Tony Carnie HAS loud underwater noise from the oil and gas exploration industry caused whale and dolphin deaths along the KwaZulu-Natal coast? Senior Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife marine ecologist Dr Jennifer Olbers has posed this question in a presentation about the death of at least 18 whales and dolphins that washed up on KwaZulu-Natal beaches last year amid ongoing deep-sea gas and oil exploration ventures. Continue reading “Verdict still out on seismic threats”
Vast amounts of fossil fuel will be burned up in an extensive and potentially harmful deep-sea exploration for fossil fuels embedded deep in the earth’s crust not far off the KwaZulu-Natal shoreline. This is one of the ironies emerging from a provisional study of an OffShore Drilling Scoping Report recently released – then subsequently withdrawn – by Italian multinational gas and oil company Eni. Read more
‘Ban on rhino horn sales not protecting the animals,’ say game ranch owners
Calls to legalise the trade in rhino horn are to come under the spotlight at this week’s 2017 Symposium of Contemporary Conservation Practice that gets under away in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal midlands tomorrow. FRED KOCKOTT reports
In the wake of one the worst spillages of raw plastic pellets in KwaZulu-Natal waters, a Roving Reporters investigation has revealed that the one of the world’s biggest petrochemical companies, Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (Sabic), will foot the bill for massive clean-up operations. Continue reading “Government probes KZN cargo spill”
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”
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”
The Man Who Planted Treesby French author, Jean Giono, is a classic tale worth reading during Arbor Week. The 4000-word allegorical tale was also made into an award-winning short film in 1987. Click here to watch the short film.
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.
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”
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.
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 Phungulawas there to witness the action. Continue reading “Survival swimming lesson for Ocean Stewards”
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.
Surfers are natural ambassadors and symbols of the ocean as they spend so much time in the sea, writes Zamo Phungula, who is assisting Roving Reporters in shortlisting candidates nominated for Roving Reporters 2017 Soul Surfers Awards.
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”
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”
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”
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 reportsContinue reading “Perils of losing our humanity”
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).
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 KockottContinue reading “Rangers’ tales: Flashbacks to the past”
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”
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”