News Archive April 2014

News In And Around Limpopo

Earth Hour Saves SA Power

South African saved 575 megawatts during Earth Hour, Eskom said on Sunday.

"South Africans showed their power to save electricity when they switched off their lights for Earth Hour from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on March 29 evening, saving 575MW," the power utility said in a statement.

The electricity saved during the initiative was enough to power a city the size of Polokwane, Limpopo. Eskom measured the reduction in electricity used during the hour against usual consumption for the same time on an average Saturday.

"Turning off the lights saves hundreds of tons of coal from being burned to produce electricity, so that less greenhouse gases are released into the atmosphere, thereby saving the planet."

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Vakhegula Vakhegula - Grannies Football

The 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil is approaching fast. The FIFA World Cup™ isn't just about one country though, it truly is the World's Cup! To celebrate fans of the greatest football event on Earth, FIFA & Coca-Cola are taking the FIFA World Cup™ Trophy on a tour around the world.

Football is loved by all South Africans, young and old. But too often old age's limitations end the active and playing days of soccer fans. Not so for one group of grannies. They refused to let their age slow them down.

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Limpopo Golf and Leisure

This communication is the fruit from a recent Limpopo Golf & Safari Route members meeting, where a need was identified to keep agents up to date on happenings at the golf resorts in Limpopo. This will help with agent’s better understanding of the product for packaging into itineraries etc.

As the appointed marketing agents for the Limpopo Golf & Safari Route, we are pleased to bring you the first of quarterly update, with information on what’s new regarding the golf route and a summary of the most important and relevant new information at the resorts to assist you with your product knowledge.

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More buffalo for Marakele park

A herd of 10 buffalo were released into the Marakele National Park in Limpopo this month following the successful re-introduction of a herd of 20 buffalo in 2013.

In 2009, the park was left with no buffalo population due to theileriosis, a disease that was prevalent in the area at the time. After the disease was cleared, 15 bulls were re-introduced followed by another herd in 2013.

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LIMPOPO; POLOKWANE – Limpopo Tourism Agency will partner with the Department of Roads and Transport, Department of Health, Road Accident Fund, Polokwane Show to conduct a number of Easter Activations.

Arrive Alive Easter Activation 15/04/2014 : 10H00 The Easter Activations were kick-started by MEC for Roads and Transport Lehlogonolo Masoga over the launch of the Arrive Alive Eater Campaign on the R 37 over a media launch, the launch also saw the official opening of the newly build Smelters mine turn-off bridge.

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Industry collaboration raises R3 million for SANParks' rhino conservation

Bavaria Breweries and South Africa’s Big 5 retailers have stepped up to the plate and delivered on their commitment to support SANParks’ rhino conservation strategy through the Adopt So Our Rhino Don’t Die fundraising campaign. A cheque for over R3 million was handed over to South African National Parks (SANParks) and will be held in a ring-fenced account for strict utilisation by SANParks' rhino anti-poaching programmes and interventions.

As the enabler of the Adopt So Our Rhino Don’t Die campaign, Bavaria Brewery initiated the historic fundraising collaboration between Woolworths, Spar, Massmart, Pick ‘n Pay and divisions of the Shoprite Checkers Group. As front-runners to the consumer, each retailer created the adoption ‘route’ for the public. From every purchase of any six-pack of Bavaria 0.0% regular or fruit flavoured malt drinks, both the retailers and Bavaria Brewery matched a massive margin sacrifice to fund the consumer’s adoption certificate cost and raise funds for the campaign.

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Update on restaurant refurbishment at Kruger

The restaurants at Satara Camp in Kruger National Park have reopened following refurbishment, SANParks announced. These include, Debonaires and Mugg and Bean.

The Wimpy at Pretoriuskop camp and the Mugg and Bean at Letaba have both closed for refurbishments and are scheduled to reopen on May 19 and June 5 respectively. The Mugg and Bean at Olifants camp is still open but is scheduled to close for refurbishments on May 7, and scheduled to reopen on June 20.

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Limpopo Fully Geared For The Tourism Indaba.

LIMPOPO; POLOKWANE:  It's that time of the year again when the tourism industry prepares for the biggest tourism spectacle on the African continent, the 2014 TOURISM INDABA, billed to take place at Durban ICC and DEC in Kwa-Zulu Natal Province from the 10th -12th May 2014. INDABA is the biggest Travel and Trade show in Africa and one of the top 3 must-attend events of its own kind. The show attracts well over 13000 delegates from the travel, tourism and related industries. The TOURISM INDABA is a very important and significant platform whereby tourism destinations showcase what they have to offer as far as tourism is concerned.

"Our focus this year will be on special interest features that the Province has to offer to tourists. Some of the special interest features include: Golf and Safari, Trans Frontier Parks, Birding, Cycling and other adventure activities to mention but a few", said the Acting CEO of LTA Ms. Seipati Tlaka.

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How you can travel back in time

(CNN) -- Artist Rachel Sussman spent the past decade documenting the world's oldest living things. Working with biologists, she has traveled to deserts and islands, from the Australian Outback to Antarctica, to photograph organisms that are 2,000 years old or older. She has given a TED talk about her project. Her new book of photographs and essays, "The Oldest Living Things in the World," came out on Earth Day, April 22. Follow her on Twitter: @OLTW

CNN asked Sussman about her work in an e-mail interview.

How did you get involved with this project?

Before I got the idea for "The Oldest Living Things," I was searching for something I could really sink my teeth into. That search was both an intellectual one -- pondering ideas about combining art with science and philosophical concepts like deep time -- as well as a literal one. A visit to Japan in 2004 resulted in a surprising and eye-opening adventure to a supposedly 7,000-year-old tree, which ended up being the ultimate catalyst that brought all these different threads together.

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