Catch & release – alive!

As the tigerfish is our premier inland gamefish and because its numbers are dwindling, Abré J Steyn feels strongly about the art of catch-and-release. But with this fish, successful release...

The scaly wings

Moths are not as popular or admired for their beauty as their cousins the butterflies. However, they have an essential ecological role as pollinators and are essential to life on...

Old Platanna

Chameleons may look like mini dinosaurs, but they're a highly evolved kind of lizard with unique abilities, "modifications" and "specs". But their numbers in South Africa are declining, writes Abré...

Danger! Don’t mess with me!

It was almost midnight. The big crowned eagle was restless and her weight on my heavily gloved left arm was becoming a burden.

When the old man was a boy

The battle between land and sea has taken place since the time the world began. The clash of wave against rock has always fascinated me in a way I can't...

The sad demise of our ‘flat dogs’

Like claws, my fingers groped in vain to catch something to hang onto. Having lost my balance, I was falling backwards overboard in 10m-deep croc-infested water. I plunged head-first into...

Sharks beware! Humans in the bay!

'The nets were never designed to keep the sharks away from the beaches but merely to kill them.'

The art of tree extraction

Today Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. But he died in poverty. I can't really judge his art, but recently some of his...

Animal rightists

Notice has been given that A a referendum will occur in a month's time. A growing number of elderly lions, leopards and hyenas have found it increasingly difficult to hunt...

Kruger’s Jungle

When you're a child you dream a lot. You live in a world of your own. Much of my own dream time was spent with Tarzan in the jungle. It...

Swifts & jets

Over the years I've rehabilitated many birds of prey. Most of them have survived as I never released any raptor that was unfit. Only a super-fit hawk or eagle can...

ANT LIONS – a closer look

Many people I know have installed one of those non-selective electronic insect shocking devices on their verandas. Issue date 15 June 2007


Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

Wine industry satisfied with inflationary sin tax increase

The South African wine and brandy industry has welcomed the inflationary increase in excise duties announced by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in the 2019/2020 National Budget Speech on Wednesday.

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