Following severe damages to GTT’s underground cables, the local telephone giant has announced that most of the systems are now up and running on all cylinders.CEO of GTT Justin NeddLast Sunday, one of the sub-sea systems that GTT uses suffered a breakage, causing some of its services to go down. These include the *100# system to recharge accounts, buy data plans and access to other services, including After Two Belongs to You.Chief Executive Officer of GTT, Justin Nedd, explained to reporters at a press conference on Friday, that the outage was caused as a result of flooding in Martinique, during which the underground cables were damaged inside a manhole.“You got to pump out three meters of water, then get specialists to fix it and bring it up. But that’s a good outage. If it was much worse, like in the middle of the ocean, you’d have to sail a ship from Curacao, put down a remote-operated diving vehicle, pull up the cable and fix it,” he said, noting that that could take weeks.The CEO noted that the current damages to the cables will take about ‘one-week’ to be fixed and this is so because the consortium that owns the cables, Americas II, had to fly specialists from France to Martinique. Nevertheless, he disclosed that the repairs are expected to be completed by Sunday, but added there is no guarantee the cables will not face further damage in future.“It’s a fairly complex system because the cables run from Brazil to Florida, that’s more than 8000 kilometres of cables, so for me to say there will be no more outages with the cable again would be quite reckless,” Nedd remarked.Nevertheless, the CEO outlined that since the outage, the company’s technical team has been working round the clock to restore the local systems that were affected and were able to do so at about 07:00h on Friday by shifting all of its services onto a back-up system, otherwise known as the redundant routes.“We do have redundancy. We have another cable that we use and that’s why the internet didn’t go down and that’s why so many of the services didn’t go down. So we are well prepared, and really, we are the only provider that has that type of redundancy in the country,” he declared.On the other hand, the outage had also caused major issues at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, whereby the damaged cables disrupted internet service to the airlines’ servers, affecting the linkage between airlines’ check-in application hosts and the check-in counters.Nedd explained that the airline reservation system, SITA, services were on the Americas II-owned cables and so when the breakage occurred, the systems on that service went down.“They had a back-up system which was not effective and we’ve since restored that back-up system. That’s why the services came back up within a couple days…they are on our alternate routes,” the CEO outlined.Moreover, when asked, Nedd posited that he cannot quantify the losses incurred by the company as a result of the outage, but noted that the company is more concerned about restoring full services to its customers.To this end, he expressed gratitude to GTT customers for their patience during the outage as he teased about rewards to come. The company had announced earlier in the week that because of systems being down, customers were given free mobile data but this offer ended when the systems were restored on Friday.In addition, the CEO disclosed that prepaid customers who top up will get three times the credit they put in their phones. This offer takes effect from today while GTT has more exciting deals coming up. (Vahnu Manickchand)
Residents of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) will soon benefit from the reopening of its National Tuberculosis (TB) in-patient facility, also known as the “Step-Down Care Centre” located at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH). It is expected to be recommissioned on April 7.This was revealed by National Tuberculosis Programme Manager, Dr Jeetendra Mohanlall, on Friday during a visit to the facility by Minister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings.The Step-Down Care facility serves as an in-patient unit for persons with severeMinister within the Public Health Ministry, Dr Karen Cummings and Director of Regional Health Services, Dr Kay Shako touring the ‘Step-Down’ care facilitycases of TB that may require greater attention.“We saw the need for this (in-patient facility) since a lot of our patients need nutritional and psycho-social support, especially those who are multi-drug resistant and could take as long as 18 months to two years to be treated and cured,” Dr Mohanlall was quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.The Programme Manager said the Centre would cater for 18 to 20 beds, including isolation rooms for both male and female patients, with a pharmacy, kitchen, and laundry among other areas factored in.Minister Cummings said while she was satisfied with the current state of the facility, she expected other amenities to be offered that would not only benefit the patients but the staff assigned to the facility as well.The Minister stressed that although the number of TB cases has been reduced significantly, the Public Health Ministry wanted to ensure that in addition to testing and treatment offered at the facility for chronic patients, an appropriate facility is in place to care for the patients.According to statistics, during 2015, Region Four accounted for more than 50 per cent of the 439 new cases of TB recorded. The disease was extremely low in Regions Five, Eight and Nine, with a total of 18 new cases. Region Nine, however, recorded the lowest incidence – two cases, and Region Five the highest with ten.In Regions One, Two, Three, Six, Seven and Ten, new cases ranged between 15 and 37, with Region Seven recording the lowest and Region Three the highest.
– more than 50% off smartphones this ChristmasChristmas is fast approaching, and Digicel is giving the gift of savings with whopping discounts on handsets and data. The telephone giant is giving its customers more reasons to smile this holiday season, with more than 50 per cent off selected smartphones and 50 per cent off all 4G Smart Bundle Data Plans activated during the period January to March 2019.For every smartphone purchased during the promotional period, the purchaser would receive a monthly 4G Smart Bundle data plan (with talk, text and data) absolutely free.Upon purchase of a new SIM card, the purchaser would also benefit from 50 per cent off all 4G Smart Bundle data plans activated during the period January toDigicel’s Vidya Sanichara handing over cheques and back-packs to Veron Todd of For the Children’s Sake organisationMarch 2019.Customers can get these great offers at all Digicel stores across Guyana. The red network unveiled “The Gift of Data” promotion in Linden on Friday.“We want to give customers the best quality device and service, so we’ve reduced rates on our handsets across the country, where our customers will be getting whopping savings in stores across Guyana,” was the reason proffered for the offer.Any customer purchasing a smartphone costing from $5,500 up will get a monthly data plan absolutely free! And that’s not all, customers activating a SIM within the promotional period will get 50 per cent off all 4G Smart Bundle data plans for the next 3 months. These red hot deals mean that customers can also spread the joy this season with their loved ones near and far, explained Digicel’s Chief Executive Officer Gregory Dean.In addition to sales on devices, Digicel would be giving back through its annualDigicel making donation to Ava Chapman of the Linden Center for Special NeedsChristmas Cheers activity by making several donations to several organisations, including “For The Children’s Sake” organisation.The Christmas Cheers activities will be held in other communities across Guyana during the promotional period.Dean add, “We have always been in the business of giving back to our customers in ways that meet their needs, and also instantly rewarding new customers to Digicel. It’s about deepening our relationship with them by adding further value to what we already offer.”
…as Code of Conduct for local organs to be crafted – BulkanCommunities Minister Ronald Bulkan, on Monday during City Hall’s first statutory meeting for 2019, divulged that attention is being drawn towards establishing a code of conduct for local organ bodies.City HallHe explained that, when crafted, the legislation is expected to include guidelines for treating with the council’s assets, and stipulations on the responsibilities of Mayors, Town Clerks and other administrative officials.Emphasis would also be placed on the council’s finances by conducting yearly audits through the ministry’s audit department. This is in keeping with the recommendations inked on the Commission of Inquiry’s final report, which was prepared by Justice (retired) Cecil Kennard.“The ministry’s internal audit department will ensure going forward that your account is audited yearly. This policy of autonomy must be within a framework that promotes good governance. The Ministry will endeavour, in partnership with relevant stakeholders, to craft a code of conduct for administrative officials such as Town Clerks etc,” said Bulkan.The minister also asked the new council to remain vigilant in monitoring the activities of the council to ensure accountability and transparency. He noted that they are ready to resuscitate the Tripartite Committee which is intended to improve dialogue between Council and the private sector.Another recommendation in the report focused on the collection of taxes and outlines that new measures should be undertaken to ensure that this is successfully done. Bulkan insisted that the issuance of building permits should be done within a small window of time, eliminating possible delays.“The ministry stands ready to facilitate the resuscitation of the Tripartite Committee established to promote dialogue within the Council and the private sector. The council should seek to ensure an investor friendly climate by taking steps to reduce unnecessary delays in the issuance of building permits,” he advised.His advice to the new councillors was, “Despite its challenges and shortcomings, proper management of this city is pivotal to our development as a nation…I urge councillors not to shirk from their responsibilities, and keep check with the actions of the administration in the implementation of decisions and programmes…Strict monitoring will ensure value for money, accountability and transparency.”Meanwhile, new Mayor Ubraj Narine urged councillors to put great effort in building a better Georgetown.With regards to payments to the outgoing councillors, City Treasurer John Douglas was asked to provide information on whether these persons were paid.He could not provide an answer, and Councillor Patricia Chase-Green aggressively responded that some persons from the previous Council had not been paid and it is worrying to have these persons fervently asking for their monies.Douglas asked for an extension of time until Friday, since he was not City Treasurer for an entire year. He, however, served as acting City Treasurer during that time.“It is the intent of the City Treasurer’s Department to pay the councillors what is due to them. However, I was not the City Treasurer for the whole year,” Douglas said.The councillors were sworn in on November 30, 2018 in the chambers of City Hall, where nominations were followed by elections of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Finance Committee. Twenty-nine councillors were sworn after Patrick De Santos submitted his absence for medical reasons. He is still absent, and was granted one month on Monday to engage the Council.Narine, who represents Constituency One, was nominated by Councillor Ivelaw Henry and entered the race with People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillor Bishram Kupen. The new mayor secured 21 votes in his favour and was elected accordingly. Alfred Mentore was elected as the Deputy Mayor.
SAULT STE. MARIE, O.N. – Fort St. John native Tristen Nielsen made his mark on the 2016 U17 World Hockey Challenge on opening day yesterday.Playing for the defending champion team of Canada White, Nielsen helped his squad to win their first game of the tournament’s round robin against team Canada Black yesterday. Nielsen got White off to an early lead, wiring a shot past Team Black goaltender Jacob Ingham from the high slot just 3:29 into the first period.While both only combined for just 13 shots on goal in the second period, Nielsen doubled White’s advantage just before the midway mark of the middle frame, jamming home the rebound after Akil Thomas had thrown a backhand on net. Team Black picked up their game in the third, outshooting White 15-7, but it could only manage to score one goal. Just over two minutes later, Nielsen completed the hat trick and earned Canada White some insurance with a gorgeous one-timer.- Advertisement -Canada White faces a tough test when they meet the United States at 1:00 p.m. Pacific today.
Autopsy results suggested that Tara Grant was strangled Feb. 9, said Medical Examiner Daniel Spitz. That was the date she was last seen alive after returning from a business trip to Puerto Rico. Police have said the couple had recently argued over her frequent trips. Grant waited five days before reporting his wife missing. Investigators found her torso Friday in the garage of the couple’s home in suburban Detroit. Other body parts turned up in a nearby park. The remains showed signs of a struggle, including neck bruises, according to Spitz. It was unclear when the body was dismembered. Spitz said he was confident all the remains were from the same body but DNA testing was being conducted at a state police laboratory. Smith said Grant was “a willing participant” in the confession and that investigators intend to use “every statement he has made against him, including statements made to the media.” MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. – A man captured after a night on the run in the snowy wilderness confessed to killing his wife in the couple’s home while their children were there and later dismembering her, authorities said Monday. Stephen Grant, 37, was arrested over the weekend and treated for hypothermia after he spent 10 hours hiding in a park at the tip of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. He was discharged from a hospital Monday and brought back to Macomb County outside Detroit, where he was being held in jail. Sheriff Mark Hackel said Grant “gave a very lengthy confession, laying out exactly what took place” in the slaying of his wife, Tara. Prosecutor Eric Smith said investigators do not believe that the couple’s two children – a 6-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy – witnessed the slaying. He said, “There’s been no evidence about anything they were doing other than sleeping.” Grant is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of murder and dismemberment of a body, Smith said. As he was discharged from the hospital Monday, Grant rode in a wheelchair and wore protective footwear because of frostbite. He ignored reporters’ questions before stepping into a vehicle from the sheriff’s department. Grant said during his confession that he initially put the torso in the park but retrieved it before police searched there Feb. 24, according to Hackel. He was “nervous” after learning of the impending search, the sheriff said. Smith said a neighbor found a plastic bag containing latex gloves, metal shavings and human blood in woods near the Grants’ house. The discovery enabled police to obtain a warrant to search the home and a tool-and-die shop where Grant worked. Smith said the body was dismembered at the shop. The Grants’ two children were staying with relatives.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“#WelcomeJT: It’s official – John Terry signs… Full story �� bit.ly/2t8Ixv3 �� #PartOfThePride #AVFC,” tweeted Aston Villa with a photograph of the former England skipper in their kit.Terry, whose final appearance for Chelsea was mired in controversy with several fans winning money on betting on him being substituted in the 26th minute the same number as his shirt, said he was very happy to have plumped for Villa.“I am delighted to join Aston Villa,” Terry told Villa’s official website.“It’s a club I have admired from afar for many years — Villa Park is one of the finest stadiums in the country and there’s a good group of players here, with an experienced and successful manager in Steve Bruce.“I can’t wait to get started now and look to help the squad achieve something special this season.”Terry joins the side against whom he made his senior debut 19 years ago in a League Cup third round tie.“Life has come full circle,” he said.Chelsea also tweeted their best wishes.“Wishing John Terry the very best of luck at Aston Villa! (with a thumbs-up icon),” the champions tweeted.Terry is expected to fly out to Portugal to join his team-mates at the club’s pre-season training, before the new season which begins at home to Hull City, Bruce’s former club, on August 5th.The signing is a bit of a coup for Villa — who endured a torrid time last season never threatening to return immediately to the Premier League finally finishing 13th — as they faced competition from clubs including Turkish giants Galatasaray and Premier League duo West Bromwich Albion and Swansea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000John Terry being unveiled as an Aston Villa player on July 3, 2017. PHOTO/Daily Mail.LONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 3- Former long-serving Chelsea captain John Terry signed a one-year contract on a free transfer for second tier side Aston Villa on Monday.Terry, 36 and who left champions Chelsea after 22 trophy-laden years at the end of last season having lifted the Premier League title, is reported to have agreed a weekly salary of Sh8mn (£60,000) with the club that is owned by Chinese businessman Tony Xia.
0Shares0000Mohamed Salah’s Egypt will not progress from the group stages in Russia after two defeats © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 20 – Mohamed Salah’s World Cup campaign arguably ended when Egypt’s talisman tumbled to the turf in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26.Uruguay administered the last rites on Wednesday but the Pharaohs already knew the writing was on the wall. Salah returned to action for the first time in three weeks for his side’s do-or-die clash with hosts Russia in Saint Petersburg on Tuesday but was a pale imitation of the player who dazzled for Liverpool last season, scoring 44 goals.He did get on the scoresheet late on from the penalty spot in Saint Petersburg but it was too little, too late, with Russia already 3-0 up and steaming towards the last 16.The hosts and Uruguay, both in Group A, became the first two sides into the knockout round on Wednesday after the South Americans beat Saudi Arabia 1-0 in Rostov-on-Don.Salah carried his country to their first World Cup since 1990, scoring five of his side’s eight goals in the the third qualifying round.But Egyptian excitement that he was appearing on the biggest stage in club football last month turned to fear when he trudged off the field in tears after being hauled to the ground by Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos.Floored: Mohamed Salah never fully recovered from a shoulder injury in time for the World Cup © AFP / Sergei SUPINSKY“This is very bad for Mo, very bad for us, very bad for Egypt,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, minutes after seeing his side lose 3-1 in the Ukrainian capital.The Spanish captain quickly became a hate figure for furious Egyptian fans on social media, but there was no quick remedy for the damage Ramos inflicted.– Salah risk –Salah could only watch from the bench as Egypt conceded late to lose 1-0 to Uruguay in their opening game, leaving coach Hector Cuper little choice but to risk his best talent for the must-win game against Russia.He manfully tried to carry the expectations of a nation on one good shoulder but Stanislav Cherchesov’s men were in no mood to play the role of accommodating hosts.On the eve of the match, Cherchesov said he saw nothing wrong in Ramos’s challenge, insisting he only saw the Real skipper “holding the cup of the Champions League” at the end of an action-packed night in Kiev.One Russia fan even attended the game with Ramos’s name and number on the back of a Real shirt. After the game Cherchesov said his mission to stop Salah had been successful.“If he was not injured, it is very difficult to know what would have happened but we know the quality he has,” lamented Cuper, who admitted at the very least Salah’s match sharpness had been blunted.“He wasn’t in all the preparation with us and that cost him a little bit of his physical ability. He would have worked almost three weeks with us before the first game, with the same intensity as the rest of the team.”Salah, whose team still have a dead rubber to play against the Saudis, celebrated his 26th birthday on the day of the Uruguay defeat, meaning time is still on his side for him to return to the World Cup stage.But injury at the most inopportune time has soured the season that made him a worldwide phenomenon.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Our ladies team retained the Donegal women’s league title with a 3-0 win over closest rivals Bonagee Utd.Amanda Callaghan, Amy Boyd and Caroline Gallagher were the scorers.Our u/16’s had a 3-1 win over Kilmacrennan Celtic with Rihanna Devenney(2) and Holly Canning scoring. Our men’s team reached the area final of the Brian Mc Cormick Sportman’s cup with a 6-5 penalty shootout win over Drumoghill FC after a 2-2 draw (AET). Mark Hunter and Kenny Doran were the scorers.They are away to Rathmullen Celtic in the final on Sunday.Our u/14 boys started their season with a 1-0 win away to Castlefin Celtic. Caolan Mc Connell was the scorer.Our u12B’s had a 5-0 win over Castlefin Shamrocks with Matthew Peoples(2), Jamie Davenport, Rihanna Devenney and Shaun Mc Connell scoring. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 14,16,18 and 23.Three people had three numbers with Niamh Toner drawn out and winning €50.Next weeks jackpot is €7050. The club wishes to thank everyone who took part or helped out with our recent 5km.The club extends sympathy to the Mc Ginley family on their recent bereavement.Lagan Harp’s F.C. ladies retain League Title was last modified: August 23rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FootballLagan HarpsNotes
Les villes se sont etendues, beaucoup de terres ont ete donnees aux paysans, la chasse a decime des troupeaux et l’epoque a laquelle un troupeau de springboks pouvait mettre plusieurs jours pour traverser une ville du Karoo appartient au passe.Pourtant, grace a la prevoyance des defenseurs de la nature d’hier et d’aujourd’hui, l’Afrique du Sud reste le terrain beni d’une vie sauvage abondante.Les cinq grands animauxLes grands felinsUne vie sauvage meconnuePlus de 200 especes de mammiferesLes mammiferes marins et les poissonsLe crocodile.et les autres reptilesLes oiseauxLes cinq grands animauxLes mammiferes sont les plus connus, et parmi eux se trouvent les cinq grands animaux : L’elephant, le lion, le rhinoceros, le leopard et le buffle. Ce n’est pas que la girafe, l’hippopotame ou la baleine soient petits.Le Bushveld d’Afrique du Sud et les regions de savane abritent encore un grand nombre des mammiferes universellement associes a l’Afrique. Le parc national Kuger accueille a lui seul plus de 10 000 elephants et 20000 buffles; en 1920, on estimait la population d’elephants a 120 dans toute l’Afrique.Le rhinoceros blanc a egalement ete sauve in extremis de l’extinction et prospere maintenant a la fois dans le parc national Kruger et dans le parc Hluhluwe Umfolozi au KwaZulu-Natal. L’attention se porte maintenant a la protection du rhinoceros noir.Ces deux parcs abritent les cinq grands animaux comme les autres principales reserves d’Afrique du Sud telles que Pilanesberg dans la province du Nord Ouest et de nombreuses reserves plus petites et des lodges privees.Les grands felinsMise a part sa place de dominant en haut de l’echelle des predateurs, le lion remporte aussi les faveurs du glamour. Malheureusement, il a un ennemi formidable qui est l’homme et qui l’a chasse de la majorite du territoire et il ne subsiste presque exclusivement que dans les zones de protection.Le magnifique leopard survit dans une plus grande region comprenant la plus grande partie de la region du Southern Cape et jusqu’au nord du pays, bien que leur nombre soit moindre dans certains endroits.Le troisieme des grands felins est particulierement fascinant. Le guepard est le champion de la vitesse, capable d’atteindre des pointes de presque 100 kilometres/heure. Cependant, ses petits sont vulnerables face aux autres predateurs et la population de guepards est comparativement petite et confinee pour la plupart dans l’extreme nord (y compris dans le parc national Kruger), le parc Kgalagadi Transfrontier dans la province de Northern Cape et les reserves des provinces du KwaZulu-Natal et du Nord Ouest.Une vie sauvage meconnueL’hippopotame, la girafe, le kudu, le gnou et le zebre sont autant d’autres grands animaux typiquement africains que l’on observe frequemment dans les zones de preservation d’Afrique du Sud.Une sensibilisation accrue, cependant, a provoque une augmentation de l’appreciation d’animaux moins connus. Une observation du rare tsessebe (un cousin du gnou) peut etre aussi excitante que la vue d’une troupe de lions se prelassant sous un arbre epineux du Bushveld. Et alors que personne ne ratera le passage d’un elephant, le reperage du suni, un petit animal timide de la foret ou antilope de Livingstone demande une vision aceree et provoque une certaine autosatisfaction.À une bien plus petite echelle, on pourrait relever le defi de voir les sept especes de musaraignes d’Afrique du Sud, une tache qui necessiterait un voyage a travers tout le pays et, probablement, beaucoup de temps pour etre realisee.Plus de 200 especes de mammiferesAvec bien plus de 200 especes, un bref passage en revue des mammiferes indigene de l’Afrique du Sud serait tout simplement une contradiction. Quelques exemples vous donneront une idee de l’etendue.En termes d’interet, les primates se classent parmi les premiers. En Afrique du Sud, ils rassemblent les bushbabies nocturnes, les singes vervet et samango et les babouins chacma qui, encourages par une alimentation irresponsable et sous la pression de la perte de leur habitat, sont devenus indesirables et des devastateurs de domiciles de la peninsule du Cap.Les dassies (ou hyraxes, residents des habitats rocheux) et les meerkats (ou suricates, connus pour leur position debout en cas d’alerte) ont un charme terrible bien qu’ils puissent etre un probleme pour l’agriculture.Le aardvark (ou cochon de terre) discret et nocturne (qui mange des fourmis et est le seul membre de l’ordre des tubulidentes) et le protele (qui mange des termites et est apparente a la hyene) sont deux creatures interessantes que l’on rencontre quasiment dans tout le pays.Et pour ceux qui aiment les mammiferes terrestres des zones humides, il y a la loutre sans griffe du Cap qui nage dans l’eau douce et dans l’eau salee. La loutre tachetee possede un territoire plus limite. Les deux sont rares, cependant, et difficiles a apercevoir.Un mammifere dont l’attrait est nouveau est le chien sauvage ou chien chasseur du Cap, un des mammiferes les plus menaces d’extinction en Afrique. Considere par erreur a une epoque comme un tueur systematique et apprecie aujourd’hui pour sa valeur ecologique et pour les soins remarquables qu’il porte a sa famille dans la meute, le chien sauvage a besoin de vastes territoires. Une seule meute a besoin en moyenne de plusieurs centaines de kilometres carres.On les rencontre en petit nombre dans le parc national Kruger et ses alentours, dans le nord du KwaZulu-Nata (y compris dans le parc Hluhluwe-Umfolozi) et dans le Kalahari et dans la reserve Madikwee de la province du Nord Ouest.La hyene, le chacal et le renard mangeur de chauve-souris sont des carnivores plus courants. En dehors de ceux que nous avons deja mentionnes, les felins comprennent le caracal (ou lynx africain) avec ses oreilles touffues caracteristiques, le chat sauvage africain et le chat a pattes noires plus rare. La civette, la genette et plusieurs sortes de mangoustes forment un autre groupe de mangeurs de chair.Les herbivores sont particulierement bien representes par diverses antilopes, de la petite duiker a la grande kudu et aux superbes antilopes des sables que l’on rencontre uniquement dans les regions les plus au nord.Les mammiferes occupent aussi le ciel : L’Afrique du Sud est bien dotee en especes de chauve-souris.Les mammiferes marins et les poissonsEt ils occupent aussi la mer. Le plus grand mammifere de tous, en Afrique du Sud et dans le monde, est la baleine bleue qui peut atteindre une longueur de 33 metres.Mais sur les huit especes de baleines que l’on rencontre dans les eaux de l’Afrique du Sud (y compris le terrible orque tueur), celui qui est le plus souvent aperçu par les hommes est la baleine australe. Cette creature imposante vient dans les baies cotieres pour mettre bas permettant d’etre observee superbement depuis le rivage.La baleine australe represente une reussite de la protection animale. Autrefois consideree comme la baleine bonne a chasser, sa population se reduit tellement qu’elle fut classee au rang des especes en voie d’extinction. L’enthousiasme qu’elles ont provoque lorsqu’elles sont retournees dans les baies cotieres a fait qu’elles sont aujourd’hui autant aimees que les nombreux dauphins de nos eaux cotieres.Les mers d’Afrique du Sud sont riches en especes de poissons. Le plus surprenant d’entre eux est peut etre le grand requin blanc mais il n’est qu’un representant parmi 2000 especes totalisant 16% du total mondial. Divers poissons, le homard des rochers et l’ormeau sont d’un grand interet pour les gourmets alors que les poissons pelagiques (les sardines et les pilchards) ainsi que le colin ont une grande valeur commerciale.Le crocodile.et les autres reptilesLa nature a ete moins genereuse pour les poissons d’eau douce : 112 especes, a peine 1,3 % du total mondial mais cependant l’Afrique du Sud possede un habitant des rivieres qui est, comme les cinq grands animaux, un symbole de l’Afrique. Le crocodile regne toujours sur certaines portions de fleuves et d’estuaires, lacs et mares, le faisant parfois payer cher en termes de vie humaine.Les autres reptiles aquatiques qu’il est bon de citer sont les tortues de mer, la loggerhead et la tortue luth, effort de conservation de toute une communaute sur le terrain de leur ponte sur le rivage du nord du KwaZulu-Natal.Les reptiles terrestres d’Afrique du Sud comprennent les rares tortues de terre et le fascinant cameleon. Il existe plus de 100 especes de serpents. Alors que la moitie d’entre eux, y compris le python, ne sont pas venimeux, les autres, comme la vipere heurtante, la mamba verte et noire, le boomslang (ou serpent des arbres) et les rinkhals (ou cobras cracheurs) le sont.La secheresse relative du pays justifie son faible nombre d’amphibiens : 84 especes. Pour compenser cela, cependant, l’Afrique du Sud beneficie de plus de 77000 especes d’invertebres.Les oiseauxLes passionnes d’oiseaux du monde entier viennent en Afrique du Sud pour faire l’experience de la grande diversite des oiseaux africains, migrateurs et endemiques (que l’on ne trouve qu’en Afrique du Sud).Sur 850 especes environ qui ont ete repertoriees en Afrique du Sud, environ 725 sont des residents ou des visiteurs annuels et environ 50 des ceux-ci sont endemiques ou quasi-endemiques.Mis a part les oiseaux residents, l’Afrique du Sud abrite un certain nombre de migrateurs internes a l’Afrique comme les coucous et les royals ainsi que des oiseaux de l’Arctique, d’Europe, d’Asie Centrale, de Chine et de l’Antarctique au cours de l’annee.Les oiseaux d’Afrique du Sud vont de l’autruche, elevee dans le district d’Oudtshoorn de la region de Western Cape, et rencontree a l’etat sauvage dans presque tout le nord du pays, en passant par des especes aussi surprenantes que le calao et jusqu aux omnipresents moineaux et autres passereaux des prairies.Seule une petite zone autour de la ville de Vryheid dans le nord du Kwaulu-Natal offre des marais, des prairies, des forets d’epineux en montagne et pres des fleuves et environ 380 especes y ont ete repertoriees.L’amateur d’oiseaux n’aura pas besoin de sortir d’un jardin typique du Gauteng pour apercevoir des perroquets gris, des colious, des huppes, des ibis d’hadeda, des barbicans promepics et des barbicans a collier, des zosterops a lunettes du Cap, des grives olives ou des coucals de Burchell picorant maladroitement autour d’un arbre. Et cela ne cloture en aucun cas la liste.Parmi les oiseaux les plus spectaculaires d’Afrique du Sud, on rencontre les grues, que l’on observe plus facilement dans les marais, bien qu’il faille etre tres chanceux pour voir une grue a caroncule qui est extremement rare. La magnifique grue bleue est l’oiseau national d’Afrique du Sud, la grue couronnee est probablement la plus tape-a-l’œil des trois avec sa crete proeminente caracteristique.Parmi les especes d’oiseaux plus grandes, l’Afrique du Sud abrite egalement plusieurs aigles et vautours. Parmi les plus colores, on rencontre les martins-pecheurs, les guepiers, les oiseaux mouches, l’exquis rollier a longs brins, et les perroquets Knysna et a huppe splendide.Source : Office de tourisme d’Afrique du Sud