HERITAGE DAY EPISODE
Marine Protected Areas
Surfing, building sand castles and splashing around in the waves are some of the very many uses we have for the ocean. The ocean covers 71% of the earth’s surface and yet a mere 1% of it is protected. While game reserves on land protect wildlife from human disturbance, the ocean is somewhat forgotten. People also seem to think because it is so vast, the ocean is invincible… but this is not so. Over-fished and severely polluted areas become dead zones. To combat this, some areas are awarded Marine protected Area (MPA) status… the game reserves of the ocean. Every part of the ecosystem is protected; from the smallest microbes to the Southern Right Whales. But how does that affect the beach bums in all of us? What exactly does it mean to be an MPA? And are they working?
Rhino, one of majestic big 5, are on the tongues of every South African with more than 381 rhino poached already this year. We know the debates, to dehorn or not to dehorn, legalise trade or keep it banned, increase park protection or translocate the survivors. Countless people are said to be helping the rhino but with all people doing it as well as the fraud in wildlife fundraising, how do we know who to trust and what the correct people are really doing in the interests off the rhino? Some of the casualties in the rhino war are the orphans left behind by poached mothers. With only a narrow timeframe in which to rescue and stabilise these little ones, it’s the dedication of people like Karen Trendler, rehab expert, who step up to the plate. The EWT MyPlanet Rhino Fund was launched last year and the rhino response project is one of the efforts consumers’ swipes support.
Treasure in a trolley
We have all seen them… those men and women on the roads with homemade trolleys the size of small cars. Some of us wait patiently as they block the road while others hoot and swear at them. But what are they really doing digging through our rubbish? South Africa only recycles a fraction of what we use and the waste pickers perform an important role in reversing that. Hunting for paper, plastic, tin, cardboard, they travel kilometres to make just a few rands at the end of the day. We explore this most crucial part of the recycling chain. Bonne and Faye spend a day in the life of a waste picker and find out what they do and what troubles they have on route.
The Predators are back in the limelight this week on VeldFokus and there are also some pretty unusual animal encounters!