Weekend Wrap: Shocking lion bone stats, Raucous tourists in Amsterdam, Explore St Helena

2017-11-05 19:00 - Gabi Zietsman
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Cape Town - If you' got too busy, we have you covered in travel news from the weekend.

Google Africa celebrated their 10 year anniversary of services that focused on the continent, while a recent study had shocking stats to share over South Africa's legal export of lion bone to Asia.

Although locals in Amsterdam are starting to get really fed up with raucous tourists flooding the city, residents in Saint Helena are welcoming tourists with open arms since the first flight landed at their new airport.

In case you live under a rock, music superstar John Legend kicked off the South African leg of his Darkness and Light tour in Johannesburg on Saturday, and South Africans were living for it.

#ShockWildlifeTruth: More than 6000 lion skeletons have been exported from SA

A new report highlights the legal trade of lion bone from South Africa to East-Southeast Asia since 2008.

Published in October on PLOS ONE, the report - titled A roaring trade? The legal trade in Panthera leo bones from Africa to East-Southeast Asia - analysed the legal export of lion skeletons from South Africa since 2008, when the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) issued its first permits.

In the period from 2008 to 2016, over 6 000 skeletons weighing 70 tonnes have been exported to Asia, specifically Laos, which took 51% of all exports between 2008 and 2015.

Lion bone serve as a substitute for tiger bone, a species on the brink of extinction due to poaching for their parts. The bones are mostly used in medicines, similar to rhino horn. It is argued that the legal trade of lion bone helps to thwart the black market trade by satisfying demand. 

#GoogleAfrica10: Search giant celebrates a decade of Africa-centric services 

Technology connects and changes lives for the better - and if anybody knows this, it's the passionate Googlers who have been doing so for the last decade across Africa. 

Google is also entrenched in evolving Africa-centric products and services. The search engine knows that when it comes to searching, faster is always better. Google estimates that in Africa 40% of people with Android devices may be experiencing a slow or delayed connection while they’re on the web due to usage of low RAM devices. 

Google says it is also constantly trying to evolve, making sure it suits the needs of its users. Having recently launched YouTube Offering it allows users to download videos over wifi and re-watch them offline later. 

Tourists in Amsterdam are just the worst according to locals 

Amsterdam locals are starting to get fed up with raucous tourists and unruly tourist attractions.

On Tuesday the city's famous beer bikes have been banned from Amsterdam's centre, following a petition from residents to do away with the loud drunk mobile, reports BBC. This seems to mark the start for the city's efforts to curb rowdy tourists who seem to lose all their inhibitions when visiting the Dutch hot spot.

According to an article in The Guardian, tourists' drunken behaviour has gotten quite out of hand for residents, who feel like they've lost the spirit of community in their neighbourhoods. Els Iping told The Guardian that they've lost a number of shops catering to locals as well, making way for tourist-centric businesses. 

"Every day throngs of tourists pass by my window. The weekend now starts on Thursday afternoon; the screaming and shouting of tourists boozing it up is deafening. And the rubbish they leave behind!” says Iping.

Saint Helena: The island in the middle of nowhere

It’s the island that time forgot; that nobody really wanted. Ships could reach it, but, because there’s no bay they would have to anchor off shore. 

But what really put this small 16 kilometres by 8 kilometres outcrop of rock in the middle of the South Atlantic on the map is that one of the most important men the world has ever known was sent into exile here in 1815.

Napoleon Bonaparte, once Emperor of Europe, was defeated by the British at The Battle of Waterloo and sentenced to spend the rest of his life here on St Helena.

Kate Turkington got the opportunity to explore this forgotten island by taking the first inaugural flight to its airport, and discovers its many attractions.

John Legend live in Johannesburg

The living legend and husband of Chrissy Teigen performed his first show at the Ticketpro Dome in Jozi. The show was opened by local artist Shekhinah. John Legend told Channel24 that he "really want Luna to see South Africa – if not this time then hopefully next time." 

Fans were of course loving his performance, based on Twitter, and many are looking forward to his next show on Sunday evening. He will be continuing his tour to Durban and Cape Town until 11 November.

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