Nietes vacates WBO throne, eyes pricey fights

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. United VC tries to add to Generika’s troubles Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Palicte fashioned out a second-round knockout over Jose Martinez on Jan. 31 and the WBO quickly ordered a mandatory fight between the two Filipino fighters.But the camps failed to reach an agreement, prompting WBO to call on a purse bid that also fell through with Nietes’ decision to drop the crown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals PLAY LIST 02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals00:50Trending Articles01:57Duterte wants ‘one-on-one’ talk with Joma Sison02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In the end, the 36-year-old felt he must level up his career by chasing big-money fights. His hit list includes Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and Juan Francisco Estrada, who are movers and shakers in their weight classes.“Also, I want to give my fellow Filipino Aston Palicte a chance to fight for the World title and bring pride and glory to our country,” Nietes said in a statement issued on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPalicte’s camp has earlier said they will make a deal for a world title, a prospect that is very likely, considering the Bago City native is being handled by Roy Jones Jr., Promotions.Nietes and Palicte fought to a split draw for the same crown that was vacant back in September in the United States. Nietes then got to claim the title after scoring a split decision win over Japanese Kazuto Ioka last Dec. 31.center_img View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDonnie Nietes chose to give up his WBO super flyweight crown and pursue big fights elsewhere.That means he won’t get to do a rematch with fellow Filipino Aston Palicte amid the heated back-and-forth between their two camps.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PAC to develop Guyana’s protected areas by 2020

first_imgIn attempts to strengthen the network of protected areas in the Guyana Shield, the Protected Areas Commission (PAC) in collaboration with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the Amazonian Park of French Guiana on Wednesday hosted a discussion to acknowledge the aspects of sustainable developments in Guyana and its neighbouring countries, Suriname and French Guiana.While using French Guiana as a demonstration, it was noted that Guyana can attempt to enhance its protected areas; a project which was expanded to 2020.During his brief address, President of the Amazonian Park of French Guiana, Claude Suzanonm emphasised on the works done to establish 10 national parksDeputy Director of the Amazonian Park of French Guiana, Arnaud Anselinin specific areas across French Guiana.He related that the main factor behind the success of these parks stemmed from reliable law enforcement which tackles issues such as illegal mining in those areas.Meanwhile, Deputy Director of the Amazonian Park of French Guiana, Arnaud Anselin further highlighted the methods which Guyana and other countries can adopt to successfully programme a national park that will boost eco-tourism.“It’s interesting to see the difficulties that we share and the questions that we ask that can lead to successful cooperation of the projects in Guyana,” the Deputy Director said.This, he reiterated, can only be made possible by establishing good relations with Indigenous communities and local municipalities. With this, the rainforest would be made available to all, including the disabled, he added.Furthermore, the responsible sectors can capitalise on the human resources that are present within the regions, where training can be done to create an additional workforce to assist with the organisation of these proposed national parks.“There is also the possibility to adapt the legal framework on regulations that can help in developing tourism and other economic projects. The protection of biodiversity is adapting to the local communities,” he stated.Additionally, Commissioner of the PAC, Denise Fraser, stated the difficulties being faced by Suriname and French Guiana are somewhat similar to that which Guyana is currently being faced with, as it relates to the forest resources and development.“We feel that we have similar, very similar issues, especially when it comes to mining. We are trying to keep illegal mining out of the protected areas. We also have to deal with community engagement and our mission is to effectively manage our protected areas while ensuring that they advance to the lives of the present and future generations,” Fraser related.To foster technical dialogue between countries that are attempting to develop their natural resources and establishing sustainably developed national parks, funds have been injected into projects by European entities which will see future partnerships between the PAC and Surinamese Ministries that are focused on the forest and natural resources of the country.These projects are expected to last from 2018 until 2020.last_img read more

Search resumes for missing plane of Cardiff striker Sala

first_img“We have resumed searching,” the police said.“Two planes are taking off and will search a targeted area we believe has the highest likelihood of finding anything, based on review of the tides and weather since it (the plane) went missing.“Coastal areas around (the nearby island of) Alderney and off-lying rocks and islands will also be searched from the air.”Sala, who signed on Saturday from French club Nantes for a reported fee of 17 million euros ($19.3 million), was flying to Cardiff on a single-engine Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft.It has emerged he expressed concerns about the plane on the flight, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives.“I’m on a plane that looks like it’s going to fall apart, and I’m leaving for Cardiff,” Sala said in a WhatsApp audio message carried by Argentine media.“If in an hour and a half you have no news from me, I don’t know if they will send people to look for me, because they will not find me, you know. Dad, I’m so scared,” he added.A 15-hour search Tuesday covering a 1,155 square-mile (3,000 square-kilometre) area in the Channel spotted “a number of floating objects in the water”, Guernsey police said on Tuesday.“We have found no signs of those on board. If they did land on the water, the chances of survival are at this stage, unfortunately, slim,” they added.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Cardiff City’s new striker Emiliano Sala expressed concerns about the plane during the flight, according to an audio message sent to friends and relatives © AFP/File / LOIC VENANCEST PETER PORT, Guernsey, Jan 23 – Police on the British island of Guernsey resumed the search Wednesday for a missing plane carrying Premier League player Emiliano Sala, who is presumed dead after debris was found in the water.The light aircraft carrying the Argentine striker, who signed for Cardiff City at the weekend, disappeared from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey on Monday night.last_img read more

Manchester United legend blasts FA Cup performance

first_img Paul Scholes blasts Manchester United after FA Cup win: ‘They didn’t create a chance. In my eyes it’s not good enough’ 1 Paul Scholes launched a fresh attack on Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side following their unimpressive FA Cup win over Sheffield United and claimed the Red Devils players looked “bored”.Scholes has been critical of United’s style of play under the Dutchman before and pulled no punches on Saturday after the 1-0 victory over the Blades.United needed a stoppage-time Wayne Rooney penalty to overcome the League One side after producing another drab display that saw droves of home fans leave before the final whistle at Old Trafford.Scholes said: “The players looked bored themselves. There’s no spirit, there’s nobody having a go at each other, there’s no smiling, there’s no entertainment. I think even Van Gaal on the bench looks bored, but he’ll come out and say he’s happy.“It wasn’t a great performance, will he (Van Gaal) be happy with it? I think he probably will be. I think that’s the way he likes to play football.”Scholes added on BT Sport: “We haven’t seen anything different now for the last six months, that’s the way this team plays football and he’ll be happy with the 1-0 win.“We don’t see anything else, and he constantly comes out and says he’s happy with his team, he’s happy with the way they’ve played. But they didn’t create a chance, had to win a game against a League One side with a penalty in the 94th minute. In my eyes it’s not good enough.”Former United midfielder Scholes feels there are too many “square pegs in round holes” in United’s line-ups under Van Gaal, citing the likes of Marouane Fellaini, Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as players who are not being utilised in their best positions.But he also believes United’s players also need to do more to help the situation themselves.He said: “As players sometimes you have to lift the crowd, whether it’s a tackle, whether it’s a shot on goal. You need to make something happen as a footballer at this club.“To just to go through the motions like they did, people need digging out sometimes, it just seems to be accepted.“I’d be depressed (after that game). It would take me two or three days to get over that performance.“You’ve just seen 90 minutes of boring, defensive….I’ve tried to defend this team now for the last two or three weeks, it’s getting more and more difficult to do it because every time you come to Old Trafford this is what you see; negative football.“I see square pegs in round holes with players in the team. There’s so many question marks over the team.“The only thing I can say is I’m glad I don’t have to go to Sheffield a week on Tuesday.”Scholes did not go as far as to suggest United need to get rid of Van Gaal, but believes a change in approach needs to be taken with regards to tactics.He said: “(It’s) time for a change in style of football, pass the ball to Wayne Rooney! I think he had 34 touches today in the whole game. This is Wayne Rooney, get the ball to your best players.“I truly believe he (Van Gaal) will be happy with that performance, but I’m not and I don’t think there’s many fans here (who will be). How can you possibly be happy with that against a League One team?”The ex-England man added: “I’d never call for a manager to be sacked. He’s got some really good players there. His style of football is not suited to Manchester United’s football, but he’s going to argue that they’ve got through, they are fifth in the Premier League and only nine points off the top. And he has got a case for that, but I think fans would rather see a bit more excitement rather than be in those positions.”last_img read more

Man, teens arrested in two robberies

first_imgThe third suspect, Christopher Craig, 20, was a three-strikes candidate on parole for robbery and has two previous felony convictions, Crespin told the Breeze. Craig was being held in lieu of $100,000 and is scheduled to appear in Torrance Municipal Court this morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department. ————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TORRANCE – A man and two teens were in custody today for allegedly committing two robberies within 15 minutes in Torrance. The three suspects were arrested on Wednesday and each was charged on two counts of armed robbery, said Lt. David Petersen of the Torrance Police Department. The first holdup occurred at 3:40 p.m. Wednesday, when two armed robbers entered Family Video at 3594 Redondo Blvd., Petersen said. “They walked in, pointed a handgun at an employee and demanded money and video games,” Torrance police Officer Dave Crespin told the Daily Breeze. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The pair took cash and fled westbound toward Yukon Avenue, the Breeze reported. Just 13 minutes later, a second robbery was reported at J’s Liquor at 3133 Artesia Blvd., according to the Breeze. Officers found a vehicle behind the liquor store with one of the suspects inside and he was taken into custody. The two others ran into an alley and were later arrested at Crenshaw Boulevard and 171st Street, the Breeze reported. An undisclosed amount of cash and receipts were recovered from inside the vehicle, Petersen said. The two boys, in their teens, were taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Petersen said. last_img read more

Thousands salute city’s firefighters in the Valley

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Not only are they here for us every time we call on them, they’re there for people a thousand miles away,” Villaraigosa said. Sponsored by Douglas Emmett and Co. and a host of area businesses and restaurants, the Warner Center event on Oxnard Street was designed to honor the firefighters for their hard work and also raise money for them. “You’d have to be living under a rock not to know that budgets are being cut,” making it harder for cities to provide firefighters with everything they need, said Jordan Kaplan, principal and CFO for Douglas Emmett. Firefighters barbecued chicken, ribs and tri-tip while restaurants including Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Baja Bud’s, Maggiano’s, Poquito Mas, Starbucks and Kate Mantilini’s sold an assortment of sandwiches, salads and drinks. Trimana gave away bottles of its hot pepper and jalapeno sauces, but sold bottles of water for $1. Proceeds from food ticket sales went to the Firemen’s Widows, Orphans and Disabled Firefighters Fund and the Los Angeles Firemen’s Relief Association. People also could buy firefighter T-shirts, sweat shirts and other merchandise from the Dalmatian’s Fire House booth, or bid on items ranging from a firefighter’s helmet autographed by Villaraigosa and Bamattre to a ride on the city’s new fireboat in San Pedro with dinner for four. WOODLAND HILLS – More than 2,000 people turned out Thursday to support Los Angeles’ city firefighters at the first Grateful Hearts Street Festival. Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis Zine and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who hailed the firefighters as a “department without peer in the United States,” expressed the community’s thanks to the fire crews and Fire Chief William Bamattre. “You can’t help but be prideful of their dedication, commitment, courage, their steadfastness and their belief in doing everything they can to save lives,” Villaraigosa said. He described how he watched firefighters handle a series of emergencies, from the Topanga and Castaways wildfires in late September to the emergency landing of a crippled JetBlue plane at Los Angeles International Airport earlier that month. Many also traveled to New Orleans to assist rescue operations after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast in August. Imre Sallai, 47, of Beverly Hills and Eric Patt, 28, of Woodland Hills said they weren’t in any danger from the wildfires but they could see the smoke and flames from their fourth-floor offices at AIG Sun America, where they work as analysts. “They do everything they can do,” Sallai said as he finished his lunch. “They risk their lives. We can’t ask for anything more.” Firefighter John Garnica, 40, of Murrieta, who helped fight the Topanga Fire as it spread to Bell Canyon, said the event meant a lot to firefighters. “It’s one thing to be protecting someone’s home and have one or two people come out and thank you, but to have the whole community come out and thank you is very nice,” Garnica said. “And it’s thanks for everything we do.” Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Humboldt Crabs return to their winning ways with 10-4 victory over San Leandro Ports

first_imgArcata >> As he stood on the field after Sunday afternoon’s loss to the Walnut Creek Crawdads, Humboldt Crabs outfielder Kyle Blakeman quickly ensured that things would get back to normal the next time out.“Normal,” in this case, meant Blakeman and the Crabs were going to get back to being the high-octane offense they have been for the better part of the last month.Come Tuesday night, those words were proven to be right on the money.After one of their quietest games of the season with the …last_img read more

Mount Mabu yields hidden bounty

first_imgBotanist Jonathan Timberlake catalogues plant species on the slopes of Mount Mabu.. The pristine area must be protected from deforestation. Mabu can only be approached along this narrow road. A colourful hemipteran insect, one ofthe many fascinating living species foundin the Mabu forest. (All images: Julian Bayliss and Tom Timberlake, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew) Janine ErasmusAfrica is once again proving to be a gift to the natural world. Mount Mabu in Mozambique was an untouched paradise until a team of scientists explored it a few short months ago. The previously unmapped forest is a conservationist’s dream, and explorations to date have yielded rare species of birds, reptiles and insects, some of which are found nowhere else.Scientists from the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew in the UK recently led the first expedition to Mount Mabu in central Mozambique. The world-renowned botanical authority works with the Mozambican government, among others, to combat the threat of rapid development to sensitive areas by identifying priority areas for conservation.The inaugural expedition was funded by the UK-based Darwin Initiative under its project titled Monitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-East Africa’s Montane Ecosystems. The Darwin Initiative assists biodiversity-rich countries that are financially hard-pressed to protect their natural treasures, by funding collaborative projects and making available UK biodiversity expertise.Chance discoveryMount Mabu was discovered by Kew scientists during a Google Earth search for a suitable area for a conservation project above 1 600m, where higher rainfall would likely lead to the establishment of forests. The green area on the satellite image hinted at exciting discoveries to be made and the interested botanists wasted no time in making arrangements to get closer.They contacted locally based conservationist Julian Bayliss, who investigated the unexpected patch of green. “To be the first biologist to enter such a huge area of untouched rainforest – well, it’s a dream come true for a field-based conservationist such as myself,” enthused Bayliss later.The only road that led to the vicinity of the peak did not go close enough to reveal any more than dense forest on the slopes of the rock-topped mountain. Until an expedition could shed more light, scientists’ only resource was Google Earth’s satellite imagery, which gave them clues to the extent of the forest on the far side of the peak.While it was later discovered that the inhabitants of the area knew about Mabu’s existence, it was not to be found on any map and only in December 2008 were scientists able to put together an expedition to seek their first glimpse of the natural treasure trove. Once on the ground in Mozambique, the team made their base camp in the forest. When they reached the end of the road they had to carry their equipment through the dense vegetation.Expedition leader Jonathan Timberlake, a botanist with the Royal Botanic Garden, says Google Earth’s digital imagery has helped open up the world to the scientific community, and may reveal more untapped pockets of diversity, especially in areas like Mozambique or Papua New Guinea where not all the terrain has been explored.“We cannot say we have discovered all the key biodiversity areas in the world,” commented Timberlake. “There are still new ones to discover, and the discovery of new species will help to underline the importance of conservation.”Amazing diversityThe 28-member Kew team, comprising experts from the UK, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Belgium and Switzerland, was astounded by the diversity found in the 7 000ha Mabu forest. The ground beneath the canopy, which rises 45m into the air, was teeming with tropical vegetation, snakes, bugs, antelope, monkeys, elephant shrews, and much more.A new privately-funded expedition is due to visit the area during May and June 2009.Timberlake said that Kew and the Mozambican government are working together to protect areas like Mount Mabu and encourage the local inhabitants to value the forest not only because it is a resource that helps them in their daily lives, but because of its diversity of wildlife.“By conserving the plant life we can help secure a future for all the other creatures we saw there,” he said.It is vital to begin conservation efforts now, as the area is recovering from the civil war that raged between 1975 and 1992 and people are filtering back to their lands. The valuable forest was unscathed by the violence only because victims of the war used it as a refuge and therefore did not give away its location. However, as has happened in other areas of the continent, there is a danger of it shrinking as civilisation encroaches and trees are chopped for firewood or cleared for agriculture.Rare life formsFive new species of butterfly, a new snake, several rare bird species, and a number of exotic plants including a rare orchid, are just a few of the riches discovered in the lush greenery. The bird species are all threatened and listed on the Red List of the International Union for Conservation of Nature.One of them, the Namuli apalis (Apalis lynesi), is Mozambique’s only indigenous bird and has been seen in just one other location, the Namuli massif in the north of the country. Between its discovery in 1932 and rediscovery in 1998, there were no sightings of the rare creature.With more than 500 plant species accompanying them back to the UK, the scientists at Kew are hard at work researching and cataloguing their finds.Not only is the Mabu plant life under scrutiny, but the area’s significance to the bird world has prompted ornithologists from the Birdlife conservation organisation to push for its classification as an important bird area (IBA). Once an area is designated an IBA it is easier for Birdlife to push it up the priority list and obtain co-operation and protection from national and local organisations.The Kew team is also working with local partners to build capacity so that the work may be continued in their absence.To find Mount Mabu in Google Earth, use these co-ordinates: 16º 17m 56s south and 36º 23m 44s east.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at articlesSA Google Earth layer is topsGoogle Earth zooms in on SAFrog boom in Tanzania Gorillas in our midstBiggest nature park in the worldWorld honour for SA botanistUseful linksRoyal Botanic Gardens, KewMonitoring and Managing Biodiversity Loss in South-East Africa’s Montane EcosystemsForest protection portalBirdlifeMount Mabu private expeditionlast_img read more

Transforming SA’s wine industry

first_imgThe goal of the Wijn de Caab Trust isto break the legacy of poverty anddependency. Improved quality oflife and education were identifiedas the best ways to achieve this.(Image: Solms-Delta) The Museum van de Caab, housed in theoriginal wine cellar on the farm whichdates back to 1740, is part of therenewal project at Solms-Delta.(Image: Solms-Delta) One of the goals of the trust is to developlocal music talent and draw attention tothe rich musical heritage of the ruralWestern Cape.(Image: Solms-Delta)MEDIA CONTACTS • Solms-Delta +27 21 874 3937RELATED ARTICLES• Preserving memories of Antarctica• Mandela message to spread • PE launches heritage walk• Celebrating Soweto’s heritage • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighSolms-Delta wine farm, near the village of Franschhoek in the Cape Winelands Region, is leading transformation in the wine industry through its farmworker empowerment programmes.Its approach to nation-building, transformation and development of farmworkers and their families has earned Solms-Delta the reputation of being one of the country’s most progressive wine estates.When South African-born Mark Solms – a world-renowned neuropsychologist, co-founder of Solms-Delta and driving force behind the worker empowerment trusts – assumed custodianship of the estate, his dream was to achieve more than just re-establishing its vineyards and cellars.His vision was to bring about real change for the residents of Solms-Delta and confront the social and economic problems in South Africa’s farming sector, starting with understanding the history of the 320-year old estate.The story of Solms-Delta is typical of so many of the farms in the area.“This farm was established by slave labour and the descendants of those slaves are still living here. This is what Solms-Delta is all about,” he says, adding that when he came back to South Africa after working overseas, he wanted to contribute to the redevelopment of the country.A partnership between Mark Solms and British philanthropist, Richard Astor, led to the implementation of a unique approach to deal with the social realities of South African agriculture.Two trusts were established to support the development of the estate’s historically disadvantaged residents and employees.The Wijn de Caab TrustThe goal of the Wijn de Caab Trust is to break the legacy of poverty and dependency. Improved quality of life and education were identified as the best ways to achieve this.“The single biggest investment is in education for the next generation,” Solms says.The trust offers financial support for primary, secondary and tertiary education, as well as an adult education programme. Having access to quality education is a key priority for the founders of the trust.“The vast majority of children at Solms-Delta attend fee-paying schools that can give them the sort of education that I would have taken for granted as a child, he says.Craig MacGillivray, CEO of Solms-Delta, says that their goal is for children to receive education that will help them create a future outside the farm.The Kleinhandjies (Afrikaans for little hands) crèche provides children with a nurturing environment in which they are prepared for primary school. Seven qualified teachers from the area teach at the school. In the afternoon, school-going children receive additional educational support at the after-care centre.The trust also provides bursary support for children who want to pursue tertiary education.High-quality medical care is another important service of the trust and all the programmes are overseen by a full-time social worker.MacGillivray says that Alcohol Foetal Syndrome (AFS), which is a widespread problem in the wine industry, is one of their biggest challenges. The trust also caters for the needs of children born with AFS by providing them with remedial support.Housing benefits also form part of the trust. Profits from wine sales have been used to build and refurbish comfortable homes for all residents on the farm and to create recreational facilities.The founders of Solms-Delta wanted to ensure that every employee has an interest in making the farm a success. To this end, the Wijn de Caab Trust grants residents and employees an equal, one-third, share in Solms-Delta.The Delta TrustIn 2007 the Astor and Solms families established the Delta Trust to continue the process of nation-building and transformation through educational, cultural, sport and social programmes.One of the goals of the trust is to develop local music talent and draw attention to the rich musical heritage of the rural Western Cape. The project is also proving to be a form of social therapy in the community.With financial support of the trust, ongoing research into the Cape’s musical heritage has been made possible.Adriaan Brand, trumpeter of the well-known band Springbok Nude Girls, manages the Music van de Caab Project. “Music has become a huge part of Solms-Delta. There is a wonderful rich tapestry of music styles that emerged from the Cape and the project has really changed people’s lives in ways I would have never dreamt,” Solms says.As an unintended consequence of the project, various traditional music ensembles have also developed in the area.Preserving the pastIn addition to transforming the lives of the Solms-Delta farmworker community, the founders of the estate also wanted to preserve the history of the farm for future generations.“One thing we did on this farm was face up to its history,” Solms says.The Museum van de Caab, housed in the original wine cellar on the farm which dates back to 1740, is part of the renewal project at Solms-Delta. The aim of establishing the museum was not only to remember history, but also to change it.Tracey Randle, Solms-Delta’s resident historian, says that the emphasis of the museum project is to tell the story of the farm through the voices of individual people.“History is about ordinary people and uncovering the story of the farm and the people who lived here is what the museum is all about,” Randle says.It honours the farm’s slave heritage through moving displays and personal stories of the people who lived on the farm many years ago.The museum contextualises the story of the farm in relation to the history of South Africa. It covers the history of the estate, both chronologically and thematically, starting with the early human settlers on the farm, the pre-colonial pastoral usage of the land, the establishment of private ownership through colonial viticulture, slavery and apartheid and the establishment of democracy in South Africa.Uncovering the story of Solms-Delta was a complex process. Randle spent many hours exploring the national archives in Cape Town, which are the oldest in the country dating back 350 years.Archaeological excavations on the farm were also undertaken and it yielded fascinating discoveries of a Later Stone Age settlement site and foundations of a 1680s hunting lodge, one of the oldest buildings in the Western Cape.They also found many stone tools, artefacts and pieces of Chinese and Japanese porcelain, which are now housed in the museum.Sincere effort“The challenge of managing a trust of this nature is to show people that we are sincere about what we are doing,” says Charlotte van Zyl, administrator of the Wijn de Caab and Delta Trusts.“We are using this farm to fix this little piece of South Africa,” Solms said.last_img read more

2018 JCI SADC Regional Leadership Academy

first_imgJohannesburg, 28 February 2018 – Brand South Africa has once again collaborated with the JCI African Academy to host the SADC Regional Leadership Conference which is targeted at young leaders who are creating positive changes in their communities.Annually, the conference unites at least 1000 young active citizen from more than 50 partner countries to participate in inspirational sessions, impactful workshops, official General Assembly meetings and fun-filled events to share best practices, exchange ideas and determine the future of the dynamic organisation. “Youth are an integral part in creating pathways for accelerated socio-economic development for our nation and our continent. As a big part of the population, young people are at the heart of our future, and it is for this reason, that we at Brand South Africa have partnered with the JCI African Academy to harness effective youth development practices. This platform affords us the opportunity to engage with the youth on how they can partake in social cohesion and active citizenship activities because we are confident that Africa’s destiny lies in the hands of our youth,” said Brand South Africa’s CEO Dr Kingsley Makhubela.  Brand South Africa invites media to join us for 2018 JCI SADC Regional Leadership Academy Date             :                  Thursday 01 – Saturday 03 March 2018 Time            :                  09h00 – 16h00 Venue          :                  Dynasty Hotel (19 Westbrooke Dr, Sandown, Johannesburg) RSVPs           :                  Tsabeng Nthite on                                      Mobile: 076 371 6810 Issued by Brand South AfricaHoughtonJohannesburglast_img read more