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South Africa To Ban the Breeding and Hunting of Lions in Captivity

The South African government is set to legislate a policy against breeding and hunting lions in captivity in order to halt the sale and domestication of lions.

The South African government has reportedly announced that it is in the process of officially banning the breeding and hunting of lions in captivity. This comes after findings from a task team that reviewed the management of the hunting trade that includes lions, elephants, rhinos and cheetahs. The ban, however, is not aimed at ending trophy hunting but rather seeks to halt tourists' interaction with captive lions.


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Barbra Creecy, Minister of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, said the task team recommended that activities such as the petting of lion cubs, captive hunting and the personal use of lions should be immediately halted. The decision has been met with conflicting responses, while animal activists are rejoicing. South Africa stands to lose out on millions from the controversial captive breeding industry.

According to IOL, Creecy further explained that the purpose of the ban was to protect South Africa's tourism industry, which was currently battling negative perceptions.

"The intention here is to ensure that those who are interested in... authentic wildlife hunting will have such an experience and "will not be hunting animals that have been taken out of the cage..."

Lions bred in captivity reportedly experience a lot of distress as they are out of their natural habitat, and sometimes live in deplorable conditions. Wildlife groups estimate that there are 8000 to 12 000 lions in 350 farms, in contrast to 3500 in the wild. The global animal charity World Animal Protection describes the government's decision as "courageous". The ban is yet to be formulated into legislation.

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DJ Neptune Surveys the Sounds & Genres Running Africa In His New Album

Greatness 2.0 features an all-star cast of African artists and jumps from afrobeats to amapiano to asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

Transitioning from a DJ to an artist is no small feat. Nigeria’s DJ Neptune has always had good ear for what the people want to hear, but in past years he's also shown his skill at assembling hitmakers to make a hit and earn a spot on any afrobeats playlist.

Neptune has been dotingly described as "Africa’s DJ Khaled" for his ability to bring the continent’s top names together in musical harmony. His 2018 debut album, Greatness: The Album, pulled from his extensive contacts and years of experience as one of Nigeria’s most influential radio personalities to create a star-studded compilation with features from Burna Boy, Davido, Yemi Alade, Mr Eazi, Efya, Kizz Daniel and Olamide, to name a few.

In 2020, during the pandemic, DJ Neptune endeared himself with his intimate live sessions with Neptune Isolation Radio, where he constantly entertained people during the lockdown. After more than a decade as a DJ, and also one of afrobeats’ most influential personalities and curators, he has assembled some of Africa’s hitmakers for his sophomore album, Greatness 2.0, which he describes as “a playlist with Africa’s favorite artists.”

Artists on the truly pan-African project include Nigeria’s Mr Eazi, Rema, Patoranking, Yemi Alade, Stonebwoy, Joeboy, Omah Lay, Simi, Adekunle Gold, Laycon, Ladipoe, Blaqbonez, Cheque, Peruzzi, Bella Shmurda and Phyno, Ghana’s Stonebwoy and Kofi Jamar, Harmonize and Anjella from Tanzania, South Africa’s Focalistic; and UK rapper One Acen. Collaborating with Neptune on production are Magic Sticks, Dëra and MOG, among other afrobeats hitmakers.

Greatness 2.0 is a survey of the sounds and genres currently running Africa —from afrobeats to amapiano and asakaa, Ghana’s thrilling new take on drill.

In this interview, we speak with DJ Neptune about DJ culture in Nigeria, working with some of Africa's biggest superstars, and his new album.

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