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Tag: South Africa

  • Tuesday, March 12th 2019 - 08:10 UTC

    South African diver experiences “a whale of a time” but survives

    “It got dark and I felt some pressure on my hip,” Schimpf explained. “Once I felt the pressure I instantly knew a whale had gripped me.” 

     A diver who ended up trapped in the mouth of a massive whale joked that he didn't have “a whale of a time” but called the unique encounter “a very special event.” 

Rainer Schimpf, 51, was diving off the coast of South Africa with a documentary crew in February when the breaching whale reached the surface, its mouth wide open. 

  • Thursday, February 14th 2019 - 09:23 UTC

    Falklands' king penguins among the top wildlife photos of the year

    Highly commended by London's Natural History Museum photo contest was an image of three king penguins on a beach during an sunrise in the Falkland Islands

    A beautiful image of two male lions rubbing each other's faces in Tanzania has been crowned the People's Choice wildlife photo of the year. The picture, entitled Bond of Brothers, won the contest organized by London's Natural History Museum after 16,000 nature lovers took part in a public vote.

  • Monday, February 11th 2019 - 09:36 UTC

    Shackleton blog: Agulhas II positioned where the Endurance went down crushed by ice

    “Good Morning from the Bridge.  This is to say we have reached the Endurance sinking position.  Lekker Lekker Lekker [Afrikaans for “Nice, Nice, Nice”]”

    South African icebreaker Agulhas II, 05.24 hours GMT. Ice Pilot Freddie Ligthelm over ship’s intercom: “Good Morning from the Bridge. This is to say we have reached the Endurance sinking position. Lekker Lekker Lekker [Afrikaans for “Nice, Nice, Nice”]”

  • Monday, November 19th 2018 - 08:20 UTC

    ARA San Juan: Judge of the case will have some 67.000 images of where the sub rests

    Judge Yañez will be able to see an outlay of the sea bottom in an 80/100 meters radius pictured by the remote controlled min subs from Seabed Constructor.

    The Argentine federal judge from Caleta Oliva in Patagonia, under whose jurisdiction the loss of the ARA San Juan occurred is expected in Buenos Aires to analyze a raft of some 67.000 images taken by the Seabed Constructor of the collapsed submersible. These include photos videos, taken by the US rescue company before leaving for South Africa.

  • Monday, July 9th 2018 - 08:11 UTC

    Rhino poachers end up eaten by a pride of lions in South African game reserve

    At least three hunters are believed to have been devoured by the predators at the Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea in Eastern Province, South Africa

    A shoe is all that is left of one of the poachers who broke into a South African game reserve to hunt rhinos, and ended up eaten by a pride of lions. At least three hunters are believed to have been devoured by the predators at the Sibuya Game Reserve near Kenton-on-Sea in Eastern Province, South Africa, earlier this week.

  • Friday, February 16th 2018 - 09:48 UTC

    South Africa's Zuma steps down: ignominious end for a clepto president

    Zuma, disgraced, will depart the presidency nine years after he was elected. He now faces prosecution and is likely to be ostracized by the party

    President Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s fourth democratic head of state, resigned on Wednesday amid an acrimonious battle for control of the nation and the governing party, the African National Congress. He told South Africans during a late-night televised address that, although he disagreed with the decision by the ANC to remove him, he would leave “with immediate effect.”

  • Wednesday, February 14th 2018 - 09:22 UTC

    South African ruling party recalls president Zuma to step down

    Magashule said there was no date for Zuma to stand down, and added that there would be “continuing interaction” between ANC officials and Zuma.

    South Africa's ruling ANC party on Tuesday “recalled” scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma from office but set no deadline for him to step down, pitching the country into further uncertainty. ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule told reporters that Zuma had “agreed in principle to resign” and had proposed leaving in three to six months -- a delay that the party rejected.

  • Wednesday, May 18th 2016 - 11:53 UTC

    South Africa catches Chinese vessel suspected of illegally fishing; eight other fled

    The vessel, Lu Huang Yuan Yu 186, is one of nine that were spotted last week in South Africa’s waters.

    The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) is investigating a Chinese fishing vessel seized by authorities after it and eight others were suspected of illegally fishing in South African waters. SAMSA officials boarded the vessel on Monday for inspection.

  • Wednesday, August 27th 2014 - 17:54 UTC

    Royal Navy frigate sails World Cup Trophy into Cape Town

    HMS Iron Duke sailed into Cape Town carrying the Rugby World Cup Trophy, ahead of next year's event in the UK

    A British warship has proudly sailed into Cape Town carrying the Rugby World Cup Trophy – ahead of next year’s event being held in the UK. Even thick rain clouds could not prevent HMS Iron Duke displaying the gold of the Web Ellis Trophy on her deck as she arrived in the South African city for a short visit.

  • Saturday, April 12th 2014 - 08:21 UTC

    Atlantic patrol HMS Portland busy in Angola and South Africa

    Table Mountain provides an impressive background to HMS Portland’s berth on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront

    The Plymouth based frigate, HMS Portland currently deployed on South Atlantic tasking reached this week South Africa's Cape Town where she was involved in promoting Britain and in charity activities. Previously she made a short stop in the Angolan capital, Luanda to highlight UK’s relationship with Angola and provide training to Angolan Navy personnel.

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