50|50 Episode 39 Season 7: 10 November 2016
When human infrastructure like roads, cross into wild areas, there are bound to be times when these two worlds intersect and there is confrontation between man and beast. One family experienced this scenario first hand while sitting quietly watching a cheetah pursue its dinner in the Kruger Park. Without warning, they suddenly went from being spectators to a thrilling chase, to being in the very thick of the action.
Apies River disaster area:
The Ndebele people are believed to have been the first settlers to put down roots in the valley through which the Apies River flows. They named the river “Tshwane” after one of their chiefs. The City of Tshwane, takes its title from this waterway’s original name. But the river doesn’t look or function anything like it did all those years ago before the city grew up around it and with plague-like urbanisation and all the challenges that go with that, what should be a thriving aquatic ecosystem, is today simply a grimy flow of sludge in many places. Ashmund heads off to investigate, and brings us the whole shocking story.
South Africa is the third most biodiverse country in the world even though it occupies just 2% of the global land surface. It is home to 10% of the planet’s plant species and 7% of the reptile, bird and mammal species. In the last Wonderwêreld for the season, we celebrate reptiles in all their scaly glory, proving that although they may give many of us chills because of their often creepy appearances, they are in fact incredibly beautiful creatures, with a unique role to play in our amazingly biodiverse ecosystem.
The moment we all look forward to every season has finally arrived, and it is time to reveal who came out tops in the VeldFokus competition this year. For the first time ever, we have separated the photo and video categories giving entrants an additional chance at a big prize, with runners up in both categories! Bertus heads off on a cross country adventure to surprize all 4 of this season’s winners!