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10 December 2016
Family groups are invited to join a treasure hunting team. Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some...
11 December 2016
Nestled below Castle Rock and the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is arguably the...
11 December 2016
Over the past 13 years The Parlotones have become South Africa's most accomplished pop band of all time. The band career...

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29 November 2016
Coverage of the learning exchangeRead more
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09 November 2016
The Gouritz Cluster Biosphere Reserve (GCBR) has produced a biosphere-supporting product that will be used to augment restoration and community upliftment efforts run by the GCBR.Read more
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09 November 2016
Biodiversity is the foundation of our existence and the prerequisite for doing business. Surprisingly few businesses realise that around 40% of the global economy is based on biological products or processesRead more
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09 November 2016
World Ranger Day is organised by the International Ranger Federation and was first held in 2007. Around the globe, rangers are committed to protecting our natural heritage. World Ranger Day, celebrated on 31 July, offers a chance to support their vital work, which ranges from environmental campaigning to education.Read more

Plants of the week

An unusual, striking, robust shrub or small tree that is suddenly beautiful when in flower in late autumn, with eye-catching clumps of mauve to white to deep purple flowers at the ends of its branches.

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A much-branched, evergreen shrub or small tree with small, glossy, waxy leaves, common in the dry karroid regions of southern Africa, that is frost hardy and drought resistant and does not really need any greater special attention once it is established.

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Animal of the week

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The Cape hope squid is regarded as one of the most intelligent species within the class Cephalopoda. Although capable of living in isolation, the Cape hope squid often co-occurs with other fish species in either deep or shallow waters (Rosa et al, 2013). The Cape hope squid is well adapted to hunt in both dark and light waters, as a result – they are successful hunters of various sizes of prey (Sauer and Lipiński, 1991). The duration of the life cycle is less than 2 years and size at maturity is highly variable, depending on geographic location. Males and females may be mature at 90 mm mantle (covering layer) length and 100mm mantle length or immature at 250 mm mantle length and 180 mm mantle length respectively, weighting more than 1 kg for both males and female.

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A 10th SANBI National Botanical Garden, Kwelera NBG, is currently being developed.

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