Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

first_imgFormer Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of President Nelson Mandela.Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a South African anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and later a respected politician. A long and illustrious life in public service and for the greater good was highlighted by his friendships with some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Kathrada died after a long illness on 28 March 2017. (Image: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)CD AndersonAffectionately known as Kathy to friends and family, Ahmed Kathrada was born in the small North West town of Schweizer-Reneke on 21 August 1929.His political awakening came early, when he was at the Johannesburg Indian High School. He joined the Young Communist League of South Africa, here he first distributed pamphlets on street corners.Before Kathrada was 18, he was jailed for participating in the South African Indian Congress’s Passive Resistance Campaign. Soon after this, he met ANC leaders Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela for the first time.After briefly studying at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Kathrada was selected to lead a South African youth delegation to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, held in Berlin in 1951. The event broadened his worldview and escalated his political awakening.He took the opportunity to spend time with various communist youth organisations in Hungary and Poland before returning to South Africa to continue his activism.During the late 1950s, Kathrada played an increasingly active role in civil disobedience against the apartheid government, and was a prime mover in the alliance between the ANC and South African Indian Congress. He was arrested, banned and placed under house arrest several times during the decade.In 1962-63, Kathrada escaped house arrest and, with members of the ANC, continued as a covert dissident until his arrest in July 1963 at the ANC refuge, Liliesleaf Farm, in northern Johannesburg. Kathrada was tried alongside Mandela, Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others, in what infamously became known as the Rivonia Trial. All the accused, including Kathrada, were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage against the state. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison – 18 years on Robben Island before he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town.While in prison, he completed his university studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in criminology and history, and Honours in history and African politics. During his lifetime, Kathrada was also awarded four honorary degrees, including from Wits and the University of Missouri in the United States.Sisulu wrote of Kathrada with great affection and respect about their shared time on Robben Island: “Kathy was a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many prisoners, both young and old.”Kathrada was released in October 1989, less than six months before the ANC was unbanned. He was elected to the organisation’s national executive committee at its first official national conference in 1991. He headed the ANC communications and public relations department until 1994, when he was elected a member of parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government under the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Kathrada was also a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of the President.He had a close, advisory relationship with Mandela, both during and after his presidency. Forged when the two spent their days in the midst of the anti-apartheid struggle, and strengthened in the quarries of Robben Island, Mandela and Kathrada shared a moral obligation to combat institutionalised racism and inspire the South African people. But the two friends also shared a love of literature, music and nature.Between 1995 and 2006, Kathrada was the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council. As someone who had been imprisoned on the island, he fervently campaigned to preserve and share the important and often painful history of the island prison.He officially retired from political life in 1999. Kathrada wrote and compiled several books on his life and the history of the struggle against apartheid. His most profound work was a collection of writings from his time in prison, titled A Simple Freedom, published in 2013.In his lifetime, Kathrada was honoured with numerous awards, both at home and abroad, including the ANC’s Merit Award for dedicated life service to the organisation and country, the Freedom of Johannesburg, a Presidential Order for Meritorious Service (Gold) and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.Photographer Adrian Steirn, who profiled Kathrada for the popular 21 Icons photo series in 2013, spoke admiringly of the struggle stalwart’s humbleness and his love of language. “You’d never think that such a gentle man with so much humility and humour had spent his lifetime in jail. One of the things that struck me was that words and phrases were his companions.”Ahmed Kathrada, in his own wordsHis hope for South Africa“When one can be satisfied that every child goes to bed with a full stomach, gets up smiling, goes to school properly clothed, not to have to walk a great distance to school. When that happens, then only can we be satisfied.”His life in prison“When you have been deprived of freedom of speech for so many years, you never get fed up of talking.”“That’s what one misses most in prison. It’s an artificial society without children and you want to even just hear a child crying. That’s how bad it is and that deprivation was the very worst. Not the food, nothing else. Just the deprivation of engaging with children.”Reconciliation“We have to work together and towards improving the future of our country, but while realising our weaknesses and making use of our strengths.”Forgiveness“We can’t live a life of bitterness, revenge and hatred. As difficult as it may be, we have to forgive.”In 2013, Kathrada delivered a touching eulogy following the death of his friend, Mandela.“Today, mingled with our grief is the enormous pride that one of our own has during your life, and now in your death, united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never experienced before in history. Remarkably, in these last few days, the masses of our people, from whatever walk of life, have demonstrated how very connected they feel to you; how the story of your life is their story and how their story is your story.”The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, established in 2008, is dedicated to deepening non-racialism in South Africa and the world, and also focuses on developing youth leadership. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is currently the foundation’s chairperson.Thousands of South Africans pay tribute to the life and work of Ahmed Kathrada on Twitter:#AhmedKathrada Tweets #Kathrada Tweets Kathrada is survived by his wife, former minister of health and public enterprises Barbara Hogan.Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Mobile-Only Magic: How Instagram Just Killed What Makes It Special

first_imgWell, that’s it folks. It’s all over. Instagram has come to the web – and not just via static web profiles like the company introduced last year.No, Instagram is on the webnow. It’s a full blown web-based social network with a companion app. Forgive me while I totally freak out for a minute over here.This is what I’ve been afraid of. For Instagram, The Rules Were DifferentInstagram is special. It’s why we Instagram acolytes almost start a holy war every time Facebook so much as looks at its billion-dollar acquisition. But what makes Instagram so different? The app has a lot going for it, sure. The interface is lovely, with both social networking and social discovery built right in. But that’s not it.The thing that makes Instagram special is that – until today – it was a social network with no web presence. There’s an inestimable charm to how Instagram feels walled-off in its mobile-only realm.  You just don’t interact with Instagram on desktop. The rules are different. It’s like when the power goes out and you have to play board games. And it’s really, really fun.  A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Instagram#mobile photography#photography#social#social networks The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos taylor hatmaker Related Posts Mobile-Only: The Final Frontier Of PlayLook at how (and why) we love to hate Facebook. As a social network, Facebook is woven into the fabric of our workday lives – namely we use it on on our desktop computers when we’re supposed to be doing something else entirely. That fact makes a site like Facebook feel less like play and more like a professional tic. A social network with a ubiquitous presence across platforms becomes something we shove into every micromoment of the workday – and most of those happen while we’re zoning out sitting at a desk.Instagram wasn’t like that – it was serendipitous and social and creative in turns. But that may have all just changed. Now, in every inbox lull and pre-meeting chunk of lagtime, we’ll open a new tab and feel the tug – why not just check Instagram? The Unbearable Lightness Of InstagramThere’s a heaviness to all of this attentional straying. It’s the dopamine surge that lures us back to places like the Facebook News Feed, even though we know that little pleasure spike in our brain is as empty as it is ephemeral. Then we’re back to the unshakeable guilt of what we were abandoned when we wandered off the trail. Mobile is monomaniacal — even with Android’s multitasking and iOS’s relatively nascent notification center and fast app switching, we pick a portal and enter into it. But on a computer, we partition our screen off into hostile factions warring for our attention – and we never seem to be on the winning side. But on mobile, choosing to open Instagram is just that: a choice and not a tic. Instagram is meant to be us at play, capturing the world and parceling it back out to our friends who are out there doing just the same. For Instagram, mobile is more than just a platform. It’s a mindset.Sure, Instagram’s web feed will boost engagement and provide new opportunities for monetization and so on. But it could prove to be a major paradigm shift for the kind of unconditional positive regard that the company has enjoyed to date. We’ll soon be wallowing in our newly compounded web ennui, scrolling back through our web feeds to remember what the good ol’ days were like, way back when Instagram was still fun. Remember?last_img read more

#KicksStalker: What makes the Agimat click?

first_imgREAD: #KicksStalker: Nike, LeBron provide Gilas PH with ‘Agimat’ The words “Para Sa Kadakilaan” appear on the heel tab and the heel cushion. If you have the limited edition box, you’ll find a triangular emblem on top that’s a replica of a medallion (an agimat, what else?) that accompanies the sneaker. There, you’ll also find the phrase “Mula mandirigma sa mandirigma” inscribed on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPhoto from Nike PHThe traditional fabric woven along with the cultural elements adorning the shoe also help make it a collector’s piece among Filipino kicks stalkers.The homage to the Filipino basketball culture interspersed with Filipino mythology is the reason why some of the Gilas Pilipinas players like Troy Rosario were in awe of the shoe, arousing feelings of national pride and patriotism even at just first glance. A closer look at the Nike LeBron 14 “Agimat.” Photo from Nike PHNow that the LeBron 14 “Agimat” has finally hit select shoe store shelves and found its way to the hands of giddy sneakerheads, it’s time to look at the qualities that made the shoe quite a pick among buyers.First off, there’s the Filipino markings all over the shoe and its limited edition-issue box.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 athletes LATEST STORIES ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans “It feels so proud to see the Filipino words written on the shoe,” said the Gilas forward.Photo from Nike PHAlso worth a look is the shoe’s perforated upper, which contributes to the Agimat being one of the lightest and fastest in the LeBron line. Filipino sneaker fans tend to lean to lightweight shoes and with LeBron James wanting to honor the country’s passion for hoops that matches his own, having a light, breathable and flexible shoe became a priority for the Agimat engineers.GALLERY: Gilas Pilipinas rocks Nike LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’Anyone who loves to play basketball, from the consummate pro to the wobbly weekend warriors, values cushioning too, and the Nize Zoom Air midsole provides the Agimat with comfortable absorption that maximizes every step.With all those features and more, it’s no wonder people were queueing for the Agimat when it went on sale last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Star retains top spot after thumping of Meralco Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Kings at the corner shop

first_imgInside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of,Inside an apartment on Charles Street, prices hover around Euro 16,500,000Royal wedding fever may have abated somewhat but after the amazing spectacular event stage managed by the British Tourist Authority (surely?), the sudden revamped love for the Royal family by the often distinctly ambivalent British public shows no sign of slowing down. Everyone wants a bit of the suddenly sexy world of the younger generation of toffs that have clotted our screens and newspapers of late. A driveway and apartment block on Charles StreetShould you want to live with the Royals you would, of course, have to work for them as an equerry or an under butler or something. If the idea of indentured labour appears a bit medieval to you, it is possible to live very near them, in what the estate agents will no doubt soon be calling ‘the royal fringes’.Although Westminster and Chelsea could conceivably have claimed to be abutting on our dear Queen, corgis and, of course, shiny-happy royal superstars Kates and Wills, they are too full of politicians, Russians, and Arabs, to be a smug British establishment.The living room, dining room and hallway of an apartment on Mount Street in Mayfair costs around Euro 3,500,000Mayfair is, really, the only truly royal neighbourhood and not only because the Queen was born on Brutton Street and still owns the freehold of most of it (the rest is owned by the Duke of Westminster.) Unlike most areas of London that try to call themselves ‘exclusive’ with a lick of paint and bit of gentrification in the form of a gastropub, Mayfair has been the des res place to live since the 17th century.Named after the two-week long May Fair that was held in the now cool Shepard’s Market from 1686 to 1784 till the well-to-do residents banned it for lowering the tone, it remains London’s most exclusive area, even today. The bedroomIt boasts not only the worlds best shopping-be it for watches or the best in hand made British excellence: bespoke silver, crystal and leather at William and Son on Mount Street or fine art on Cork Street or fashion, fashion, fashion till you drop on Bond Street. But also the finest in dining at Scotts, Nobu or Banaras.Even though it retains a distinctly chummy- if super posh-villagy feel, the same cannot be said of the real estate on the market at the moment. The properties are luxurious and grand; some of which date from the 18th century, and are fully equipped with all the latest must- have millionaire specs.Bath areaThere is an exceptional house/apartment on George Street, which-with two grand reception rooms and seven bedrooms, bathrooms and a stunning conservatory leading to a roof terrace- can be yours for Euro 16 million.(Rs 117.71 crore) This is a place that says you have arrived in London and you intend to stay.If this is a little steep for you then you can snap up a beautiful apartment overlooking lovely and leafy Grosvenor Square. This comes with a unique and quite wonderful 26-foot long reception room with balconies that open onto one of London’s finest locations.A conservatory leading to a roof terrace is available for Euro 16 millionFor those who want a bit of quirk in their properties there is a spacious and light place on the corner of Mount Street: the achingly hip shopping and eating destination for those in the know. This is on the market for Euro 3.5 million (Rs 25.75crore) after an extensive refurbishment has brought it up to date with under floor heating, wooden floors and cat 5 cabling throughout. Fine architecture, excellent shopping and a vibrant atmosphere makes Mount Street a great place to visit, live or work inSo if you want to live somewhere that is owned by the Royals, where they hang out and the super rich establishment play, then Mayfair is the address to vie for.The writer is a film and travel journalist.advertisementlast_img read more

Serie A: Paulo Dybala Scores But Cristiano Ronaldo-less Juventus Held 1-1 by Lecce

first_imgMilan: Gonzalo Higuain suffered a knock to his head as Juventus were held 1-1 in a bruising clash at lowly Lecce on Saturday.The defending champions are now in danger of being overtaken by Inter Milan at the top of the Serie A table. Juventus have 23 points from nine games, but could be overtaken by Antonio Conte’s Inter who are two points behind before hosting Parma later on Saturday. Argentina forward Higuain collided with Lecce’s Brazilian goalkeeper Gabriel towards the end of the game in southern Italy leaving him with a cut to his forehead but continued to play on despite his heavily-bandaged head.The 31-year-old sat down on the pitch after the game after suffering from dizziness and was stretchered off.”Gonzalo is having stitches,” said coach Maurizo Sarri.”He is conscious, answering questions in a clear way,” he added.Both goals came from penalties with Dybala’s strike from the spot after 50 minutes cancelled out by Marco Mancosu’s effort six minutes later as the promoted southerners grabbed their first point at home this season.It was a damaging encounter for the champions with Miralem Pjanic and Rodrigo Bentancur also taking knocks.Juventus rested Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo after Tuesday’s 2-1 Champions League win over Lokomotiv Moscow, and ahead of two Serie A matches in four days next week.”Ronaldo was tired both physically and mentally, so it would not have helped to make this journey,” said Sarri.”When a player expresses his fatigue, it was only right to give him a rest.”📸⚽️ The best action shots from #LecceJuve ➡️ https://t.co/1CcseZ9Nov #FinoAllaFine #ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/SZOWfbzrBH— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 26, 2019 IN-FORM DYBALABut Dybala, who scored both goals against the Russians, started up front alongside Higuain, with Federico Bernardeschi just behind the Argentine strike duo.Maurizio Sarri gave starts to Emre Can and Danilo with Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado both named on the bench.Promoted Lecce, a side from the heel of Italy, are struggling above the relegation zone, but managed to pull through for a precious point despite being dominated by the visitors.Slovenian midfielder Zan Majer forced a save from Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny after just two minutes.Dybala was targeted early by the Lecce defenders with Luca Rossettini and Marco Calderoni picking up yellow cards early for fouling the Argentine forward.Higuain looked as he had scored the opener after a quarter of an hour finishing off Alex Sandro’s cross, but his effort was ruled for offside.Gabriel denied Dybala and Bernardeschi then failed to connect with a Danilo cross just before the break.But Dybala put Juventus ahead five minutes into the second half with his sixth goal in five games.But captain Mancosu pulled his side back level from the spot six minutes later after a Matthijs De Ligt handball.Gabriel denied Higuain on the line after 68 minutes and Leonardo Bonucci also sent over as the Turin giants pushed forward unsuccessfully for the winner.Pjanic was forced off with a muscle injury with Sami Khedira coming on, with Adrien Rabiot replacing Can.And in a late scramble in front of the Lecce goal Gabriel caught Higuain’s forehead with his elbow.The Argentine continued to play, before collapsing to the pitch after the whistle.”We didn’t control our lead well at all, so I didn’t like any of that,” said Sarri.”We created many scoring opportunities and didn’t take them, so there was a lack of determination and clinical edge.”Inter host Parma later on Saturday with Genoa playing their first game under new coach Thiago Motta at home against Mario Balotelli’s Brescia. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. footballJuventusLeccepaulo dybala First Published: October 26, 2019, 10:21 PM ISTlast_img read more

Highlights of Tuesdays British Columbia budget

first_imgVICTORIA – Highlights of British Columbia’s 2018-19 budget presented Tuesday:— Effective Wednesday, a tax on foreign homebuyers increases by $5,000 to $20,000 and expands from Metro Vancouver to include homes in the Victoria-area, the Fraser Valley, the central Okanagan district in the province’s Interior, and the Nanaimo Regional District.— A new speculation tax will be introduced in the fall aimed at foreign and domestic homeowners who don’t pay taxes in B.C., affecting properties in Metro Vancouver, the Victoria area, Fraser Valley, Nanaimo Regional District, Kelowna and West Kelowna.— The property transfer tax on homes with a fair market value of more than $3 million increases to five per cent from three per cent.— More than $6 billion will be spent over the next 10 years to create 114,000 housing units for families, seniors, students and women and children escaping domestic violence.— Medical service plan premiums will be eliminated on Jan. 1, 2020, saving an individual up to $900 a year and families up to $1,800 annually.— Starting Jan. 1, 2019, employers with payrolls of more than $500,000 will pay a new employer health tax, which is forecast to raise $1.9 billion in revenue in 2019-20.— Beginning April 1, funding will be provided to licensed care providers to provide a $350 a month cut in the cost of a child care space.— A new affordable child care benefit will start in September providing up to $1,250 a month per child.— An additional $1 billion will be spent over the next three years to expand access to licensed child care, which the province says is part of its plan to create more than 22,000 new spaces.— Fares will be frozen on BC Ferries’ three major routes and fares will be cut by 15 per cent on small routes.— A forecast surplus of $219 million, with projections for surpluses to continue through the 2020-21 fiscal year.— The government estimates it will spend $53.6 billion in the next fiscal year, up from an updated forecast of $51.8 billion for 2017-18.— Economic growth for 2018 is forecast at 2.3 per cent, down from 3.4 per cent in 2017.last_img read more

Landlady hacked dead in Nakhalpara

first_imgPolice recovered the body of a landlady from her residence at West Nakhalpara area in the city on Thursday afternoon.The deceased was Amena Begum, 65, owner of the house, Rasul Villa, in the area.Seeking anonymity, a tenant of Rasul Villa said Amena Begum would reside on the first floor of and went to the ground floor as a young man came to visit the vacant flat for rent around 2:00pm.Hearing Amena Bugum’s screams, neighbours rushed to the ground floor and found the body on the floor, presumably dead.On information, police recovered the body around 2:30pm, said Md Sentu Mia, inspector of Tejgaon Police Station.The body that bore signs of stab injuries was sent to the Suhrawardy Medical College Hospital morgue, Sentu Mia added.last_img

HPMHarveyHeroes Grace Hoover A Volunteer From Canada

first_imgTo find more info about the Giving Hub, visit 611 W. 22nd Street  to see what the center still needs. Many people sit back and feel sorry when tragedy strikes. While thoughts and prayers offer emotional support, some people get the urge to do more.In comes Grace Hoover, who made it her mission to cross international lines and go from Winnipeg, Canada, to Houston, to do whatever she could to help  with Harvey’s aftermath.She and a few friends made their way to the dry goods distribution center the Giving Hub,  on 611 W. 22nd Street, after flying to Dallas, renting a truck, and filling it with supplies. Sharelast_img

Arch Social Clubs Community Network Black Film Festival

first_imgThe Arch Social Club in Baltimore will host, the Arch Social Community Network (ASCN) and the 2017 Baltimore Black Film Festival beginning on June 9. The film festival will feature provocative Black- oriented political films and documentaries. Go to archsocialcn.org for more information and the schedule of films.last_img