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South Africa - Fine To Be Set For Tossing Butts

The decision to start fining motorists for throwing cigarette butts out of their car windows has produced a very mixed reaction. Many people are up in arms at the idea, saying it is biased and unfair. Others have praised it saying it may result in a cleaner country and a more conscientious smoking public. Still others agree with the idea but feel that the intended fine might be too heavy.

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Aquarium Shark Released - South Africa

Eyebrows were raised and hands applauded as a ragged tooth shark was released into the sea on Wednesday after spending eleven years in captivity. The shark was released near Arniston and came from the Two Oceans Aquarium at the Cape Town Waterfront where it was a popular attraction.

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South Africa - Man Caught with 1067 Crocs Faces Legal Action

A South African man came before the magistrate’s court in George, a town in the Eastern Cape, on Tuesday after he was found to have 1067 baby crocodiles in his car. Paul Gildenhuys who works for the environmental crime unit of Cape Nature Conservation said the man would be charged with possession and transport of the baby crocodiles without a permit.

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South Africa - Pedal-power Plan for Rural Communities

A fresh look at the use of pedal power to get every day items working is being considered for South Africa's rural areas. The concept has already met with a lot of success in poverty-stricken Guatemala where a number of people are using odd-looking pedal-powered inventions to make their lives easier.

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Kofi Annan arrives in South Africa

The UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and his wife arrived in Cape Town, South Africa early on Monday morning. His arrival marked the start of a three-day visit to the country which will include talks with the country's president regarding the global body's reform. This is his the first offical visit to South Africa since 1997 when Annan assumed leadership of the UN. He is scheduled to meet Thabo Mbeki at the Tuynhuys office in Cape Town on Tuesday.

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Johannesburg - Paraffin Seepage Being Monitored

Just days ago some residents of the Amoati informal settlement in Johannesburg found themselves being overcome by dizzying fumes. An abundance of flammable liquid was soon found to be trailing in the mud in little rivulets between the houses and people living in the area soon started to help themselves to this strange liquid. While the flammable liquid may have proved useful in warming up a few homes, there were obvious health concerns with regards to using the fuel.

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Horse Export Ban to be Lifted

Things are brighter for the South African horse racing industry as a two year ban imposed by the European Union (EU) may be lifted by the end of the month. The ban was imposed following an outbreak of African Horse Sickness (AHS), which is a deadly horse disease unique to the continent, in a surveillance zone in the Western Cape. It is spread by midges and can spread quite rapidly causing widespread death of stock. However the measures have been taken to create a controlled area which has remained free of AHS over the last two years.

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Cape Town - Disabled Swimmer Takes to the Sea

A woman in Cape Town became not only the first disabled person but also the first woman to complete the tiring 15km swim between Bloubergstrand and Robben Island on the 8th of March 2006. The incredible distance in the icy Capetonian waters has often proved to be too huge a challenge for many able-bodied swimmers so the feat is quite a notable accomplishment.

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