Monthly Archives: February 2016

Black-backed jackal

Black-backed Jackals are a widely distributed species that are known for their cunning and daring, and regularly seen on Sibuya Game Reserve. They are often seen nipping in to steal a morsel from Lions on a kill. Mainly nocturnal but seen regularly during the day, this handsome animal has a call to remember. The Black-backed Jackal feeds on small mammals, reptiles, birds, eggs, carrion and fruit. They do scavenge but are hunters in their own right.

This very young Jackal pup sits virtually under its mother on one of its earliest ‘out of the den experiences’. A very lucky daytime sighting! Jackals are known to form strong family units and pair for life.


1 – 6 (rarely 9) young are born from July – October after a gestation period of about 2 months.

Spoor Description

Neat, small, dog-like tracks 5 cm long.

African Pygmy-kingfisher

Distribution and habitat

The African Pygmy-kingfisher is widespread across sub-Saharan Africa, absent only from parts of East Africa and southern Africa. Within southern Africa it occurs in the Caprivi Strip (Namibia), Botswana, Zimbabwe, central and southern Mozambique and eastern South Africa (including Sibuya Game Reserve). It generally prefers savanna, riverine forest, coastal bush, plantations and gardens.


Intra-African breeding migrant, arriving in southern Africa in the period from September-October. Once the breeding season is over (around March), the juveniles and adults migrate back to other parts of Africa.


Unlike many other Alcedinid kingfishers it rarely eats fish, but rather feeds mainly on insects, occasionally supplemented with small vertebrates. It usually hunts by sitting on a perch, trying to locate prey. Once it locates something it dives to the ground, picking up the prey item before returning to its perch.


It nests in burrows dug into an earthen banks, such as a erosion gullies, stream banks, termite mounds, trenches and pits. Egg-laying season peaks from October-December. It lays 3-6 eggs, which are incubated by both sexes for roughly 18 days (recorded in captivity) The chicks stay in the nest for about 18 days (recorded in captivity), after which they rapidly develop hunting skills, becoming fully independent soon after fledging.

The largest faith & family television network in the world returns to Africa

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For over 42 years TBN has been the largest global faith and family television network, with 30 television networks featured on over 5000 television stations across 88 satellites, the Internet and thousands of cable systems around the world. TBN has the largest global footprint of any television network across both the secular and non-secular broadcast markets.

It is with great excitement that TBN returns to DStv channel 343 this March.

The board of Trinity Broadcasting Networks International recently announced the re-launch of TBN back onto the MultiChoice platform following huge demand, over the last year, from viewers and programmers across South Africa and Africa. Matthew Crouch, Chairman of Trinity Broadcasting Networks International, said “This short period of not broadcasting TBN on DSTV in South Africa and Africa is unimaginable, due to the fact that the Lord placed a big vision for Africa in my father’s heart (the late Dr Paul Crouch Snr.), to begin a Christian broadcast centre in the old Ciskei back in 1986. TBN has always been part of the Christian fabric of Africa and as we re-launch TBN in March 2016, it will mark a significant 30 years for TBN of broadcasting the Gospel in Africa.”

Matthew Crouch and Ps. Ray McCauley (Founder and Senior Pastor of Rhema Ministries & Rhema TV) met in early 2015 and entered into an agreement that would see the Kingdom of God impacted and expanded into its most exciting era for Christian media and Christian television in Africa. It was agreed that the best way to achieve this would be to unite efforts and have Rhema’s MultiChoice broadcast license cancelled and for TBN to obtain a new independent license with MultiChoice. TBN in Africa would therefore carry the Rhema TV content and be in relationship to help enable Christian ministry media development across South Africa and Africa.

TBN Africa will therefore launch on 4 March 2016 on DSTV channel 343, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, the very best in local and international faith and family programmes.

Although the TBN in Africa channel and operation will be entirely independent of all ministries and Christian organisations in regards to ownership, operations and leadership of the Network, it will work in close relationship with many South African and African ministries across many denominations to help develop new emerging ministries and create a platform for the very best in ministry and worship from the continent.

TBN in Africa is redefining Christian television and leading the way into a new exciting era of authentic credible Christian broadcasting, with an unrivalled selection of the best African and international Christian ministry, lifestyle, music, youth shows, children’s entertainment, documentaries, movies and much more.

We invite our ministry friends, loyal TBN viewers and Christian media friends to not only support but also take part in this new journey of Christian broadcasting, as we bring a stronger, bigger and better than ever before TBN back, to every heart and home across South Africa and Africa. Together we will see lives changed, as we glorify the Name of Jesus!