South African Mandela’s comrade Ahmed Kathrada, RIP


This video from the commemoration in South Africa after the death of Nelson Mandela says about itself:

Mandela‘s fellow inmate gives emotional speech

15 December 2013

Fighting back tears, Ahmed Kathrada, who was jailed with Mandela on the Robben Island and is a family friend, said the last time he saw Mandela was when the anti-apartheid hero was fighting for his life in hospital. Kathrada said he met Mandela 67 years ago, and was saddened to see that he had become a “shadow of his former self”, but spoke highly of his campaign against racial segregation.

Today, veteran anti-apartheid fighter Ahmed Kathrada himself has died. See also here.

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Zenani Mandela pays tribute to Ahmed Kathrada

28 March 2017

South African boy discovers dinosaur tooth


This video from South Africa says about itself:

Dinosaur find in Knysna

6 February 2017

Ben Ingel, a learner at Oakhill School, found the tooth of a 120 million year-old dinosaur.

Video Elaine King, Knysna-Plettt Herald.

Read more here.

From eNCA.com in South Africa:

Grade 8 pupil discovers tooth of dinosaur in Knysna

Wednesday 8 February 2017 – 5:33am

JOHANNESBURG – Knysna has landed itself prominently on the archaeological map.

Thirteen-year-old Grade 8 pupil, Benjamin Ingel discovered a tooth there — and it very likely comes from a dinosaur.

Ingel reportedly found the tooth while walking near Knysna lagoon. He brought it home to show his family.

Ingel’s grandfather, Vernon Rice, approached some experts to verify the authenticity of the find. Geologists Rob Muir and Roger Schoon agreed to come to his house to have a look.

Rice said: “They took one look and I could see from their faces we had something.”

Palaeontologist Robert Gess at the Albany Museum in Grahamstown invited Ben and his grandfather to the museum to allow palaeontologists to examine the specimen more closely.

Wits University palaeontologist Jonah Choiniere, who has seen photographs of the tooth, believes that it is about 140 million years old and belonged to a carnivorous theropod.

Choiniere believes the dinosaur weighed between 500kg and a ton.

“This was a meat-eater of considerable size; his head would bump on the ceiling of my house,” said palaeontologist Dr Billy de Klerk, who has also seen the tooth.

“These teeth are so rare that in a span of 30 years I have only seen 15 decent teeth,” De Klerk added.

Ingel is prepared to donate the tooth to a museum after he shows it to his friends at school.

Probably, the teeth belongerd to an individual of the Allosaurus family.

Martin Luther King speech newly discovered


This video from the USA says about itself:

17 January 2017

In a Democracy Now! and Pacifica Radio Archives exclusive, we air a newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On December 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo, King gave a major address in London on segregation, the fight for civil rights and his support for Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa. The speech was recorded by Saul Bernstein, who was working as the European correspondent for Pacifica Radio. Bernstein’s recording was recently discovered by Brian DeShazor, director of the Pacifica Radio Archives.

This video is the sequel.

Young kudu born at Christmas in South Africa


This December 2016 video from South Africa says about itself:

A kudu gives birth at Christmas

Puff adder snakes mating on South African road


This video from South Africa says about itself:

29 December 2016

This is the extremely rare moment of a pair of puff adders mating in the road.

Lourens Erasmus captured this scene on his most recent safari adventure.

Seeing a snake while on a safari is something that most people fight about, they want to see one, but then when they do, they suddenly get really scared. Well, if one gets a fright when seeing one snake, imagine two in the middle of the road! Not even mentioning that a puff adder is an extremely venomous snake.

What a sighting to capture on film! It was so incredible that he went straight away to LatestSightings.com and uploaded it to the partner program.

When 2 male snakes fight, it looks extremely similar, however this is slightly more calm, which makes snake experts believe that these are a male and female snake performing the mating ritual.

South African wildlife Top Ten sightings, video


This 23 December 2016 video from South Africa shows the TOP Ten wildlife sightings from the Kruger National Park and its surroundings.

Baby buffalo born, video


This video from South Africa says about itself:

20 December 2016

Filmed at Kings Camp.

This special and heartwarming moment of an [African] buffalo giving birth was captured in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve by 35-year-old field guide, Morné Hamlyn.

Morné told Latest Sightings: “I have been guiding for nearly 14 years and it was the first and only birth in nature that I have ever witnessed.

Other people on game drive called in a herd of buffalo in the area, we drove to the sighting and found this large herd of Cape Buffalo close to a thicket next to a dry riverbed.

When we approached the herd, we noticed one female standing to the side with her back legs slightly apart. We looked and realized that we could see feet of a calf sticking out, she was giving birth! We decided to wait it out and watch her give birth.

The sun was setting fast, night was coming. Night brings predators to life, so the thought of hyenas and lions passing by created a lot of tension and excitement as to what was going to happen next.

Finally mom gave the final push and the youngster arrived in the world.

After watching the birth, we waited until the calf stood up and drank for the first time, we then unfortunately had to leave as it was getting too dark.

It was fantastic to experience this out in the wild, but sharing it with guests made it even better.