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Remembering Johnny Clegg

Friday, 19th July, 2019

As a fellow South African I was incredibly sad to hear that music legend Johnny Clegg had passed away this week. For those of you who don’t know of his work, I can’t think of a more iconic musician to come from our beautiful country. His contribution to our people was more than just entertainment….

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Akagera’s rhino translocation success

Friday, 12th July, 2019

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A few weeks ago, five rhinos were translocated from Prague Zoo to Akagera National Park in Rwanda. The operation’s been hailed a success and is the second time rhinos have been translocated to the park after 17 were moved in 2017, after which Rwanda became a so-called ‘big five’ destination. As a company we try…

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Josh Jones on his time at Lale’s Camp

Friday, 5th July, 2019

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As part of their year away before university, Will’s eldest son Josh Jones and lifelong friend Noah Marshal worked at Lale’s Camp.   Lale’s Camp is extremely unique and something I have never seen before. The rich, cultural diversity is ingrained into the land and etched onto the bodies of all that surround the camp. With many…

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Every tackle counts: TackleAfrica, football and HIV awareness

Saturday, 29th June, 2019

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On 20 July I will be joining some friends in a football marathon here in Brighton. It involves playing non-stop six-a-side against other teams for 12 hours. The reason will be to raise funds for a charity called TackleAfrica. The charity was set up to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in places where there is less…

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Pregnant again: a rare white giraffe is in calf – for the second time

Friday, 21st June, 2019

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Among all the difficult and pressing issues facing conserving African wildernesses and wildlife, news last week that a Kenya-based leucistic Rothschild (Nubian) giraffe is once again in calf provides a brief and wonderful respite. First reported on by villagers in the Ishaqbini Hirola Sanctuary in north-east Kenya, anecdotal sightings of a white giraffe were corroborated by Ishaqbini…

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Gay rights win: Botswana decriminalises same-sex relations

Friday, 14th June, 2019

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Last week the Botswana High Court ruled in favour of decriminalising same-sex sexual activity. Three judges came to the decision unanimously, decreeing that ‘human dignity is harmed when minority groups are marginalised,’ and labelled the law as ‘discriminatory’. The ruling means that Botswana joins a small but growing number of other African countries that have…

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Africa House is wowed by Circus Abyssinia

Friday, 7th June, 2019

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Last Thursday, a large part of the Africa House team decided it was time to pack up and have a tipple in the sun, followed by one of the most captivating shows I have seen in a long while: Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams. To explain. We’re based in Brighton, UK. Every May, the city comes…

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Rhino Charge: rallying for Aberdare

Friday, 31st May, 2019

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Tomorrow morning, 65 4x4s will set off from a currently undisclosed location in Kenya to race to thirteen check points across demanding terrain. The team to have reached most checkpoints using the shortest distance will be crowned champs of this year’s Rhino Charge. Now an annual event, Rhino Charge began in 1989 to raise money…

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South Africa: Banyana Banyana receives equal pay

Friday, 24th May, 2019

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Just a quick and delighted note announcing that members of the South Africa’s national women’s football team – the Banyana Banyana – are to receive the same performance pay as their male counterparts when they take part in this year’s FIFA Women’s World Cup. South Africa’s opening World Cup game is on 8 June against…

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Omo Valley to Pool Valley: Lale visits Brighton

Friday, 17th May, 2019

Last week I had the great fortune of spending time with one of the most unlikely people imaginable: Lale Biwa of the Kara Tribe, whose population is roughly 5,000. The Omo Valley, which is where Lale’s community lives, is often considered one of the wildest and least spoilt places on the planet. The quick way…

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