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Tribute to Arthur Goldreich

first_imgLiliesleaf farm as it looked in the 1960s.It is now a museum.(Image: Liliesleaf)MEDIA CONTACTS• Nelson Mandela Foundation+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel• Education focus of Mandela Day 2010• ‘Befriending the mistakes of the past’• Mandela: a remarkable 92 yearsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporter The ruling African National Congress (ANC) remembered Arthur Goldreich, a key member of the liberation movement, as a South African who sacrificed his white privileges in a tenacious fight for freedom and equality in the country.“Not only did he sacrifice his privileges as a white South African, but he bore the pain of fighting against apartheid,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said when reacting to news of Goldreich’s death.The Johannesburg-born activist died on 24 May 2011 at age 82 after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was based in Israel at the time.In South Africa Goldreich was best known as one of the founders of the ANC’s military wing – Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) – in 1961.Goldreich and his family lived on the farm Liliesleaf in Rivonia, northern Johannesburg, along with icons like Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu to plan MK’s strategies in secret. Liliesleaf was bought with funds from the Communist Party of South Africa, the Goldreichs posed as the white owners of the estate so as not to raise the suspicions of apartheid authorities.The Spear of the Nation, as Umkhonto we Sizwe is known in English, went on to become an armed struggle force to be reckoned with – even after Mandela, Sisulu and others were arrested and, following the Rivonia Trial, sent to Robben Island as political prisoners.Goldreich was one of 17 freedom fighters arrested during the police raid at Liliesleaf on 11 July 1963 – and he would have become one of the Rivonia trialists had he not made a daring escape from a cell at the Marshall Square Police Station in Johannesburg on 11 August 1963.Goldreich, along with Harold Wolpe, Mosie Moola and Abdulhay Jassat, bribed a guard at the station and then fled the country via Swaziland and Botswana.“We salute his heroic resolve that saw him leave South Africa when he escaped from custody,” said Mthembu.Goldreich returned to Israel in 1964.His first visit back to South Africa was after the democratic elections in 1994, when he attended a reunion at Liliesleaf. The farm has since been turned into a museum.Goldreich is survived by his sons Nicholas, Paul, Amos and Eden.“Arthur Goldreich will go down in history as one of the rare breeds of revolutionaries who changed the course of South African history,” the ANC said.last_img read more

Press release: Brand South Africa partners with the Sunday Times Generation Next to urge the youth to contribute towards building a positive Nation Brand

first_imgBrand South Africa has partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next through its Play Your Part programme to host this year’s youth marketing conference. (Image: Sunday Times Generation Next, Facebook)Johannesburg, Monday, 8 May 2017 – Ahead of youth month, Brand South Africa has partnered with the Sunday Times Generation Next through its Play Your Part programme to host this year’s youth marketing conference. The conference looks at youth brand preference and consumer behavior and explores how the youth can drive growth in local brands.This partnership is in line with Brand South Africa’s domestic objective of promoting and championing programmes that enhance the Nation Brand and equip South Africans to brand themselves as proud and patriotic citizens. The conference will see a variety of South African brands market themselves to the youth between the ages of eight and 23 years.According to the Sunday Times Generation Next, the youth account for an average of more than R120-billion of South Africa’s yearly expenditure, making this demographic of great significance to local business and marketers.Play Your Part as a nationwide programme created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. It aligns itself to the youth conference to emphasize these objectives as well as teach young people about brand purchases, the many opportunities that South Africa has to offer and encourages support to local brands.Join Play Your Part and the Sunday Times Generation Next on 11 May 2017 at the Pavilion in Sandton for opportunities to interact and share views with the country’s leading advertising, marketing and branding experts on local and imported brands and witness successful brands voted for by the youth.Engage with the Play Your Part Cube, Brand South Africa and its partners on #PYPCube and #GenNext2017For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Ntombi NtanziTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 81 704 1488Email: [email protected]last_img read more

We walk for unity and acceptance

first_imgOn Sunday 26 March Brand South Africa, Constitution Hill and other stakeholders including the Gauteng Legislature and the City of Joburg took part in We, the People Walk event. Its aim is to promote constitutional awareness and reinforce unity and ubuntu.Weaving through the streets of Johannesburg, the crowd spread the message of tolerance and unity at We, the People Walk event on Sunday 26 March 2017 at Constitution Hill. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Mathiba MolefeDespite the cold weather on Sunday morning 26 March, We, the People Walk event got off to a lively start with people of all ages and nationalities arriving at Constitution Hill.Brand South Africa together with Constitution Hill and a host of other stakeholders including the Gauteng Legislature, City of Johannesburg, the Anti-Racism Network South Africa (ARN SA) and SAFM, brought the fourth annual We, The People Walk event to life.This partnership forms part of Brand South Africa’s ongoing effort to promote the nation brand along with its values of constitutional awareness, unity and ubuntu.“Today is very significant for us as the custodians of the nation brand,” said Toni Gumede, the strategic relationship manager for government at Brand South Africa.“The values of the nation brand include tolerance, and that is what today is about. It also includes unity in diversity.”People of all ages and Nationality converged on Constitution hill to encourage constitutionalism in all who call South Africa their home. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)The walk, a demonstration of unity amongst all that live in South Africa, was aimed at promoting tolerance amongst everyone who calls the country their home and serves as a call to eliminate xenophobia.“Today we want to stand together and say, we affirm this constitutionalism and that everybody has a part to play,” Gumede explained.Following a quick warm-up and opening remarks by MC and actor, Sello Maake Ka-Ncube, the crowd set off on a walk through Johannesburg’s inner city.People then branched off on the various routes: a one kilometre, a five kilometre or an eight kilometre for those felt like taking in more of the city’s scenery.This year’s walk was the fourth instalment of the annual event and was attended by more than 2 000 people looking to celebrate diversity and to promote tolerance amongst everyone living in South Africa.People brave chilly weather on Sunday 26 March 2017 at Constitution Hill to take part in We, the People Walk event. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Jeanny Morulane, the general manager of marketing and communications at Constitution Hill, said that she was very pleased by the number of people who attended the event.“This is a very important event,” Morulane said. “Because we’re remembering our Constitution, we’re celebrating our Constitution at a very relevant space here at Constitution Hill.“We were very pleased with the turnout. It was a mix, a representation of all of South Africa, all races, all colours, all nationalities. So it was a really nice gathering for everyone.“It’s showing that our democracy is indeed getting firmer.”South Africa’s Constitution, considered by many as one of the most progressive in the world, values freedom of choice and encourages us all to strive for greatness while respecting and valuing cultural and linguistic diversity.In order for South Africa, and indeed Africa as a whole, to fulfil its extraordinary potential we all need to come together and work towards a common goal. (Image: Mathiba Molefe)Stand up and be counted  “It’s about you, it’s about myself, it’s about your neighbour, it’s about every single person playing their part to do the right thing,” Gumede said.“Today is really about doing the right thing and embracing that which is the foundation, not only of our democracy, but the foundation on which the South Africa of today was built.”In order for South Africa, and indeed Africa as a whole, to fulfil its extraordinary potential we all need to come together and work towards a common goal.It is for this reason that Brand South Africa calls on everybody living in South Africa to play their part in maintaining a society that values the rights of those who call the country their home.“Unity becomes more meaningful and more powerful when we acknowledge our differences,” Morulane said.“Our differences are what make us such a beautiful collective.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

IPL 2016: Injured Ashish Nehra to miss couple of games, says David Warner

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner confirmed that Ashish Nehra will miss out on couple of games due to a groin injury he suffered during the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Tuesday.”Nehra has hurt his groin. He will be out for a couple of games,” said Warner after his side’s 45-run loss to RCB.It was Nehra’s first game for the Sunrisers, having joined the team from Chennai Super Kings. He limped off the field after bowling 2.1 overs in which he conceded 21 runs. (Full Indian Premier League 2016 coverage )”We have to look back and look at positives and turn it around. We have a good batting track at Hyderabad. We should not lose wickets in clumps,” added Warner.RCB captain Virat Kohli, who struck 75 off 51 balls and shared a 157-run stand with man of the match AB de Villiers (82 off 42), was all praise for the South African.”We lost the toss and did not get what we wanted to. It was a really good effort from the batsman and Parvez showed composure. It is never easy for the spinners to bowl in Bangalore. Parvez was the stand-out bowler for me today. Last year, me and AB had a good partnership in Mumbai. He hit balls as only he can. It was a pleasure playing with him. He took some pressure off me,” said Kohli.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

24 days agoBrighton striker Murray: Potter system a huge learning curve

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton striker Murray: Potter system a huge learning curveby Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton striker Glenn Murray says the players are still adjusting to manager Graham Potter’s methods.He says there is still work to do to hone a playing style preferred by Potter.Murray told The Argus: “It is all a huge learning curve.“We have come so far in the three months the gaffer has been with us and we are going to have afternoons like this (the 2-0 defeat at Chelsea). But we will keep doing it our way and hopefully we have more successful afternoons than not.“It’s full focus on Tottenham. Looking towards picking some points up and then another international break, which is more time to learn the philosophy and get it right.“It is a constant learning curve. Obviously, opponents we come up against are different every week and there are different ways of trying to break them down and get possession of the ball and control the game.” last_img read more

This LEGO Recreation Of 2015 Michigan-Michigan State Final Play Is Incredible

first_imgJim Harbaugh and Mark Dantonio shaking hands after a game.EAST LANSING, MI – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Jim Harbaugh Michigan Wolverines shakes hands with head coach Mark Dantonio of the Michigan State Spartans after a 32-23 Michigan win at Spartan Stadium on October 29, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)What is better than re-watching the famous final play of the 2015 Michigan-Michigan State game? Re-watching it in the form of a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation.Jared Jacobs, a 38-year-old man from Idaho, unveiled a Michigan-Michigan State LEGO recreation on his Instagram account this week. Jacobs’ miniature players re-enact the last play of the 2015 game, when Spartan DB Jalen Watts-Jackson picked up a muffed snap by Michigan punter Blake O’Neill and raced to the end zone for the win.“I wanted to make it really detailed, even down to the bricks in the background,” Jacobs told the Detroit Free-Press. “It took awhile to accumulate that much LEGO.”Here is the final result, which the Free-Press estimated took 40-50 hours to produce.:Since Jacobs debuted his recreation, it has gone viral. It even made an appearance on Sportscenter.He didn’t just recreate UM-MSU either. Jacobs also unveiled a LEGO rendition of BYU’s Hail Mary against Nebraska.Jacobs’ work contains amazing attention to detail. We can’t wait to see what the 2016 college football season has in store for him.last_img read more

Lowerthanexpected parcel volumes helping cut into backlog says Canada Post

first_imgOTTAWA — With a little over a week before Christmas, Canada Post says it is starting to catch up on parcel deliveries that have been delayed by rotating strikes over the past two months.The Crown corporation says that’s largely because it is taking in fewer holiday parcels than expected.At the same time, however, the agency says it cannot restore its delivery guarantees because backlogs remain sporadic across the country.Canada Post says volumes of international deliveries are also significantly less than expected, allowing postal workers to make some progress in reducing backlogs of packages from foreign locations.The corporation requested in mid-November that its international partners stop sending packages to Canada while work stoppages were held in cities across the country.Those international carriers resumed shipments Nov. 27 after the federal government passed back-to-work legislation, forcing an end to the rotating walkouts.“The international volumes now entering the country are significantly less than expected,” Canada Post said in a statement. “Processing lower incoming volumes, combined with the time lag for items to arrive in Canada, has helped us make some progress this week.”Letter mail deliveries, meanwhile, are “current,” the corporation said, meaning that Christmas cards and other mail are expected to be delivered under normal timeframes.Canada Post said its employees are being offered voluntary overtime.As well, the agency said it has hired nearly 4,000 additional seasonal employees and bolstered its delivery fleet with almost 2,000 additional vehicles.The federal government appointed mediator Elizabeth MacPherson earlier this week to try to negotiate contract settlements between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, which represents about 50,000 postal employees.The two sides sat down to their first meeting with MacPherson on Wednesday. She has until Monday to bring both sides to a deal, although that deadline can be extended by another week.If no agreements are reached, the former chair of the Canada Industrial Relations Board also has been given authority to begin a binding arbitration process in January.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Dont foresee threat to IndoPak World Cup match they are bound by

first_imgKarachi: International Cricket Council CEO Dave Richardson on Monday said he doesn’t foresee any threat to the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup match, insisting that the two teams are bound by an ICC agreement to show up. “For ICC events, all teams have signed a members’ participation agreement which requires them to participate in all the matches of the tournament and (in case of) any unjustified non-compliance with that provision, the playing conditions will kick in and the points will be awarded accordingly (to the other team),” he said when asked about the matter. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhThere were demands that India should boycott the game against Pakistan in the World Cup in Manchester on June 16 in the wake of last month’s Pulwama terror attack which killed more than 40 CRPF personnel. Responding to the outrage, the Committee of Administrators running Indian cricket also wrote a letter to the ICC urging it to boycott countries from where “terrorism emanates”, but did not specifically name Pakistan. Another controversy erupted when Indian team wore camouflage military caps during the third ODI against Australia in Ranchi as a mark of respect to the CRPF personnel who were killed in the Pulwama attack and donated its match fee to the National Defence Fund. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterPakistan strongly objected to the gesture and wrote to the world body, accusing India of politicising the game. The ICC, however, said the Indian team took prior permission from it and there was no political motive involved. “In this case, it was a one-off consent. It was granted subject to the message around the wearing of the caps simply being sympathy with the people, who had lost their lives in the (Pulwama) attack and in particular, to help them raise funds for the families of the people who had lost their lives,” Richardson said. “The ICC’s motto is clear we don’t want to mix politics with sports.” Asked about the ICC’s role in the resumption of bilateral ties between India and Pakistan, Richardson said it was completely up to the two cricketing boards. The ICC CEO said the perception about Pakistan among the rest of the world is slowly changing and the world body is supporting its member board to bring back international cricket to the nation. He also said that the successful hosting of Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches will do a world of good towards achieving the goal. Richardson also thanked foreign players, who made the trip to Pakistan for PSL. “Step-by-step, certainly Pakistan is on the right path,” he said, assuring ICC’s support to the PCB in its efforts to encourage foreign teams to visit Pakistan.last_img read more

Fix to 737 MAX antistall software is ready Industry sources

first_imgNew York: A fix to the anti-stall system suspected in the crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that killed 189 people in Indonesia is ready, industry sources said Saturday, as the company tries to avoid a lengthy grounding of its planes. Boeing was due to present the patch to officials and pilots of US airlines — American, Southwest and United — in Renton, Washington state, where the plane is assembled, other sources said. “Boeing has already finalized the necessary corrective measures for the MAX,” an aviation sector source told AFP on condition of anonymity. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will receive the patch “early next week,” a government source added. Asked how long the certification process could take after the patch is in the hands of the authorities, this source said that nothing has been decided yet. The FAA declined to comment. The Lion Air crash in Indonesia last October and another accident this month involving an Ethiopian Airlines jet, which killed 346 people between them, have raised major concerns about the safety certification of the 737 MAX 8 model. The Ethiopian Airlines crash on March 10 led to the global grounding of 737 MAX planes. Although it will take months to determine the exact cause of both crashes, investigators in the Lion case have honed in on the MCAS automated anti-stalling system designed to point the nose of the plane downward if it is in danger of stalling, or losing lift. American Airlines and Southwest pilots were set to test simulators with the updates on Saturday, according to the sources. Boeing neither confirmed nor denied the information. The FAA had given until April for Boeing to make the necessary changes to the critical anti-stall system, and on March 15 two anonymous industry sources told AFP the upgrade would be ready in about 10 days. A spokesman for United Airlines, whose fleet includes 14 of the 737 MAX 9 planes, confirmed the company’s attendance at the training session. Southwest and its SWAPA pilots union “have subject matter experts from our Technical Pilot Team and Training Teams headed to Boeing to review documentation and training associated with the modification to the B737 speed trim system,” a spokeswoman said. The company is one of the biggest 737 MAX 8 customers, owning 34 of the planes. “We’ve been working diligently and in close cooperation with the FAA on the software update. We are taking a comprehensive and careful approach to design, develop and test the software that will ultimately lead to certification,” a Boeing spokeswoman said. “There will be training provided by Boeing.” In addition to the software modification, the industry sources said Boeing has also finalized updates to its flight and pilots’ training manuals, as the FAA asked. “We have been engaging with all 737 MAX operators and we are continuing to schedule meetings to share information about our plans for supporting the 737 MAX fleet,” the Boeing spokeswoman said, declining to confirm the timeline for the changes. In another modification, the 737 MAX will be outfitted with a warning light for malfunctions in the anti-stall system, an industry source told AFP on Thursday, standardizing a feature previously sold as an optional extra. Neither the Lion Air aircraft nor the Ethiopian Airlines jet had the feature, the industry source said. US and Ethiopian authorities have said this month’s crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 near Addis Ababa bore “similarities” to last year’s Lion Air crash. Since the Ethiopian crash, pressure has intensified on Boeing and the image of the company — which also makes combat aircraft and space equipment — has been eroded. Share value of the firm, which says it is the world’s largest aerospace manufacturer, has dropped 12 percent since the accident, wiping out 28 billion in market capitalization Boeing and the FAA are under investigation by the Transportation Department over how the rollout of the jet was handled, including the anti-stall system. The acting FAA head is among transport officials who are to testify on Wednesday before a congressional subcommittee. Questioning is likely to focus on tight links between Boeing and the regulators, who maintain offices in the airplane factories and delegated a large part of the certification process for the 737 MAX and its anti-stall system to employees of Boeing, sources said. Press reports say that the Department of Justice has also opened a criminal investigation into the 737 MAX’s development. Ralph Nader, the veteran US consumer protection advocate who lost a relative in the Ethiopia crash, called Friday for an organization to defend passengers’ rights.last_img read more

TMC alleges central forces intimidating voters

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress Sunday alleged that the central forces were “brutally torturing” and “intimidating” voters in West Bengal and acting as per orders of BJP leaders. In a statement, Trinamool Congress lawmaker Derek O’ Brien said, Bengal wants peaceful polling, which BJP doesn’t. “Today, in Bengal, central forces are brutally torturing and intimidating common citizens, especially the marginalised. Even physically handicapped persons are being tortured. Central forces are also threatening voters ‘kamal dabao nahin toh thok dega’ (vote for BJP or will shoot you),” he said. “Media has all these videos. Many are already in the public domain,” he added. The BJP termed the allegations baseless and said it was goons supported by the TMC who were trying to intimidate voters. In Delhi, BJP leader and Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman also urged the poll body to order the central forces to remain in Bengal till the Model Code of Conduct is in place, as it expressed concern that the TMC may target a section of voters after polling is over. An estimated 49.70 per cent of over 1.49 crore electorate exercised their franchise till 1 pm in nine Lok Sabha constituencies of West Bengal on Sunday, amid reports of EVM glitches and stray incidents of violence. Polling is currently underway in Kolkata North, Kolkata South, Dum Dum, Barasat, Basirhat, Jadavpur, Diamond Harbour, Joynagar (SC) and Mathurapur (SC) in the seventh and final phase of the staggered general elections.last_img read more