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Mount Everest Conqueror Saray Khumalo Finally Started Her Way Home

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South African mountain climber Saray Khumalo is expected to touch down on home soil next week.She finally left the Mount Everest base camp on Wednesday where she’d been waiting for a flight home while the bodies of climbers who died on the mountain
'South African mountain climber Saray Khumalo is expected to touch down on home soil next week.She finally left the Mount Everest base camp on Wednesday where she’d been waiting for a flight home while the bodies of climbers who died on the mountain were being recovered.Khumalo arrived at the base camp on Saturday after making history as the first black African woman to summit the world’s highest mountain.Her friend Erika Gibson said they’d had to reschedule her flight. “Because it’s the high season, there’s more than usual moving in and out of Nepal so we’re having some problems and had to reschedule.We’re hoping to have her home early next week.” Eleven people were believed to have lost their lives on the mountain in the past few weeks and their bodies had to be removed before the climbing season comes to an end.EWN . The post Mount Everest Conqueror Saray Khumalo Finally Started Her Way Home appeared first on iAfrica.com .'

Botswana Lifts Ban On Big Game Hunting

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Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, lifted a ban on big game hunting on Wednesday, citing growing conflict between humans and wildlife and the negative impact of the hunting suspension on people’s livelihoods.
'Botswana, home to almost a third of Africa’s elephants, lifted a ban on big game hunting on Wednesday, citing growing conflict between humans and wildlife and the negative impact of the hunting suspension on people’s livelihoods.Conservationists estimate the southern African country has around 130,000 elephants, but some lawmakers say the number is much higher and causes problems for small-scale farmers. “The Government of Botswana has taken a decision to lift the hunting suspension,” the Environment Ministry said in a statement. “The Ministry would like to reiterate that it will work with all stakeholders to ensure that reinstatement of hunting is done in an orderly and ethical manner”. It said the return of wildlife hunting would take place in accordance with laws and regulations governing wildlife conservation, hunting and licensing, but did not elaborate.Minister of Environment, Natural Resources Conservation and Tourism Onkokame Kitso Mokaila would hold a news conference on Thursday to give details, it said.President Mokgweetsi Masisi set up a committee in June last year to consider the hunting ban, which was imposed by former President Ian Khama in 2014 after surveys showed declining wildlife populations.The committee recommended in February that Botswana consider allowing big game hunting again.At the time, the committee chair said it recommended “a legal framework that will enable the growth of a safari hunting industry and manage the country’s elephant population within the historic range”. The committee also called for “regular but limited” elephant culling.Botswana, a mostly arid country the size of France, has a population of around 2.3 million people and its vast tracts of remote wilderness make it a magnet for foreign tourists who want to view wildlife.Reuters . The post Botswana Lifts Ban On Big Game Hunting appeared first on iAfrica.com .'