sustainability at Regent Business School in Durban last night. Zamo Phungula reports. Continue reading “Climate change: cutting to the chase”
Climate change is not a sexy topic, but the idea of waking up to an alarm clock powered by the breeze the night before, certainly is. Continue reading “Riding the rays of the sun”
Roving Reporter, Zamo Phungula, recently set out to profile five Umlazi WhaleTime guides who, until recently, had never boarded a boat. Her brief was to uncover secrets of Durban’s whaling past, and learn how this blubbery, blood-soaked industry of the past could be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal.
Impressed by the transformation of a deluge of seedy, inner city buildings into a first-class educational hub, Durban’s deputy mayor, Fawzia Peer has instructed a host of senior city officials to ‘think out of the box’ in taking this urban regeneration process further. Continue reading “Innovative architecture inspires urban revival”
“Get your act together,” warns DEA
eThekwini municipality and Verulam’s Waste Water Treatment Works (WWTW) could face criminal prosecution if they do not effectively address recent causes of faecal pollution of the Mdloti which flows into the La Mercy lagoon near King Shaka airport. Continue reading “DEA gets tough on Mdloti River pollution”
An ancient, treasured art form used extensively across Morocco has found a home on the walls of a century old Church building near Durban’s City Hall. Continue reading “Ancient art sparks Durban’s soul”
As societies all over the world undergo dramatic, unforeseeable change, a dead languages walkway created in Durban has sparked debate about what we are losing in our pursuit for progress. FRED KOCKOTT reports Continue reading “Perils of losing our humanity”
Goats and traditional medicine must become part of KZN’s economy
Despite spending more R10 million over nine months to resolve a massive stink, Enviroserv’s Shongweni landfill site which receives vast quantities of “hazardous, not necessarily toxic” waste, faces possible shut down by the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA).
Parties guilty of air pollution emanating from the landfill might also face criminal prosecution. Continue reading “‘Hazardous, not necessarily toxic’ waste creates problems for Enviroserv”
The ripple effect of sewerage pollution – and possibly also chemical contamination – of the Mdloti River which flows into the sea at La Mercy near King Shaka airport could damage KwaZulu-Natal’s reputation as a world renowned water sports playground.
One of Durban’s biggest money-spinning industries of the past – whaling – is opening new doors into ocean conservation education and potentially lucrative eco-tourism enterprises. A growing number of environmental stakeholders, associated investors, archivists and tourism operators, believe Durban’s blubbery and blood-soaked whaling past should be turned into a signature eco-tourism enterprise for KwaZulu-Natal. Continue reading “Gigantic leaps for whale-based tourism”
Innovative settlement of land claims in and around South Africa’s first natural world heritage site, iSimangaliso, is creating a new conservation ethos that benefits local people. FRED KOCKOTT reports Continue reading “A journey to wholeness”
South Africa’s most significant conservation areas, including the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, are here today because of the dedication and commitment of veteran game rangers like Mdiceni Gumede and Paul Dutton, writes Fred Kockott Continue reading “Rangers’ tales: Flashbacks to the past”
It might not be ‘boots on the ground’ that ultimately protect South Africa’s wilderness areas, game parks and nature reserves, but rural enterprise and education. Fred Kockott reports Continue reading “Rewilding sparks rural enterprise”
The American Dream – work hard, save, sacrifice and you will have it all – is defunct, says the director of research at Durban’s Regent Business School, Professor Dhiru Soni. Continue reading “Sustainability imperative eclipses the the American Dream”
RECENT offshore gas and oil exploration along the KwaZulu-Natal coast adversely impacted on this year’s whale migrations, leading marine scientists – who have gathered in Durban – have warned. Continue reading “Whales face ‘seismic’ threats off KZN”
Leading South African marine scientists will this week help a new wave of Ocean Stewards understand challenges that lie ahead in protecting marine environments under threat. Continue reading “Boost for marine science students”
An ambitious project that promotes the shooting of whales in an eco-friendly way, has been launched in Durban. Almost hunted to extinction forty years ago, whales are now at the heart of the a ‘citizen science’ project launched in Durban by Wildlands in association with Grindrod Bank and The Blue Fund. Continue reading “Shooting whales the eco-friendly way”
Sea Quests in association with Wildlands are planning an innovative and public whale watching programme, writes Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University marine science student, Summer Newton. Continue reading “Ocean Stewards to bring whale watching to KZN”
Legendary Durban musician, Madala Kunene, who this time last year graced New York’s Carnegie Hall, takes part in a concert in Durban on Tuesday evening in support the award-winning Makotikoti Arts Project. FRED KOCKOTT reflects on the Nikapenny (give us pennies) story behind Madala’s music.
As a young boy in the 1950s, Madala Kunene used to run through the shack lands of Cato Manor in Durban. He would shout to aeroplanes flying above: “Ngizokugibela wena! Ngizokugibela wena!” (one day I will ride on you). Continue reading “Music takes the heart places”
A life-long love affair with music has led Lu Dlamini into a Durban home that doubles up as a recording studio – acoustic panels attached to the walls and furniture surrounded by large speakers, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, base guitars, amplifiers and an indigenous instrument called the Makhweyane. Continue reading “Durban song bird celebrates”
The Makotikoti Art Project is an unbelievable outcome for what began as a Taco Kuiper grant for a group of students in Durban, writes Margaret Renn.
Writing for City Press, Max Matavire, states that the recently gazetted marine and coastal tourism implementation plan could see the protection of some sea life such as whales and turtles being undone. Read more
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