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The beauty of South Africa's Wild Coast‚ its eco-systems‚ culture and communities will be highlighted in a locally-produced documentary in the hope of declaring it a World Heritage site.

The adventures of three paddlers‚ three cyclists and three runners who will each traverse the entire Wild Coast in the Eastern Cape‚ covering about 300 kilometres from the Great Kei River in the south to the Umtamvuna River in the north‚ will be followed by a film crew.

An annual green music and cultural event held at Mdumbi Point on the Wild Coast.

 

Rule 26 -- Navigation Lights for Fishing Vessels


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INLAND

(a) A vessel engaged in fishing, whether underway or at anchor, shall exhibit only the lights and shapes prescribed in this Rule.

Nav lights for fishing

Zuma axes the Finance Minister and other opposition in his cabinet.

It really should have been announced tomorrow. Fool.

The Rand closed at R12.79 on Thursday 30 April 2017. Down 5% by 6:30am. How far will it go?

Click on the pics to the left.

Tuesday 4/4/17, 8:40AM it's at R13.84 against the dollar, after S&P announced downgrade to 'junk' status on Monday.

 

Rand exchange

Be aware of illegal fishing vessels along the Wild Coast.

Especially during the Shad Season and Sardine Run from May through August!

There is now a permanent AIS monitoring station at Hole in the Wall, capable of monitoring all legal marine traffic along the Wild Coast.

"Legal" Chinese fishing vessel with 600 tons of squid that ran away from our coastguard

Amadiba Crisis Committee 2017-03-23:

We are instructed by the meeting at Komkhulu today 23 March 2017 to say exactly the following in a short letter from the Traditional Authority of Umgungundlovu to the new CEO of SANRAL:

“Starting from now, SANRAL will cease and desist from all activities in our community. If you don’t respect this, we will tie up your staff and keep them here by us, until their father comes and fetch them.” 

We have decided to let this be an open letter:

How a Proposed Strip Mine Brought Conflict to South Africa’s Wild Coast (E360.Yale.Edu)

The murder of activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe has not stopped communities in South Africa’s Pondoland region from opposing plans for a major titanium mine. What’s at stake are ecologically important lands – and, for the villagers, a way of life. Third in a series.
BY FRED PEARCE  • MARCH 13, 2017

Foot bridge over Mzamba River

The Wild Coast Holiday Association has compiled this short video introduction as a tribute to the beauty and splendour of the Wild Coast in Winter.

It's a little known secret that the best time to visit the Wild Coast is from May through September, while it's freezing cold inland and we are enjoying sub-tropical coastal temperatures here.

Test

Hole in the Wall: On 26 January 2017, Incopho Coastal Developments (Pty) Ltd. or their proxies, made the third attempt to commence with the "Ridge Development" - hotel or resort complex - which has been mired in controversy for 13 years.

No government or investor support, fanfare or ceremony was evident at this inauspicious third "breaking of the ground" at the site overlooking the world famous icon of the Wild Coast, Hole in the Wall. Similarly to the two previous occasions, so called development was desperately undertaken at the last hour of their deadline for commencement.

Is this in the interests of the average rural person, or is there a dark and sinister plot. (Of course there is.)

Traditional leadership bill a sly attempt to bypass constitutional rights to land

01 DECEMBER 2016 - 06:26 AM ANINKA CLAASSENS

Source: Business Day

This is an excellent article by Roland Giesler, written in 2014, with facts about the fuel levy.

There have been many heated debates and commentaries on the current state of affairs surrounding toll roads in South Africa, but for the sake of clarity, I think it can be summarised as follows:

Sanral Income & Expenditure

Funding will be made available for the N2 Wild Coast project but the route will be tolled.

FUNDING for the controversial N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project, including its two mega-bridges and the seven other bridges that will need to be built, will come from the Medium Term Budget.

TRAFFIC Day & Night through the Pondoland Centre of Endemism

The new WildCoast.Com site was launched on 18 October 2016, to no fan-fare or public announcement.

Just had to be done as the old database which has been running since 2006/7 was creaky and becoming senile.

So as we were rapidly losing page ranking and general relevance, the new site which had been in development for 6 months already at the time, had to be launched a bit prematurely.

Whale's Back - Hole in the Wall

First harvest for the T’kei mussel project

Click Here to open the Dispatch article in a new window. MUSSEL HARVEST: AmaMpondo women gather seafood at Lwandile on the Wild Coast. Picture: Pauline Ingle

By MALUNGELO BOOI
Mthatha Bureau - 2008/05/05

AN AQUA-CULTURE project started seven years ago in Transkei has delivered its first harvest – with 60 local people each carrying off five litres of the nutritious seafood to feed their families.

The main aim at the moment is food security, said a spokesperson for the Coffee Bay Mussel Rehabilitation Project. But in the long run the organisers hope there could be tourism spin-offs similar to the Knysna Oyster Festival.

ROCKET LAUNCH PRODUCES NOCTILUCENT CLOUDS: On Tuesday morning, August 5th, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral carrying the AsiaSat 8 telecommunications satellite. About an hour and a half after the 4 AM launch, electric-blue clouds appeared over Orlando FL:

"These clouds appeared just before sunrise," says photographer Mike Bartils.

Excerpt from Source: www.environment.co.za
27 October 2005

 

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The ANC has turned SA into an idiocracy

BY GARETH VAN ONSELEN, 19 FEBRUARY 2016, 05:51
Jacob Zuma. Picture: REUTERS/SIPHIWE SIBEKO

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Controversial toll road through the Wild Coast gets the go-ahead

 

The Wild Coast and Amathole Mountains are two of South Africa’s least westernised and most beautiful areas, where the Xhosa people live a traditional lifestyle amid the green rolling hills once inhabited by the young Nelson Mandela. In these neighbouring parts of the Eastern Cape province, community-run backpacker lodges in stunning locations offer eco-friendly rondavel accommodation and opportunities to experience Xhosa culture.

 

Five villagers returning from a mass meeting opposing mining on the Pondoland Wild Coast were attacked by about 10 men armed with knobkerries and pangas.

Mark Caruso Image: Supplied

Least Developed Countries (LDCs) must innovate or will perish  
By: HANA Reporter 

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Article summary:
LDCs will be increasingly marginalized if they do not enhance the knowledge content of their economies through learning and innovation
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The least developed countries (LDCs) are a group of countries (presently 50 States) that have been officially identified by the United Nations as "least developed" in the light of their low income, weak human assets, and high economic vulnerability.