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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Gerrie Nel: the victims’ advocate

first_img“I have to object. It is impossible to say ‘ek hoor die vrou gille’ (I hear the woman screams’)” Gerrie Nel at his sardonic best. (Image: Graphic by Mary Alexander. Background image courtesy of Jonny Ross, Flickr)Sulaiman PhilipOscar Pistorius is on trial for murder. No matter the outcome, this global golden symbol of athletic talent and perseverance will be tarnished. While his attorney, Barry Roux, is quickly winning a reputation as a piranha, prosecutor, Gerrie Nel, is burnishing a reputation built up over three decades as a victims’ advocate.Not that his reputation nor the opinion of others matter to the veteran prosecutor. Former National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga told the South African Press Association recently that Nel was incredibly modest about his accomplishments, concentrating instead on getting the right result always. “He is one prosecutor whose prosecutorial expertise, conviction and integrity is beyond reproach. I’ve known him to be a very dedicated prosecutor and a very resourceful prosecutor.”Mannie Witz, an advocate with the Bridge Group at the Johannesburg Bar,has known Nel for over 30 years and says of him, “He is a very hardworking guy, who takes everything very seriously.He is beyond reproach, and a formidable opponent who goes the whole way, and refuses to give up. He is a good prosecutor, a good cross examiner, you have to be on your toes all the time.”Nel is unfazed by the fame, or infamy, of the accused. His career is littered with convictions in the biggest cases of the day; he was on the prosecution team that sent Clive Derby Lewis and Janusz Waluz to prison for the assassination of Chris Hani; he prosecuted Hazel Kidson for the murder of her husband; and was the founding head of the Gauteng division of the Scorpions until the elite police unit was disbanded.To the general public he is the prosecutor who, despite intimidation and meddling, convicted former police chief and Interpol head, Jackie Selebi, of corruption in 2010. He proved that the top cop had a corrupt relationship with drug dealer, Glenn Agliotti. After the trial the suspected organised crime figure said of Nel, “I don’t particularly like Mr Nel and I say that with respect. I… don’t think many people that I know like Mr Nel, and I say that with respect.”By the time of Selebi’s conviction, Agliotti must have had enough of Nel. He was the lead prosecutor in the trial in which Agliotti and several of his underworld cronies were charged with the murder of mining magnate, Brett Kebble. In that case he convinced Agliotti to turn on his fellow defendants and testify for the State.He has also earned the respect of prosecutors worldwide. After the Selebi trial he received an award from the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP), a non-governmental and non-political organisation established to fight the growth of transnational crime. The citation applauded his pursuit of justice in society.The IAP was full of praise for Nel; “It bears mentioning that the IAP is proud to have recognised the exceptional qualities of integrity, independence and perseverance that Advocate Nel has displayed in the past,” it said.Nel is widely regarded as a good prosecutor and a committed civil servant; not to be mistaken with the kind that sends you from pillar to post as he shuffles papers and plays with his rubber stamps. The man who turns up at court two hours before the day begins is known to be a methodical, well-prepared prosecutor. Attorneys who have come up against him describe him as a skilful performer in the art of prosecution.He takes his responsibility as a victims’ advocate seriously. A glimpse of his tenacity, and his dark sense of humour, came on the second day of Pistorius’s bail hearing in February last year. After bungling former detective, Hilton Botha, left the witness box after laying out a litany of mistakes in the gathering of evidence, Nel’s head dropped. As Botha left Nel muttered to one of his junior prosecutors, “There goes our case walking out the door.”Nel was revived when Pistorius took the stand. Warming to his task he badgered Pistorius, asking him to repeat his story, questioning his assertion that he wanted to protect Reeva Steenkamp, but not bothering to check if she was safe before firing at a closed door. Finally he asked an exasperated Pistorius to explain how he could have retrieved the 9-millimeter pistol, used in the shooting, from under Steenkamp’s side of the bed without noticing she was gone.Performing for the packed gallery he opened by saying, “What we can’t forget is the applicant is charged with murdering a defenceless, innocent woman.”last_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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Sixers: Top pick Markelle Fultz done for summer with ankle sprain

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Fultz appeared to roll his ankle in Saturday night’s game and was helped to the locker room by two teammates.He had just signed his contract earlier in the day and was taken for X-rays. The former Washington star had eight points in 15 minutes.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 starsIt was the last thing the Sixers wanted to see just when they appeared ready to put years of misery behind them. They have dealt with significant injuries to center Joel Embiid and last year’s No. 1 pick, Ben Simmons, over the last three years.The 76ers pulled off a trade with Boston before the draft to move up from No. 3 to No. 1 to take Fultz, the dynamic scoring point guard that team president Bryan Colangelo felt was the perfect piece to put with Simmons and Embiid.a Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz (7) drives around Utah Jazz guard Dante Exum during the first half of an NBA summer league basketball game in Salt Lake City. Fultz needed to be helped off the court with an injury to his left ankle in the 76ers’ summer league game Saturday, July 8, against Golden State. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)LAS VEGAS — No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz will miss the rest of the NBA summer league because of a sprained left ankle.The Philadelphia 76ers say Fultz is expected to return to basketball activities in one to two weeks. Fultz tweeted Sunday : “I’m ok, thank you for all who where worried!”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ $50 million boxing tournament announces quarterfinal matchups Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_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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18 days agoEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VAR

first_imgEx-Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano no fan of VARby Carlos Volcano18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Real Madrid GM Jorge Valdano admits he’s no fan of VAR.Valdano insists the technology hasn’t brought justice to the game.”I still distrust VAR, I don’t like it, they deceive you when they say that it has brought more justice,” Valdano explained in an interview with El Transistor.”We don’t have a clue what kind of justice they are talking about.”There are days when a penalty is interpreted one way and, in another way on the next day, being offside by millimetres leaves me uneasy, all those things are scientific, but it actually leaves you with a greater feeling of suspicion.”The Argentine is certainly not in favour of how VAR is being used at this moment, but he believes that a much more scaled-back version of technology in football is acceptable.”I am very positive with technology, but football is the opposite, it’s so primitive and that’s where the success of it is.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Left parties slam govt over deepening economic crisis

first_imgNew Delhi: Left leaders on Friday slammed the BJP government at the Centre over the “deepening economic crisis” in the country and accused it of offering concessions to corporates and neglecting the plight of farmers. CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said only Left parties can challenge the “rightist disorientation” and a “definite fascist trend” in the country. “Modi government in the past months has provided a relief of over Rs 2.25 lakh crore to the rich in the country but has shied away from helping the farmers who are forced to commit suicide due to farming sector distress,” Yechury said at a convention. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe convention was attended by leaders of CPI(M), CPI, All India Forward Bloc (AIFB) and Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) to discuss the “economic crisis” in the country and their nationwide protest against the government policies from October 10-16. “The situation is very bad and lives of people are on the verge of destruction. The unemployment is at its highest level in last 50 years, industries and businesses are ruined and suffering from job losses, agriculture sector is the worst hit with farmers forced to commit suicide,” Yechury claimed. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadYechury asked the government to invest in rural sector to raise the local demand to boost the economy instead of offering concessions to corporates and speculative investments through share markets. Communist Party of India(CPI) general secretary D Raja stressed the need to save the working class people and deprived sections of the society in view of the “deepening economic crisis”. He slammed the government claiming the economy is “in shambles”.last_img read more

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Venus Williams crashes out of Wuhan Open

first_imgWuhan: Venus Williams’ first visit to Asia since 2017 was cut short as she crashed out of the Wuhan Open first round on Sunday 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) to fellow American Danielle Collins. The 39-year-old Williams, a 2015 Wuhan champion now 59th in the world rankings, squandered a lead in the first set before eventually losing to Collins, who recorded just the second match win of her career on Chinese soil. The 35th-ranked Collins rallied back from 3-5 down in the opening set, winning a whopping nine games in a row to go up 7-5, 5-0. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuWilliams, a wildcard at Wuhan this year, finally stopped the bleeding, holding the serve to interrupt her opponent’s momentum. It was the start of a surprising five-game run from Williams, who saved two match points along the way as she drew level at 5-5. In the decider, Williams got the first mini-break but it was Collins who eventually created a 6-4 gap, converting with an ace on her fourth match point to move into the second round. It was Collins’ second triumph over Williams, who had also stumbled against the 25-year-old during the Miami Open last year. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”This is my first tournament here in Asia, I was just happy to come out with a win, said Collins, who next takes on defending champion and ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens battled past home favourite Zhang Shuai 7-5, 6-4 to take just her second win at Wuhan from four starts. Stephens had lost her last two matches against Zhang, and was relieved to get through unscathed. The American had won just one of her last seven matches on tour but said she wasn’t concerned about her performance this year. “I don’t really dwell on things, just move on,” the 14th-ranked Stephens said. “The season is not fully behind me, I’m still playing, but when I’m done, it’ll definitely be behind me. I’m just going to get in the best shape I can, have a great off-season, and get ready for next year.” Meanwhile, 2017 Wuhan runner-up Ashleigh Barty is making sure she has enough left in the tank for a busy closing stretch of the season, including her singles debut at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen and a highly-anticipated Fed Cup final between Australia and France in Perth. Barty is top seed at Wuhan and faces a stiff challenge in the fight for the year-end number one ranking from the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka. The 23-year-old Australian is first-ranked this week and would like to finish the year on top, but admitted that she has other priorities. “I think it’s a target without being a target,” Barty told reporters. “We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s a possibility. I plan my schedule, the last six months of this year, well in advance. I think I’m not going to change it to try and chase it,” she added.”If it happens, it happens.” Barty will open her Wuhan campaign against 2017 champion Caroline Garcia, who eased past Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-2.last_img read more

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