50|50 Episode 32 – 21 Jan 2013

Vietnam Busters


When it comes to conservation, Vietnam has a bad reputation especially in the light of the devastating rhino poaching being perpetuated in in SA to meet Vietnamese demand. With Vietnamese nationals and embassy officials having been caught red handed dealing in illegal rhino horn, it’s not surprising that South African’s see them as an enemy that have little regard for animals. But it seems that we are unfairly painting a nation with a single brush. There is a group of young environmentalists in Vietnam tackling environmental issues and crimes head on. Education for Nature Vietnam (ENV) was founded 12 years ago and works to change people’s views in the best interests of conservation. Their latest campaigns included ending the crimes against bears, stopping the illegal tiger trade and bringing an end to rhino killing. Maurice goes to find out more.

Guerrilla Gardeners


What would you say if that deserted patch of ground collecting weeds and litter could be replanted with beautiful and usable plants? A group known as Ambush does just that. They decide on a piece of earth within the city boundary and replant it without any consultation of the owners of the land. This guerrilla type gardening beautifies the area and adds value to it when food crops are planted. They describe themselves as eco-artists, activists, sustainable designers, social change makers, performers, recyclers, revolutionaries and, of course, guerrilla gardeners. They claim they have not been caught on the wrong side of the law so we take a look into the great work they are doing as well as the legality of guerrilla gardening.These guerrilla groups have been happening in many parts of the world and now South Africa.


Strange Smells in Tarlton

Tarlton – this area is often described as Gauteng’s food basket with fresh produce even being grown there for export. But residents in the area have been overwhelmed by the smells released by some farmers’ manure stocks. Should they just pinch their noses and bear it? Or is this a big enough stink to kick up?




Birds are a most fascinating part of the wild and yet they are probably the most difficult to catch on camera properly. Noises will frighten them away at the smallest provocation and they are naturally moving or flying around. Maurice and Villiers have a look at some of the ways to get that great shot of even the flightiest of feathery friends.




In the spot light this week we have some hungry snakes that get up to all sorts of tricks for a feathery or scaly snack. We also have a look at how one little chameleon catches his food and an eagle makes short work of South Africa’s largest lizard.

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