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International telescope consortium stalls over siting dispute

The international consortium behind a plan to build the world’s most powerful radio telescope on Wednesday signalled further delays in deciding whether it should be hosted by South Africa or Australia. It was hoped that members of the SKA (Square Kilometre Array) Organisation would set a date for the eagerly…

Baby pygmy hippo is faring well in spite of abandonment by mom

“Harry” the pygmy hippopotamus was born in the early morning hours of Thursday, March 23 at a wildlife center in Oudtshoorn, South Africa. Sadly, his mother refused to nurse him. According to zookeepers, the first 36 hours of a hippo’s life are among its most important. Hippo mothers’ milk contains…

South Africa mulls new trophy hunt rules to fight rhino poaching

South Africa may impose new limits on trophy hunts as it combats a devastating surge in rhino poaching, with 150 killed illegally so far this year, the environment ministry said Thursday. Big game hunters are allowed to kill a limited number of rhinos every year, with their horns exported as…

S.Africa big cat expert attacked by tiger

A South African conservationist and filmmaker was in intensive careon Thursday after being attacked by a tiger at a reserve where he breeds the big Asian cats. John Varty suffered several puncture wounds and two broken ribs after being attacked while filming on his Tiger Canyons farm in the central Free State, which he set up to create…

South Africa launches plan to curb rampant lung disease

South Africa on Saturday launched a plan to diagnose tuberculosis in the country’s gold mines, where the disease’s incidence is the highest in the world. Speaking to mine managers in Driefontein, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said the goal was to “ensure that all mine workers, particularly in the gold mining sector, are screened and tested for TB…

Debate still raging on site for super-telescope

An international consortium planning to build the world’s most powerful radiotelescope is still debating whether South Africa or Australia should host the $2 billion project, an official said Friday. Scientists hope the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA, will shed new light on fundamental questions about the universe, including how it…

Poachers may wipe out rhinos in South Africa

MOKOPANE, South Africa — Rhinos will be wiped out from South Africa’s wildlife parks by 2015 if poaching continues at its current rate, a campaigner fighting to save the beasts has warned. And corruption among officials is contributing to the ongoing slaughter, said veterinary nurse Karen Trendler. In a career…

NC state senate candidate deleted racist video when called for comment

North Carolina state senate candidate Bivins Hollar is not an unreasonable guy. He just wanted to be able to run for office and have a (now-deleted) video up on YouTube outlining his plans for ethnic cleansing in South Africa. Why is that such a big deal? Hollar, 28, is running…

S.Africa court dismisses Wal-Mart takeover challenge

A South African court cleared the way on Friday for the world’s top retailer Wal-Mart to take its first foothold in Africa by dismissing a government bid to set aside its $2.2 billion takeover of local chain Massmart. The case is seen as a bellwether for foreign investment in South…

Mandela recovering at home after hospital stay

Nelson Mandela was recovering at home in Johannesburg on Monday after being released from hospital with a clean bill of health, easing fears over the revered icon of the anti-apartheid struggle. The 93-year-old former president was released Sunday after spending the night in hospital for a minor exploratory procedure to investigate…

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