The corner of Vilakazi and Ngakanestreets in Orlando West, Soweto, whereNelson Mandela’s old house is situated,is a popular tourist attraction. The Constitutional Courst is the highestcourt in the land on matters relating to theConstitution, but was formerly a placenotorious for the disregard of human rights.(Images: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • ConCourt art tells SA story • Media tour boosts China-Africa link • SA’s justice system goes hi-tech • Iraqi gender activists learn from SAJanine Erasmus and Wilma den HartighThe latest Brand South Africa media tour sees a group of journalists from the Middle Eastern region visiting the country.The aim of these media tours is to expose the international press to South Africa’s business environment, as well as its regulatory and policy systems, and to boost positive press coverage abroad.This is especially important in nations where Brand South Africa has no country manager.With reporting from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) appearing in publications across the Gulf and well into India, the media there will gain a greater overall understanding of how South African business works and how it has developed.The tour will emphasise South Africa’s progress in the sectors of energy, finance and mining; give journalists a glimpse into the country’s diversity of arts, culture and heritage; and inform them of South Africa’s well-established Muslim community and the way in which they are accommodated, including specialised Islamic business practices.The media tour follows a state visit by President Jacob Zuma to the UAE in November 2011. It is hoped that this strategy will help to facilitate business partnerships and investment with entities from the UAE and other Gulf states.At a dinner to welcome the group to South Africa, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola said that South Africa has a lot to offer, and there is great potential for business between the country and the UAE.“South Africa is at the centre of major shifts in the globe,” Matola said. “The country is a serious and relevant socio economic and political player globally.”Agro processing, energy, skills and technology have been identified as some of the major sectors where South Africa and UAE could form partnerships.“We believe there is more scope for investment and to work together,” said Matola.More than Nelson Mandela“I am looking for a reason to visit South Africa that is more than Nelson Mandela,” said Syrian journalist Bahaa Alawam, reporting for Sharjah-based Al Khaleej, the UAE’s top Arabic daily and one that is read by influential people such as government officials and decision-makers in business.He explained that his first thought about South Africa was of its former president and Nobel Peace laureate, now 93 years old and long retired from public life.“Then I did some more reading about your history, politics, economy and languages,” said Alawam, “and I realised that Nelson Mandela was not fighting alone for freedom, but that there were many people in the revolution.”He said that he didn’t know this until just before his trip, but was now keen to know more about the various reasons people visit South Africa.The country’s strong points for leisure tourists are its magnificent wildlife, spectacular landscapes, fascinating heritage, general friendliness of its citizens, and proven ability to host major international events such as the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the COP17 climate change summit, and many others.Gulf News reporter Mahmood Saberi said he worked with a number of South Africans who primed him for his tour to the country.“They all raved about South Africa and made me really look forward to coming here.”For the group of five, it was their first visit to South Africa and each of them showed a keen interest in the country and its history, and said they were excited to be here.A quick tour of historyHowever, the tour started off on a very Mandela-centric note, with a visit to Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia north of Johannesburg. This heritage site was previously an African National Congress hideout and the place where Mandela, posing as a gardener, eluded the authorities until a raid in 1963 and subsequent arrests led to the infamous Rivonia Treason Trial.Afterwards the journalists headed for Soweto and the historic Mandela House, where they were treated to a brief summary of Mandela’s life after he arrived in Johannesburg in the 1940s.They were guided around the little house, built in 1945, where Mandela and his family lived amid unrest and fear in the township. Mandela went underground in 1961 but the rest of the family stayed on until they too were sent away.After Mandela’s release the family moved back into number 8115 Vilakazi Street, Orlando West.The historic suburb of Fordsburg was next on the itinerary. This area of downtown Johannesburg was originally set up for workers on the nearby gold mines but eventually came to house Johannesburg’s Indian and Muslim communities, as well as coloured, Chinese and Jewish people. This gave the suburb the multicultural sparkle for which it’s known today.One of Fordsburg’s well-known spots is the Delhi Palace, where up-and-coming lawyers Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo ate in the 1950s.The Fordsburg community eventually fell victim to forced removals in the 1970s, when many Indian families were transferred to Lenasia, about 30km away.The journalists rounded off their first day’s sightseeing with a visit to the Constitutional Court, where the doors are never locked and the public may freely enter the courtroom, even while it’s in session.Standing around the ever-burning flame of democracy, the group learned more about the history of the site. For much of its life it was a military outpost and prison, known as the Old Fort prison complex, a notorious institution where political prisoners and common criminals, both men and women, were held under the harshest of conditions.It became the site of the Constitutional Court in the 1990s, and today is as much a historical monument as it is a vital part of South Africa’s legislative system. The Constitution, which turns 15 in 2012, is viewed as South Africa’s supreme law.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The promise of big rains mid-week has fizzled out for some areas of the state with growing concerns about worsening dry conditions early this growing season.According to the USDA’s NASS, much of the state has fallen into negative rainfall totals compared to the normal levels. The towns of Ashtabula and Sydney currently have the greatest rainfall deficits with -5.71 and -4.64 inches, respectively. Gallipolis is 2.59 inches above normal, but is the exception. Statewide, the surpluses are vastly outnumbered by the rainfall deficits.Jim Noel with the NOAA/ National Weather Service Ohio River Forecast Center said that the summer weather pattern is in full swing with temperatures slightly above normal and rainfall below normal this week and warmer weather next week with more hit-or-miss rains.“All indications are a warmer and somewhat drier July for Ohio. The pattern of June that is warmer than normal and wetter western corn and soybean belt and drier in eastern areas (including Ohio) will last into July,” Noel said.Time for a rain dance? As frustrating as the lack of rain can be, things don’t work out so well when we try to control the rain.Jim’s rainy dayOne day a guy named Jim figured out how to control the rain.He grinned with glee at his newfound power. He figured the world he’d reign.He set up a business (that for a small fee) could bring you rain or shine.One week in his business boomed — things were working out fine.Farmer McGinty needed rain for his corn. Farmer Smith needed some sun.Betty Lou Harris had just planned a picnic and wanted guaranteed fun.With a tip of his cap and a wave of his hand, Jim made their wishes come true.That corn pollinated, the wheat harvest went well and the picnic skies were blue.More farmers placed more orders. More events were planned.Jim was making big money — his business going grand.He could bring on the sun or precipitate, based upon a whim.To predict what the weather would do, the local weatherman would call Jim.But when farmer Smith wanted sunshine, Betty Lou’s roses would need water,And when Sally next door wanted a tan, the rain would be a bother.His phone was ringing off the hook one day with Farmer Smith pleading for rain,But farmer McGinty was getting ready to bale a field of just dried hay.Jim’s rain caught a breeze and moved — the high dollar hay was spoiled,And then it flooded a newly dug basement where several workers toiled.The runaway cloud blew into town on a parade of elderly veterans and their wives.Mrs. McCallister ruined her perm and Miriam Whetherbee broke out in hives.Then that cloud flooded the streets and six cars crashed — hydroplaning,One car plowed through a storefront. Jim’s cloud just kept on raining.Finally Jim caught up to the cloud that had taken off in the breeze,With a tip of his cap and a wave of his hand he stopped the rain with ease.But for his runaway raincloud Jim was sued for everything under the sun,And soon enough he was penniless. His grand scheme was undone.One would hope that Jim learned his lesson: Managing weather is not for the faint.Yes to be the guy controlling the rain is something I’m glad I ain’t. read more
PracticalAdults are practical and like to be able to apply their knowledge. New concepts and theories can be understood and taught, however if there is a lack of opportunities for the new skill, theory, or concept to be applied many adults will not retain the information.When providing instruction or information for adults be mindful of having opportunities for your students to practice the new information or skill with others. Provide opportunities to apply new information through role play, by working through scenarios, or by completing the new skill. This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 7, 2016. As helping professionals, we tend to acquire and process information differently as we learn new things, this is true of all adults including Military Families. By understanding the principles of adult learning, it may help you to better connect with families in order to provide the highest quality education that will meet their needs.There are four principles of adult learning identified by Malcolm Knowles, known as the pioneer of adult learning. We have previously discussed (1) Autonomous and Self-Directed, (2) Life Experiences and Knowledges, and (3) Goal-Oriented. In this blog we will address the final principal of adult learning (4) Practical. Next month the MFLN Military Caregiving concentration will be discussing adult learning styles, which will provide a deeper understanding of how adults learn and process information. read more
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb has claimed that Internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata.”In the Mahabharata, it has been mentioned that Sanjay gave a live relay of the war between the Pandavas and the Kauravas to the blind king Dhritarashtra,” Mr. Deb said at a regional workshop on public distribution system (PDS) computerisation and reforms in Agartala on Tuesday evening.“Communication was possible because our technology was sophisticated and developed during those times. We had Internet and a satellite communication system. It is not like Internet or media wasn’t available in the age of Mahabharata,” he said.“I do not know what happened in the middle age though, between the Mahabharata era and now. Some European countries and the United States claim that the modern communication system is their invention, but “we had all these technologies in ancient times,” he claimed.Mr. Deb said he was proud that he was born in a country which had the “best communication system” and “best culture” in the whole world.“Modern technology and digitisation should be used to check corruption and protect secrecy in the administration,” he asserted, adding that his government would dedicatedly work to ensure welfare of the poor and backward people.A few months ago, Union Minister Satypal Singh debunked Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, saying it was wrong and the changes need to reflect in the school and college curriculum. “Nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, said they saw an ape turning into a man,” he had said. read more
Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.The Celtics chose to start Shane Larkin rather than go with Terry Rozier or Marcus Smart because Stevens said he wanted to keep the second unit together.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAcquired from Cleveland in the offseason deal that sent Isaiah Thomas to the Cavaliers, Irving is averaging 24.8 points in 58 games. He has missed time this season because of a bruised quadriceps, a sore shoulder and a facial fracture.The Celtics were second behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference at 44-20 entering Monday’s game. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, left, congratulates Marcus Smart while watching the game from the bench during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018. Irving had 34 points in the Celtics 134-106 win. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)CHICAGO — Boston Celtics All-Star guard Kyrie Irving sat out Monday night’s game against the Chicago Bulls because of a sore left knee.Coach Brad Stevens said Irving aggravated the knee during Saturday’s loss to Houston. He felt a little better the following day but was still sore on Monday. Stevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT PSG at crossroads of history against Real Madrid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa read more
Chandigarh, Sep 12 (PTI) The no-confidence motion moved by the Congress against the ruling SAD-BJP government in Punjab was today defeated by a voice vote amid acrimonious scenes in the Assembly.After some bills were presented on the third day of the ongoing Monsoon Session of the House, Speaker Charanjit Singh Atwal allowed a debate on the no-confidence motion moved by Leader of Opposition and Congress MLA Charanjit Singh Channi.The motion, admitted on September 8, was moved on several grounds, including “failure of the state government to protect the interests of Punjab on the SYL canal issue, the deteriorating law and order situation in the state, emergence of mafia groups, rampant corruption, the deteriorating fiscal position of the state and failure in apprehending the culprits behind the Bargari sacrilege case”.However, Channi, who was unhappy over the time allotted to Congress members for the debate, asked the Speaker to increase the duration.Despite the Speaker assuring him that he would do so later, Channi stuck to his demand and started his speech only after the Speaker had obliged.Notably, wife of cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and BJP MLA Navjot Kaur Sidhu, who was sitting on the benches meant for the ruling alliance members, left the House before the no-confidence motion was put to vote.Channi mounted an attack on the ruling Badal family, accusing it of “corrupting the entire system” in the state.As the debate was on, Congress members objected to Akali MLA Iqbal Singh Jhundan, who was presiding over the proceedings at that time, sporting an Akali Dal badge.advertisementThey rushed to the Well of the House and demanded that Jhundan remove the badge, saying he needed to be “impartial” while seated in the Speakers chair.When Jhundan refused to remove it, Congress members, including Tarlochan Sondh and Amarinder Singh Raja Warring, tried to break the cordon of the watch-and-ward staff in an attempt to reach the Speakers chair.Warring got into a heated exchange with the watch-and-ward staff and threw a piece of cloth towards the Speakers chair.The opposition members returned to their seats only after Atwal came back. (MORE) PTI CHS VJ RC SK RC read more