Warriors Wednesday: Well, that week was a disaster

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the video on a mobile deviceUnder normal circumstances for the Warriors, a blowout loss to a worthy adversary in the Milwaukee Bucks and injury to Stephen Curry would be enough to ruin a week.But no, the Warriors had to take it to another level. The fight between Draymond Green and Kevin Durant looms over everything that happened to the Warriors over the last week, and that truth might apply to the next few weeks as well.So while …last_img

E Cape: big sky, big fish, Big Five!

first_img5 May 2003The Eastern Cape’s tourism sector is pitching to align its Big Five game reserves with the popular Cape Town and Garden Route international tourist destinations.The Eastern Cape, still the poorest part of South Africa, has experienced massive growth in the tourism sector. Tourism MEC Enoch Godongwana announced last week that the sector netted the province a staggering R4-billion last year, ascribing the success to the government and the Eastern Cape Tourism’s marketing drive abroad.The success can also be linked to positive contributions from the private sector, and the department of health’s effort to keep the province a malaria- and bilharzia-free zone.Tourism operators say tourism infrastructure in the Eastern Cape has grown to take advantage of the province’s newfound status as a “happening” international destination.Emergence of world-class game reservesOne critical area of change has been the rapid amalgamation of stock farms into massive game-viewing reserves or hunting and game-producing farms.Johannesburg-based Lodge Logistics MD Keith Stannard said the emergence of world-class reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe has placed the province “within striking distance” for international tourists visiting Cape Town and touring the Garden Route.Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourism destinations, and the Garden Route is regarded as a prime self-drive option.One tourism observer said tourists seeking the Big Five game experience to complete their trip to South Africa are often forced to fly or drive to KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga reserves. According to this observer, the Eastern Cape’s bite of the Cape Town-Garden Route package has grown by 3% in the last two years, up from 8% in 2001 to 11% last year.According to local operators, tourists are saying that their Eastern Cape add-on tour was “very convenient”, “cost-efficient”, “saved time”.Big Five? How about the Big Seven!Frontier Country Marketing Association chairperson Peter Repinz says the Eastern Cape, once the “forgotten jewel of tourism in southern Africa”, has been building up its infrastructure for over a decade.There are now at least 12 game reserves in the market, some more advanced than others, but soon most will be offering the Big Five – and a cheeky extension of the formula, the “Big Seven”, that includes southern right whales and great white sharks.Inspired by the world-class Shamwari reserve, and then the Kwandwe on banks of the Great Fish River, Repinz said new reserves like Amakhala, Kariega and Lalibela had expanded the market to offer great opportunities to international operations.While Shamwari has captured the world’s top awards and the patronage of British royalty, Kwandwe’s elephants, lions and leopards are also packing in top-paying clients. Since Kwandwe opened its doors in 2001, not a single bed has gone empty.Kwandwe managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas said Desantis, an American eco-tourism investor, has invested R100-million in the 20-farm reserve, creating 140 jobs.From ‘soft’ to ‘extreme’ adventure sportsUnspoilt landscape is a strong point cited by most role players, who say that such landscapes attract both “soft” and “extreme” adventure sport lovers interested in activities like 4×4 trail riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing and, lately, even government-sponsored bolted rock-climbing, one of Europe’s huge pursuits.Mountain tourism routes have shot up around Hogsback in the Amatola range, Barkley East, Rhodes Village, Nieu-Bethesda’s Owl House and historic Graaff-Reinet, all of which offer a baseline benefit of simple tranquillity under big blue skies.Local promoters add that the Eastern Cape can also trade on its controversial frontier history. Europeans, particularly, are fascinated about how their Dutch, British and German colonial ancestors struggled and prospered on the turbulent Eastern Cape frontier – or met a grim fate on the battlefields during the 100-year war against the Xhosa (1779-1878).Big drawcards for such visitors are the well-maintained settler architecture of farmsteads, homes and public buildings in places like Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and East London; eateries and historic pubs; and African arts and crafts.With its growth in infrastructure, rapid market repositioning, and unspoilt landscape, the Eastern Cape is starting to offer a winning tourism package.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

South Africa shows us we can change: Obama

first_img On Tuesday, the 94 000-seater stadium was two-thirds full despite torrential rains, as South Africans from all walks of life joined some 70 heads of state and an array of royalty and celebrities for the first major event of a week-long send-off that is set to rival the funerals of JFK, Pope John Paul and Princess Diana.‘The last great liberator of the 20th century’ Addressing the gathering in the early afternoon, Obama described Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century”, saying it would be tempting to remember him “as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men. “But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories. ‘I’m not a saint,’ he said, ‘unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.’ “That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still,” Obama said. “Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t. “He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement. And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.” Above all, Obama said, Mandela understood “the ties that bind the human spirit. There is a word in South Africa – ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.”Mandela’s passing ‘also a time for self-reflection’ Mandela’s passing was rightly a time both of mourning and of celebration for the people of South Africa and for those he inspired around the world. But it was also, Obama said, a time for self-reflection. “For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future. Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love. “We, too, must act on behalf of justice,” Obama said. “We, too, must act on behalf of peace. There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality. There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people. And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.” Addressing himself to young people in Africa and around the world, Obama said that, while “we will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again … you can make his life’s work your own”. Addressing the people of South Africa, he said: “[T]he world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.” Obama’s speech in full (as prepared for delivery) SAinfo reportercenter_img 10 December 2013 “South Africa shows us we can change”, US President Barack Obama told thousands of mourners at the official memorial service for Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg on Tuesday, and millions of people around the world watching the event live on television. “Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done,” Obama said. “South Africa shows us that is true. South Africa shows us we can change. We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes. We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.” Mandela, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 95, made his last public appearance at the same venue, Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium, at the closing of the 2010 Fifa World Cup on 11 July 2010.last_img read more

A look back at national election results

first_imgStaff writerSouth Africa has held five national elections since 1994, one every five years. As we await the results of the country’s latest national vote, which took place on 7 May 2014 in South Africa’s 20th year of democracy, we look back at past election results.The relative number of National Assembly seats in Parliament political parties have won in South Africa’s four previous democratic elections.The proportional representation systemThe proportional representation system is also called the party list system. Every vote counts. The total number of votes cast for a party decides the number of seats it gets in Parliament.Parties draw up lists of candidates, and the number of people that get in will be decided by the number of seats the party wins. This is the system used in all South African national elections since 1994, and will be used in this year’s elections.For example:Party A: 100 000 votes – 100 seatsParty B: 20 000 votes – 20 seatsParty C: 50 000 votes – 50 seatsThe first 100 people on Party A’s list will get seats in Parliament, as will the first 20 people on Party B’s list and the first 50 people on Party C’s list.The 1994 electionsThe struggles waged by exiled liberation movements and communities inside South Africa, together with international pressure, led to the unbanning of organisations and a negotiated transition period, including the drawing up of a democratic Constitution.The resulting 1994 elections were historic because they were the first-ever non-racial democratic vote in South Africa.After fighting for so long for democracy, 19.7-million South Africans cast their ballots, with a turnout of 86.9% of registered voters. 1994 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)62.7%252National Party (NP)20.4%82Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)10.5%43Freedom Front (FF)2.2%9Democratic Party (DP)1.8%7Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)1.3%5African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.5%2The 1999 electionsThe 1996 Constitution said that there must be elections every five years, so new national and provincial elections had to be held before the end of July 1999. The were held on 2 June 1999, with 16.2-million South Africans voting for a registered voter turnout of 89.3%.1999 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)66.4%266Democratic Party (DP)9.6%38Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)8.6%34New National Party (NNP)6.9%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)3.4%14African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.4%6Freedom Front (FF)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.8%3Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.7%3Federal Alliance (FA)0.5%2Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging (AEB)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1The 2004 electionsSouth Africa’s third democratic national and provincial elections were held on 14 April 2004.2004 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)69.7%279Democratic Alliance (DA)12.4%50Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)7.0%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)2.3%9Independent Democrats (ID)1.7%7New National Party (NNP)1.7%7African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.6%6Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.9%4United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.753Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.733Minority Front (MF)0.352Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.252The 2009 electionsThe fourth democratic national and provincial elections were held on 22 April 2009.2009 ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)65.9%264Democratic Alliance (DA)16.7%67Congress of the People (Cope)7.4%30Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)4.6%18Independent Democrats (ID)0.9%4United Democratic Movement (UDM)0.9%4Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.8%4African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.4%2Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.3%1Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1African People’s Convention (APC)0.2%1last_img read more

‘I wanted to play against Neymar’ – Balotelli

first_imgNeymar ‘I wish Neymar was playing’ – Balotelli wanted to face PSG ace Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 18:57 10/26/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar Mario Balotelli PSG v Nice Sweden v Italy Italy v Sweden Nice PSG Sweden Italy Ligue 1 WC Qualification Europe The striker wanted the opportunity to tackle the Brazil ace at the weekend and says his side have the capacity to cause an upset Mario Balotelli is disappointed he will not have the chance to go head-to-head with Neymar when Paris Saint-Germain host Nice in Ligue 1 on Friday.Nice have endured a poor start to the Ligue 1 campaign and are aiming to break a run of three consecutive top-flight defeats at Parc des Princes.Nice 33/1 to win EL with dabblebet Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Unai Emery’s league leaders will be without Neymar after the Brazil international was sent off during last weekend’s heated 2-2 draw at Marseille.Balotelli has been in impressive goalscoring form this term, with eight in 11 appearances across all competitions, and the enigmatic Italian striker is not giving up hope that his team-mates can spring a surprise.”Of course it’s possible [to win at PSG],” he told Nice Martin . “It’s difficult but feasible.”I wanted to play against Neymar, personally. I wish he were in the game.”15 – Mario Balotelli has scored 15 goals in Ligue 1 2016/17, his record in a single league season (in the European Top 5). Rebirth. pic.twitter.com/aQIEKOHJ0i — OptaJean (@OptaJean) May 7, 2017 Balotelli’s form has led to calls in some quarters for him to earn an international recall for Italy’s World Cup play-off against Sweden next month.A report by Gazzetta dello Sport suggested Italy boss Gian Piero Ventura is not ready to take the plunge and hand the 27-year-old his first action for the Azzurri since the 2014 World Cup and Balotelli is relaxed about the situation.”If the national coach wants to call me up, I’m ready,” he added. “If he doesn’t want to call me up, I’ll always support the national team.”last_img read more