Remembering Mandela, one year on

first_imgNelson Mandela will always be remembered for his compassion, forgiveness and the spirit of Ubuntu that he lived by. His life, more than his words, serve as the greatest inspiration not only to South Africans but to the rest of the world too. (Image: GCIS) • Active citizenship in memory of Mandela – Bachelet• Remembering Mandela: living the legacy • Memories of Mandela • Mandela left his mark on many homes • It’s not easy to talk about Madiba – Ahmed Kathrada On 9 May 1994, the day before Mandela’s inauguration as president of South Africa, Time magazine ran in-depth features on the “miracle” of the country’s democratic transformation. (Image: Time) Nelson Mandela in the 1960s. (Image: Historical Papers, University of the Witwatersrand) Nelson Mandela working in the Robben Island prison garden in 1977. The photograph, simply titled “A prisoner in the garden” by the National Archives, was taken by a media contingent sponsored by the apartheid government. (Image: National Archives, courtesy Nelson Mandela Foundation) Mandela with Graça Machel, his third wife and the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu at a celebration of Tutu and his wife Leah’s 50th wedding anniversary. (Image: Hope Foundation)On 5 December South Africa will mark one year since Nelson Mandela passed away in his Houghton home, after many months of ailing health. The world mourned his departure, having lost one of its greatest inspirations.US President Barack Obama said we should “pause and give thanks for the fact that Nelson Mandela lived”. The then Prime Minister of Australia Kevin Rudd called Mandela the man of the century, while Bill Gates said his “grace and courage changed the world”.World leaders and celebrities flew to South Africa to attend his funeral in Qunu and the memorial service at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. They mourned his departure, but also celebrated the 95 remarkable years he had lived.After spending 27 years in apartheid’s prisons, Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. He united a fraught and fearful country, bringing together blacks and whites when South Africa was a violent and troubled country. His legacy is enormous. For 27 years he was South Africa’s icon of freedom, even though apartheid law made displaying his image illegal.At the end of his presidency he continued to work for a better South Africa, mainly through his many foundations. These include the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, and, in his home province of the Eastern Cape, the Nelson Mandela School of Science and Technology, which opened in January this year. Mandela’s name – and prison number – are also used in the 46664 campaign, a worldwide concert fundraising programme to help victims and orphans of Aids.Troublemaker from the Eastern CapeNelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born on 18 July 1918 in Mvezo in the Eastern Cape province, the son of a chief of the Tembu clan of the Xhosa nation. At the age of seven he was enrolled in the local missionary school, where he was given the European name “Nelson” by a Methodist teacher who found his African name difficult to pronounce. That name, Rohlihlahla, means “troublemaker”.After his father was stripped of his chieftainship following a dispute with a local magistrate, Mandela and his mother moved to the small village of Qunu. In 1927, when Mandela was nine, his father died, and the boy became the ward of the Tembu regent, Jongintaba Dalindyebo. He was to be groomed to assume high office but, influenced by the cases that came before the chief’s court, decided to become a lawyer.In 1939, after he had matriculated from school, Mandela enrolled at the University College of Fort Hare for a bachelor of arts degree. But the following year, after being suspended from college for joining in a protest boycott and fleeing an arranged marriage, he moved to South Africa’s principal city, Johannesburg.Arriving in Alexandra township in the north of the city, he found work as a guard at one of Johannesburg’s many gold mines, and later as an articled clerk at a law firm. He completed his degree by correspondence at the University of South Africa, and began to study law at the University of the Witwatersrand.In 1942 Mandela entered politics by joining the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s major liberation movement and today the country’s ruling party. It was during this time that he and a small group of mainly young members of the ANC embarked on a mission to transform the party into a mass movement.In 1944 he, Anton Lembede and Mandela’s lifelong friends and comrades Oliver Tambo and Walter Sisulu founded the ANC Youth League (ANCYL). That year he also married his first wife, Evelyn Mase. In 1947 he was elected president of the ANCYL.The year 1948 was a dark one in South Africa, with the election of the racist National Party, voted into government by a white electorate on the platform of apartheid. In response, in 1949, the ANC adopted its Programme of Action, inspired by the Youth League, which advocated the weapons of boycott, strike, civil disobedience and non-cooperation with authority.The programme aimed at the attainment of full citizenship and direct parliamentary representation for all South Africans. In policy documents co-written by Mandela, the ANCYL paid special attention to the redistribution of the land, trade union rights, free and compulsory education for all children, and mass education for adults.During the Campaign for Defiance of Unjust Laws in 1952, Mandela was elected the ANC’s national volunteer-in-chief and travelled the country organising resistance to discriminatory laws. He was charged and brought to trial for his role in the campaign and given a suspended prison sentence.Mandela and Tambo attorneysIn recognition of his contribution to the defiance campaign, Mandela was elected president of both the Youth League and the Transvaal region of the ANC at the end of 1952. He subsequently became the deputy president of the ANC.Soon after the defiance campaign, Mandela passed his attorney’s admission examination and was admitted to the profession. In 1952 he and Oliver Tambo opened a law firm in downtown Johannesburg.Tambo, the chairperson of the ANC at the time of his death in April 1993, wrote of their practice: “To reach our desks each morning Nelson and I ran the gauntlet of patient queues of people overflowing from the chairs in the waiting room into the corridors … Our buff office files carried thousands of these stories and if, when we started our law partnership, we had not been rebels against apartheid, our experiences in our offices would have remedied the deficiency. We had risen to professional status in our community, but every case in court, every visit to the prisons to interview clients, reminded us of the humiliation and suffering burning into our people.”The 1950s turned out to be a time of strife and tribulation for Mandela – he was banned, arrested and imprisoned. His personal life was also in some turmoil, as he divorced Evelyn to marry Winnie Madikizela. He was also one of the accused in the historic Treason Trial that ended in 1961, with the state dropping all charges.The Black PimpernelIn 1960 police opened fire on a group of protesters in the township of Sharpeville, killing 69 people. The reaction was immediate, with demonstrations, protest marches, strikes and riots across South Africa. On March 30 1960, the government declared a state of emergency, detaining more than 18 000 people, and banning the ANC and other liberation movements.With the banning, the ANC leadership went underground and Mandela was forced to live away from his family. He was a master of disguise and managed to evade the police, a feat which earned him the nickname in the media as the Black Pimpernel.The banning also forced the ANC to move from nonviolent to violent means of opposing apartheid. Umkhonto we Sizwe, the movement’s armed wing, was formed in 1961, with Mandela as commander-in-chief. After travelling abroad for several months, he was arrested in 1962 on his return to South Africa for unlawfully exiting the country and for incitement to strike. Convicted, he was sentenced to five years on Robben Island, the notorious political prison off the coast near Cape Town.While serving this sentence, he was charged with sabotage in the infamous Rivonia Trial. In 1964 Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment.Eighteen of Mandela’s 27 years in jail were spent on Robben Island, where he carried out hard labour in a lime quarry. As a D-group prisoner, the lowest classification, he was allowed only one visitor and one letter every six months.While in prison Mandela studied by correspondence with the University of London, earning a Bachelor of Laws degree. In 1984 he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town, and in December of that year he was moved to Victor Verster Prison near Paarl in the Western Cape.President of South AfricaOver the years, South Africa slowly descended into near-chaos, with almost constant unrest inside the country, armed insurgency from without, and steadily increasing international pressure from the international community to end apartheid. On 2 February 1990 the country’s National Party president, FW de Klerk, made a remarkable announcement: a negotiated settlement would end apartheid, all liberation movements would be unbanned, and all political prisoners released – including Nelson Mandela.Nine days later Mandela walked out of Victor Verster prison, his wife Winnie on his arm and his fist raised in the liberation movement salute.In 1991, at the first national conference of the ANC held inside South Africa after its decades-long banning, Mandela was elected president of the party. His long-time friend, Tambo, became national chairperson. In 1993 he and FW de Klerk were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their different roles in the peaceful end of apartheid.In 1994, after South Africa’s first democratic elections, Mandela became president of the Republic of South Africa. That year he published his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, which he started writing in prison.After serving a five-year term as president of the country, Mandela ceded the ANC presidency to Thabo Mbeki. He retired from public life in June 1999, though not from the public eye. He built himself a home in his birthplace in Qunu, which he would visit as often as he can.FriendshipsKnown affectionately by his clan name of Madiba, Mandela had friends across the world – Bill Clinton, Bono of U2, Naomi Campbell. Some of his friendships went back over 60 years, as with Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo and Ahmed Kathrada.In his autobiography Memoirs, Kathrada recounted that he and Mandela affectionately called one another madala, isiZulu for old man.“Charming and charismatic, he has both a magnetic personality and a commanding presence,” Kathrada wrote. “An uncommon amalgam of peasant and aristocrat, he is a living paradox: a democrat par excellence, with just a touch of the autocrat; at once proud but simple; soft yet tenacious; obstinate and flexible; vain one moment and humble the next; infinitely tolerant but also impatient.”Kathrada and Mandela spent 18 years together on Robben Island and a further seven in Pollsmoor Prison, along with Sisulu.“For all the public exposure and media attention Madiba remains an enigma to all but his most intimate circle,” Kathrada said.He recounted an incident with a terminally ill girl, Michelle Britz, that was typical of Mandela. She wanted to meet Madiba, and when she met Kathrada on Robben Island, he got to know of her wish. Kathrada passed on her wish to the then president, who sprang into action immediately.“The president of South Africa, a universally respected statesman with one of the busiest schedules on earth, flew to the Mpumalanga town of Secunda by helicopter, bearing gifts for a sick child.“The emotional meeting between Madiba and Michelle was shown on national television, and as she clasped her little arms around his neck and kissed him, the eyes of millions must have filled with tears, just as mine did.”In his honourNelson Mandela was given the freedom of 45 cities around the world, and honorary citizenship of 11 cities.In Johannesburg, his image was cast in a 6m-high bronze statue and stands preserved in his famous jive in Nelson Mandela Square.Speaking at the statue’s unveiling in April 2004, Ndileka Mandela, Madiba’s eldest granddaughter, said: “This is a very happy statue. The dancing stance pays tribute to the spirit of joy and celebration inherent in the people of South Africa.”The countless tributes to him around the world are without precedent. He had 23 schools, universities and institutions named after him; 25 halls, buildings, monuments and housing developments; 13 stadiums, squares, plazas, parks and gardens; 91 streets, roads, boulevards and parks; 32 bursaries and scholarships, foundations and lectures. Thirteen statues, sculptures and artworks carry his name.From 1979 onwards, Madiba was awarded 76 degrees, including 42 doctorates, from universities in 30 countries of the world. That’s more than two degrees every year.Madiba collected dozens of accolades from around the world: 18 sports-related honours and awards, and 115 other awards.He had a range of strange items named after him: a landfill site, a spider, a sea-slug, a protea, a tea, an orchid, a rescue dog, and a racehorse.Marriage, children and old ageMandela and Winnie divorced in 1996. In 1998 he married Graça Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the president of Mozambique until his death in 1986.Their wedding anniversary was the same date as his birthday – 18 July. In a 2008 interview with Mike Hanna on the Al Jazeera television network, Machel described how lonely Mandela was when she first met him.“After 27 years in jail, what he most longed for was not the glory of political life, but to have a family life,” she said. “It was a meeting of minds and a meeting of hearts.” Although she hadn’t wanted another marriage after Samora Machel’s death, she decided that her gift to Mandela on his 80th birthday would be to marry him.“Madiba has allowed me to continue to be myself. He has always respected my space. We have a deep sense of sharing, but at the same time we respect each other’s identities.“For a man of his age, a man who has gone through those kinds of experiences, he could have become extremely possessive. He’s not. Maybe that’s what love really means. We have found a balanced and respectful way of relating.”Mandela outlived three of his six children, and only three of his daughters are still alive: Makaziwe, Zenani and Zindzi. He had 18 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and three step-grandchildren, as well as four step-children from his marriage to Machel.Towards the end of his life he and Machel spent their time in Qunu or at their home in the upmarket suburb of Houghton, in Johannesburg. His greatest pleasure of his old age, he said, was watching the sun set, with the music of Handel or Tchaikovsky playing in the background.A short distance from the tranquil surrounds of Houghton, his famous words from the Rivonia Trial echo on the walls of the Drill Hall in central Johannesburg:“I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal for which I hope to live and to achieve. But if it needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”last_img read more

7 days agoLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook

first_imgLiverpool, Chelsea eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cookby Paul Vegas7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook.The 22-year-old returned to action last month having been sidelined since December with knee-ligament damage.The Daily Mail says Liverpool and Chelsea have identified the former Leeds star as a target, should he prove his form and fitness this season.They’re both said to be in the market for the best of emerging English talent and Cook’s high energy style in the middle of the park is thought to be the attraction.He has even been likened to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson given his running, passing ability and leadership qualities. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Not Long Left To Preregister Bids On One Night For One Drops

first_imgOn Friday, March 18, guests at the fourth edition of One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil, featuring Leona Lewis, and presented by MGM Resorts International, Zappos.com and McLaren Automotive will have the opportunity to bid on a variety of luxurious items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences at an exclusive auction.With the striking array of items ranging from $1000 to $400,000, patrons will have the option to bid openly or discretely through a live or silent auction.Prizes include the ultra rare McLaren 675LT Coupe, a vehicle customized especially for ONE DROP by presenting sponsor McLaren Automotive. Valued at $400,000, this 675LT Coupe was created in conjunction with Formula One world champion Jenson Button and features an autograph by Button on the carbon fiber sill panel. Other remarkable items and experiences include:• Takashi Murakami Arhat painting – valued at $400,000, this original artwork has been created specifically for One Night for ONE DROP 2016 by one of today’s leading contemporary artists, Takashi Murakami.
 • One week of aquatic adventure onboard luxury yacht, TIARA – valued at $250,000, this week-long adventure in Southeast Asia is complete with an experienced crew, extraordinary diving experience, high-tech amenities, outdoor entertainment, kite surfing equipment, Jacuzzi and more aboard the 175-foot luxury yacht Tiara.
 • A stunning Richard Mille timepiece –A stunning new Richard Mille timepiece — valued at $85,000—the RM 67-01 Automatic Extra Flat in titanium will arrive in boutiques this fall. But the prototype is available exclusively at One Night for ONE DROP 2016. This Swiss-made creation represents Richard Mille’s pillars of quality, including the best in technical innovation, artistry, architecture and the heritage of haute horlogerie.
 • Exclusive foursome with PGA tour professional Sergio GarcÍa – Of priceless value, this unique golf package includes an intimate golf session for four with Sergio GarcÍa at the Indian Creek Country Club, private jet transportation, a two-night stay at the Grand Beach Hotel Surfside in Miami, a roundtrip limousine service from the hotel to the golf course and more.For more information and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event on any of the five live auction items, click here for the live auction.• Two-night stay in the Kingpin Suite at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas – valued at $30,850, this extravagant Las Vegas vacation is up for bid in the silent auction and will feature a two-night stay at the plush Kingpin Suite at The Palms. Guests will also enjoy dinner credit for two at the N9NE Steakhouse or Nove Italiano, a table and complimentary bottle at Ghostbar, a spa credit at Drift Spa and airport limousine pick-up and return. 
 • Two VIP tickets to the 2016 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show – valued at $25,000, this bombshell package includes two coveted tickets to the most highly anticipated fashion event of the year. As part of the silent auction, this prize will grant the winning bidder a prime seat location at the show, entrance into the VIP after-party and more. 
 • One-Week Backstage Experience on Tour with Cirque du Soleil – valued at $7,500, this exclusive tour will give the winner a firsthand experience under the iconic yellow and blue big top including rare meet-and-greet opportunities with Cirque du Soleil artists, an inside look at rehearsals and the opportunity to work with the crew as they put together remarkable shows. This item is up for bid in the silent auction.To view the complete list of silent auction items and to make a bid in the last few days before Friday’s event, please click here .Presented by MGM Resorts International, McLaren Automotive and Zappos.com, One Night for ONE DROP will feature GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis, TV star Miles “Baby Boogaloo” Brown, Cirque du Soleil artists from all eight shows in Las Vegas and more. Show-only tickets are now on sale starting at $100 with VIP packages available for $3,000. All proceeds will benefit ONE DROP’s global initiatives, along with innovative educational programming in Nevada through a partnership with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve.last_img read more

Samantha Prahalis hopes to rise with Mercury

During four years at Ohio State, point guard Samantha Prahalis earned her place in the record books of women’s basketball. On April 16, Prahalis received the opportunity to continue her stardom at the professional level when she was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury with the No. 6-overall pick in the 2012 WNBA Draft. Prahalis set Big Ten conference and OSU school records with 901 assists over her four-year career. She ranks fourth on the Buckeyes’ all-time scoring list with 2,010 points, and was only the second player in Division I women’s basketball history with at least 2,000 career points and 900 career assists. She was also named the 2012 Big Ten Player of the Year, and was a first-team USBWA All-American. Prahalis said making it to the WNBA has been a goal of hers since she “got serious about basketball in high school.” “To get drafted, and just to be in the room and get your name called and hold the jersey up with the commissioner,” Prahalis said. “It was just cool. It’s reaching a dream.” Prahalis said she was “super excited” to be drafted by the Mercury and thinks her new team is the right fit for her. “They’re a fast-paced team, they’re up-tempo,” Prahalis noted. “So I think that fits me perfectly.” Mercury coach and general manager Corey Gaines said he was in attendance for Prahalis’ final home game on Feb. 23, when she set the OSU single-game scoring record with 42 points in a victory against Minnesota. Gaines said he believes the system his team runs will suit Prahalis well. “The way she plays, she makes other people better,” Gaines said. “I think she’ll flourish, I think she’ll be one of those players to leave college and expand her game to a better style.” Prahalis joined Jessica Davenport, who was selected second overall in 2007, and Jantel Lavender, selected fifth overall in 2011, as the third OSU alum to be a WNBA first-round draft pick. Prahalis also became the seventh player to be drafted from OSU under Jim Foster’s tenure as head coach. Foster began coaching the Buckeyes in 2002. Prahalis gave credit to Foster in helping her get to the WNBA. “I am confident in the way coach Foster prepared me for the league,” Prahalis said. “He really taught me to deal with different situations.” Like Gaines, Foster also said he thinks playing for the Phoenix Mercury will be a “great fit” for Prahalis. “I think that she’s going to a very transition-oriented team, and that by far is her strength,” Foster said. Prahalis joins a roster that features Diana Taurasi, who has led the WNBA in scoring for the past four consecutive seasons. Gaines said he believes adding Prahalis to a talented roster will make her better. “She has good players to pass to,” Gaines said. “So it should improve her game, and also make her game a little easier for her playing in our league.” Gaines said he hopes Prahalis is ready to start at point guard this season but also recognizes that the transition from OSU to the Mercury will be challenging. “It’s going to be a drastic change for her,” Gaines said. “It’s probably going to go against everything she’s learned or been taught before. And I’m not saying what she’s been taught before is wrong. It’s just that we teach things a little differently, and it’s a different style of game.” Prahalis said she felt her personality was sometimes misunderstood, but hopes WNBA players and fans will be more accepting. “I think in college, I was kind of scrutinized because I was being me,” Prahalis said. “So hopefully the WNBA has a little bit of a more open mind.” Prahalis also said she hopes OSU basketball fans will remain interested in her WNBA career. “I hope the fans from OSU will come over to WNBA and continue to support me,” Prahalis said. “They believed in me, all my flashiness, my style, my competitiveness, so I hope they just continue to follow me.” read more

Mens basketball former Ohio State commit Dane Goodwin announces intention to play

OSU commits Kaleb Wesson and Dane Goodwin battle for a rebound in a game at Upper Arlington High School on Jan. 25. Wesson had 49 points and Goodwin had 35. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorAfter decommitting from the Ohio State men’s basketball team on June 21, four-star shooting guard Dane Goodwin from the 2018 class has verbally committed to Notre Dame, the recruit tweeted Wednesday.He had committed to Ohio State — led by former head coach Thad Matta — on Dec. 1, 2014. Ready to be apart of the family! pic.twitter.com/ARmfvVqMtj— Dane Goodwin (@danegoodwin23) July 6, 2017Previously the Buckeyes’ only 2018 recruit, Goodwin is the fourth-best prospect in the state of Ohio, 74th-best overall and 16th-best at his position, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The Buckeyes have no commits in their 2018 class. The Upper Arlington native was the third prospect in his class to decommit from Ohio State, following decommitments from four-star small forward Darius Bazeley (now committed to Syracuse) on April 26 and four-star small forward Justin Ahrens on June 6. read more

Man Utd in a rush to complete Dalot deal

first_imgManchester United are reportedly in a race against time to secure the signing of Diogo Dalot from FC Porto before his release clause of €20m activates, reports ESPNThe 19-year-old has a release clause of €20m inserted in his current deal at Porto, that will be activated on June 1.Dalot has attracted interest from a number of top clubs around Europe, but United are determined to win the race and are prepared to pay a higher fee in order to sign the full-back before his release clause is activated tomorrow.Both Bayern Munich and Barcelona are believed to be among the clubs interested in signing Dalot this summer.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…Since making his debut back in October, Dalot has been utilised by head coach Sérgio Conceição as a left-back for Porto and he played for the Primeira Liga champions in their goalless draw against Liverpool in the return leg of their last-16 tie in the Champions League in March, which they lost 5-0 on aggregate.United boss Jose Mourinho is determined to sign the Portugal under-21 international this summer with Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind almost certain to leave Old Trafford.Mourinho is hoping to strengthen his defence in order to challenge Manchester City next season with Tottenham’s Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld having also been linked with a move to United.last_img read more

Tropical Storm Philippe leaves Bahamas dumps loads of rain on US

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNASSAU, Bahamas – October 30, 2017 A system being monitored from mid-week last week did become quite an event for The Bahamas over the weekend as Tropical Storm Philippe formed and brought to parts of Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, Abaco and Bimini winds up to 50mph, significant rainfall and possible flooding were also in the forecast.The storm slid out of the country past the Florida East Coast on its way to the open western Atlantic by late on Sunday and this morning there is no trace of the system on the National Hurricane Center’s chart of the Atlantic.What is on the radar today, a low level non tropical low pressure system about 1000 miles east of Bermuda.The All Clear was given by NEMA for The Bahamas since 3:30pm Sunday, October 29. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#allclear, #tropicalstormPhilippelast_img read more