LOS ANGELES — Kevin Labanc tapped in an in-front-of the crease feed from Logan Couture in overtime to earn the Sharks first win of the 2018-19 season.Labanc scored the winner with 2:06 left in overtime, slipping past Tyler Toffoli get himself open for Couture’s pass, clinching a 3-2 Sharks (1-1 )win over the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center.Joe Thornton recorded his first point since Jan. 23 when he helped set up Timo Meier’s opening goal at 9:27 of the first. Thornton, who underwent major …
The circus is doing a Proudly South African show, with excellent local acts, including Suzanne Wilkie with her delightful dogs and beautiful ponies, on Sunday afternoon, November 24, in the Big Top at the Boswell Wilkie circus farm at Randvaal.It will be a fun-filled family show, a 90-minute escape to the glittering fairytale world of circus.In October 2001, the Boswell Wilkie Circus gave its last show as a “travelling” circus, after nearly 50 years on the road. Since then the circus folk have been delighting both adults and children giving them the opportunity to perform in their own show on birthdays and special occasions.But here it is again – the real thing, an afternoon in the fantasy wonderland of the circus.Tickets are R39 each, which can be booked online at the Boswell Wilkie Circus web site. Detailed directions are also on the site. Light meals and drinks can be obtained at the Cafe du Cirque and there is a fresh produce shop on the farm.Source: Boswell Wilkie Circus
1 June 2006Sunette Pienaar, founder of Heartbeat, has been named South Africa’s “Social Entrepreneur 2006” by the Schwab Foundation.The award was made at the opening of the World Economic Forum’s Forum on Africa in Cape Town on Wednesday, and handed over by First Lady Zanele Mbeki.The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship is running a search for “The Social Entrepreneur of the Year” in 30 countries around the world. In South Africa the search is in partnership with Deloitte and Independent Newspapers.Community interventionHeartbeat is a non-governmental organisation that reaches close to 5 000 orphaned and vulnerable children in communities right across South Africa. These include child-headed households, granny-headed households and potential orphans living with terminally ill parents.The organisation was founded by Pienaar in 2000. By involving the community in raising and supporting the child, Heartbeat has developed a best practice model for the care of orphans.A staff of 105 full-time employees and 500 volunteers have extended this concept of community intervention from the first site in Carltonville, south-west of Johannesburg, to 16 further sites in seven of South Africa’s provinces.The organisation also helps orphans to access social services and schooling, ensures that they have access to medical care and provides regular food parcels.Direct social impactPienaar was selected from a pool of five finalists: Mitchell Besser, Mothers’ Programmes (Cape Town); Taddy Blecher, CIDA City Campus (Johannesburg); Varkey George, SHAWCO (Cape Town); Banks Gwaxula and Jacob Lief, Ubuntu (Port Elizabeth).The judges, Gill Marcus, Futhi Mtoba from Deloitte and Soul City founder Garth Japhet, considered the direct social impact, innovation, scale, replicability and sustainability of the finalists’ organisations.Pienaar is admitted into the global network of leading social entrepreneurs of the Schwab Foundation and is invited to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Staff writerFour Corners, a story of gangsterism, chess and redemption – and South Africa’s submission to this year’s Academy Awards – releases locally on Friday 28 March.Watch the trailer:• Moonlighting Films South Africa+27 21 447 [email protected]@moonlightingfilms.com• Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • Of gangsters, bad cops and taking on Hollywood • American film industry on tour• KanyeKanye wins Chicago film award • Mandela in filmThe film tells the story of a young chess prodigy who must defy the odds and stay one move ahead of the gangs – in a game where winning or losing can mean the difference between life and death. It plays out aspects of the war fought and reported daily on the streets of the Cape Flats, home to the Number gang factions of the Western Cape.Four Corners was South Africa’s official selection for best foreign language film at the 86th Oscars, as well as an International Press Academy 2014 Satellite Award nominee for best international film.In a Hollywood Reporter review, Jordan Mintzer described Four Corners as “intense, heartfelt and stylised” with “eye-popping visuals” and “potent performances”. Gavin Hood, director of the Oscar-winning South African film Tsotsi, has called it “a searingly honest piece of art”.The film stars newcomer Jezriel Skei, who plays the chess prodigy Ricardo, and was directed by Ian Gabriel.“Strength of family was a starting point and inspiration for this film,” Gabriel says. “Having experienced both bonding and loss as a child, I discovered late in life that my father had twice experienced loss of family, a history that was covered up to protect later generations. This piqued my strong passion for the notion of family as a great binder but also as the impenetrable custodian of losses and pains that can remain forever hidden from view.“From this personal passion I hoped to evolve a film about family lost and family regained, and to show it from many shifting perspectives, especially from the point of view of a young boy, because I know that story.“I wanted to make a film that dealt with these trials and conflicts, the desire for family, and the absence of family, and the desire to reform and make things whole within the context of gangsterism.”The film was produced by Giant Films and Moonlighting Films, in association with South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation and National Film and Video Foundation.
15 October 2014South Africa is not a corrupt country, but like other nations, it is a country that is fighting the scourge of corruption and other crimes that are a threat to the rule of law, according to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.Speaking at the 35th International Crime Stoppers Conference on Tuesday, 14 October, Madonsela said she is often asked whether South Africa is a corrupt country.“My response is always: No, we are certainly not a corrupt country. Like many other nations, we are a country that has a problem of corruption. I must add that we are a country that is built to fight and is resolutely fighting corruption and other crimes and threats to the rule of law,’ she said in her speech delivered to delegates attending the conference which runs from 12 to 15 October at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.South Africa ranks fourth after Mauritius, Cape Verde and Botswana in terms of the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance which provides an annual assessment of the quality of governance in 52 African countries, according to Madonsela. “This is good and we should build on it, going forward,’ she said, adding that South Africa’s success in this area is a result of a multi-pronged approach to promoting good governance, including combatting corruption.“We have a sound constitutional and legal framework with a complimentary arsenal of anti-corruption safeguards that we have established since the dawn of our 20-year-old democracy.’South Africa’s Constitution lays the foundation for good governance, and lays out the dos and don’ts for those entrusted with public power, Madonsela said. “Constitutional imperatives include open democracy, public accountability, the supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law.’Regarding legislation, Madonsela said South Africa has the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act, the Prevention of Organized Crime Act, the Financial Intelligence Centre Act and the Public Protector Act, all helping curtail transgressions in the country.Besides the Public Protector, there are other “watchdogs’ like the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (also known as the Hawks), the Independent Police Investigation Directorate, the Asset Forfeiture Unit, the Special Investigating Unit, and the Anti-corruption Coordinating Committee under the Department of Public Service and Administration, among others.“We also have independent constitutional institutions with administrative oversight powers, which include the Public Protector, the Auditor-General and the Independent Electoral Commission and the Public Service Commission. Human Rights bodies such as the South African Human Rights Commission also play a role in fostering integrity by limiting discretion of decision-makers through enforcing human rights,’ said Madonsela.On the issue of corruption per se, Madonsela said this menace is a societal than rather than governmental problem. “I’m sure that it is our common belief that if there was no corrupt individual in society, there would be none in the public sector. There would also be no corruption in the private sector,’ she said.South Africa’s fourth position on the 2014 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance is commendable, but the country can improve on this, according to Madonsela. She said South Africans needs take the following steps:Respect the Constitution and the rule of law, with the understanding that not a single one of us is above the law.Ensure that no one, especially those exercising public power and control over state resources, escapes scrutiny and accountability.Shun and deal with retail or small acts of corruption as it fosters a culture of acceptance of wrong. We need to shun corruption wherever it surfaces.Report corruption.Form a united front against corruptionProtect whistle blowers since they are a critical part of the solution.Madonsela said to succeed against crime all cracks must be closed and one of those cracks is impunity. “If criminals know they can play the system to evade accountability, more will do the same, and before we realize what’s happening the rule of law will be undermined,’ she said.SAinfo reporter
22 June 2014Ties between Cuba and South Africa continue to strengthen, with the latest engagement between the nations a two-week visit from the Cuban 5.The five Cuban nationals – Gerardo Hernandez, Ramon Labanino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and Rene Gonzalez – are in South Africa to thank the government for its support for their release from prison. They were welcomed to South Africa by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation.Doing timeAmerican courts sentenced the five to jail in 1998 on various charges, including espionage and colluding to commit murder.They were Cuban intelligence officers sent to the USA as part of La Red Avispa to monitor militant Cuban exile groups plotting to overthrow Fidel Castro’s government. Cuban exiles were implicated, for instance, when a Cuban passenger jet travelling between Barbados and Jamaica went down in 1976. Of the 73 people killed, 57 were Cuban.US intelligence was reportedly aware of the men’s presence in the US. They were arrested in Miami in September 1998, and were accused and convicted of spying against the US, with their sentences ranging from 15 years to life. Hernandez, the leader of the team, was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder in connection with the 1996 shooting down of the Brothers to the Rescue planes, which had dropped pro-democracy pamphlets on Cuba. Four pilots were killed.Their trial was controversial and the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and Amnesty International issued separate reports in the following years, on the fairness of the trial. Appeals courts first overturned and then reinstated the convictions.After spending 13 years in prison, Gonzalez was the first to be released in 2011; the remainder of the group were only freed in 2014. They were released from jail after an agreement was made between US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro to improve relations between the countries, and as part of a swap for Alan Gross, an American contractor imprisoned in Cuba on suspicion of being a spy.“We are very happy that they are here,” said international relations spokesperson Clayson Monyela. “Cuba has been participating in the reconstruction of South Africa post-1994 by making several contributions. So to celebrate and mark their release, the Cuban 5 are here to participate in a series of events the government of South Africa is hosting.”Ties that bindThe five men served in Angola during the apartheid years, fighting against the national party regime. Following South Africa’s transition to democracy in 1994, Cuba continued its support with the implementation of joint programmes in health, social development, defence, housing and infrastructure.“In addition, the deployment of Cuban doctors, engineers and technical experts throughout South Africa is a further demonstration of Cuba’s commitment to work with South Africa to address the infrastructural backlogs inherited from the pre- 1994 period,” said the department.There are currently 3 000 South African medical students studying in Cuba; another 45 are scheduled to start their studies in September.SAinfo reporter