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A Battle Well Fought

June 2: In the war against AIDS, they don't come any tougher than Xolani Nkosi, better known as Nkosi Johnson since his adoption by a white family. In his short life, he had become one of South Africa's youngest and boldest campaigners fighting for the rights of AIDS affected people to be accepted by society.At 5:40 am on June...

What is the Ozone Hole?

What is the Ozone Hole?
On beaches as well as on the cricket ground, it is always possible to spot people with some kind of cream on their bodies or faces. Remember the South African pace bowler Alan Donald or 'White Lightning' as he is called, with "war-paint" on his face? No, it is not an attempt at camouflage, simply an effort to gain...

Great White Sharks Heading for Extinction

Great White Shark breaching for attack
If you want a beach crowded with surfers and swimmers and other sun worshippers to empty out within a minute, cup your hands by the side of your mouth and shout loudly, 'SHARK' and wait for this miracle to happen.Because the very word conjures up images from Steven Spielberg's movie 'Jaws'. An image of a gaping mouth with rows...

How Did the Indian Postal Service Start?

Stamp printed by India, shows post office
Although methods of postal delivery varied from one country to another, it is believed that in India, Emperor Chandragupta Maurya who ruled the country between 321-297 BC, was the first to introduce a form of postal communication to dispatch confidential reports to distant posts in his empire.However, the first recorded mention in history is to be found in the...

Mending Fences

August 19: South Africa is all set to sign an important agreement with its two neighbours - Zimbabwe and Mozambique. If all goes well, this agreement will help create the largest animal reserve or wildlife park in the world. The fences separating the national parks in the border region of each country will be removed and tourists and animals...

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela
Nelson Rohihlahla Mandela, b. July 18, 1918, was the first South African president to be elected in a fully representative democratic election. Trained as an attorney, he helped form the Youth League of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1944. In 1961 he abandoned peaceful protest and became head of the ANC's new military wing. Sentenced to life imprisonment...

Operation Rescue of Penguins

July 8: Last week, the South African government was engaged in a very important task - transporting 19,000 penguins from their home in Dassen Island near Cape Town, to safe waters. It was an emergency.The short legged, big bodied birds with pointed beaks did not have the "cute" look that we always see in them. Most of them were...

The Vultures are Dying

Portrait of a Vulture
What's all this hullabaloo about 'making connections'? You must wonder why Gobar Times harps on 'making connections'. Another favourite mantra is - 'be informed'. Such boring stuff, isn't it? No tree-plantings, painting competitions, 'queez'. No 'Save the cuddly leopards'. Instead, we're asking you to spare a thought for the bald, wrinkled, smelly vulture.The vultures of Keoladeo National Park in...

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