Nobel Square for SA’s laureates

first_img5 August 2005Renowned Venda artist Noria Mabasa gets inspiration for her work through dreams.The 70-year-old from Limpopo made the trek to Cape Town as one of the artists chosen to work on the Western Cape’s Nobel Square project.Work on the site is set to start in early August, with the completed project to be unveiled on 16 December, when South Africa celebrates Reconciliation Day.Located at the popular V&A Waterfront, Nobel Square will honour South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates: the late Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk.The provincial government announced the names of the two artists chosen to work on the project at a briefing held near the Square on Tuesday.Cape Town artist Claudette Schreuders has been selected to join Mabasa on the project. Schreuders will produce bronze sculptures.Mabasa’s work, referred to as the “fifth element”, will reflect the contribution of women and children to peace and democracy in the country. Her work, a carving, is described as having “a quiet dignity”.Speaking through an interpreter, grey-haired Mabasa expressed joy at being selected to work on the project. “The inspiration for my work comes to me in my dreams,” she said. “My father came to me and asked, ‘Why don’t you do this?’.”Western Cape Premier Ebrahim Rasool said the project was part of the government’s vision to make the province “a home for all”.Describing the laureates as “architects of freedom”, he said three of them had spent considerable time in the province, which included jail time in the case of Mandela.“The Waterfront has a confluence of people from all over. They can share in our rich history and the contribution the country made to the world in terms of peace and democracy”, Rasool said.Derick van der Merwe, CEO of the V&A Waterfront Company, said 22 million visitors would have access to the project.The five sculptures will be cast in bronze, with the laureates being a bit larger than life-size. Selected quotations from them will be engraved at the front.Mandela, speaking at the original launch of the project in December 2003, described the Nobel Square as a gesture celebrating and promoting reconciliation. “We need to celebrate ourselves and our achievement as often as we can”, said Mandela, who shared the Nobel Peace Prize with FW de Klerk in 1993.Tutu, the 1984 recipient, said that the real heroes of South Africa were the so-called ordinary people. “What happens here is not a tribute to the four of us, but to the people of South Africa.”Also present at the launch was Albertina Luthuli, the daughter of the country’s first Nobel laureate, the late Chief Albert Luthuli. Luthuli was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1960, but due to the situation in the country he could only travel to Norway the following year to receive it.“How he would have loved to have lived to vote and witness the birth of the new South Africa in 1994”, Luthuli said.De Klerk, like his fellow laureates, said credit should go to those they represented. “May this monument remind us to be aware that the new South Africa has given us something precious.”The project has the blessing of the Nobel Institute in Norway.The Nobel Prize, established in 1901 by Alfred Nobel, is awarded annually and recognises excellence and contributions in the five categories of peace, literature, physics, chemistry and medicine.SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Jeremy Goyings, June 27

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We had 2.9 inches right at the farm last week and to the south we got 2.25. North or south from either of those two points the rain total started to drop pretty fast. The vast majority of our acres had right around three inches. We probably lost an inch of that either running off the top or down the cracks. Some areas of the fields were underwater but the ground was about dried off by the next afternoon.We haven’t had any leaf curling on the corn yet. We have been fortunate with that. I think that is partially due to our strip-till. The corn was still finding moisture. The corn was just sitting dormant for a little bit. It didn’t have enough moisture to grow but it was tolerating it. It seems like it grew a foot the day after the rain. Now everything is looking a whole lot better.We were planning on getting wheat started today but we got another little rain last night. Maybe tomorrow afternoon we’ll get out and see what the moisture level is. There is no visible disease pressure out there and it is pretty much all standing nicely. As long as we can get to it before something else comes along I am feeling pretty good about the wheat. I have seen some wheat go down in the area after the storm.We haven’t done double-crop beans in a long time but we are going to try again this year. We are getting a good early start.We have been fighting some ragweed coming through our pre-emerge in the beans. I have been touching up bean fields. I have sprayed about 400 acres of beans with Flexstar to clean up the ragweed. We blame a lot of that on the fact that we really hadn’t had any rain to activate that chemical.last_img read more

Super-Sized PV Installations

first_imgResidential photovoltaic systems often have a capacity of less than 10,000 watts, or 10 kW — which is usually enough to cover the needs of a single family. Commercial PV installations, on the other hand, are big and getting much bigger.At a data center in Maiden, N.C., Apple says it has finished a 20-megawatt array that covers 100 acres of land and produces 42 million kWh of energy per year. The company is adding a second 20 MW array that’s expected to be operating by late this year plus a 10 MW fuel cell.Apple says the PV system is the largest “end user owned” array in the country. In all, the company’s renewable energy production in Maiden will produce 167 million kWh of electricity a year, enough to power 17,600 homes. In Mexico, an even bigger installationIn La Paz, Baja California Sur, a 30 MW solar project is expected to be finished by August, according to an article in Power Engineering International.It is Mexico’s first utility-scale solar project to be built under an agreement between a private company and the country’s federal power company, the publication said.The 132,000 PV modules will be able to produce 82 gWh of electricity per year and will cover about 240 acres (100 hectares) of land. It will be the biggest solar electric facility in Latin America.Power Engineering International said Mexico’s total PV capacity is currently about 13 MW.last_img read more

Global upends Ceres; Kaya snaps winless spell

first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Matthew Hartmann struck in the first half as Global Cebu made a triumphant homecoming at the expense of fierce rival Ceres Negros, 1-0, on Wednesday night and move up to third in the Philippines Football League at Cebu City Sports Center.Playing its first match at home, Global also drew a solid game from goalkeeper Patrick Deyto, who produced a string of saves to preserve a clean sheet and lift the Cebu side to a fifth win in eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lyceum, EAC now marked NCAA teams Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Still, the match drew a league record 5,350 fans.Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller was also sent off in the 12th minute for a challenge on Sekou Sylla, who was also given a straight red after the incident.Over at Biñan Football Stadium, Kaya FC Makati snapped a three-match winless run with a 3-1 win over Stallion Laguna.The result meant Global moved up to third with 17 points, while Kaya jumped to fourth with 14 points. Ceres fell to fifth with 13 points, while Stallion is still in seventh with three points.ADVERTISEMENT View comments China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hartmann scored in the 43rd minute, curling the ball home from a difficult angle and catching Ceres substitute goalkeeper Michael Casas off his line.The second edition of the Visayas Clasico also had its share of controversy with Ceres complaining on Tuesday about the conditions of the pitch.The Cebu Football Association and Global only had three weeks to prepare the field, which had some uneven areas without grass.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It was very important because we got all three points,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Marjo Allado, whose side avenged a 0-1 defeat last month at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.“These players never want to let down the fans. We focused on the game, not on the field.”last_img read more

Letters to the Editor April 16, 2007

first_imgBob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the Game The grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated,Bob Woolmer with Pakistan Cricket TeamDeath of the GameThe grand celebrations of the World Cup have now paved the way for a series of upsets in the form of a death and match-fixing allegations (“Tragedy, Mystery and a Cup of Woe”, April 2). This ninth edition of cricket’s most-celebrated tournament will forever remain etched in history.-C.K. SUBRAMANIAM, on e-mailFor cricket lovers, Woolmer’s murder is a matter of shame and has cast a pall of gloom on the World Cup.-BIDYUT KUMAR CHATTERJEE, FaridabadWhen commercialisation of this erstwhile gent-leman’s game had reached its zenith, could crime have remained far behind?-NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiWhat led to Woolmer’s death may soon come to light, yet the game’s real disease is its “overmonetisation”. When any creative pursuit becomes infested with too much lucre, it tends to degenerate, and instead of a “play” it changes into a “question of life and death”.-VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunAll facets of the gentleman’s game now lie open in front of us. Woolmer’s death and the subsequent investigations pointing towards match-fixing, are enough reasons for one to give up on the game. But the love for cricket just refuses to die.-LALIT VERMA, Delhi And They all Fell Down…The performance of the Indian cricket team gives rise to a range of emotions, from ecstasy to happiness to doubt and finally to alarm (“It’s all Mathematics Now”, April 2). These men in blue take us through such an unwelcome rollercoaster rides that I wonder sometimes if it is really time to switch from cricket to kabaddi. At least then the pain of loss would not be ours and the panic attacks would not make a billion lives shorter by the ball.-J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadadvertisementThe build-up was exemplary, the expectations were scary, the hype was exponential and as usual the papered team was at its best (losing of course!). The bubble has burst. Team India of the World Cup is not about crushing the minnows, but putting a commendable performance against A-class opponents, and not being tamed by the tame.-CARLITO MONTEIRO, on e-mailThe Centre should enact a law curbing the cricketers’ commercial contracts as long as they are of playing for the country to assuage the feelings of millions of fans who are taken for a ride by our so-called champions who are actually minnows.-V.S. GANESHAN, BangaloreThe shock and grief at our performance in the World Cup cricket is immature and uncalled-for. The media hyped the Indian team as pretenders to the world crown for monetary reasons. India was knocking at the door of minnows club before the start of the World Cup. Hence there is no point in the blame game and further research on the nonexistent “debacle”.-DILIP GULWADI, on e-mailFutile ConjecturesGoing by Rahul Gandhi’s claim, 30 years from now his progeny may well say that “my father always told my mother that if he and not the other Rahul had been captain of the cricket team, India would have won the 2007 World Cup” (“Baptism by Fire”, April 2). K.R. RAVI, Maryland, USA Little history, like little knowledge, is a dangerous thing, particularly when a little politician like Rahul Gandhi unleashes it in a little town in Uttar Pradesh. Now that the “Gandhis” are in power, what about rebuilding the masjid? The taste of the pudding lies in its eating.-J. AKSHOBHYA, MysoreVote-catching is an essential feature of any democracy, but digging up an unsavoury piece of history to bolster up the sagging fortunes of one’s party may turn out to be a futile exercise. It would be a tragedy for the entire nation, if the fall of Babri Masjid continues to be viewed only through narrow political angles.-T.S. PATTABHI RAMAN, CoimbatureCost of DevelopmentWest Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharya’s struggle is the struggle of the Communist party in West Bengal (“The Struggle of Buddha”, April 2). Perhaps for the first time they are tasting their own bitter pill. He didn’t realise that this is not China and took it as easy as winning an election. Nandigram is a lesson for all but at the cost of 14 lives.-A. JACOB SAHAYAM, ThiruvananthapuramThe killings have taken place in a state governed by the “champions of poor”. The murder of innocent people has exposed that the difference between the Leftists and the agents of globalisation has vanished.-ARVIND K, PANDEY, AllahabadThe Watchdog’s Role I hope the media takes the Uttar Pradesh elections seriously and guides the electorate (“Three Horses and a Pony”, April 2). The voters are looking forward to a detailed analysis of the election strategies of all political parties.-SHIV SHANKER ALMAL, KolkataadvertisementCredit DeniedThe real architect of Karnataka Common Entrance Test was late Ramakrishna Hegde, whose vision had put the state on the world map and not Veerappa Moily (“Tale of Two Worlds”, April 2).-VATSALA VEDANTAM, on e-mailFashion ContoursFashion is unfair for commonman as it is beyond his reach (“Fair is Lovely”, April 2). Models are happy to expose their bodies, which onlookers are only too happy to see.-M. KUMAR, DelhiCorrectionIn the Power List (“Power Pyramid”, March 26), we erroneously mentioned that Videocon had acquired Whirlpool. The error is regretted.-EDITOR  POWER PLAY        Dirubhai AmbaniMukesh AmbaniSunil Bharti MittalAmitabh Bachchan        Kumar Mangalam BirlaAnil AmbaniAnand MahindraNandan M. Nilekani                 In your list there are a number of tax-dodgers and blackmoney holders (“Power Pyramid”, March 26). The day their number decreases, the nation will prosper.S.S. RAJAGOPALAN, ChennaiFor too long you have been depriving me of the regular day-to-day current event stories. For example, your recent Power List special took away so many pages that very little space was left for other stories. Please do not deprive me of my weekly reading.H.P. SHUKLA, on e-mailArvind Kejriwal and Vikram Akula deserve a standing ovation for the work they have done and for having made it to this Power List.ANIKA MOHLA, Delhilast_img read more