Streaming issues? Report here
John Maytham 2019 1500 BW John Maytham 2019 1500 BW
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
volume_up
volume_mute

Up Next: The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield
See full line-up
Afternoon Drive with John Maytham
15:00 - 18:00
Home
arrow_forward
Lifestyle

Your Facebook and Insta Kruger wildlife pics could put endangered Big 5 at risk

15 January 2020 8:13 AM
Tags:
Endangered wildlife
Kruger National Park
endangered
social media posts

Kruger National Park may cut cell phone signal in areas of the park to prevent geotags alerting poachers to locations of animals.

You arrive in Kruger and catch sight of one of the Big Five. What do you do? Many visitors jump onto Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter and post pics of these majestic (but endangered) creatures.

Unfortunately, it is not just your friends that are watching your feed - poachers are using your Geo-location tags on photos to locate and target these animals.

Refilwe Moloto talks to Kruger National Park General Manger of Communications, Ike Phaahla, to talk about these dangers and ways to prevent it happening.

Intelligence is crucial to poaching syndicates...they are very active on social media. You would be surprised at the posts they make thinking they are invincible and anonymous.

Ike Phaahla, General Manger of Communications - Kruger National Park

Phaala says the park is considering ways to limit cell phone signals in these areas to prevent this practice.

Will signal be cut off?

We have not taken that decision yet. We have to get expert advice and many suggestions have already been tabled and will be considered by management.

Ike Phaahla, General Manger of Communications - Kruger National Park

In the meanwhile, switching off Geolocation tagging is one way to lessen the problem.

Listen to the interview below:


15 January 2020 8:13 AM
Tags:
Endangered wildlife
Kruger National Park
endangered
social media posts

More from Lifestyle

mental-health-stress-worry-anxiety-insomnia-sleep-couple-old-man-bed-123rf

Struggle to get an erection? It could be an early warning sign of heart disease

18 January 2021 11:52 AM

It's time for some hard talk on a soft issue says dietician Rael Koping as he explains the link between ED and cardiovascular problems.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

vitdjpg

Vitamin D flying off the shelves, but can it really prevent Covid-19?

18 January 2021 8:05 AM

Until the Covid-19 vaccine is available locally, stockists say people are clambering to get their hands on the 'sunshine drug'.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

social media hashtag Twitter tweets online hands digital crimes 123rf

Emma Sadleir: Beware of the risks before naming and shaming perpetrators online

16 January 2021 11:53 AM

South Africa's leading digital law expert Emma Sadleir warns that there can be legal ramifications for making criminal accusations on social media.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

mental-health-stress-worry-anxiety-insomnia-sleep-couple-old-man-bed-123rf

Strained love relationships during Covid? Try to hang in there advises therapist

15 January 2021 6:16 PM

Relationship expert Paula Quinsee says do seek help but don't make rash decisions during these abnormally stressful times.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Women reading book club literature books 123rflifestyle 123rf

John Maytham's Book Reviews: 15 January 2021

15 January 2021 5:17 PM

John's three book picks for the week.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

JSE Johannesburg Stock Exchange 123rf 123rfbusiness

Economy in 2021: 'Expect a better year for South African assets'

15 January 2021 3:02 PM

An economist expects China growth at 9.5%, US money-printing, rising metal prices and trade- and current-account surpluses in SA.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Funky hipster retired older mature couple 123rf 123rfbusiness retirement

Retirement funds in SA are changing – new laws come into effect on 1 March 2021

15 January 2021 1:23 PM

Bruce Whitfield asks personal finance advisor Warren Ingram to explain in detail the new laws affecting provident funds.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

scam-alertjpg

Don't fall for promises of high returns from latest investment scam, warns FSCA

14 January 2021 8:19 PM

A new scam is surfacing on Facebook and WhatsApp groups. The masterminds are even using the FSP number of a legitimate company.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

Samsung WhatsApp 123rf

Telegram now counts 500m active users. 'People are rebelling against Facebook!'

13 January 2021 9:03 PM

The new privacy policy being implemented by WhatsApp's parent company is the straw that broke the consumer's back - Toby Shapshak

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward

hands-clinking-champagne-glassesjpg

Mindful drinking: 'Non-alcoholic drinks having a heyday in SA right now'

13 January 2021 8:28 PM

Non-alcoholic drinks can be seen on shelves just about everywhere. Bruce Whitfield interviews Mindful Drinking SA's Sean O'Connor.

Share this:
Read More arrow_forward