Grey-headed bush shrike in South Africa

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31 August 2016

Video, photos and audio of the Grey Headed Bush Shrike, Port Alfred, South Africa.

Very close African elephant encounter

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Extremely Close Elephant Encounter

Silence is most definitely golden when it comes to being so up close and personal with this incredible giant tusker….

Eswe Ras, Front of House manager for Sausage Tree Safari Camp, on the Balule Private Game Reserve, was lucky enough to have experienced this heart pounding encounter with such a majestic animal.

Eswe is a qualified guide and occasionally does the tracking on game drives (as per this incident).

“This was a unique experience for me, but occasionally trackers do get approached by various animals out of curiosity.”

This happened in February 2016 shortly after we departed for the afternoon drive from camp. We approached a small group of elephant bulls and parked about 30 metres away from them, respecting their space. They gradually started moving closer to us, this is when Ezulwini (the elephant bull) approached the vehicle to pass on by. As seen on the video he came towards me and stood in front of me (what is not seen on the video is that he put his trunk around my one ankle, smelling me) for a few seconds. Our head guide Kevin van der Linde was filming the incident.

It was certainly quite intimidating having such a huge animal so close to you & touching you but I never felt that I was in any danger. Ezulwini is an elephant well-known to guides & trackers here on Balule and he is a very gentle-natured animal. The feeling I think would best be described as complete awe and definitely an adrenalin rush.”

After Ezulwini’s curiosity faded, he simply moved off and resumed feeding along with the other bulls.

Leopard-mongoose hide-and-seek in South Africa

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Leopard Chases Mongoose in a Game of Cat and Mouse

13 September 2016

Amazing and hilarious video of a leopard and slender mongoose having a game of cat and mouse, almost like Tom and Jerry.

Taken in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

Video by: Kevin van der Linde

South African apartheid propaganda

This video from the USA says about itself:

Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War

27 August 2015

On the morning of 8 June 1988 dozens of children from Washington DC schools arrived at the United States capitol, carrying a small black doll to deliver to the lawmakers. Each doll represented a child who would be harmed by the sanctions congress had recently imposed on South Africa.

By John Moore in Britain:

How apartheid failed to sell itself globally

Monday 12th September 2016

Selling Apartheid: South Africa’s Global Propaganda War by Ron Nixon (Pluto Press, £13)

THIS lively account of the South African government’s propaganda campaigns to win international support for the abomination that was apartheid — at a cost of $100 million a year in the early 1980s — focuses principally on its activities in the US.

While there were campaigns everywhere internationally before the 1960s against South Africa’s racial segregation, torture and oppression, the turning point was Sharpeville, the township where in 1960 a demonstration against the pass laws was fired on by the police, who killed 70 people.

Subsequently, the apartheid government launched a furious media campaign in the US and Europe, propagating the fiction of how well it treated its native population. Even so, many businesses withdrew their investments from South Africa.

US president John Kennedy was persuaded to sponsor Pretoria’s application for a loan from the IMF.

But opposition to apartheid grew fast at the grassroots, especially as it merged with the civil rights movement. Martin Luther King called apartheid an attempt to bring back the ideology and practices of nazism yet President Nixon declared that: “The Whites are here to stay.”

The Soweto uprising in 1976, when police killed nearly 200 schoolchildren, changed world opinion and it shifted further against apartheid the following year when Steve Biko died of multiple head injuries received during police interrogation.

In Britain in the 1970s, the anti-apartheid movement grew rapidly and stopped a tour by an all-white cricket team from South Africa.

US president Ronald Reagan opposed all sanctions on the grounds that “persuasion” was better and Margaret Thatcher followed suit. In the US, black propagandists for South Africa were paid great salaries but their achievements were limited by their shortage of contacts in black communities. Millions of dollars were poured into the apartheid white-washing campaigns, with newspaper firms bought and prominent personalities bribed. But in Britain the TUC came out in support of sanctions and Barclays Bank decided to pull out of South Africa after many boycotts across the country. Then, in 1986, the US Congress approved sanctions and also voted to override the president’s veto.

The apartheid government spent ever more dollars in an attempt to stave off its downfall but to no avail. In February 1990, President De Klerk lifted the ban on the ANC and the Communist Party and soon after Nelson Mandela was freed after 27 years in jail.

His people, with worldwide support, had smashed a repulsive system of racial oppression and its global propaganda campaign and one criticism of this book is that a parallel account of the great movement of liberation inside South Africa is absent.

South African waterbuck escapes from crocodile

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Waterbuck Escapes the Jaws of a Crocodile

30 August 2016

Amazing video of a waterbuck standing peacefully in the water, when suddenly it disappears under the water. We soon see that it is a crocodile trying its luck to get a meal. But the waterbuck manages to fight its way out his way out.

Video by: Wynand

Crowned eagle in South Africa, video

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31 August 2016

Video, photos and audio of the impressive and beautiful Crowned Eagle, near Port Alfred, Eastern Cape, South Africa.

The crested barbet has the nickname “fruit salad” for its random, mixed plumage coloration and for its partially frugivorous diet – though these birds will eat much more than fruit. A distinctive and common barbet, these are great birds to see for any birder visiting their range in southern Africa: here.

Cape rock thrush sings in South Africa

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30 August 2016

Video and audio of a male Cape Rock Thrush, Fish River valley, South Africa.