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2006-08-03 10:00:00

CAPE TOWN -- Heavy rain drenched large parts of South Africa's southern areas on Thursday, flooding roads and damaging houses in devastating storms, while deep snow forced mountain passes to close. Temperatures dropped to record lows for August as snow fell in industrial hub Johannesburg for the first time in eight years in what local residents say is an unusually severe winter. The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest daily high recorded in August...

2006-02-21 09:42:22

By Gordon Bell MACASSAR, South Africa (Reuters) - On the face of it President Thabo Mbeki was having a great time as he took his ruling ANC's campaign for March 1 local elections to poor townships of South Africa's Western Cape on Tuesday. Residents of this mixed-race township outside Cape Town mobbed Mbeki as he walked through the streets, but many others were grumbling loudly about poor municipal services. Complaints over lack of or deteriorating basic services have dogged Mbeki's...

2006-02-08 03:21:02

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in South Africa when a bus left the road and crashed in a storm, the latest in a series of accidents to strike the country's bus companies, local media said on Wednesday. Police said the long-distance bus traveling from the rural Eastern Cape to Cape Town was carrying about 50 people when it crashed and rolled outside the town of Aberdeen, the SAPA news agency reported. "There were six females, four males and one child killed,"...

2006-01-02 20:45:14

By Diane Coetzer JOHANNESBURG (Billboard) - More than a decade after the end of the apartheid era, when many acts shunned South Africa, the country is becoming a key destination for many international performers. American R&B artists John Legend, Missy Elliott and Leela James all played in the country in December. In March 2006, several overseas acts will arrive for a major festival series. And in April, superstar Robbie Williams will open his world tour here. South Africa is...

2005-12-21 08:15:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Fifteen African ducks have won Cape Town's battle of the birds, replacing more hardy European species that have been forcibly removed from the South African tourist city's reservoirs. Officials this week released native yellow-billed ducks into two reservoirs after removing 26 mallard ducks and members of five other alien species in a programme to wipe out alien fauna and flora in the area -- recognized as one of the world's smallest distinct local ecosystems. "The...

2005-12-20 09:50:00

CAPE TOWN -- Extreme swimmer Lewis Pugh has set a new world record for the most southerly long-distance swim, conquering the icy Antarctic waters at 65 degrees south, his research team said on Tuesday. The 0.6 mile swim follows just months after a record Arctic swim, making the British solicitor the first person to accomplish such a feat in both the world's coldest seas. "As soon as I dived in, I had a screaming pain all over my body," he said in a statement from a Canadian-Norwegian...

2005-10-07 10:47:50

By Gordon Bell CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - A leading South African university has joined opposition to a German doctor's use of vitamins to fight HIV/AIDS, accusing him of endangering lives by promoting an untested alternative to life-prolonging drugs. Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) has demanded Dr Matthias Rath stop what it says are unethical trials of his multivitamins on AIDS sufferers in Cape Town's Khayelitsha township. "While the university supports any...


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Leucadendron argenteum
2014-10-13 13:16:46

Leucadendron argenteum is an evergreen tree species. The species may also be referred to as the Silver tree or the Silver leaf tree. L. argenteum belongs to the Proteaceae family. Its only naturally occurring growth can be found in South Africa, specifically in the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town. The species is currently endangered and is protected in South Africa. The L. argenteum species grows upright and typically grows between 16 and 22 feet tall. The tree has been known to reach even 52...

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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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