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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Thousands of Crocodiles on the Loose!

Captured Croc - Rakwena Crocodile Farm
One of the captured crocodiles
Photo: Nicolene Olckers
Thousands of crocodiles that were washed away during this week’s freak floods at Pontdrift in Limpopo are still on the loose in and around the Limpopo River.

Now the owner of the Rakwena Crocodile Farm fears they might attack refugees from Botswana and Zimbabwe who cross the river every day.

Johan Boshoff was dismayed when he told City Press that 15 000 of his crocodiles had been washed down-river, released because of the rapidly rising water level.

He said he had never seen anything like it in his 18 years of crocodile farming.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bushman children arrested under renewed government repression

Kalahari Bushman Child
The recent arrests of children by paramilitary police are the latest sign of a renewed government crackdown in the CKGR.
Picture: © Survival - www.survivalinternational.org
Three Bushman children have been arrested by paramilitary police in Botswana. The arrests are the latest signs of a new government policy to intimidate Bushmen who have returned to the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR).

The children were jailed last week for being in possession of antelope meat in the CKGR. All have since been released, but further reports of harassment and intimidation have surfaced, and there have been a growing number of Bushmen arrests.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Did Google run over a donkey in Botswana?

(No, it's just walking backwards)

By Claire Porter, Technology editor news.com.au January 15, 2013 3:08PM

Commentators on the web claim that this Google Street View image claim that the car allegedly ran over the donkey. Source: Supplied

Street View image shows donkey allegedly being runover
Google Street View has denied harming the donkey

DID Google run over a donkey in Botswana?

That's certainly what its Google Street view cameras seem to suggest.

Twitter user @TheRealSheldonC tweeted a picture yesterday of a donkey - presumably dead - lying on the road in Botswana.

The Google Maps image reveals a puff of dust flying up from the injured donkey, suggesting that the image must have captured the donkey as it was falling rather than just lying on the road.

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