Weekend Wrap: Lions prowl West Rand, Irma wreaks havoc, SA sport stars shine

2017-09-10 19:50 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - If the weekend got too busy, here's the travel stories you might have missed but need to know about.

In case you thought nothing happened over the weekend, conservation authorities discovered a pride of five lions are roaming West Rand, Hurrican Irma continues to wreak havoc as it lands in Florida on Sunday, SA tennis player Kevin Anderson reminds us why we love our sport stars and we find out what's the worst thing about travelling with family.

Not just one, but five lions on the prowl in West Rand

West Rand just got a little wilder. What was initially believed to be a single male lion on the loose in the area of Fochville in Gauteng for the past six weeks, has turned out to be a pride of five

Drew Abrahamson, from the Captured in Africa Foundation, said they had been on their way to set a trap to capture what they believed to be one lion, when they had been contacted by SAPS members regarding a calf that had been killed in the vicinity. 

WATCH: What to do when a lion clings onto your car

Pit-track K9 conservation and anti-poaching unit founder Carl Thornton told News24 on Thursdaythat they had been alerted to a lion's presence in the area at the beginning of August when someone allegedly drove into it. 

Abrahamson said they were still not sure where the Lions originated from.

Thousands affected by Irma as tourism is hit hard 

Hurricane Irma is causing historic devastation in the Caribbean as it finally hits Florida on Sunday. Thousands of Irma victims across the Caribbean fought desperately to find shelter or escape their storm-blasted islands altogether Friday as another hurricane following close behind threatened to add to their misery. 

SEE: SAA puts contingency plan in place for Irma-affected passengers

Irma regained Category 5 status late Friday, and with its 260 km/h winds battering Cuba and taking aim at the Miami metropolitan area of 6 million people, the death toll in the storm's wake across the Caribbean climbed to 22.

The hurricane has started battering Florida, flooding downtown Miami and causing citywide destruction.

#ShockWildlifeTruths: Last male northern white rhino in Kenya

This could be the future for rhinos in South Africa. The last male northern white rhino is being protected 24/7 with armed guards at Ol Pejeta conservancy in Kenya. 

Named Sudan, he has been brought from a Czech zoo to Ol Pejeta conservancy along with the last two females of this species.

SEE: #ShockWildlifeTruths: Plans for second rhino online auction underway

This has been done to re-establish the species' population. In an effort to raise attention around the species decline, Sudan has been given a Tinder profile and been labelled the 'most eligible bachelor'.

Sport stars that make us #LoveSA

SA sport stars just know how to make SA look good. We took a look at SA sports stars that are doing an amazing job representing South Africa on an international level. Kevin Anderson, our local tennis hero, will be facing off world champ Rafael Nadal in the US Open final Sunday night at 22:00.

Whenever our sports stars make waves overseas in tournaments, competitions, world cups and other events, they not only bring back glory for South Africa, but also take a little of SA with them to show to the world.

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Besides Anderson, other superhumans are also representing SA, like Phakamani Mahlambi who became the first South African to get signed by a champion Egyptian soccer club, long jump superstar Luvo Manyonga who ended the season on top and our fierce lady of the track, Caster Semenya, who continues to leave dust in her haters faces.

What's the worst thing about travelling with your family?

Spring holidays are on the horison, so we asked South Africans what's the worst part about travelling with their family on holiday.

Long drives, strict parents, arguments about where to eat - family trips can cause a lot of stress! But we still love our family in the end.

What's the worst parts of travelling with your family? Tweet us your pet peeves.

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