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Environmental matters : Reach for a (4x4) dream
ON: Nov 01, 2010
Environmental matters : Reach for a (4x4) dream

Raymond du Plessis of Tuffstuff 4x4 Insurance is 100 % behind the Lead SA initiative. From now on Raymond will salute 4x4-good-doers and those striving to make a difference in these monthly green pages in Leisure Wheels. Of course, you’ll still get all the practical green tips and info from Raymond, but perhaps by reading what others are doing to “Lead SA”, you will be inspired to do your bit, too.

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Nocturnal hunters
ON: Oct 01, 2010
Nocturnal hunters

The mystical flight, the penetrating eyes, the haunting hoot of the owl – these are things that evoke strong emotions in people. For some, the owl spells a bad omen, for others great fortune. If your culture is strongly ancestral, your hair will rise when the barn owl screeches in your yard. If you come from a farming background, you will turn over in bed with a happy sigh as you’ll know a rodent has met its fate.

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Whats hempening bru?
ON: Sep 01, 2010
Whats hempening bru?

Legalising industrial hemp farming in South Africa could turn this head-spinner into a money-spinner overnight. In many countries it’s already recognised as the cash crop of the century that can create jobs and fuel, nourish and clothe people, build houses and reduce our dependence on forest products. Though from the same plant family as marijuana, hemp has no stimulating effect. So what’s not to get high about, then?

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Environmental matters : Doing good with Goodyear
ON: Aug 01, 2010
Environmental matters : Doing good with Goodyear

In a joint venture with Goodyear, the Impala group of companies is passing on key skills to other waste-focused vendors through on-site training at the Uitenhage tyre plant. Impala is one of just a handful of locally-based organisations to have achieved ISO 14001 certification -- one of the highest global standards for environmental management.

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Swamplands swamped with trouble
ON: Jul 01, 2010
Swamplands swamped with trouble

Many communities across Africa are directly dependent on wetlands for their survival, while wetlands also provide indirect but crucial services to many others. Yet despite this, these critical ecosystems are deteriorating and their capacity to provide goods and services is increasingly diminished as a result of human activities.

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Environmental matters : For the birds
ON: Jun 01, 2010
Environmental matters : For the birds

One of the projects that Tuffstuff is involved in is the Vulture Programme of the Rhino and Lion Wildlife Conservation non-profit organisation. Abbreviated to Vulpro, the programme describes its mission as "to be a leader in the field of vulture conservation for advancing knowledge, awareness and innovation in the conservation of African vulture populations for the benefit and well-being of society."

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Environmental matters : Landy-lozi: silence is golden
ON: May 01, 2010
Environmental matters : Landy-lozi: silence is golden

Londolozi, situated in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve, initiated its zero emissions, electric Land Rover Defender game-viewing project just more than a year ago. Now its first, fully operational, electrically-powered safari game-viewing vehicle has landed, and a fleet of silent 4x4s is no longer just a pipedream, but a practical reality three phases: importing an electric vehicle from China; converting one of their existing Land Rovers into a full electric vehicle; and developing a fully solar-powered vehicle, so that electricity wouldn't be required to recharge the vehicle's batteries.

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Environmental matters : The rhino in South Africa
ON: Apr 12, 2010
Environmental matters : The rhino in South Africa

Despite years of conservation and educational programmes, rhino horns are still seen as the magical ingredient in Asian and African medicine and as aphrodisiacs across the world. They are also sought as handles for daggers made in Yemen and Oman.

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Environmental matters : Wolkberg wilderness area
ON: Feb 01, 2010
Environmental matters : Wolkberg wilderness area

A mountain park worth saving??The Wolkberg region could be a prime tourist destination. But despite hopes of linking it all together into a wondrous mountain park, its reserves are allowed to drift steadily to ruin. Leon Marshall took a trip through the parks and talked to Limpopo officials about its potential.

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