Mental floss for the discerning
21 November 2017 13:53 (South Africa)
Life, etc

Timbavati risks tourist backlash to hunt a super tusker

  • Don Pinnock
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    Don Pinnock

    Don Pinnock is an associate of Southern Write, a group of top travel and natural history writers and photographers in Africa. He’ s a former editor of Getaway magazine in Cape Town, South Africa He has been an electronic engineer, lecturer in journalism and criminology, consultant to the Mandela government, a professional yachtsman, explorer, travel writer, photographer and a cable-car operator on the Rock of Gibraltar. His present passion is the impact of humans on planetary processes.

     

Main photo: There are only about 25 to 30 super tuskers in the world and all in Africa. (Don Pinnock)
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AmaBookaBooka: A book about the unspeakable, the unthinkable, and the unimaginable (A Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
Photo: Mark Tatham (Jiminy Cricket), Kanyi Nokwe (Pinocchio) & Ilse Klink (Bella Blues Fairy). Photo: Supplied

Theatre Review: Pinocchio – a feast of spectacle over substance

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Thembisa Mdoda performs in The Children’s Monologues at the Market Theatre on Monday. Photo: Supplied

Theatre: The Children’s Monologues – telling South African stories through the mouths of babes

By Nkateko Mabaso
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AmaBookaBooka: A Trail-Blazing Book

By Amabookabooka
Photo: The Suitcase stars Siyabonga Thwala and Masasa Mbangeni. Photo: Iris Dawn Parker

Theatre Review: Chance in the form of a suitcase

By Nkateko Mabaso
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AmaBookaBooka: Jennifer, Queen of the Free State (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
Photo: Alan Committie has a new one-man show, Laughing Matters.

Theatre Review: Laughing Matters in this lunatic asylym that is 2017

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Cecil the Lion in 2010. Photo: Flickr

Op-Ed: Did Oxford University researchers sanction hunting of Cecil the lion and his son, Xanda?

By Don Pinnock
Photo: Lesley Smailes

AmaBookaBooka: My Life With The Raincoat People (Podcast)

By Amabookabooka
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Book Extract: The Presidency and the Constitution, from Nelson Mandela and Mandla Langa’s Dare Not Linger

By Mandla Langa
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Book extract: Being blasted by the Mistral during a kayak (mis)adventure

By Terry Bell
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AmaBookaBooka: Author’s ‘apocalyptic’ novel delivers incredible (yet perfectly credible) plot

By Amabookabooka
Photos by Christiaan Kotze

Theatre Review: Evita sprawls across the stage, with relevance to our own plight

By Lesley Stones
Photos: Suzy Bernstein.

Theatre Review: The Man Jesus – a cleverly constructed whodunnit

By Lesley Stones
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AmaBookaBooka: Author’s triumphant return (after being killed) – A podcast

By Amabookabooka
Photo: Athol Fugard as Oupa in The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Photo:  Jesse Kramer

Nobel Prize for Literature: Beating the drum for Athol Fugard to be nominated in 2018

By J Brooks Spector
Photo by Seth Willingham on Unsplash.

Op-Ed: Secularism, religiosity and human rights

By Zane Dangor
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Evita's Free Speech: Ep.110 – Is 82 the new 45? (Video)

By Pieter-Dirk Uys
Photo: Mark Heywood

The Interview: Mark Heywood

By Marelise van der Merwe
Main photo: The guitarist for Malian musician Salif Keita is seen on the Conga stage at the Joy of Jazz music festival. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee.

Photo Essay: Ibrahim, Keita lead the pack at 20th annual Joy of Jazz

By Ihsaan Haffejee
Photo: A hand stitched image from The Number exhibition by Manuela Gray, courtesy of Manuela Gray

The Interview: Artist Manuela Gray

By Marelise van der Merwe
Main photo: Catholic Cathedral, Pella, Northern Cape, South Africa (SATOUR)

Op-Ed: Church, colonialism and mission – two hundred years of Catholicism in South Africa

By ANTHONY EGAN
Cartoon: Derek Bauer depicts the irony of PW Botha accusing the alternative press of  peddling propaganda.

Derek Bauer and the alternative media of the ‘80s laid a tradition of unapologetic truth-telling

By Janet Heard
Main photo: Zeitz Mocaa exterior (Iwan Baan)

Zeitz Mocaa: Cape Town’s new art museum stuns and provokes

By Rebecca Davis
Graphic illustration: The image shows Dr Pierre Durand, project leader of the Evolution of Complexity Laboratory in the Evolutionary Studies Institute at Wits University.  A simple RNA molecule such as the one depicted here is an example of what may have been responsible for the evolution of complex life as we know it. Photo sources: Wits University and Unsplash

Explainer: New study finds out how complex life was formed billions of years ago

By Marelise van der Merwe
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No Filter, Vol. 3: The future is analogue

By AYANDA CHARLIE and LEILA DOUGAN
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Book review: A Nation’s Fate?

By J Brooks Spector
Graham Hopkins and Antony Coleman in Freud’s Last Session.

Theatre review: A work rich in words and religion, less on sex

By Lesley Stones
Photo: Jerry Lewis in 1960s – a publicity photo (Wikimeda Commons), Dick Gregory in 1964 (Herman Hiller, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection.)

Appreciation: Jerry Lewis & Dick Gregory have earned their place in history

By J Brooks Spector