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20
Jan
2020

In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgSt ElizabethSt Bess capped a fairy-tale season when they defeated defending champions Black Star 2-1 to win the Magnum/St Elizabeth FA Major League title.In the final hosted at St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) last weekend, St Bess rocked the champions early when Cleon Barrett score in fifth minute. They were, however, brought down to earth when Kareem Lewis scored four minutes later to equalise at 1-1.The score remained 1-1 until the half-time break to keep the sides’ fans on the edge.However, eight minutes after the resumption, Kirk Wanliss scored to give the St Bess team a 2-1 lead. It would remain that way as new champions were created.The occasion was historic as St Bess were competing in the Major League for the first season.On the other hand, it was a major disappointment for Black Star who had won the midseason title over Real Treasure Beach FC and also led on points for the duration of the preliminary round.Both teams will, however, represent the parish in the upcoming South Central Confed play-offs. Holland Police Youth Club secured third after a play-off with fellow beaten semi-finalist Real Treasure Beach FC. Both teams played to a 2-2 draw after regulation and extra time, but Holland prevailed 9-8 on penalties.Star Zone shine British-USA Invitational outclass Stone LoveStone Love International were no match for the British-USA Invitational football team as the former were trounced 4-0 in an exhibition game during the Jus Kool Promotions’ British Champions League one-day tournament at the Waterhouse Mini Stadium recently.Kevin Clarke scored a double strike, while Ben Bryan and Oliver Turbul completed the scoring for British-USA Invitational.In the opening game Duhaney Park Masters beat Waterhouse Masters 3-1.Meanwhile, Donovan ‘Chunky’ Hylton of Jus Kool Promotions said that he felt it necessary to rekindle people’s love for this football tournament in this community with its return after 10 years in the wilderness. He was pleased that Exclusiv Vodka, represented by brand executive Marlon Thompson, was on board. The event also featured music by the world-renowned Stone Love Movements, a fish fry and a fun day for the children.Dunbeholden, Bodles rule St CatherineDunbeholden and Bodles FC were both crowned champions of the St Catherine Football Association’s Major and Division One Leagues, respectively, at the Spanish Town Prison Oval last Sunday.Dunbeholden defeated Tru Juice 1-0 in a hard-fought final, as a first-half goal by Lorenzo Dubidad gave them the Major League title in the feature encounter of a double-header. In the opening game, captain Andre Dyce (10th minute penalty) and Donovan Wolfe’s 70th minute strike secured a 2-0 win for Bodles over Watson Grove.Jamaica Lacrosse seek help from overseasCalbert Hutchinson, president of the Jamaica Lacrosse Association, spent some time in Toronto, Canada, last week in strategic planning and idea sharing sessions with one of the all-time greats from the sport, John Tavares, a 19-time all-pro selection. Tavares, who played for the Buffalo Bandits, is the leading scorer in National Lacrosse League history.PFM International wins big in cricketThe spirit of defending champions Power of Faith Ministries International (PFM Int’l) were lifted after they shrugged off last week’s shock loss to Power of Faith Development (PFM Dev.) team, as they won by 135 runs over Faith Temple New Testament in their cricket match. Scores: PFM Int’l. 193-5; Peter Harrison 89 (nine 4s, six 6s), 45 deliveries; Junior Stewart 43. Anthony Richards 2-31. Faith Temple 58 all-out in 9.2 overs; Anthony Richards 23, Mario Walters 3-11. Marlon Hoilette 2-0 from 0.2 overs and Aston Canegan 2-21.In the opening game, Portmore Gospel Assembly (PGA) defeated PFM Dev. by 22 runs. Scores: PGA 130-5 – Damion Bryce 51 and Ralston Nelson 31. Jerome Herion 2-22 and Duvanne Mighty 2-23. In response, PFM were restricted to 108-5. Shannon King 24 and Dwight Burrell 26. Kimani Morgan 2-10.All four teams are on five points each. Game on this morning: PFM Int’l vs PGA at 10 a.m.St Bess FC rulecenter_img in Manchester Division One finalStar Zone prevailed 2-0 over Technical Strikers 2-0 to lift the 2016 Jamalco-sponsored Manchester Division One football title.In the final at Brooks Park, Star Zone secured promotion to next season’s Major League through goals from Geo Givans (14th minute) and Jermaine Robinson (90th).Both teams are relatively new to competition at the parish level. Remarkably, it was Star Zone’s debut season, while Technical Strikers were competing for the second year.Both teams can be promoted, but the Manchester FA reserves the right to make a final assessment re management structure and readiness.last_img read more

18
Jan
2020

PVL: Tigresses blank Altas for 2-0 start

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas quickly handled University of Perpetual Help, 25-23, 25-22, 25-16, in the 2018 Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Golden Tigresses took care of business from the get go, but pulled away in the final frame with a 16-11 lead off of Eya Laure’s kill en route to their second victory in as many startsThe Altas’ lone highlight in the final stretch of the third set was when Angielou Castillo’s ace trimmed the UST lead to three, 17-14, but they never threatened after that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I told my players that the third set will be a display of who has the better individual skills,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “That was the instruction that I really asserted into them.”Of UST’s last four points, three of came from the Lady Altas’ errors including two straight that sealed the win. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eya Laure and Milena Alessandrini had 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead the Golden Tigresses.UST’s charismatic marksman Cherry Rondina is not with the team to prepare for the beach volleyball tournament of the UAAP.Maria Tripoli led the Lady Altas, who dropped to 0-2, with 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced PVL: FEU gets past San Beda for 2nd straight win Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View commentslast_img read more

14
Jan
2020

Omega Insurance Gives over L$2M ‘Endowment Benefits’ to Clients

first_imgMr. Gajay Ananaba presents check to one of the beneficiariesAuthorities of the Omega Insurance Company on Friday, July 6, at the company’s head office in Sinkor, presented a cheque valued L$2,063,000 to 50 clients that are ensured with the company. The exercise was part of the company’s five years endowment policy plan, which covered the clients.The presentation ceremony brought together the beneficiaries and their relatives who expressed gratitude as the insured received their respective endowment benefits.The amount was disbursed among the 50 clients, each according to his or her premium. Some of them received a cheque of L$63,500, while others took home a cheque of L$35,970 among other amounts.Assistant Life Manager at Omega Insurance, Pauline B. Wilson, said the decision by the company was to initiate and maintain long-term professional relationships with clients in pursuit of quality risk management solutions through reliable and professional underwriting at a fair price.Mrs. Wilson said based on that, Omega will continue to deliver a sustained return on investment, quality service and prompt payment to its clients.She said that Omega, as the most experienced company in the country’s insurance industry, “we pay for both life and non-life to our clients.”Mrs. Wilson said, while other insurance companies just pay for death benefits, Omega Insurance, has a 15-year endowment policy, which covered its clients, “but after five years a client purchased the premium, we pay 25% of self-insured clients; after 10 years again, we pay 25% and at the end of the period, we pay additional 50%, which closes the policy,” Mrs. Wilson said.“Today, we want to say that any an insurance company, who pay claims to their clients, is a very good insurance company and Omega is a number one when it comes to paying claims to its customers,” said Mrs. Wilson.She said though they are faced with challenges in the industry in so many ways, yet and still, “we are here today to pay claims to about 50 individual clients. We know that you all have been inpatient, but this is the right time, because we know that the 26 Independence Day celebration is just around the corner. This is why Omega decided to take this step to make you all happy.”Cllr. Cyril Jones, Chairman of the Board Directors, lauded the management of the company for meeting the needs of their clients. “This is a win-win deal when you pay your money, you don’t have to wait until you die before Omega gives back some of your money. We want to surely prove that this is genuine cause that we will be there for you,” Cllr. Jones told the elated clients.“Once you are insured with our company, we make you eat some of your money, while you are still alive. We don’t wait for you to die before we spend the money on a funeral. So eat this money while you are alive,” said Cllr. Jones to the clients.He informed them that the company is also doing life and non-life insurance policies, therefore, he called on other potential customers to make Omega Insurance as one of their best insurance providers.Gajay Ananaba, Chief Operations Officer, who presented the cheques to the beneficiaries on behalf of the president, Mr. Charles Ananaba, reaffirmed their commitment that their clients will receive the best policies and benefits to remain happy.The Omenga Insurance Company was established in 2007, to provide the general public with the most often-needed financial services in insurance. The Company was incorporated on August 10, 2006. Registered by the Ministry of Commerce on February 26, 2007, the Company is authorized to underwrite both life and Property and Casualty or general insurance.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12
Jan
2020

Govt bows to PPP pressure

first_img…releases names of ExxonMobil sub-contractorsAfter intense pressure from the parliamentary Opposition – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – and its leader, Bharrat Jagdeo, to release the names of ExxonMobil’s sub-contractors, Government on Tuesday decided to issue the full list through the Department of Public Information (DPI), naming the local companies that the oil giant has utilised or done business with.According to the report, some 227 Guyanese-owned companies have been benefiting from ExxonMobil’s operation here. These companies have been providing a wide range of products and services. Some of the services provided included, but were not limited to, transportation and accommodation, among others.The Government also noted that in addition, there are 27 Caribbean Community-owned companies; 15 of which are registered in Guyana and are also engaged in providing services to ExxonMobil. Another 42 foreign-owned companies – 20 of which are registered in Guyana, also do business with ExxonMobil.PPP pressureJagdeo on Monday had referenced the reluctance of the ruling Administration to come clean, given that ExxonMobil had given the Government information on the company’s local content commitments. He said now that it is known that Government has the names of these local companies Exxon used, they should disclose it in its entirety.The Opposition Leader had also reiterated his call for the Government to release the list of 309 local companies used by ExxonMobil in 2017, as well as the 227 used during the first quarter of 2018.Meanwhile, in noting the release of the list, the Opposition PPP said in a statement on Tuesday evening that while Trotman and his colleague Ministers may actually believe that they are keeping Guyanese updated and aware of developments in the sector, this may not be so.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe PPP pointed to the incident where calls for the release of the ExxonMobil contract were met with several excuses – first Guyanese were told about “national security considerations” and then that the former PPP Government changed the law to prevent disclosure.“These were exposed as lies and public pressure saw the release of the contract, finally,” the Opposition said while noting that they have also sought to hide their perceived “underhand dealings” with the remaining oil blocks, when they claimed there was “nothing left” because Jagdeo gave them out.The Opposition also stated that despite the fact that there are several remaining oil blocks, Guyanese are none the wiser about how these will be treated. “Why has Government failed to pay attention to its own advisor, after he recommended that the remaining oil blocks be auctioned off?” the Party questioned.Further, the PPP said on the issue of a signing bonus, the Government claimed that it never requested, nor received a signing bonus. They recalled this too was the lie told to Guyanese people for over a year. This lie was eventually exposed and only then did the Government admit that it received a US$18 million signing bonus, which it hid in an account outside of the Consolidated Fund, they added.|National Resources Minster Raphael TrotmanSWFAnother point raised by the Opposition is the fact that for three years, Guyanese were told about legislation coming to the National Assembly that included the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). This was supposed to come before the end of 2016, but it is now 2018 and it is still nowhere closer to finishing.The Party said the same goes for the promised Local Content Policy, but the shift of responsibility for this from one Minister’s desk to another, has been noted by the Opposition.“What is happening now is that Government is name-dropping titles of international agencies to somehow lend believability to the notion that they are addressing the matter diligently. Guyanese are still unaware about what the final drafts of these documents will look like and when they will be ready.”The PPP did not stop there. In fact, they also reminded that Guyanese were told that the oil and gas sector will be treated in an apolitical manner, but were met with a Petroleum Commission Bill, which vests obscene levels of control in the hands of the Minster responsible for oil.“The Bill allows the Minister to become the Board where he does not appoint one and perform the functions of the CEO if one is not appointed. The Bill also states that the Minister can give direction to the Commission regarding, size of the establishment, the employment of staff and the terms and conditions of employment, the disposal of capital assets; the application of the proceeds of such disposals.”References were also made the promises of building a US$500 million onshore supply base that was supposed to be erected at Crab Island, in the Berbice River, in 2017. Additionally, the Opposition said Government has not named the village earmarked for the gas project as though it is a State secret.last_img read more

22
Dec
2019

RIGHT2WATER DONEGAL DEFENDS USE OF ‘THAT BANNER’

first_imgThe banner which caused much offence.Enda Kenny’s visit to the Mc Gill Summer School brought with it much media attention, not least his remarks about a Sinn Fein/Independents coalition being a freak show.However, it was the protest outside the Highlands Hotel that brought the most controversy.A certain banner was singled out for special attention by the National media. Right2Water chairperson Charlie Mc Dyer explained “this banner has been around for quite some time and while I don’t condone the message it displays, it is not within our powers to patrol every banner or placard that people bring to protests”.The banner, claiming to be a message from Mr Kennys deceased mother has caused a furore on social media with people divided in their opinions about it.Ms Mc Dyer continued “we live in a democracy where free speech is allowed, I find it rather ironic that people are so outraged; when inside the Highlands Hotel where Enda Kenny gave his speech, people were not allowed to ask him their own questions. His speech was scripted, as usual, and there were set questions which were not to be deviated from – where is the free speech in that instance?”The outrage that the banner has garnered may well be justified but Charlie questioned whether the banner really is so bad. “When the Government took medical cards away from special needs children where was the outrage? The Health Service is at crisis point with people lying on trollies for days….where is the outrage? When the Government cut lone parents payments where was the outrage? The list goes on and on. The absolute contempt that Enda Kennys coalition has shown to the people of Ireland is outrageous. We protest because we want him to see that it is the ordinary people who are suffering while the Government protects the very people that caused the financial crisis in the first place. As Enda Kenny said himself ‘this is about more than water’”.RIGHT2WATER DONEGAL DEFENDS USE OF ‘THAT BANNER’ was last modified: July 26th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bannerdonegalEnda KennyGlentiesRight2Waterlast_img read more

22
Dec
2019

Tory Island pupils prove they are top class!

first_imgThere are just six students attending the offshore Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille on Toraigh – but there is no shortage of achievements among the school community.Students from the Donegal ETB school have won an impressive mix of awards in recent months, showing their top-class language skills and creativity in various competitions.In July three of students won prizes in creative writing competitions run by Aonach Tailteann, a Gaeltacht competition run between Donegal and Conamara. Aimee Nic Láifreartaigh won first in the short story under 16; William O Ruanaidh came second and Pádraig Ó Dubhgáin came third in the same competition. William also came first in the Poetry competition under 16 with his poem ‘An Fharraige’Aimee Nic Láifeartaigh from Tory won first prize in the Irish language section of a National Transkation Comp organised by ITIA.In September, Aimee Nic Láifreartaigh won first place in a National Translation Competition for Secondary Schools run by ITIA (Irish translators and Interpreters Association). Aimee translated a passage from Irish into English and came first in the Irish translation section, although she was only in first year at the time she did the translation. This was a standout achievement as all other sections were won by Transition or Senior Cycle students.William Ó Ruanaidh and Padraig ó DubhgáinLast week William Ó Ruanaidh came first in the Poetry (under 16) competition run as part of An tOireachtas, and Pádraig Ó Dubhgáin came second in the short story competition (under 16).Príomhoide Máire Clár Nic Mhathúna said these were all ‘great achievements’ for the students of Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille.Tory Island pupils prove they are top class! was last modified: November 6th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Coláiste Phobail CholmcilletoraighTory Islandlast_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Eureka girls basketball leads start to finish in 62-49 win over St. Bernard’s

first_imgEureka >> As the season progresses, a young Eureka Loggers girls basketball team has gone from hearing, “They’re going to be really good in a couple of years,” to, “They’re really good now.”Four Loggers players finished in double figures as Eureka led wire-to-wire over to pick up a 62-49 win over cross-town rival St. Bernard’s on Tuesday at St. Bernard’s Academy. “(This win) says that we are getting better at not giving up,” said Eureka junior forward Kaylee Murphy, who had 13 points in the …last_img read more

21
Dec
2019

Jon Gruden isn’t the only Raiders coach familiar with Sean McVay

first_imgALAMEDA — While the hot-topic coaching connection ahead of Monday’s season opener features the Grudens and McVays, one Raiders assistant is quite familiar with the powerhouse Rams offense, too.Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson served as Los Angeles’ quarterbacks coach last year and worked with McVay when they coached under Gruden in Tampa Bay. Only so much intel can help an unproven Raiders defense slow down a juggernaut Rams offense on Monday Night Football, but Olson’s insight is one …last_img read more

18
Dec
2019

iSimangaliso Wetland Park: South Africa’s coastal jewel

first_imgThe iSimangaliso Wetland Park is one of the jewels of South Africa’s coastline, with a unique mosaic of ecosystems – swamps, lakes, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands, coastal forests and grasslands – supporting an astounding diversity of animal, bird and marine life.Dawn over Lake St Lucia seen from Fanies Island in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, South Africa’s first Unesco World Heritage site. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa reporterFormerly known as the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, iSimangaliso was renamed in the early millennium to better reflect its African identity – and to avoid confusion with the Caribbean island country St Lucia.Lying on the northeastern coast of KwaZulu-Natal, stretching from Kozi Bay in the north to Cape St Lucia in the south, the iSimangaliso Wetland Park was the first site in South Africa to be inscribed on the World Heritage List by Unesco, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.Remarkable diversityiSimangaliso’s uniqueness lies in its remarkable diversity, particularly its combination of a subtropical coastline and a classic African game park.It is South Africa’s third-largest national park. It runs along 280 kilometres of coastline, from the Mozambican border in the north to Mapelane south of the St Lucia estuary. The park is home to some 328 000 hectares of pristine natural ecosystems – including swamps, lake systems, beaches, coral reefs, wetlands, woodlands and coastal forests.A satellite view of Lake St Lucia, a 60-kilometre estuary lying just inland of KwaZulu-Natal’s Indian Ocean coast, and the wider iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: Nasa Earth Observatory)iSimangaliso Wetland Park includes a river mouth, 60 kilometres wide, that creates a huge estuary. This is Lake St Lucia, which runs parallel to the coast and is separated from the sea by the world’s highest forested sand dunes. The lake is part of the St Lucia estuarine system, the largest estuarine system in Africa.The park incorporates the whole of Lake St Lucia, the St Lucia and Maputaland Marine Reserves, the Coastal Forest Reserve and the Kosi Bay Natural Reserve. The 40 000-hectare Mkuzi Game Reserve is also in the process of being incorporated into the park.Variety of ecosystemsiSimangaliso’s wide variety of ecosystems and natural habitats provides for an astounding diversity of species in the area.With its lakes, lagoons, freshwater swamps and grasslands, iSimangaliso supports more species of animal than the better-known and much larger Kruger National Park and Okavango Delta. It is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos and crocodiles. It also harbours giant leatherback turtles, black rhino, leopards, and a vast array of bird and marine life.A baby hippo in the iSimangaliso wetlands. The park is home to South Africa’s largest population of hippos. (Image: South African Tourism)According to the Global Nature Fund’s Living Lakes project, more than 530 species of birds use the wetland and other areas of the Lake St Lucia region. “These waters also are graced by 20 000 greater flamingos, 40 000 lesser flamingoes, as well as thousands of ducks. With 36 species, this area has the highest diversity of amphibians in South Africa.“Here, and nowhere else in the world, can one find hippopotamuses, crocodiles and sharks sharing the same waters.”In proclaiming the iSimangaliso Wetland Park a World Heritage Site in 1999, Unesco said: “The interplay of the park’s environmental heterogeneity with major floods and coastal storms, and a transitional geographic location between sub-tropical and tropical Africa, has resulted in exceptional species diversity and ongoing speciation.“The mosaic of landforms and habitat types creates superlative scenic vistas. The site contains critical habitat for a range of species from Africa’s marine, wetland and savannah environments.”Tourist attractionThe variety of natural settings, the abundance of wildlife, and the sheer beauty of the place draw tourists to the area in increasing numbers. There is plenty to do – from fishing, boating and scuba diving to hiking, horse riding, game viewing, and whale- and bird-watching.The African jacana is one of the many species of bird to be found in the iSimangaliso Wetland Park. (Image: South African Tourism)The park is also one of South Africa’s most popular fishing destinations, lending itself to rock and surf fishing, kite fishing, spear fishing, fly fishing, estuary fishing and deep sea fishing.There are plenty of hiking trails through the park – ranging from a few hours’ to a few days’ worth – offering the opportunity to see a huge variety of animal and bird life. Accommodation options are extensive, ranging from camping to private game lodges, and including hotels, flats and chalets in the nearby town of St Lucia.Editing and photo research by Mary Alexander.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

18
Dec
2019

Tribute by President Jacob Zuma

first_imgDelivered at the memorial service in honour of former President Nelson MandelaFNB Stadium, Johannesburg10 December 2013Mama Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family and the abaThembu clan,Excellencies Heads of State and Government,Excellencies Former Heads of State and Government,Deputy Presidents and representatives of governments,Heads of international organisations in all regions of the world,The leadership of the ANC and Alliance partners,Leaders of fraternal political organisations in Africa and abroad,Activists of the former anti-apartheid Movement,Eminent persons, friends of South Africa from all over the world,Fellow South Africans,Sanibonani!Good day!Molweni!South Africans sing a popular freedom song about former President Nelson Mandela.We sing that he is one of a kind, that there is no one quite like him. Nelson Mandela, Nelson Mandela akekho ofana naye.The song is one of the most accurate descriptions of this global icon who is the founding President of a free and democratic South Africa and also the former President of the oldest liberation movement in the continent, the ANC.His passing has marked an unprecedented outpouring of grief across the world. Yet, it is grief, tinged with admiration and celebration.Everyone has had a Mandela moment, when this world icon has touched their lives.Let me begin therefore, by thanking all the Heads of State and Government and  international delegations present here today.We also extend our deepest gratitude for the messages of condolence that we continue to receive.The Mandela family, the South African people and the African continent as a whole, feel stronger today, because we are being comforted by millions throughout the world.Dear South Africans,That we are Madiba’s compatriots and have lived during his time, is a cause for a great celebration and enormous pride.Never before has our country celebrated a life as we are doing with that of Madiba.We do not call Madiba the father of our rainbow nation merely for political correctness and relevance.We do so because he laid a firm foundation for the South Africa of our dreams – one that is united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous.We do so because Madiba was a courageous leader.Courageous leaders are able to abandon their narrow concerns for bigger and all-embracing dreams, even if those dreams come at a huge price.Madiba embodied this trait. He was a fearless freedom fighter who refused to allow the brutality  of the apartheid state to stand in the way of the struggle for the liberation of his people.Being a lawyer, he understood the possible consequences of his actions. But he also knew that no unjust system could last forever.He said at an ANC Youth League conference in 1951;“True, the struggle will be a bitter one. Leaders will be deported, imprisoned, and even shot.“The government will terrorise the people and their leaders in an effort to halt the forward march; ordinary forms of organisation will be rendered impossible. But the spirit of the people cannot be crushed…until full victory is won”.The struggle became Madiba’s life.He was at the forefront of the radical change in the ANC in the 1940s, advancing the long walk to freedom.He became a Volunteer in Chief during the Defiance Campaign in the early 1950s and became the first Commander in Chief of the ANC’s armed wing, Umkhonto We Sizwe, in the early 1960s.He paid dearly for his beliefs and actions through imprisonment.He stated in 1962;“I was made, by the law, a criminal, not because of what I had done, but because of what I stood for, because of what I thought, because of my conscience.”Arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment during the Rivonia Trial later in 1964, he never lost his fighting spirit.For 27 years, the South African people spoke about him in hushed tones, out of fear. In fact, if the apartheid government had its way, they would have been banned even from thinking about Madiba.But the powerful name of Nelson Mandela lived on.He continued to inspire our people every single day, from inside prison walls.He demonstrated unique leadership in starting negotiations with the enemy whilst in prison. He also negotiated for the release of his fellow political prisoners first before his own release.His release from Victor Verster prison on the 11th of February 1990 was one of the most remarkable and moving moments in world history.The world came to a standstill watching this tall imposing figure walking out into a world he had left behind 27 years before.The emotions and feelings we felt on that day are difficult to express in human language.A downtrodden people who had been dehumanised and made to feel like pariahs in the land of their birth, suddenly saw signs that freedom would be attained in their lifetime.South Africa needed a leader like Madiba to help us through a difficult transition from apartheid to a free democratic society.In the bumpy road to our historic first free and fair elections, there are many times that he brought our nation back from the brink of catastrophe.The massacre at Boipatong in 1992 and the killing of the popular leader of our people, Chris Hani in 1993, are some of the occasions when our country faltered in its long walk to freedom, when we stared into the heart of darkness.It is at these times that Madiba restored a sense of calm and purpose and brought us back on the road to freedom.South Africa’s first democratic elections were largely peaceful because of this leadership that he displayed.Indeed, there is no one like Madiba. He was one of a kind.Today, on International Human Rights Day, we celebrate Madiba the man of peace. Today is the 20thanniversary of his being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, on the 10th of December 1993.This freedom fighter had always stated that the ANC had resorted to arms because of the intransigence of the apartheid regime which responded with violence, bannings and detentions to simple demands for equal citizenship, human rights and justice.To him, for South Africa to attain peace, the armed struggle was inevitable, but it was a means to an end but not an end in itself.Madiba’s love for peace was also evident in the work he did in the continent. The people of Burundi enjoy peace and democracy today because of the seeds of peace planted by Madiba.Following the historic national elections on 27 April 1994, an unprecedented number of Heads of State and Government and eminent persons from around the world descended upon our shores for Madiba’s inauguration as the first president of a free and democratic South Africa.Today, the whole world is standing still again, to pay tribute to this greatest son of South Africa and Africa.Fellow mourners,There is no one like Madiba, he was one of a kind.The world speaks fondly of Madiba’s promotion of unity, reconciliation and non-racialism during his Presidency.He had declared as follows during trial in 1964;“The ANC has spent half a century fighting against racialism. When it triumphs it will not change that policy’’.Thus his promotion of non-racialism and reconciliation during his tenure as President of the Republic was not surprising.Compatriots and friendsSpeaking at the adoption of a new Constitution of the Republic adopted in 1996, Madiba outlined the vision of the new society.He said;“Let us give practical recognition to the injustices of the past, by building a future based on equality and social justice. “Let us nurture our national unity by recognizing, with respect and joy, the languages, cultures and religions of South Africa in all their diversity.“Let tolerance for one another’s views create the peaceful conditions which give space for the best in all of us to find expression and to flourish.  Above all, let us work together in striving to banish homelessness, illiteracy, hunger and disease.”With the magnitude of challenges facing the young South Africa in mind, Madiba set about uniting the nation.He carefully managed the anger and frustrations of both the oppressors and the oppressed, and reminded us of our common humanity that transcended racial boundaries.He also managed both the fears of the minority and the high expectations and impatience of the majority.He told us that the promises of democracy would not be met overnight and that the fears of the few would not be allowed to derail the newly won freedom.We all agreed with him, as Madiba never hesitated to speak his mind when it was necessary to do so, regardless of how uncomfortable the words may be to recipients!Many leaders, some of whom are present here today, have experienced his sharp tongue.Realising the power of sport to conquer prejudice, former President Mandela embraced South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup ambitions, donning the Springbok jersey at a time when it was much-maligned by the majority of the population.This would be a hallmark of his Presidency.Our sports teams yearned for the Madiba Magic that his visit would bring, each time they faced formidable opponents.Beyond promoting reconciliation, Madiba also laid a firm foundation for transformation as well as reconstruction and development.He knew that reconciliation without transformation and reconstruction, would be meaningless.Under his leadership, the new democratically elected government focused on addressing historical injustices and creating new institutions to facilitate the building of a democratic society based on the principles of non-racialism and non-sexism.Close to 800 racist apartheid laws were removed from the statute books in the first 10 years of democracy.The dismantling of the legal framework of apartheid and transformation of many state institutions led to the visible improvement of the socio-economic conditions of millions of people.Thus, Madiba laid a foundation for  a better life for all, which was the rallying cry of his Presidency.Madiba also laid the foundation for our country’s now successful fight against one of the greatest scourges of our time, that of HIV and AIDS, while still in office and during his retirement.The global 4 666 4 campaign gave birth to Mandela Day, a global call to action, mobilising people to spend at least 67 minutes helping those in need.In November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared the 18th of July as “Nelson Mandela International Day”.Each year on the 18th of July, the world comes together to celebrate Mandela Day, recognising Madiba’s selfless sacrifice in betterment of others.Indeed, Madiba was one of a kind.Bantu baseNingizimu Africa,Silahlekelwe kakhulu ngobaba wesizwe uTata uMadiba.Siyazi benimthanda kakhulu, futhi nisamthanda kakhulu namanje.Leliqhawe liyibekile induku ebandla. Sikhumbula namhlanje leliVolontiya elikhulu likaKhongolose.Sikhumbula umkhuzi wokuqala wamabutho oMkhonto weSizwe.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalizimisele ngisho nokufa imbala, ukuze abantu abamnyama bathole inkululeko.Sikhumbula iqhawe elalwela ukuthi abantu baseNingizimu Africa baphile ngentokozo ezweni elingenakho ukwesaba, elingenanhlupheko nalapho abantu belingana bonke khona.Yingakho nje sithi akekho ofana no-Tata uMadiba.Compatriots and friends,While saying Madiba was one of a kind, we also remember that he believed in collective leadership and that he never wanted to be viewed as a messiah or a saint.He emphasised that all his achievements were derived from working with the ANC collective, among whom in his own words, were men and women who were more capable than he was.Thus, the South Africa that you see today, is a reflection of Madiba and many others like him, who sacrificed their lives for a free nation.We thus remain truly grateful to his peers, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Reginald Tambo, Govan Mbeki, Raymond Mhlaba, Dorothy Nyembe, Florence Mophosho and countless others who left indelible marks in the history of our struggle.Compatriots and friends,Today Madiba is no more.He leaves behind a nation that loves him dearly.He leaves a continent that is truly proud to call him an African.He leaves the people of the world who embraced him as their beloved icon.Most importantly, he leaves behind a deeply entrenched legacy of freedom, human rights and democracy in our country.In his honour we commit ourselves to continue building a nation based on the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.United in our diversity, we will continue working to build a nation free of poverty, hunger, homelessness and inequality.As the African continent led by the African Union, we will continue working to fulfil his desire for a better Africa and a more just, peaceful and equitable world.Tomorrow, our people will accompany Madiba on his last journey to the seat of government, the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where his body will lie in state for three days.I have the honour today, to announce, that the Union Buildings Amphitheatre, where Madiba was inaugurated as President in 1994, and where his body will lie in state, will, with effect from today, be called the Nelson Mandela Amphitheatre.This is a fitting tribute to a man who transformed the Union Buildings from a symbol of racism and repression to one of peace, unity, democracy and progress.Compatriots, comrades and friends,We extend yet again, our deepest condolences to Mama Graca Machel, Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the entire extended family.Madiba has run a good race. He declared in his own words in 1994;He said;“Death is something inevitable.“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace.“I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for eternity.”I thank you.Issued by The PresidencyPretorialast_img read more