Thank You, President Weah; We Don’t Know Why Counselor Gibson Failed to Act Honorably

first_imgWe fail to understand why some people take the press for granted. We think one of the problems is that some do not even read the newspapers, and pay passive attention to what is spoken on radio.Is Counselor Charles Gibson one of such people? Maybe.For over the past two weeks he has been the subject of many media comments. Some of the media, in particular the Daily Observer newspaper, have exposed his misdeeds as a counselor-at-law. For minutes following President George Weah’s naming Mr. Gibson as Justice Minister-designate, several media institutions, including ours, quickly recalled a Daily Observer story reporting how he duped his client, Anwar A. Saoud, of US$25,000 Gibson had been holding for his client, but failed to deliver. When the matter appeared before the Supreme Court, the Court took swift and forthright action against Gibson, not only demanding that he pay Mr. Saoud all of his money; the Supreme Court immediately suspended the counselor from legal practice for what the Court described as unethical conduct bordering on fraud.But the unscrupulous counselor failed to honor the Court’s mandate.It was not until people hinted to Gibson that he was being considered as Justice Minister-designate that he rushed to pay Mr. Saoud all his money.That caused the Daily Observer to revisit the story and demand editorially that Charles Gibson’s name be withdrawn from that appointment because he was not fit to be Attorney General and Justice Minister. How was it possible, we asked, for a convicted criminal, now suspended from the bar by the Supreme Court itself, to become the Dean of that very Bar? That is what the Justice Minister is under our law and custom—Dean of the Bar.We went further in subsequent Editorials to call on Counselor Gibson to save President Weah the embarrassment of cancelling his nomination. We suggested that Gibson should himself thank the President for this most honorable preferment and withdraw his own name.Alas, Gibson dismissed us as ‘prophets of doom’ and held fast to the vain hope that his cheating of his own client and the Supreme Court’s swift and decisive action against him did not amount to much; and that President Weah would ignore the High Court and the media.Thankfully, and to President Weah’s enduring credit, he withdrew his nomination of Gibson and chose an eminent Liberian lawyer, Counselor Musa Dean, as Justice Minister-designate.Counselor Charles Gibson is not the only lawyer in recent memory to ignore the Supreme Court’s mandate. We all remember what happened during the recent elections process.We know not whether Charles Gibson has any close and candid friends. You mean none of them, if they exist, could have called him aside and told him to decline the nomination? What are friends for, if not to warn one another against treading a dangerous path?Counselor Gibson has shown that South African President Jacob Zuma has far better sense than he (Gibson). You mean a whole lawyer like Charles Gibson has never heard about “the Riot Act”?Well, Jacob Zuma had. So when a few leading members of the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s most powerful political party, called Zuma and told him they would not be able to support him if a vote of No Confidence was brought up against him in Parliament, Zuma quickly met with ANC Party Leader Cyril Ramaphosa, the man poised to succeed him as South African President, and conceded that he (Zuma) had no choice but to step aside immediately.That was the same thing that happened to President Richard Nixon in August 1974.As President Nixon became more and more entangled in the Watergate scandal in 1974, a group of Republican Congressional leaders, led by the eminent Senator Barry Goldwater, visited the President at the White House and told him they could not promise their support if an impeachment bill against him came before Congress. Nixon, having heard the “the Riot Act,” very shortly thereafter, on August 9, 1974, resigned as President of the United States!Too bad Cllr. Charles Gibson seemed to have had no such friends. Or maybe he had, and failed to heed their advice?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Zuma urges Canada to invest in SA

first_img22 May 2013South Africa offers good investment prospects for countries like Canada, President Jacob Zuma said in Cape Town on Tuesday during the state visit of Canadian Governor-General David Johnston.Zuma said he hoped that Canada would take advantage of infrastructure projects on the continent, as well as get more involved in Africa’s mining sector.And as South Africa prepares to launch the South African Development Agency, Zuma said the agency could benefit from support of the Canadian International Development Agency, adding that countries from the North and the South had the unique opportunity to work together to change the lives of millions of Africans.Zuma said relations between South Africa and Canada were friendly and co-operative, rooted as they were in the anti-apartheid struggle, when Canada had argued strongly for a non-sexist, non-racist society.The two countries had also worked closely in multi-lateral associations, including the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, which investigates serious transgressions of human rightsJohnston said he and Zuma held discussions on a number of issues, including the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope. He congratulated South Africa for winning the bid to co-host the SKA.“Here you have succeeded in bringing the best talent into this country, the collaboration of many nations, for a very ambitious project of seeing further into space than we have ever seen before, and this from South Africa,” Johnston said.“Inspired by this major project, President Zuma and I also discussed the prospects of closer ties between Canada and South Africa in science, technology and education.”Johnston said the success of the Canadian-designed Gautrain demonstrated both the quality of South African infrastructure and the strength and expertise of Canadian technology.There were several areas in which South Africa and Canada could co-operate, including mining, infrastructure, agriculture and education, he said, adding that the success of Africa was critical to the success of the world.“This remarkable experiment of bringing diversity together and reinforcing democracy that we have seen in South Africa from last 19 years is inspiring all of us … and we will be with you all the way as you bring the African continent together to extend those values and achievements that you have already demonstrated so well here,” he said.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Imbumba Foundation Caring 4 Girls

first_imgLil-lets We are Woman is one of the major partners in the Caring 4 Girls along with the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) innitiativeRichard Mabaso, founder of the Imbumba Foundation, has been pushing the envelope when it comes to playing his part in bettering the lives of those living in rural and poverty-stricken areas around southern Africa.Having grown up in a poor village in the province of Mpumalanga, Mabaso has an intimate understanding of the difficulties faced by people caught up in the vicious cycle of poverty and this, in part, is why he is so hell-bent on making a difference.The Imbumba Foundation delivers community development programmes, such as its Caring 4 Girls programme, to areas where they are most needed.The Caring 4 Girls programme helps get menstrual hygiene products to girls, as they often miss out on school without access to these. The programme is supported by partnerships and fundraising initiatives.TREK4MANDELA“What we decided, in 2012, was to come up with a concept that would not only make every day a Mandela day but something that would be more tangible and so we launched a programme called Trek4Mandela,” says Mabaso.Trek4Mandela creates mass awareness about the challenges faced by girls in underprivileged schools during their menstrual cycles and raises funds to buy menstruation hygiene products.The first Trek4Mandela expedition kicked off in July 2012 with Sibusiso Vilane, the first black African to conquer Mount Everest, joining Mabaso to summit Mount Kilimanjaro. Their trip was their contribution for Mandela Day’s 67 minutes of activism.The expedition was a success, raising enough funds to buy more than the targeted 67 000 sanitary pad packs.“The bigger picture is to use Trek4Mandela as something that will talk to the echoes of making every day a Mandela Day … so we don’t wait for July anymore; we’re educating people about Mandela Day so it can be an everyday thing,” says Mabaso.Since Caring 4 Girls began its operations the organisation has moved from strength to strength and over the past two years has distributed more than 130 000 packs of sanitary pads and touched the lives of more than 10 000 girls, with the numbers steadily on the rise.“Through this programme we are not only able to provide sanitary protection to the girls but we then build their confidence in knowing that during that tough or challenging time of the month they are supported,” explains Mabaso.Partners in the initiative include Lil-lets We Are Women, the City of Ekhuruleni, Bongani Mountain Lodge and uMkhosi woMhlanga (The Zulu Royal Reed Dance) to support more than 30 000 girls.As part of its work with the City of Ekhuruleni, Caring 4 Girls visited Winnie Mandela Secondary School in Tembisa on 28 February to hand over 20 school uniforms and sanitary pad packs, provided by the mayor’s office and the Imbumba Foundation, to pupils.Mondli Gungubele, executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso at the school.Mondli Gungubele (right), executive mayor of the City of Ekhuruleni, and his mayoral committee joined Mabaso (left) at the school and pledged to support the school in their development (image: Mathiba Molefe)During his address to the students the mayor promised to take the secondary school under his wing and pledged his office’s support, saying, “We, as a city, took a view that whilst education competence is a provincial and a national phenomenon, as a city we are responsible for education, all South Africans are responsible for education.“To date we have adopted three schools in Ekhuruleni to test the relationship and the programmes that we have involving the environment and sports, as well as addressing social issues like pupils not being able to go to school because they cannot afford sanitary pads.“The time spent away from school because of this impacts heavily on the child’s education.”Winnie Mandela Secondary School principal, Eddie Kekana, says, “Through this particular partnership and through the adoption of the school by the mayor we are actually very optimistic of greater things to come out of this institution.”Thsegofatso Rebetse, a female Grade 11 pupil at the school said, “I’m glad that the mayor didn’t forget us; I’m also happy that Mr Mabaso came to help the girls in our school and I hope that I can be one of the learners that will make the school very proud and lift the name of the school.”LEARNING TO SAVE WITH IMBUMBAThe Imbumba Foundation and the Caring 4 Girls programme have also partnered with the Banking Association of South Africa‘s flagship financial literacy programme, Teach Children to Save South Africa, to promote saving among the country’s children.“Our partnership with the Imbumba Foundation goes back to 2012 when we met in Soweto at the launch of Mandela Day,” says Fikile Kuhlase, senior general manager in the association’s socio-economic growth and development division.“The concept of Caring 4 Girls spoke to what we would be interested in supporting and as a banking industry body we would be more interested in issues surrounding financial literacy and financial inclusion and Caring 4 Girls allows us to look at the social inclusion aspect.”“Through this partnership with Teach Children to Save South Africa we are now able to develop not only a girl child but both a girl and a boy child,” Mabaso adds.PLAY YOUR PARTThis July you can join Mabaso and Vilane as they drive and climb through Botswana, Zambia, Kenya and Tanzania, on the way to Mount Kilimanjaro, to pay respect to democracies that played a role in shaping South Africa’s freedom.Mabaso says, “Join Trek4Mandela as we celebrate 20 years of democracy; we are uniting Africa and the world through the living legacy of Madiba.”To participate in this year’s Trek4Mandela call Mabaso on +27 (0) 73 5577 2189 or +27 (0) 35 797 3800.To find out more about the Imbumba Foundation, Caring 4 Girls and their many partners, visit the organisation’s website or call or send an email to Mabaso.last_img read more

Healthy minds in healthy bodies the Indian way

first_imgTeeth clenched in concentration, a prostrate young man whirls his ring of fireUnder a grey, thundery sky, the wooden pillar rooted firmly in the ground looked like the relic of a great monument. Seven young men and a boy of ten squatted in a quarter-circle nearby, eyeing the pillar eagerly.,Teeth clenched in concentration, a prostrate young man whirls his ring of fireUnder a grey, thundery sky, the wooden pillar rooted firmly in the ground looked like the relic of a great monument. Seven young men and a boy of ten squatted in a quarter-circle nearby, eyeing the pillar eagerly. A command rang out: “Chall (Go!)”. One young man leapt away from his companions, took two swift strides, flung his arms and legs out at the pillar and straddled it upside down, holding on with thighs and forearms.Skin squeaking on wood, muscles working furiously, the athlete wriggled up until he had reached the wooden knob at the top. A few seconds later, his right leg was braced against the polished wood and his left was hooked firmly round the knob. Then the body swung out: hands on hips, it froze at 90 degrees to the vertical for all of five-muscle-quivering seconds. Then the tendons and flesh slackened and he came down to earth. Applause.An aggressively confident malkharnb poseMens sana in corpore sano. Healthy minds in healthy bodies the Indian way – that is the credo of the young man and his 170 fellow students of the Shree Hanuman Vyayam Prasarak Mandal, who had come to the capital all the way from Amravati, Maharashtra to demonstrate on the lawns of the National Stadium how Indians used to keep fighting fit centuries ago.Slim, muscular bodies shinnied up and down poles, swayed and feinted in the heat of a duel with javelins and rent the air with shouts as a single lithe figure fought off with a stick and a small circular shield the challenge of a dozen men armed with similar sticks. In between, boys and girls pirouetted gracefully to the rhythms of lezim, an age-old ballet work-out from Maharashtra.advertisementInexpensive Exercise: Founded as a small gymnastic club in 1914 by Anant Krishna Vaidya and Ambadas Krishna Vaidya, the Mandal is devoted to modernizing and systematising the Indian system of exercises to bring about a renaissance of Indian physical culture.The dhanurasana with a little help from a length of caneToday, six decades later, the Mandal occupies a 50-acre campus with a multi-purpose sports pavilion, a large swimming pool, a number of boys and girls hostels, extensive grounds and staff quarters. Besides the Indian exercise programmes, the Mandal also provides for regular games like table tennis and judo, and runs certificate courses in physical education. But its aim has always been to propagate the doctrine of inexpensive physical culture.Nowhere is this more evident than in the young men and the wooden pillar. The exercise is called the malkhamb and provides for all-round development of the body. The athletes pit muscle against wood and gravity and the results are startling: one hour a day of disciplined contortion is all that it needs to build a physique that could rival Bruce Lee’s.Variations of the malkhamb include a free-swinging pole and a long length of flexible and extremely tough cane. The Mandal’s malkhamb specialists, about 25 in number, are adept at coiling the cane around themselves so that they can take up a number of yoga postures.Much to the chagrin of the audience – which included Information and Broadcasting Minister Vasant Sathe and Minister of State for Education Shiela Kaul – this series of heart-stopping events gave way to javelin, stick and sword duels.Just as the warriors of kingdoms now part of the dust of history must have trained centuries ago, two young men of the Mandal confronted each other with glittering javelins, circling warily and lunging suddenly until one of them waved both javelins triumphantly as the other watched dejectedly. The crowning act of this series was one man taking on a dozen with flailing stick and shield: his opponents could not lay a finger on him.Torches flickering in a mild breeze, the athlets form intricate patterns on the lawnAs the repertoire of 35 items unreeled to its end after two and a half hours, and the dusk deepened into night, out came the torches. Boys, girls, men and women drilled under the smoking flames of half a hundred torches, wheeling into and out of patterns.The piece-de-resistance of the fire play was a young man who took two wires with torches at their ends and whirled them around faster and faster and faster while a soft hissing filled the air. The hissing continued even as he sank smoothly to the grass, prostrate with his mesmeric wheel of fire, until the torches exhausted themselves in the warm night air.advertisement- Photo feature by Raghu Rai/Text by Jagannath Dubashilast_img read more