December 11, 2013 Leave a comment
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December 10, 2013 Leave a comment
Johannesburg – “To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.
It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul. How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.
Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century. Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success. Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice. He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War. Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart. Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.
It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so. He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend. That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still. For nothing he achieved was inevitable. In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith. He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.
Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”
Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals. Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”
But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity. Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price. “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial. “I’ve 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 which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”
Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet. He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.
Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions. He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history. On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.” But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal. And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.
Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us. We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell. But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding. He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves. It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.
For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life. But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask: how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?
It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President. We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation. As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day. Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle. But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done. The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important. For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.
We, too, must act on behalf of justice. We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.
The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers. But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu. Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done. South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.
We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me. It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves. And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:
It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.
What a great soul it was. We will miss him deeply. May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela. May God bless the people of South Africa.”
December 10, 2013 Leave a comment
In tribute to Mandela’s vision for a world that is rid of racism, I have created this list of nine things white people can do to assist in the transformation of South Africa.
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” (Mandela)
By examining our history and not denying it we will understand how the past resulted in white privilege at the expense of an entire nation of people and how this still plays out in structural racism today.
Understand structural oppression
We are recipients of unmerited privileges on a global scale by virtue of our skin colour. Once we know and recognise this reality we can then fight for a system where no one is privileged according to their skin colour or gender.
Guilt never did anything for anyone. It is self-centred and unfairly demands that the victim comfort the perpetrator. Shake your guilt and replace it with a passion for change and equality.
It takes years of reflection to undo the indoctrination of the whiteness construct and we can so easily slip into learned non-reflexive assumptions and language that reproduces racism.
Be fearless in correcting unconscious racism in yourself if it is pointed out to you by a person of colour. Do not brand the recipients of your unconscious slip-ups “oversensitive” or “racist” because they have called out or responded to your racism. We are all human and not perfect, so be kind to yourself and to the diverse people you interact with.
Speak out against racism whenever and wherever you see it. Never ignore racism. By calling it out you are challenging the dominant discourse and making room for a new discourse that is open and equal.
Be aware of how the media institution pushes a certain anti-black view of the world and how it mostly lays the blame for all social ills at the feet of black people. White hegemony has everything to do with the lack of transformation and poverty in this country too.
Listen to and be guided by those who are oppressed by whiteness.
White people have been the default of social relations and public discourse for so long that many are unwilling to listen to other views. This often plays out in public arena in South Africa. White, and particularly white male, gatekeepers, have the privilege of being heard and often they actively resist the views of black people and women.
Look around you and ask yourself if what you see is fair. Ask yourself if your psyche could endure the social conditions of deprivation and perpetual oppression that the poor are forced to withstand? Ask yourself if you could handle being blamed for all crime as if this is a natural condition of being white? Ask yourself how you would respond in a white saturated corporate environment as a black person who is forced to work at least ten times harder just to prove that he or she is worthy of the position. Ask how you would survive in the face of the dominant discourse of whiteness that reflected back to you limited, depressing and untrue reflections of yourself.
By asking these hard questions you begin to understand the negative and limiting impact of the whiteness construct on people who are not white.
Make a commitment
Make a lifelong commitment to unlearning personal racism and deconstructing structural racism. When you no longer ignore racism you become an agent for change.
By transforming yourself you help transform the world into one that can leave a legacy of love, diversity and egalitarianism to the next generations.
December 9, 2013 Leave a comment
On Wednesday 11 December, the South African State Theatre in Pretoria will host an array of South Africa’s artistic greats utilising their talents to honour the life and legacy of fallen national and international hero Nelson Mandela through song, dance, storytelling and theatrical performances.
This celebration of Madiba’s life is one of the responses from the Arts and Culture sector celebrating the life of Madiba. The event is open to the public at no cost, and starts at 19h30. It will continue well into the night, accommodating those who will have gone to the public viewing of Madiba at the Union Buildings.
Sibongile Khumalo is co-artistic director of the event alongside Aubrey Sekhabi.
Says Khumalo, “This is an opportunity for South African performers to come together and, through cultural expression and reflection, pay tribute to a man who honoured and appreciated South African artists. Madiba was a patriot who showed us all that it is possible to have a vision for this country and live for it.”
Jerry Mofokeng will introduce the story of Mandela and his origins. The line up will include an intergenerational mix of performers including Sipho Hotstix Mabuse, Gcina Mhlophe, Simphiwe Dana, Dr Sello Galane, Gauteng Choristers Conducted By Sidwell Mhlongo, Jessica Mbangeni In Collaboration With A Drumming Troupe, Vuyani Dance Theatre, Mak Manaka and Ayanda Nhlangothi.
Excerpts from the play “The Rivonia Trial” will provide the golden thread through which the reflection will unfold in the voices of Sello Maake ka Ncube, Fezile Mpela, Harriet Manamela, David James, Renos Spaundolos, Xolile Tshabalala, Tshallo Chokow and Max Papo.
“Every performance will focus on capturing the current mood of the people which is reflective, celebratory, honouring and humanising,” said Khumalo.
Seating is on a First Come First Served basis. Secure underground Parking is available at the theatre.
The Nelson Mandela Memorial Concert is supported by the national Department of Arts and Culture, its structures and non-governmental organisations in the arts.
December 8, 2013 Leave a comment
HEART 104.9FM TOP 30 – 07 December 2013 POS ARTIST SONG TITLE MOVE L/W PEAK WEEKS NOTES 1 Drake feat. Majid Jordan Hold On We’re Going Home Up 9 10 1 6 Joint Highest Climber 2 Katy Perry Roar Up 2 4 2 3 3 Muzart Jukebox NC 3 3 6 SA Top 10 #1 4 Lykke Li I Follow Rivers Up 5 9 4 3 5 Naughty Boy feat. Sam Smith La La La Up 1 6 3 8 6 Mi Casa Jika Down 5 1 1 16 Last Week’s #1 7 Justin Timberlake Take Back The Night Down 5 2 1 (4) 10 8 Sean Paul Other Side Of love Down 3 5 3 11 9 Miley Cyrus We Can’t Stop Down 2 7 7 3 10 Cris Cab feat. Pharrell Liar Liar Down 2 8 8 7 11 Fistaz Mixwell feat. DJ Hloni & Mellow Soul I’m Free NC 11 8 12 12 The Layabouts feat. Portia Monique Do Better NC 12 3 10 13 Mi Casa feat. Jimmy Nevis Feel The Love Up 9 22 13 5 Joint Highest Climber 14 Chad Saaiman All On The Wall NC 14 10 5 15 Jennifer Hudson I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel) Up 6 21 15 8 16 Mario Ogle Wishing On A Star New - 16 1 17 Can Skylark Nothing’s Gonna Get Me Down Today Down 4 13 1 (3) 17 18 Bruno Mars Treasure Down 1 17 1 (3) 25 Longest Running Song 19 Earth Wind & Fire My Promise Down 1 18 18 3 20 Pharrell Happy Down 5 15 1 (3) 15 21 Tamar Braxton The One Down 2 19 3 13 22 Denim Revolution (Power To You) Down 2 20 7 11 23 Danny K Brown Eyes Down 7 16 4 23 Biggest Faller 24 Jordin Sparks Skipping A Beat New - 24 1 25 Mariah Carey feat. Miguel #Beautiful Down 2 23 3 21 26 Can Skylark Orion’s In Line Down 2 24 24 3 27 Eric Roberson feat. Chubb Rock Summertime Anthem Down 2 25 9 22 28 John Legend feat. Kimbra Made To Love Down 2 26 2 17 29 Claire Phillips I Want Your Love Down 2 27 3 20 30 DJ Kent feat. The Arrows Spin My World Down 2 28 1 (6) 22
December 7, 2013 Leave a comment
The captain of any team, whether it be in business or in sport, has a specific role – after all, that person has a unique ambition,…….. is inspirational , has a special determination …….and mostly the skills to make his team as successful as possible, whatever that measure of success may be……
In a sporting environment, a group of individuals are brought together because of their love for the game, to achieve something that is greater than the individual is able to do on their own……
In most teams’, there are different personalities,…… from different backgrounds, who have their own way of thinking,…….. their own paths to take, how to play, how to conduct themselves …and what their measure of success is….
A successful captain is one who is able to generate that thing we that call “team spirit”…a ‘togetherness’, ………that translates into each individual opening themselves to their fellow team mates, …..and understanding and hearing each other’s way of thinking.
The successful captain is the one who can get the best out of his team, even though individually they may not be up to the required standard, ……..
The successful captain is one who is prepared to take some risks, ……..be prepared to lose some key moments in the match,…….. but only for that to enhance his chances of success…..
The successful captain should remain consistent in his thinking ……..and loyal to his team………..he must ‘walk the talk’…be fair and reasonable….. yet forever focused…and to ‘win with humility….and lose with dignity’……..
Mr Nelson Mandela passed away this week….on 5 December 2013.
….His incredible qualities as a human being, ….his foresight…his personal humility and dignity…….…., enabled all of us to have a chance to be here today …….he opened all of our eyes ……to the good…the bad….and the ugly…and above all he showed that we too …..can all be a part of a TEAM…
“On the Couch” is a sport themed radio show …… but for the On The Couch team on Heart 104.9fm of Tapfuma ,Martin and Flapper he was ….. our Captain!
December 7, 2013 Leave a comment
Tribute to Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
Nelson Mandela the father of the nation affectionately known as “Madiba” has gone to rest but has left the world a legacy which will endure and inspire future generations in the knowledge that their freedom is owed to him and others in their struggle to overcome discrimination and prejudice.
His gift and message is not only pertinent to those who suffered under the draconian Apartheid concept of segregation and second class status for black South Africans, but to the millions who find themselves in similar circumstances today in other parts of the world. It is this identification with Nelson Mandela’s message of negotiation and reconciliation in moving beyond the yoke of servitude and conflict to a position of building a new nation based on the principles of equality, non racism, non sexist and equal opportunity that finds resonance in the hearts and minds of the international community and the world at large.
The 27 years he had to endure in prison as the consequence of his beliefs and humanity in wanting freedom for all, he saw as small measure for the reward of the freedom of his people both friend and foe alike, those who make up the citizens of South Africa and by extension the citizenry of the world. The principle of reconciliation he held up as his mantra and key to hope and new beginning, endeared him to all including his former jailers, standing in line for hours in 1994 to vote, many for the first time, in excitement and incredulity experiencing the previously unimaginable. Freedom!
The outpouring of admiration and gratitude tinged with sorrow spontaneously being articulated from every corner of the planet, Mandela would see as a collective salute to the millions who endured the excesses of an inhumane and brutal system which was overcome with courage and sacrifice, and he would discount his own role in this struggle for dignity and emancipation.
The acknowledgment of being awarded the Noble Peace Prize and the United Nations honoring his birthday on the 19th of July every year as International Nelson Mandela Day, ensures that this humility and undoubted leadership and pinnacle of human achievement is rightly recognized as we honor and remember him and share in his legacy as a beloved citizen of the world.
You will be with us always! “Hamba Khale Tata! ” Go well father!
December 4, 2013 Leave a comment
On Sunday the 8th December, members of the South African music community are gathering to perform a benefit concert for the late, great Makati Molekwa.
Makati passed away suddenly on the 28th October, 2013. Ten months earlier, his wife had tragically passed away too. This left their three young sons as orphans, and Makati’s colleagues and musical friends want to dedicate the entire proceeds of the benefit concert to a trust fund for Makati’s children’s education.
The line-up is a formidable one, and it’s going to be an amazing event! Please join us, and bring all your friends and family. See below for more info, and go to www.makatimolekwa.co.za
December 4, 2013 Leave a comment
December 3, 2013 Leave a comment
The accolade completes a hat-trick of awards for New Zealand, as the All Blacks were named IRB Team of the Year for the seventh time and Steve Hansen the IRB Coach of the Year for the second year in succession.
28-year-old Read has enjoyed a fantastic year in the heart of the All Blacks’ pack and played no small part in ensuring his team went through 2013 with a perfect record.
His influence has been huge, as demonstrated by his workload in the scrum, lineout, his tackling, his ability to compete in the air and at the breakdown, not to mention the tendency to be in the right place at the right time when it comes to creating or scoring tries.
He has played 61 Tests for New Zealand, the majority of them in the back row alongside Richie McCaw, and is now the most prolific try-scoring number 8 in world Rugby.
Read is the third New Zealander to be named IRB Player of the Year, following in the footsteps of teammates Dan Carter (2005 and 2012) and Richie McCaw (2006, 2009 and 2010). He edged out Eben Etzebeth (South Africa), Leigh Halfpenny (Wales), Sergio Parisse (Italy) and Ben Smith (New Zealand) for the award in a closely fought contest during a year of spectacular performances on the international stage.
Under Hansen’s guidance New Zealand won all 14 of their Test matches during 2013, a feat that has never before been achieved in the professional era. In that time his team won the Bledisloe Cup for the 11th successive year on their way to retaining The Rugby Championship title.
IRB Chairman Bernard Lapasset said: “The IRB player, coach and team awards bring the international Rugby year to a close and what a year it has been for New Zealand. They seem to reach new levels of excellence every year and although some managed to push them very close, they were clearly the stand-out team of the year.”
“From a starting point of brilliance, Kieran Read has been improving steadily in recent years and is now, without question, a world-class player. His talent, work ethic and attitude make him an extremely valuable player for New Zealand and a formidable opponent for everyone else. Winning this award reflects a magnificent contribution to our Game during 2013.”
“I would like to congratulate those who were on a stellar shortlist. All thoroughly deserved their place and gave the panel a very difficult decision to make.”
New Zealand Rugby Chairman Mike Eagle said: “This is fantastic recognition of a very special team. We are very proud of what Steve, Kieran and the team have achieved in 2013 as they have worked hard to be the best, and we congratulate them on these awards.”
All Blacks Coach Steve Hansen said: “I’d like to congratulate Kieran on his award as it is well deserved. He has been outstanding and has been a major contributor all season. It’s been a big year and I am incredibly proud of what the boys have achieved. I thank them for their commitment and efforts throughout the year.”
“It’s certainly special to have the All Blacks named for all three IRB awards, so it’s important that we thank and acknowledge all those behind the team because it wouldn’t happen without them – the players, our management, the other team behind us at New Zealand Rugby, All Blacks fans around the world, but most importantly, thanks to our families for the love and support that allows us to focus on this great Game.”
All three of these IRB Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges, with the Rugby-loving public also given an opportunity to give their views. The panel, chaired by Australia’s RWC 1999 winning captain John Eales, also comprises Will Greenwood, Gavin Hastings, Raphaël Ibanez, Francois Pienaar, Agustín Pichot, Scott Quinnell, Tana Umaga and Paul Wallace. The panel has deliberated on every major Test played in 2013, starting with the opening RBS Six Nations match and culminating with the November internationals.
Details of the award presentations will be announced shortly.
Previous winners of the IRB Player of the Year Award:
2012 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2011 Thierry Dusautoir (France)
2010 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2009 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2008 Shane Williams (Wales)
2007 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
2006 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
2005 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
2004 Schalk Burger (South Africa)
2003 Jonny Wilkinson (England)
2002 Fabien Galthié (France)
2001 Keith Wood (Ireland)
Previous Winners of IRB Team of the Year Award:
2012 New Zealand
2011 New Zealand
2010 New Zealand
2009 South Africa
2008 New Zealand
2007 South Africa
2006 New Zealand
2005 New Zealand
2004 South Africa
Previous Winners of IRB Coach of the Year Award:
2012 Steve Hansen (New Zealand)
2011 Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2010 Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2009 Declan Kidney (Ireland)
2008 Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2007 Jake White (South Africa)
2006 Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2005 Graham Henry (New Zealand)
2004 Jake White (South Africa)
2003 Clive Woodward (England)
2002 Bernard Laporte (France)
2001 Rod Macqueen (Australia)