Monday, March 31, 2008
March 19, 2008;
MEDIA RELEASE No: 2008 - 04
18 March 2008
ALCOHOL PROHIBITED ON SODWANA BAY BEACH
For immediate release
Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife (EKZNW) and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority (formerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park Authority) wish to inform members of the public wishing to visit Sodwana Bay that with immediate effect the drinking of any alcoholic beverage on the beach is prohibited.
This prohibition is in line with current national legislation relating to the consumption of alcohol in public and is a part of the Park's visitor safety programme.
The South African Police Services will be assisting the Park authorities by conducting routine searches of vehicles entering the beach area from outside the Park as well as those entering from the camp site.
Any alcohol found being brought into the area will be confiscated and destroyed.
EKZNW and the Isimangaliso Wetland Park Authority appeal to members of public to co-operate in keeping the beach and the surrounding areas alcohol free thereby keeping the area safe and enjoyable for all users.
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Monday, Mar 24
Clouds giving way to some sun. Winds from the NE at 8 km/h.
Realfeel®: 27 °C
High: 24 °C
Monday Night, Mar 24
Partly cloudy. Winds from the NNW at 4 km/h.
Realfeel®: 18 °C
Low: 17 °C
Tuesday, Mar 25
Sunny and pleasant. Winds from the WSW at 11 km/h.
Realfeel®: 29 °C
High: 29 °C
Tuesday Night, Mar 25
Mostly cloudy with periods of rain late. Winds from the SSW at 14 km/h.
Realfeel®: 14 °C
Low: 15 °C
Wednesday, Mar 26
Cooler with rain. Winds from the SSW at 14 km/h.
Realfeel®: 19 °C
High: 19 °C
Wednesday Night, Mar 26
Cold with patchy clouds. Winds from the SW at 12 km/h.
Realfeel®: 7 °C
Low: 10 °C
Thursday, Mar 27
Partial sunshine. Winds from the SSW at 9 km/h.
Realfeel®: 23 °C
High: 20 °C
Thursday Night, Mar 27
Mostly clear and cool. Winds will be light and variable
Realfeel®: 14 °C
Low: 11 °C
Monday, March 10, 2008
A flash of burnt orange, briefly glimpsed through the thick coastal vegetation of the isiMangaliso Wetland Park means you are in the territory of the Red Duiker, Cephalophus natalensis, the third smallest of our indigenous antelope. (The Blue Duiker and the Suni are smaller). Once common from the Sudan all down the East Coast of Africa to southern KwaZulu-Natal (where they inhabited coastal forests and thickets, low-lying riverine growth, escarpment and montane forests), widespread clearing for agriculture has greatly reduced its range. A diversity of trees that may flower and fruit through most of the year are prerequisites for its presence and though still fairly common it is now found in fragmented communities where the correct habitat still occurs. The upper parts of the body of KwaZulu-Natal specimens are a deep chestnut-red colour, the lower part of the flanks and the under parts a pale chestnut. The nape and throat turn ash-grey as the animal ages. They have a crest of long bushy hair on the top of the head which is partly chestnut, partly black in colour and often conceals the horns. The sides of the head, the sides and under parts of the neck and inner upper surfaces of the limbs are tawny or pale fawn, the throat white. The ears are short and rounded with a fringe of black hair on the outside margins, the insides whitish. The upper parts of the neck, the pasterns and hind part of the hocks are dark in colour, with a tinge of dull violet or grey. In front and below the eyes there is a bare glandular patch about 20 mm long on which opens a series of elongated pores from which small bristles arise. On pressure these pores exude a clear sticky fluid with a faint aromatic odour. Exudate from these glands is dabbed onto stems and branches by the animal as it moves about its home range. Both sexes carry a pair of short, straight horns which have coarse basal rings and longitudinal striations but are smooth towards the tips. Red duikers are usually found either solitarily or a female with her offspring, or in pairs or small groups (3-5) in a loose association. If alarmed they emit a hoarse alarm "whistle". They are diurnal and use communal dung heaps. Red duikers browse primarily on fallen leaves, wild fruits and flowers and fine stems of low-growing shrubs. The females have two pairs of inguinal mammae.
GIVE AWAY QUESTIONWhat is the line below the eye of the Red Duiker in the picture?E-mail us an answer on firstname.lastname@example.org. First correct e-mail wins a mystery prize. (Courtesy of Exclusive Books, midlands mall and KZN Wildlife)
Sunday, March 09, 2008
March 07, 2008
Polish tourist drowns
Family grief -Janusz Warchol and his mother Genowefa are preparing to return to Poland for the funeral of their father and husband
AN elderly Polish tourist became the third drowning victim in a week at St Lucia.Branislaw Warchol (75) drowned in heavy surf conditions at the main beach last Tuesday.Described as ‘fit and healthy’, Branislaw and his wife Genowefa (71) came out to South Africa to visit with their son Janusz Warchol (43), an engineer at Impala Platinum close to Springs.The family arrived on 23 February and enjoyed a daily swim.On Tuesday at about 10.30am, Janusz left his parents and returned at noon when his concerned mother reported that Branislaw had gone for a swim, but had not returned.Janusz searched in the surf and then walked up the beach, where he found his father’s body some 300 metres away.He ran back to console his mother and alert the authorities. Further trauma occurred when the body was left on the beach for over three hours awaiting the arrival of a mortuary vehicle. A post mortem confirmed drowning as the cause of death.The family will return to Poland, where a memorial service will be held, with the ashes of Branislaw.
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
Sunday, March 02, 2008
• Do not swim when you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This impairs
your judgment, balance and coordination. It effects your swimming and reduces
your body’s ability to stay warm.
• Study the ocean for currents first to see whether it is safe enough to enter.
• Always have a partner nearby—do not swim alone.
• Do not allow toddlers or young children to swim without supervision.
• Do not swim directly after eating. Allow plenty of time for food to digest.
• Do not chew gum or eat while swimming. You could easily choke.
• Watch out for the dangerous “toos” :
too tired, too cold, too far from safety, too much sun.
• Know the ocean currents :
When swimming in the sea, it is vitally important that you understand the role of currents.
A lateral current runs parallel to the shore, and the danger when swimming in one of
these is that you may get dragged into a rip current. Rip currents are strong flows of
water returning to the sea. If you get caught in a rip current you shouldn't panic but
swim back to shore at a forty-five degree angle. If you are unable to do this, then swim
parallel to the shore for a while, and then try the forty-five degree angle. If this fails,
wave and call for help.
Backwash and shore break can be dangerous for youngsters near the waters edge.
Backwash is the return of the water from the shore to the sea, and can be strong
enough to drag a small person back into the sea.
Shore break is even more dangerous, and is where a large wave breaks on the shore. If
you are underneath such a wave you might sustain a nasty back injury. In the event
that you cannot escape from an impending shore break the best thing to do would be to
dive into the base of the wave.
IF IN DOUBT ... STAY OUT !