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Saturday, December 26, 2009

All About The Endangered African Wild Dog

All About The endangered African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus

African Wild Dog
The endangered African Wild Dog differs from others in its class for example wolves in that they have four toes instead of five.

The Endangered African Wild Dog

All About The Endangered African Wild Dog also known as Lycaon pictus, Cape Hunting Dog, and the Painted Hunting Dog.


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The endangered African Wild Dog, Lycaon Pictus is a canidae, a group of meat-eaters that includes dogs, wolves, foxes, coyotes, jackals. African Wild Dog also known as the African Painted Dog is found only in Africa living in savannas and lightly wooded areas.



African Wild Dogs have disappeared from much of their former range. Their population is currently estimated at approximately 6,600, Historical data indicate that African Wild Dogs were formerly distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa, from the desert to mountains. The endangered African Wild Dog coats are spotted in shades of brown, black and beige, no two dogs are alike. African Wild Dogs is long-legged, with enormous jaws with large erect bat-like ears and dark brown circles around their eyes.

African Wild Dogs are usually on the move over a very large range however, the African Wild Dog is listed on the endangered species list due to threats to its survival from predators, disease, and the most dangerous predator, humans. An endangered species is one that faces a very high risk of vanishing, likely to become extinct.

The African Wild Dog is native to the African countries of Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi; Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan; Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Did you know?
African Wild Dog is listed on the endangered species list due to threats to its survival from predators, disease, and the most dangerous predator, humans.
African Wild Dogs
African Wild Dogs have disappeared from much of their former range. They have almost totally disappeared  from North and West Africa, and their populations are dramatically reduced in Central Africa and North-east Africa. The largest populations of African Wild Dogs are in southern Africa especially in Northern Botswana, Western Zimbabwe, Eastern Namibia, and Western Zambia and the Southern part of East Africa especially in Tanzania and northern Mozambique.

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Africa’s Bruce Lee

Kung Fu

The Black Eagle

Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang is Africa’s Bruce Lee who learned Kung Fu at China’s famous Shaolin Temple. The Chinese call Saatenang, DMS “The Black Eagle”.


Africa's answer to Bruce Lee, Dominique Saatenang


Dominique Saatenang, a Cameroonian tribal king's son swapped his royal robe for that of a Chinese Kung Fu fighter determined to master Kung Fu after watching Bruce Lee's “Enter the Dragon. “ His mission, he says, is to train international "ambassadors of Kung Fu ".

Former African Prince Dominique Saatenang is Africa’s Bruce Lee
Former African Prince Dominique
Saatenang ( in yellow) is Africa’s Bruce Lee
Saatenang soon after met a Chinese doctor living in Cameroon, who also knew Kung Fu. They co-founded a martial arts association in Gabon.  Saatenang began traveling throughout the country to organize Kung Fu performances and training courses.

Saatenang is cooperating with the governments of five African countries to send two university students from each country to study at Shaolin Temple free for five years. 

Shaolin temple official Kung Fu school Northern Shaolin Wushu is probably the best known of all Chinese Wushu styles, made famous all over the world by the many legends of the monks of Shaolin Temple. Shaolin Temple is the official Monk performance training school at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou, capital of central China’s Henan Province.


Monks from Africa attend a Buddhist ceremony held at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou
Monks from Africa attend a Buddhist ceremony
held at Shaolin Temple in Zhengzhou
There is more than one temple on Songshan and not far from Shaolin stands the second oldest Buddhist Temple in China, the Da Fa Wang Temple. It is actually five hundred years older than Shaolin and unlike its more famous neighbor; fighting Monks are still allowed to be trained there. The thousands of martial arts styles that collectively make up Chinese Wushu, or Kung Fu, are part of World Cultural Heritage.

Kung Fu

Three facts about Africa's answer to Bruce Lee, Dominique Saatenang

Dominique Saatenang, born in Dschang , Cameroon Africa on January 14, 1975

Dominique Saatenang is the first African to have been trained at Shaolin Temple where he was consecrated monk under the name of Shi Yan Mai. He is, since 2011, the Cultural Ambassador of Shaolin Temple.

Dominique Saatenang regularly performs on stage during shows, accompanied by the monks of Shaolin, in France and abroad. In 2012, after participating in the Élysée Christmas Tree where he staged his Sino-African journey, he had the idea to create the "Shaolin Black and White" troupe, which included the monks of Shaolin and several Artists: martial artists, circus dancers, and singers.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

King of the Zulu

King of the Zulu

King of the Zulu


Zulu King Goodwill is a monarch who holds no formal political power, fulfilling the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the South African Zulu nation.


KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu



The capital of KwaZulu-Natal is Pietermaritzburg. KwaZulu-Natal province stretches from Port Edward in the south to the borders of Swaziland and Mozambique to the north. North Coast of KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its beaches and also known as the place where the Zulu King, Shaka, was buried.


KwaZulu-Natal is the only province with a monarchy specifically provided for in South Africa's Constitution that was created in 1994 when the Zulu bantustan of KwaZulu and Natal Province were merged. KwaZulu-Natal is the home to the Zulu monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who receives an income from the government for his position. 

The Zulu royal family consists of the reigning monarch of the Zulus of South Africa, King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon. His wives Sibongile Winifred Dlamini married 1969, Buthle MaMathe, Mantfombi Dlamini,, daughter of Sobhuza II of Swaziland and sister of Mswati III, married 1973. A condition for this marriage was that she become first wife, which determines the king’s successor. Thandikela Jane Ndlovu, Nompumelelo Mchiza, married 1992 and Zola Zelusiwe Mafu, married 2004.  Also his 27 children, and relatives.

King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu is a monarch who holds no formal political power, but fulfills the spiritual and ceremonial needs of the Zulu nation. King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu salary is in the range of $6 million a year to cater to the needs of his royal household. 


Zulu King Goodwill denies inciting South Africa’s anti-immigrant attacks in 2015 by supporting xenophobic hatred in South Africa after he was accused of hate speech March 2015 that has left at many people dead and forced thousands from their homes.


List of Zulu Kings


List of Zulu chieftains and kings from earliest recorded history up to the current. 



Mnguni 

Nkosinkulu 

Mdlani 

Luzumana 

Malandela kaLuzumana, son of Luzumana 

Ntombela kaMalandela, son of Malandela Zulu kaNtombela, son of Ntombela, founder and chief of the Zulu clan from around 1709. 

Gumede kaZulu, son of Zulu, chief of the Zulu clan. 

Phunga kaGumede, son of Gumede, chief of the Zulu clan up to 1727. 

Mageba kaGumede, son of Gumede and brother of Phunga, chief of the Zulu clan from 1727 to 1745. 

Ndaba kaMageba, son of Mageba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1745 to 1763. 

Jama kaNdaba, son of Ndaba, chief of the Zulu clan from 1763 to 1781. 

Mkabayi kaJama, daughter of Jama 
Senzangakhona kaJama, son of Jama, chief of the Zulu clan from 1781 to 1816. 

Shaka kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakona, king from 1816 to 1828. 

Dingane kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka, king from 1828 to 1840. 

Mpande kaSenzangakhona, son of Senzangakhona and half-brother of Shaka and Dingane, king from 1840 to 1872. 

Cetshwayo kaMpande, son of Mpande, king from 1872 to 1884. 

Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, son of Cetshwayo kaMpande, king from 1884 to 1913. 

Phumuzuzulu kaDinuzulu, son of Dinuzulu kaCetshwayo, king from 1913 to 1933. 

Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaPhumuzuzulu, son of Solomon kaDinuzulu, king from 1948 to 1968. 

Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu, son of Cyprian Bhekuzulu kaSolomon, king since 1971.

Zulu Nation


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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

South African Indian Mango Beetroot Chutney Recipe

South African Indian Mango Beetroot Chutney Recipe

Chutney Recipe
Durban South Africa has one of the largest concentrations of Indian people outside of India and South African Indian food recipes are a source of pride.

South African Indian Mango Beet Chutney Recipe

Use Mango Beet chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa.
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Use Mango Beet chutney in place of relish, mustard, ketchup and salsa. Beets and mangoes are among the sweetest natural foods and contain even more sugar that carrots. 

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Beta vulgaris or beets come in a range of colors, from dark red to red-and-white striped to deep gold to milky white. Beets are mainly grown for their large roots but the leaves can also be eaten as spinach. In South Africa beets are widely grown in home gardens throughout the country. 


South African Indian Mango Beet Chutney Recipe


Ingredients

1 large can beets and liquid
½ onion, finely chopped
¼ cup balsamic vinegar
1 cup sugar
2 cups dried finely chopped mango
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon minced garlic
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
3 cups water

Directions

Add all ingredients together, stir well and simmer 30 minutes, stirring constantly. Slowly pour chutney into a 2-quart jar. Allow to cool on the counter. Perfect on fish and chicken. 



Did you know?
In South Africa beets are widely grown in home gardens throughout the country
What is chutney you ask, popular in South Africa, chutney is a sort of a combination pickle and preserve. It is usually made rather sweetly and very hot, and is eaten with curry and rice.

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