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Social Commerce: The Next Big Thing

There are more than 6.5 million Facebook users in South Africa. Facebook is no longer merely a playground for friends to stay in touch with each other but a word-of-mouth platform where businesses interact with existing and potential customers. With the ever-increasing popularity of social media, and the success of e-commerce, you may have wondered when social commerce would come to Facebook. The truth is it has already begun and it’s being called F-commerce. Is your business ready for it?

Is Commercial Conservation South African Wildlife’s Hope For The Future?

There on the right appears this huge net. As we get closer it only gets larger and we see the birds. The wire netting rises high over 2.1761 hectares and encloses 375.372 cubic meters and is the world’s largest free flight multi-species bird aviary. Housing around 2,000 birds of over 160 different species living in a variety of different habitats. Wow! 

Pasa Approves Emergency Funds To Help Lwiro Primate Sanctuary During Drc Conflict

November 21, 2012 - The M23 rebel forces seeking to take control of northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo are heading towards Bukavu and the Centre de Rehabilitation des Primates de Lwiro (Lwiro) sanctuary, putting the sanctuary staff and the 50+ chimpanzees and more than 60 monkeys there at risk. Today the Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA) approved an emergency grant to help Lwiro fix a pipe to re-establish the village water supply before rebel forces arrive or local tensions escalate a...

Pasa Reports: Crisis In Democratic Republic Of Congo

Rebels have recently taken over Goma, a city of about 1 mlllion people in the Democratic Repbulic of Congo (DRC). The rebels are advancing on other population centers in the northeastern DRC. PASA has 3 members sanctuaries in DRC, Lwiro (chimpanzees and monkeys), J.AC.K. (chimpanzees) and Lola ya Bonobo (bonobos). We are also engaged with GRACE, a gorilla sanctuary in DRC. JACK sanctuary is far from the current condlict areas, although they currently are having trouble with water and power due t...

Travel Terms

Old-world charm – room with no TV, radio and only one light. Tropical - rainy. Majestic setting - A long way from town, at end of dirt road. Options galore - nothing is included in the price. Secluded hideaway - directions to locate unclear. Some budget rooms - sorry, already occupied. Explore on your own - at your own expense. Minutes from - by plane. Romantic - no phone in room. Knowledgeable trip hosts - they've flown in an airplane before. No extra fees - no extra...

Qantas, Saa Codeshare Confirmed

Qantas has been granted permission for seven weekly services on the South African route by the Australian International Air Services Commission (IASC), and South African Airways can codeshare on Qantas’s South African flights until December 31, 2014.

Waste Facts

Over 42 million cubic metres of general waste is generated every year across the country, with the largest proportion coming from Gauteng province (42%) (DWAF 1997). In addition, more than 5 million cubic metres of hazardous waste is produced every year, mostly in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal (due to the concentration of mining activities and fertiliser production in these provinces). The average amount of waste generated per person per day in South Africa is 0.7 kg. This is closer to the averag...

Waste Facts

Over 42 million cubic metres of general waste is generated every year across the country, with the largest proportion coming from Gauteng province (42%) (DWAF 1997). In addition, more than 5 million cubic metres of hazardous waste is produced every year, mostly in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal (due to the concentration of mining activities and fertiliser production in these provinces). The average amount of waste generated per person per day in South Africa is 0.7 kg. This is closer to the averag...

Thompsons Africa Focuses On Chinese Inbound Market

Thompsons Africa has opened a new, dedicated Africa-Asia division at its head office in Durban. It will focus specifically on inbound business from China into South Africa and Mauritius, and consults in Chinese directly with its Chinese counterpart in its office in Shanghai.

New Summer Market In Cape Town

The City of Cape Town will host an 11-day family market from December 14-24 at the Company’s Garden, in celebration of South Africa’s 360-year heritage. “This exciting new summer market is part of the city’s aim to provide integrated entertainment facilities for residents from all walks of life. The market will reflect the design elements that led to the city being nominated as World Design Capital for 2014,” said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Econom...

How To Open A Banana - Scientifically Proven!

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Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning products are all around, from the liquid dish soap used to wash your dishes to the glass cleaner sprayed on your windows to give them a streak-free shine. In your battle to ward off dirt and grime, you may have made things worse. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is at least two to three times more polluted than the air outside. This is due to volatile organic compounds that evaporate from cleaning products used in the home. Most conventional cleaning pro...

Make Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies

Cleaning products are all around, from the liquid dish soap used to wash your dishes to the glass cleaner sprayed on your windows to give them a streak-free shine. In your battle to ward off dirt and grime, you may have made things worse. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, indoor air is at least two to three times more polluted than the air outside. This is due to volatile organic compounds that evaporate from cleaning products used in the home. Most conventional cleaning pro...

New Species Of Night Monkey Found In Peru

Researchers have announced the discovery of a handful of new species in Peru, including a night monkey, common shrew opossum and porcupine, and the extra great news is that they’re all storybook levels of adorable. In September 2011, ecologist Gerardo Ceballos from the Instituto de Ecología at the National Autonomous University of Mexico was part of a team of researchers who conducted a biological inventory of the species living in the Tabaconas Namballe National Sanctuary, which...

Us Humans Are Shameful

Piled high in buckets - the monkeys not needed for UK lab tests because they are the wrong size. Dozens of dead ­monkeys lie piled high in buckets... all killed ­because they weren’t the right size for testing in British laboratories. The animals were healthy and many could have been released back into the wild.

Why Are Human's Primates?

I’m a primate. You’re a primate. Everyone reading this blog is a primate. That’s not news. We hear it all he time: Humans are primates. But what does that really mean? What do we have in common with a baboon? Or a creepy aye-aye? Or even our closest living relative, the chimpanzee? These are simple questions to answer from a genetic perspective—humans share more DNA with lemurs, monkeys and apes than they do with other mammals. Genetic research of the last few decades ...

What Do You Think About Keeping Monkeys As Pets ?

Written by Dr Hines. Who Is This Dr. Hines, That You Should Pay Any Attention To His Advice ? I have worked with monkeys most of my life. I have provided health care to monkeys in government labs, large zoos, circus acts, animal sanctuaries as well as for private owners. I have more monkey health articles on the web than any other veterinarian. I don’t work for a big “humane” or government organization with an agenda. I don’t run an animal “haven” trying to...

3d-printing Photo Booth Makes You Into An Action Figure

A Japanese pop-up photo booth will use 3D-printing technology to create action figure-sized replicas of its subjects. The Omote 3-D photo booth, which opens in the Eye of Gyre exhibition space in the Harujuku district of Tokyo on Nov. 24, features a 3-D scanner and 3-D printer setup that takes the likeness of its visitors and convert them into miniature figurines.

Time To Take Off The Rose-tinted Glasses

Colin Bell wrote to Tourism Update about yet another disturbing discovery he made upon closer inspection of South Africa’s arrival statistics. I wrote to Tourism Update in September about what I perceived as anomalies with the tourism arrival data that pointed to underperformance from the organisations charged with the promotion of South Africa and resulted in large-scale retrenchments of people in the tourism industry, particularly in rural areas. I interact with many tourism owners an...

Africa Showcase Australia And Nz Dates Announced

On Show Solutions has announced the dates for the Africa Showcase in Australia and New Zealand for 2013. Workshops will be held in Perth, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Auckland from November18-27.