“Today it is possible to end AIDS” – PANCAP assures

first_img…16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence launched“Today it is possible to end AIDS. It is no longer a dream, it can become a reality and UN (United Nations) Aids has set as its target ending AIDS by 2030,” shared an optimistic Director of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), Dereck Springer.He made those remarks during the launch of ‘World AIDS Day’, which is slated for December 1 and ‘16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence’.Although Springer said AIDS can be eliminated by 2030, he noted that the goal can only be achieved if the UN’s target of 90/90/90 is gained, where 90 per cent of all persons tested HIV positive become aware of their status and of those who become aware of their status, 90 per cent of them receive treatment and remainDirector of the Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV and AIDS (PANCAP), Dereck Springeron treatment, where at the same time, of that 90 per cent on treatment, receive viral suppression.The Director also pointed out, “HIV is not our problem, but the socio-economic issues that put people at risk and make them vulnerable, those are the issues that we have to address and gender-based violence is one such issue…gender is a very critical component in our response to HIV”.According to him, women and girls are more vulnerable because of biology and because of the dynamics of relationships where many women are afraid to be tested for the disease because of concerns that if they test HIV positive, they can suffer both emotional and physical violence and even death at the hands of their partner.Transgender women, he said, are also vulnerable to AIDS as well as men and boys which makes it important for gender, in the context of HIV, to be brought out of isolation.World AIDS Day will this year coincide with the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-based Violence. The planned days of activism is being held under the theme ‘Orange the World #hearmetoo end violence against women and girls’.“Orange was chosen as it is a bright unifying colour which represents a future free of violence for women and girls and we say women and girls because women and girls are disproportionately affected by violence,” Deputy Programme Manager, Crime and Security, Ann-Marie Williams pointed out.She added, “The 16 Days of Activism campaign is a time to galvanise action to end violence around the world to end impunity, silence and stigma and have allowed violence against women and girls to escalade to pandemic proportions”.She said based on a United Nations (UN) report, only two countries have managed to out-law violence, while 37 countries world-wide still exempt rape perpetrators from prosecution. Additionally 49 countries across the globe have no laws protecting women and girls.The 16 Days of Activism begins on November 25 and will wind down on December 10. The period will entail International Day to End Violence against Women and girls on November 26; International Women’s Human Rights Defenders Day on November 29; and importantly December 1, World AIDS Day.This year, World AIDS Day is being held under the theme ‘Know your status’.last_img read more

AG sends lawyer’s letter to Guyana Times

first_imgHigh Court drama…threatens to sue if apology not publishedFollowing up on threats made last week to sue two local newspapers, Attorney General Basil Williams has sent a lawyer’s letter to Guyana Times indicating that the company should make a monetary settlement within a week, or face legal proceedings for libel. The letter, dated March 29, 2017, is addressed to the publisher of the company, was sent by Attorneys-at-Law Michael Somersall and Hewley Griffith, and was received on Friday, March 31. Notably, one of the lawyers retained by the Attorney General, Somersall, is one of the six special prosecutors reserved by the State, and he has issued fiats to prosecute a number of high profile matters being pursued by the Coalition Government.The lawyer’s letter referred to an article published on page 14 of the Guyana Times of Friday, March 24, 2017 under the headline “Judge walks off after threats from AG Williams”. That article, the attorneys say, contain certain libellous statements concerning their client. The article was written following an exchange between the Attorney General and High Court Judge Justice Franklin Holder on March 23. That exchange had caused the judge to storm out of the courtroom without adjourning the proceedings that were before him. The legal document sent to this publication contained snippets from the article, including: “the cross examination was coming to end, a frustrated Williams accused the Judge of not accurately recording the evidence, and Justice Holder took umbrage (at) the accusation…” and “…an angry Williams, in a loud tone of voice, repeated the accusation and the Judge again admonished him about the accusation and about his tone of voice…but Williams then blurted out loudly, “the last Magistrate who did that to me was later found dead””.The AG’s lawyers contend that those words are clear imputations and references that his client engages in criminal activities and conduct, and that he is a person without character (and) integrity, and (is) unfit to hold any public office.“You are fully aware that our client, Mr Williams, (is) the Honourable Attorney General of Guyana, Minister of Legal Affairs, Senior Counsel, Member of Parliament, Chairman of the People’s National Congress, his political party, and a prominent citizen in Guyana, the Caribbean and worldwide, and as a result of your aforesaid libel of our client, he (has) suffered humiliation, hurt and shame, and has been held up to public odium and ridicule both nationally and internationally…” the letter sent to Guyana Times outlined.“…in the circumstances, therefore, unless you do pay him damages to be donated to a named charity for the aforesaid libel, sign a written apology and undertaking not to repeat the same libel or any similar defamatory statements of and concerning him in the future, we shall have no alternative than to commence, on his behalf, legal proceedings against you in the High Court of the Supreme Court of Judicature without any further notice, in order to vindicate his good name and character. You are given (7) seven days within which to effect a settlement in this claim, if you wish to do so, failing which a Writ will be filed against you in the High Court without further notice.”This move by AG Williams comes on the heels of the incident between himself and the High Court Judge being looked into by the Judiciary. In fact, newly sworn-in acting Chancellor of the Judiciary, Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards, had told this newspaper earlier this week that she is in receipt of information on the matter, and the issue is currently being “addressed”.Moreover, President David Granger on Thursday told reporters that he has asked Williams to formally give a detailed explanation of what transpired, and he noted that the Attorney General has since submitted his explanation.“The Attorney General has responded. I have asked for an explanation of the matters which were reported to me, and when I have that opportunity, I will respond to him and the Chancellor of the Judiciary,” he stated.President Granger has indicated to reporters that he is confident the matter would be resolved after hearing from all the parties involved in the matter.“You know (that) in law there is a principle of (hearing) the other side, so you mustn’t jump to conclusions. So I want to hear both sides. We’ve heard one side in the media, and I’ve asked the Attorney General for his side,” the Head of State noted.The day after the incident, Justice Holder formally complained to the acting Chancellor of the Judiciary that he had abruptly walked out of the courtroom last Thursday because of statements made by the Attorney General. He quoted the AG as saying, “I could say what I want to say and however I want to say it. I have always been like that.”The High Court judge said in his complaint that he felt disrespected by the Attorney General’s behaviour, and has called for an apology in open court.However, Williams is holding out that he is not to be blamed for causing the High Court judge to walk out of the courtroom. He has also insisted that his comment was not a threat.last_img read more

Barcelona’s unbeaten season ended by five-star Levante

first_imgThe La Liga and Copa del Rey champions trailed 5-1 after an hour and still came within a whisker of a sensational comeback as Coutinho’s second and third goals, and a Luis Suarez penalty, set up a grandstand finish.But Levante held on for a thrilling victory, which ends their opponents’ hopes of becoming the first ever club to finish a 38-game La Liga season as invincibles.After drawing at home to Real Madrid last weekend, despite playing the second half with 10 men, and thrashing Villarreal, Barcelona sat just two games away from the historical feat.It was 1932 when the last side, Real Madrid, went unbeaten in the top-flight but even that was across only 18 matches, in a 10-team division.This was Barcelona’s first league loss since slipping up against Malaga on April 8 last year and while it has minimal impact on the table, Valverde will have questions to answer, not least with regards to leaving out Messi.“We are angry not to have come through this game and not to have the opportunity to finish unbeaten,” Valverde said.“But in a season some matches go your way and some don’t. I think this result was harsh in all respects but at other times this season, like in Seville, we could also have lost.”This defensive collapse was reminiscent of their Champions League meltdown against Roma, which has soured an otherwise successful campaign. The unbeaten record was supposed to help atone for the European failure.“Obviously we wanted to finish the league undefeated,” Sergio Busquets told beIN Sport.“But this does not take away everything we have done otherwise this season – everything we have achieved in league, the run we managed across two seasons – but, it is a shame.”For Levante, this is their eighth win in 10 matches under new coach Paco Lopez, who took charge with the club in danger of relegation but has overseen a remarkable transformation. They move up to 15th.Paco’s players exploded out of the blocks and pulled ahead in the ninth minute when Boateng nipped in at the near post after Jose Luis Morales’ weaving run down the left.Bardhi hit the woodwork with a lifted finish over Marc-Andre ter Stegen but Barca failed to heed the warnings and Boateng made it two after half an hour, latching on to Sasa Lukic’s threaded ball through.Coutinho pulled one back with a rasping shot before half-time but three Levante goals in 10 minutes after the interval sent the home fans into delirium.Bardhi’s blistering shot restored the two-goal advantage before Boateng completed his hat-trick as Barca’s defence was ripped apart again on the break.Another counter just before the hour ended with another crisp Bardhi finish, as Barca were now staring at a four-goal deficit.The game looked dead but Coutinho scored twice in six minutes, the first a close-range finish after Ousmane Dembele’s shot spilled loose, the second an instinctive shot from the edge of the area.When Boateng brought down Busquets in the area and Suarez drove the penalty down the middle with 20 minutes left, it felt inevitable Barca would find a fifth.But without Messi even to bring on, Levante withstood the late onslaught and should even have scored a sixth only for Ruben Rochina to prode wide after a dreadful backpass by Busquets. It was the final mistake of an error-strewn display.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Barcelona’s Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho scores hat-trick but to no avail as Barelona’s unbeaten record comes unstuck © AFP / JOSE JORDANMADRID, Spain, May 13 – Philippe Coutinho hit a hat-trick but could not save Barcelona’s unbeaten season as the Catalans were left stunned by an extraordinary 5-4 defeat to Levante on Sunday.Ernesto Valverde rested Lionel Messi for his team’s penultimate match of the campaign but it was a defensive horror-show that allowed Emmanuel Boateng to score three times and Enis Bardhi twice at the City of Valencia Stadium.last_img read more

New guest worker rules being created

first_imgBush administration officials said Tuesday they are developing new rules so the nation’s farmers could bring in more foreign guest workers to prevent a recurrence of problems like growers letting their fruit rot because there were not enough laborers for the harvest. Farm groups have long pressed the administration to eliminate hurdles that make it hard to bring in guest workers, saying they face a crisis because stepped-up federal immigration enforcement has reduced the number of farmworkers. By some estimates, more than half of the nation’s 2.5 million farm workers are illegal immigrants. Administration officials said they saw a need to make procedural changes and larger regulatory changes in the guest worker program after Congress killed an immigration overhaul last summer. “The current temporary agricultural worker program has become too antiquated and too cumbersome to be used effectively by producers,” said a White House spokesman, Scott Stanzel. “The program needs to be updated to reflect today’s economy and to utilize technological and other advances.” “Right now,” she said, “the H-2A program provides about 2 percent of the farm work force and for us to try to double that number with the current government infrastructure would cause it to collapse on itself unless we have these reforms.” The executive vice president of the Western Growers Association, Jasper Hempel, said: “We’re caught in a vise. When labor isn’t available, we have a legal program using H-2A, but many farmers can’t use that program because there are so many impediments. They throw up double requirements. They don’t process papers when they say they will. There isn’t enough staff.” Grower groups say even more than administrative changes, they would prefer enacting stalled legislation that would greatly streamline the H-2A program and create a path to citizenship for undocumented farm workers. A Labor Department spokesman, David James, said the administration was mindful of the farmers’ concerns. “The Department of Labor,” James said, “is now in the process of identifying ways the program can be improved to provide farmers with an orderly and timely flow of legal workers while protecting the rights of both U.S. workers and foreign temporary workers.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityUnder the H-2A program, farmers can bring in temporary workers after demonstrating that American workers are not interested in the jobs and after going through a lengthy application process. Currently, they bring in about 50,000 such workers. After President George W. Bush called for changes in the program on Aug. 10, the White House, the Department of Labor and the Department of Homeland Security solicited recommendations from farm groups on how to streamline the program. The administration is pressing ahead on that effort, first reported in The Los Angeles Times, after some growers in the Northwest let their cherries and apples rot because of a shortage of workers and after some growers in North Carolina did not plant cucumbers this year because they feared not having enough workers for the harvest. The National Council of Agricultural Employers has written to the administration to urge changes like speeding up the H-2A application process, easing housing requirements for guest workers, allowing temporary workers to stay longer and increasing the types of work they are allowed to do – to include meat processing, for instance. Grower groups have also urged the administration to ease requirements that they run newspaper advertisements to determine whether American workers want the jobs. The council’s executive vice president, Sharon M. Hughes, said the application process often took so long that by the time some farmers obtained guest workers, the harvest was over. Hughes said the number of farmworkers available is down about 200,000, or nearly 10 percent, from last year because of more aggressive border enforcement. last_img read more

Mousa Dembele handed six game ban for eye gouge on Chelsea’s Diego Costa

first_img1 Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has been banned for six matches after accepting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.Dembele appeared to claw his fingers down Diego Costa’s cheek during Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Monday night.The Belgian had until 6pm on Thursday to respond but he did not contest the charge, head coach Mauricio Pochettino said on Friday afternoon.And the full extent of Dembele’s sanction followed from the FA.A statement from the FA read: “Mousa Dembele will serve a six-match suspension with immediate effect after he committed an act of violent conduct which was not seen by the match officials but caught on video.last_img read more

Hopes high that further ocean liners can bring financial spin-off for Donegal

first_imgDonegal County Council is looking to increase the number of ocean liners which can dock in Co Donegal and bring a tourism windfall to the county.Garry Martin, Director of Economic Development with Donegal County Council said cruise ship tourism is something that can be developed for Donegal.Mr Martin was speaking after the visit of world-famous ocean liner, the Queen Victoria to Killybegs last weekend. Killybegs was bustling with crowds of people excited to welcome the world famous cruise ship to County Donegal.This was the first visit of the Cunard line, Queen Victoria cruise ship to Killybegs Harbour on the Wild Atlantic Way.Mr Martin said the visit of the Queen Victoria was a great success, generating much economic activity locally.And he added “We need to continue to develop cruise tourism and to adopt a collaborative approach to preparing for increasing numbers of visiting cruise ships to Donegal, there is potentially a significant economic value in cruise tourism for the local economy.” He added “we are looking forward now to the visit of the Queen Elizabeth on 20th July 2018”.Launched by Camilla Parker Bowles following a €39m makeover last year, the Queen Victoria attracted large numbers of visitors from all over Donegal and further afield who travelled to Killybegs and surrounding areas to catch a glimpse of the luxurious cruise ship.Captain Tomas Connery successfully navigated the 90,000 tonne ocean liner, only slightly shorter than the Eiffel Tower, into Killybegs Harbour with the help of his Third Officer Nuala O’Donnell who hails from Fintown.Nuala O’Donnell was delighted to have the responsibility of sailing the Queen Victoria into Killybegs Harbour just before the Captain took over to make the final turn to come to a stop alongside the pier.Nuala, who trained at the National Maritime College in Cork, was greeted by her proud family who were waiting to welcome her home to Donegal. Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle presented Captain Tomas Connery and Head of Hotel Operations James Cusick with gifts from Donegal.Captain Connery along with other senior crew members joined Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle, Donegal County Council, Director of Economic Development Garry Martin and Head of Tourism, Barney McLaughlin in the Chart Room for the presentations where they also had the opportunity to discuss the potential of cruise tourism and gained a valuable insight from Captain Connery on his experience of arriving into Killybegs.Captain Connery and his team were also delighted to have met Henry Coleman, as football fans, they wanted to hear more about Killybegs native and football star Seamus Coleman.The visiting delegation was treated to a tour of the ship including a visit to the Britannia Club restaurant, the ballroom and the magnificent theatre on board. The Queen Victoria visit was successful thanks to the hard work of local people and Cathaoirleach Gerry McMonagle said that “the collaborative approach by local people including community groups, individuals and local businesses ensured that the day was a great success and visitors had a positive experience in Killybegs and surrounding areas”.The team at Killybegs Information Centre were busy with their popular Hidden Gems and Hidden Delights tours that were guided by local people and they had organised a shuttle bus.Representatives from Donegal Tourism and the Killybegs Information Centre were on hand at the pier to provide visitors with details of the local area including a Killybegs town map, the Donegal Tourism brochure and a list of local entertainment. Local businesses arranged entertainment such as the craft fair in the Bay View Hotel and Irish music and dancing in local venues.Julie Parkinson and Elaine Quinn from Killybegs Company, Sinbad Marine had a vital role in the organisation of the visit of the Queen Victoria. As local shipping agents in Killybegs, this visit would not have been possible without their expertise and assistance.Captain Connery, who is from Hook Head, was impressed with the port facilities in Killybegs and said that he was delighted to have the opportunity to visit Donegal.Hopes high that further ocean liners can bring financial spin-off for Donegal was last modified: May 24th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councilFinanceGarry MartinKillybegsQueen Victorialast_img read more

Roy Keane sticks the boot into England after World Cup exit

first_imgWhile Luka Modric and co. will be preparing for the Final against France on Sunday, it is the Third Place play-off against Belgium for Gareth Southgate’s side.And Keane, who was part of ITV’s punditry team, was in mood to offer his sympathies to England.In an amusing exchange with former England striker and fellow pundit Ian Wright, the Irishman said: “You were planning the final, where the parades were. You need a reality check.”After Wright responded, Keane went on: “Just take it one game as it comes. Take it a game at a time. You’ve no idea what it’s like to get to a finals, or even get to a World Cup. You’ve never been to a World Cup finals.” 2 Yes Roy Keane, saying what every Scottish, Welsh and Irish football fan was thinking #ENG pic.twitter.com/zpkbFMxB4H— 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿Gordon Strachan🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 (@weeGordieStrach) July 11, 2018The former Manchester United captain went on to insist England should be kicking themselves for failing to take their opportunity to reach a first World Cup final since 1966.“Harry Kane made a point about the next step they’re trying to take,” he said.“The next step they’re trying to take is the biggest step, trying to get to the World Cup Final. The hardest step, by far.“And they didn’t show enough quality tonight, England. “We praise them and I think the opportunity was there to win the game, but having that opportunity and taking that opportunity is another challenge.“And they didn’t do that.”Former Republic of Ireland midfielder Keane was famed for his tenacity on the pitch – particularly his will to win.In 2002, he was sent home from the Republic of Ireland squad in Saipan for quarrelling with boss Mick McCarthy over the standard of the training camp.And, knowing boss Southgate as he does, the 46-year-old admitted the Three Lions boss will be analysing this defeat for weeks.He added: “They will be kicking themselves, maybe not tonight because they’ll be sore and they’ll be raw, but when Gareth gets back over the next few weeks with his staff, they’ll back and go; ‘maybe we could have done something differently.’“But you always have that mindset after you get beat.“It was just a step too far for them.” Although the Three Lions went 1-0 up, the influence of Luka Modric swung the game the way of the Croatians center_img The England players are inconsolable after the defeat to Croatia Roy Keane believes England did not show enough quality to beat Croatia on Wednesday night, and hit out at those who got carried away by the Three Lions’ World Cup run.Gareth Southgate’s side came up short in their bid to reach the final in Russia as Mario Mandzukic’s extra-time winner sealed a 2-1 win for the Croats. 2last_img read more

SHOCK AS GARDA DRUG UNIT TO BE DOWNGRADED ACROSS DONEGAL

first_imgThe Garda unit tasked with fighting the scourge of drugs across Co Donegal is to be downgraded.Leading anti-drugs campaigner and Peace Commissioner PJ Blake says he has information to suggest the number of Gardai operating the unit is to be slashed.The former Letterkenny Town Councillor has slammed the move saying it will only encourage the spread of drugs. In recent months there has been significant finds of cannabis, cocaine and heroin across Donegal.Mr Blake said he has been told directly that Gardai are to be taken from the drugs unit and put back into uniform because of a lack of everyday Garda manpower.“That is what we are dealing with and we simply cannot allow it to happen.“Officers in the drugs squad in Co Donegal have had success after success against the spread of drugs in our county through months of surveillance work. “And now with the stroke of a pen all that hard work is to be undone because of budget cuts.“There has already been 16 confirmed deaths related to rugs in our county – that is 16 deaths too many.“All we are doing by cutting down on the numbers of Gardai in the drug units here is signing another young person’s death warrant.“I would appeal to the powers-that-be to reconsider this move,” he said. SHOCK AS GARDA DRUG UNIT TO BE DOWNGRADED ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: December 29th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GARDA DRUGS UNITPJ BLAKElast_img read more

Thousands attend Brexit referendum protest in London

first_imgHundreds of thousands of people opposed to Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union are marching through central London to demand a new Brexit referendum.Marchers set off in central London with banners proclaiming “the best deal is no Brexit” and “we demand a People’s Vote” in what organisers said could be the biggest anti-Brexit protest yet.While there was no official estimate of the numbers, campaign organisers said hundreds of thousands of people were in the crowd as it began to march. Organisers were confident that the size of the crowd would exceed a similar rally held in October when supporters said about 700,000 people turned up.Two hundred coaches from around Britain were booked to take people to London for the march.A petition to cancel Brexit altogether gained over four million signatures in just three days after British Prime Minister Theresa May told the public “I am on your side” over Brexit and urged MPs to get behind her deal.An online petition demanding the Government stops the Brexit process had topped four million signatures by this morning. Thousands attend Brexit referendum protest in London was last modified: March 23rd, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BrexitDonegal-Derry Borderhard borderlast_img read more

Bungee jumping in South Africa

first_imgOne of South Africa’s tourism attributes is that it has the third highest commercial bungee jump in the world. Here’s more information about bungee jumping and bridge swinging in the country.If you’re looking for adventure, Downhill Adventures is one of the bungee jumping operators in South Africa that you can contact. (Image: Downhill Adventures)Brand South Africa reporterWeehah! South Africa has the third highest commercial bungee jump in the world – it’s official. At 216 metres, it’s not for the faint of heart.The jump is run by Face Adrenalin, at the Bloukrans Bridge on the border of the Eastern and Western Cape.The same company also offers a range of jumps on the much lower Gouritz River Bridge near Mossel Bay, also in the Western Cape. Here you’ll also find South Africa’s only commercial bridge swinging operation, run by Wildthing Adventures.Abseil, rapp jumpHang out a kilometre high over Cape Town, over crashing waves at Knysna, or rapp jump down skyscrapers in Johannesburg or Durban.Not sure of difference between bungee jumping and bridge swinging? With bungee, you jump off a bridge (or other high fixed platform) with giant elastic bands usually, but not always, tied to your feet.Bridge swinging, on the other hand, involves jumping from one bridge while tied in to climbing ropes suspended from an adjacent bridge.Bungee jumping operatorsBig Rush, in Durban, is recognised by Guinness World Records as the tallest swing in the world! It is to be found at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, which has plenty of other attractions on offer. The big swing is located inside the Stadium, launching from the iconic arch. Everything else you need to know can by found on the Big Rush website.Cape Xtreme presents tours of Cape Town and overland tours. Included in the adventure activities are white water rafting, quad biking, shark cage diving, bungee jumping at the Bloukrans River Bridge, and trips to the Kruger National Park, Mozambique, and Kenya.Cape Town-based Downhill Adventures has a number of bungee jumping options. There’s a two-day trip that includes jumps off the Gouritz and Bloukrans Bridges, a one-day option that includes a visit to the Gouritz Bridge, and a combo Great Shark-Jump option that includes cage diving with Great White Sharks and bungee jumping at the Gouritz Bridge. Bridge swinging, single or tandem, is also part of the deal.Face Adrenaline presents bungee jumping at the 216-metre-high Bloukrans Bridge on the Garden Route, the highest commercial jump site in the world. They’ve been doing it since 1997 and that experience makes Face Adrenalin hard to beat. They also offer the Flying Fox – a 200-metre-long cable (foofie) slide.Living on the Edge Adventures hosts Bungee Mogale, which operates off the Kings Kloof Bridge in Krugersdorp / Mogale City. People between the weights of 40 and 120 kilograms are able to do the bungee jump, but no tandem jumps are allowed. The height of the jump is about 50 metres – plenty high for adrenaline seekers!Orlando Towers in Soweto, Johannesburg calls itself a vertical adventure centre, and it’s hard to argue with that description. They offer bungee jumping, climbing, abseiling, rap jumping, and swinging. The Towers, with their eye-catching paintings, were once part of one of the most advanced power stations in the southern hemisphere. They no longer function as a power station, but with all their exciting offerings there is still electricity in the air!The Big Swing, located at the Panorama Gorge in Graskop, Mpumalanga, features a freefall from a height of 80 metres, which crosses the Gorge at a sensational speed.Wildthing Adventures offers bridge jumping, which involves a big fall in a body harness before swinging between two bridges. It happens at the Gouritz River Bridge and has attracted visitors from over 70 countries. The record for the oldest jumper belongs to a 91-year-old man, the youngest to a five-year-old boy. Wildthing also presents other adventure activities, such as mountain biking, white water rafting and canoeing.Sources: South African Tourism, Wildthing Adventures, The Big Swing, Orlando Towers, Bungee Mogale, Face Adrenalin, Downhill Adventures, Cape Xtreme and Big Rush.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more