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Diving with sharks

Sharks don't have the best reputation and most of the words that spring to mind when thinking about these powerful animals have to do with fear and danger! Shark Warrior’ Lesley Rochat has taken on the epic task of changing our perception and raising awareness of the extremely cruel and illegal treatment of sharks by fishing trawlers across the globe.

This week on Top Billing Jonathan is invited to get up close and personal with these majestic creatures. Don't miss this incredible insert with some of the most inspiring footage we have ever seen!

Since doing the shoot Jonathan was so moved by his experience he has become a Shark Warrior Ambassador.

Watch the insert preview below:

Watch the full insert below:

Support shark conservation and donate R20 by SMSing the word SHARK to 40021.

10 LUCKY donors will receive a copy of one of Andrew Cooper’s stunning paintings signed by Lesley Rochat, the Shark Warrior, and by Andrew.

SMS charged at R20, a small donation toward shark conservation – each R20 makes a BIG difference!

The draw for the 10 lucky donors will take place on the first day of spring, 1 September 2013. Winners will be announced on the Shark Warrior website.

For more details visit

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Lesley Rochat
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Andrew Cooper

Red! The Gallery
Steenberg Village Shopping Centre

Walter Bernardis
African Water Sports (Shark Dive operator)
Umkomaas, Kwazulu Natal

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‘Underwater footage supplied courtesy of Lesley Rochat
All underwater footage of shark dive with Jonathan: Cameraman: Walter Bernardis
All underwater footage of Lesley freediving with sharks: Cameraman: Scott Smith
All Gopro footage: Camera: Lesley Rochat

This Shark Conservation and Awareness Initiative was made possible by the following special places and faces:

RED! The Gallery – owned by Dave Endean, it is a dynamic art gallery situated in the Constantia winelands area in Cape Town and features work from South Africa’s best contemporary and emerging artists, including works by Andrew Cooper.  Red! Café is interlinked to the gallery and with a WIFI Hotspot it allows you to work in a creative, artistic environment also making it the perfect venue for functions.

Andrew Cooper - contemporary South African artist Andrew Cooper was born in Cape Town, South Africa in November, 1967. A gifted, self taught fine artist, who started painting professionally in 1987, Andrew has created a magnificent body of work that has been exhibited throughout South Africa, in New York City, the United Kingdom, including the Smithfield Gallery in London.

African Watersports – owned by Walter Bernardis who was the underwater cameraman for the TOP BILLING insert ‘Diving with Sharks’. Walter has over 25 years of experience in leading shark diving trips in the Aliwal Shoal area. Offering B&B accommodation and dives that no other charter can offer, African Watersports will give you a dive experience you will never forget – ask our presenter Jonathan Boynton-Lee!


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