New 50/50 Episode: 13 August 2012

Caves

Namibia is just a hop over the border away and has more to offer than beautiful views of the Namib and great wildlife: It also has over 120 caves. Most of the caves are not open to tourists – for safety reasons and for the protection of the cave itself. But with the help of local experts 50|50 gets the low down on some of the lesser known but exhilarating caves in Namibia.

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Bonne explores the Hareseb and Dragon’s breath with a geologist and adventure caver respectively, the perfect guides to show us the finer details and life-forms that dwell in the caves. Nico Scholtz explains how caves are formed and how we can detect caves from the surface. Haraseb cave finds Bonne abseiling 60m into a chamber. Dragon Breath cave features the largest underground lake in the world: two rugby fields worth of dark water. Join Bonne as she takes to the underground wonderland, squeezing through tight spaces and getting dirty.

Gaur

SA is the leader in game capture and translocation but years of expertise and expensive equipment are involved. Not so in India. Gaur are the Indian equivalent of SA’s buffalo and these large ungulates have become locally extinct in the Bandhavgarh National Park in India. The Indian conservation authorities are ill-equipped to save them. Gaur, being large herbivores, are an integral part of the ecosystem as well as a huge tourist attraction.

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Enter “Team SA”…A South African and an Indian conservation have teamed-up in a special effort to help translocate the gaur back into Bandhavgarh National Park and expand the population. With 800kg animals, it’s not as simple as dart, pick-up and go. For one thing a gaur is heavier than the hand-held stretchers can bear and getting the dart dosages correct and on target is tricky…especially from the back of an elephant! We follow this collaborative adventure and learning curve to see if the gaur can indeed be safely moved to a new home.

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Total Economy Run

The 2012 Total Economy run seeks to find the most fuel efficient petrol and diesel vehicles on the passenger car market. The less fuel consumed, the better for the atmosphere. Manufacturers and crews fought for the top spot for two days, covering 1105km. Our very own Maurice Carpede also tried his hand at eco-driving…and arrived at all the check points at the right time and at the right speed! Maurice and Pearl Thusi in the Toyota Auris Hybrid recorded 6.357 litres per 100km coming in ninth in the petrol category and third in their class. But they won another prize… Watch 50|50 this week to see the greenest cars competing for the “most economic” title.

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Sekgweng

Johann takes us out on a cold day to see what we can find…and teaches us a few bush-food cooking tricks.

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Veldfokus

A gemsbok gets stabbed in a tussle, a bushbuck goes for a detrimental dip in the ocean and a python bites off more than he can chew.

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