Ramolao Makhene, people’s actor

first_img18 July 2003Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Minister Ben Ngubane has paid tribute to world-acclaimed actor Ramolao Makhene, who died of liver cancer on Sunday, saying the actor inspired South Africans through his commitment to his craft.“The death of the 56-year-old actor has shaken all of us in the arts community, not least because of his commitment to his craft, which he used to uplift the people of South Africa”, Ngubane said.Makhene was born in 1947 in Western Native Township. During the 1960s and early 1970s, he worked as a deputy librarian at the Witwatersrand University, but made a leap into acting, where he made his mark as a charismatic actor of international acclaim.He made his mark as an actor appearing in landmark South African theatre productions such as “Marabi”, and Athol Fugard’s “Nongogo” and “Sophiatown”, which he also co-wrote.He explored his talents further when he appeared on television productions, featuring in popular dramas and comedies such as “Kelebone”, “Going Up”, “Khululeka” and “Soul City”.He also appeared in famous productions such as “Iph’ Intombi”, “A Place of Weeping”, and “Cry, the Beloved Country”, earning much acclaim in the process.He won recognition at the American Film Festival in New York and the Lawrence Olivier Awards in London, and received Vita and Olive Schreiner Awards in South Africa.The arts and culture department also hailed Makhene for his outstanding job as president of Performing Arts Workers Equity (Pawe), where he helped shape the department’s White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage.“This White Paper is still the framework which guides the department in its development of policies aimed at improving the working conditions of South African artists,” the department said in a statement.Andile Xaba, the department’s head of communication, said Makhene strove for equality in the arts, and made the arts more accessible to every South African.“I think he was aware of government policies. He was one of the people who engaged the department to make the arts better and more accessible in an environment that is more equitable”, Xaba said.“Pawe collaborated with the department in the International Network on Cultural Policy, where they made valuable input into how government can ensure that indigenous cultures have an influence within the global context”, Xaba added.“Makhene’s openness, humour and fluent use of tsotsitaal – which is in itself an art form – will be greatly missed.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Gautrain rolls out this week

first_imgThe Gautrain will operate betweenkey Johannesburg districts andOR Tambo International airport.(Images: Gautrain)  Ministers and ambassadors were among the first people to travel on the rapid rail Gautrain, which will be running from OR Tambo International airport in time for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Gold ribbons were cut at four new Gautrain stations on 5 June to herald the completion of the first phase of the Gautrain, which operates between Sandton and the airport, just in time to transport fans to the World Cup.Dignitaries cut ribbons at Sandton, Marlboro, Rhodesfield and the airport, signifying the route that will open on Tuesday, 8 June, just three days before the World Cup kicks off.Guests, including cabinet ministers and ambassadors, travelled in the Gautrain, stopping at each station, and reaching speeds of 150kph on their way to the airport.Four musicians dressed as angels in flowing white chiffon and sequined wings and suspended on swings 4m above the ground, greeted around 800 black-tie guests to the Gallagher Convention Centre, located in Midrand between Pretoria and Johannesburg, on the weekend. They were there for the serious business of witnessing the launch of the Gauteain’s airport route.Travelling at speeds of up to 160kph, the train will carry commuters between the business district of Sandton and the airport in just 15 minutes; from Rhodesfield to Sandton in 12 minutes; and from Marlboro to Sandton in around four minutes.Passengers travelling to the airport from any station will pay R100 ($13) for a single trip. A single trip from Sandton to Marlboro will cost R16.50 ($2.1); while trips between Sandton and Rhodesfield will cost R21 ($3). A trip from Marlboro to Rhodesfield, the station just before the airport, will cost R18.50 ($2.3).Some 44 feeder buses are also due to run from the suburbs of Fourways, Rivonia, Blairgowrie and Wendywood, to the Sandton station. Bus stops will be positioned every 500m, and operate within a 15km radius of the stations. The bus route details are available from the Gautrain website.Commuters who combine a bus trip or parking with a train journey will benefit from reduced rates on the bus and parking fees. Tose who use the service regularly can purchase weekly and monthly packages.Parking garages are available for those who wish to leave their vehicles at the station precincts. There will be a “kiss and ride” drop-off facility too.Wheelchair access is available on all trains, while blind and partially sighted and deaf passengers will be accommodated with special features adapted to their disabilities.“The doubting Thomases have been silenced,” said Minister of Justice Jeff Radebe at the function. He praised the system for two major reasons – it was to be an integrated system, with a smooth flow between Gautrain and the national rail system; and there would be a single ticketing system.Smart cardThe Gautrain Gold smart card will allow commuters to transfer seamlessly between the train, and the bus and parking services.The Gautrain’s operating hours are from Mondays to Fridays, from 5.30am to 8.30pm. It will run every 12 minutes during peak hours – 5.30am to 8.30pm and 4pm to 7pm – and every 20 minutes in off-peak times. On weekends the service will be available every 30 minutes.Job creationGauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane was keen to stress that the Gautrain had contributed to economic development in the province, leading to “decent work and improved living standards”.“As can be seen through the construction of Gautrain, Gauteng continues to utilise and promote labour-intensive methods in all our public infrastructure development projects to maximise job creation,” she said.The Gautrain has created an estimated 94 900 direct and indirect jobs, of which more than 25 100 are local jobs. More than R3.8-billion ($486-million) has been spent on procurement from and sub-contracting to BEE companies. A further R1.8-billion ($230-million) has been spent on sub-contracting to new BEE companies, while R1-billion ($128-million) was spent on sub-contracting to SMMEs. More than R2.7-billion ($345-million) was spent on procurement of South African materials, plant and equipment.“These numbers imply that Gautrain has significantly exceeded its socio-economic obligations,” said Gautrain spokesperson, Barbara Jensen, in a press statement.Already property values around the stations have started to rise. It is expected that people and businesses will relocate to the precincts around the stations to fully utilise the benefits of the train.Jensen also referred to traffic volumes between Johannesburg and Pretoria, which grow at a rate of 7% a year. She said that traffic congestion is eased, while the environmental will gain from a reduction in harmful carbon emissions.“Gautrain is long overdue,” said Radebe.ConstructionConstruction of the Gautrain began in September 2006, with a public private partnership between the Gauteng provincial government and the Bombela Concession Company.Radebe explained that the national government had supplied R23-billion ($2.9-billion) of the cost of building the high speed rail link, while the provincial government and the private sector had contributed the remaining R3-billion ($383-million).Both Radebe and Mokonyane praised project manager Jack van der Merwe, with Radebe saying that it seemed that Van der Merwe treated the project as if “his own life depended on [its] success”.“Once South Africans put their minds to it, it is achievable,” added Radebe.Construction continues on the remainder of the 80km route, with the remaining six stations at Park Station, Rosebank and Midrand in Johannesburg, and Centurion, Pretoria and Hatfield in Tshwane expected to be completed by mid-2011.last_img read more

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Backups Get Sexy with Quanp’s 3D Storage Service

first_imgThen, depending on your computer (Mac or PC), you can either download the Windows-only desktop client or head over to the online service at quanp.net. Unfortunately, non-Windows users using the online service miss out on the sexiest thing about this new service: the 3D file browser.For Windows UsersIn the Windows desktop client, you browse through your files using its visually stunning interface. Although pretty, visual browsing isn’t always the most efficient way to locate a particular file, so quanp’s software also lets you search by keyword, tag, date, and more. The client even includes a basic reader for Microsoft Office files so you can see the content without having to launch the office software. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Sexy, But Useful?For the most part, a lot of what makes quanp fun to use is its visual eye candy. However, for users of the free Windows Live service, there may be some hesitation in switching. Although lacking a drag-and-drop widget of its own, Windows Live users can upload both photos and videos to online services using Photo Gallery software – and not just to the online service provided by Windows Live, but to flickr, Facebook, and YouTube as well (the last two via plugins). They can also tag files, identify faces, edit photos, and browse through files – just not in glorious 3D. Of course there are plenty of other online storage services out there, but Windows Live is the most apt comparison since it, like quanp, is a combination of desktop software and an online component – a “software + services” arrangement. Most other online storage services either don’t offer desktop tools at all or don’t offer tools that also function as a way to elegantly browse and edit your files. To determine if quanp is the better choice for you, think about whether you need to upload more than just photos or videos – if so, then quanp will work (although visual search of docs isn’t quite as fun). Also of note, quanp offers 10 GB to Windows Live’s 25 GB. However, the company plans to offer graded pricing in the future for additional storage, but no official decision has yet been made on exactly what that will be.Of course, for some early adopters, “sexy” beats “practical” any day. If that describes you, then you should sign up for the quanp beta here. (But sorry world – the beta is U.S.-only!) Quanp, a new service from office electronics company Ricoh, has just launched a beta of their online storage system which offers an interesting twist to the usual backup services: a visual search tool that displays your data in 3D. The 3D viewer is actually a desktop application designed for Windows PCs, but Mac users aren’t entirely out of luck – there is an online version of the service, too. Once we got past the site’s terrible name (short for “quantum paper” – huh?) and focused on what it was offering, we were intrigued. Using a desktop widget called quanp drop, you simply drag-and-drop files from your computer to the online service, be them documents, photos, mp3s, or whatever else you want. It’s a similar concept to the widget used by file-sharing service Dropbox; but unlike the Dropbox widget, installed via an executable file, quanp’s widget is powered by Adobe AIR. You can even pick which style you want to use for your icon. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… For Mac UsersNon-Windows users can use the online site to browse through files, but there’s nothing all that exciting about this part of the service. It doesn’t even offer an web version of the 3D interface. However, you can view files and their metadata, share them with others, plus upload or download files using buttons provided on the site. Tags:#Product Reviews#storage#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Encounter starts amid protests in Shopian

first_imgA fierce gunbattle started on Saturday morning between security forces and hiding militants, amid stone pelting, in south Kashmir’s Shopian.Preliminary reports suggest that a cordon was thrown around Chillipora village on Friday night. However, the security forces halted fire till morning. Fresh firing was reported on Saturday morning as two militants are believed to be hiding there.Meanwhile, security forces were attacked by civilians with stones in a bid to help the trapped militants.Security forces used tear smoke shells to disperse hundreds of protesters away from the encounter site.last_img read more

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Beermen off to fiery start

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” a satisfied Austria said after his Beermen held the short-handed Elite to 36 first-half points. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”Wendell McKines scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists while four locals also finished in twin digits. McKines, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo combined for 32 points in the first half and almost outscored Blackwater, which fell to its third straight loss.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOvershadowed by the Beermen’s explosive debut was Meralco’s 89-73 ripping of Rain or Shine in the second game that gave the Bolts a piece of the early lead with NLEX.Allen Durham scattered 23 points, had as many rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists. Jared Dillinger backed him up with 19 points built around four triples. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors collide with Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is coming off a win over the Elasto Painters, who are now at 1-2. Yeng Guiao and his rejuvenated Road Warriors are shooting to extend a five-game winning streak dating back to their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 PH riders join London cycling fest FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Showing no signs of a championship hangover, San Miguel Beer put its Grand Slam bid into high gear right in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup by routing Blackwater, 118-93, on Saturday at Ynares Center.The result made coach Leo Austria say something he had never said before.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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