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Mandela statue ‘symbolises a united South Africa’

first_img16 December 2013 A 21-gun salute and a fly-past by SA Air Force jets accompanied the unveiling of a nine-metre tall bronze statue of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Monday, South Africa’s Reconciliation Day. Madiba’s statue stands tall on the southern lawns of the Union Buildings, where the statue of former Prime Minister Barry Hertzog was previously mounted, about half- way up the Delville Wood War Memorial, a tribute to South African troops who fell during the First World War, including a plaque in memory of those who died during the Korean War. The statue of Hertzog has been moved to the eastern part of the Delville Wood War Memorial. The statue has Mandela’s arms outstretched, symbolising a united South Africa. President Jacob Zuma, speaking at the unveiling, noted that the statue differed from other statues of Mandela, which typically show him with fist raised in the traditional “struggle salute” of the African National Congress. “He is embracing the country. Both hands are embracing the entire nation,” Zuma said, adding that the Madiba footwork was the same – showing him, showing South Africa, as being on the move. Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, who led Monday’s proceedings, said the statue – by sculptors Andre Prinsloo and Ruhan Jansen van Vuuren – would stand as a monument to the life of Madiba and his contribution to freedom and reconciliation in South Africa. Mandla Mandela, Madiba’s eldest grandson, and US civil rights activist the Reverend Jesse Jackson, were among the dignitaries present to witness the unveiling of the statue. Artist and poet Professor Pitika Ntuli said the statue “has been constructed in a way that it has open arms that is welcoming the world to embrace a united nation, a nation in the process of reconciling with its painful past”. The Union Buildings, which marked its centenary last month, is the place where Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994. Mandela died at his home in Houghton, Johannesburg on 5 December 2013 at the age of 95. He was laid to rest at the Mandela family farm in Qunu in the Eastern Cape on Sunday. According to the Presidency, Monday’s unveiling signalled the end of the 10-day official mourning period following Mandela’s passing away, and the beginning of celebrating and living Mandela’s legacy. The Presidency said national flags around the country would be raised and fly as normal from Monday, having flown at half-mast throughout the national mourning period. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Ohio’s soybean leaders shine at national level

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Bret Davis of the American Soybean Association and John Motter of the United Soybean Board talk with Ty Higgins in the video below from Commodity Classic 2018.last_img

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IPL 2011: Pune take on Punjab

first_imgAll eyes will be on former India captain Sourav Ganguly when bottom placed Pune Warriors meet Kings XI Punjab in a battle of the basement teams in their Indian Premier League encounter in Mohali on Sunday. Desperately looking for a win to salvage some pride, the inclusion of Ganguly will boost their sagging morale. After being cold-shouldered by Kolkata Knight Riders, the 38-year-old Ganguly has a point to prove and going by the number of hours he has been putting in the nets in the past couple of days, Ganguly is all set for some action.For Kings XI, who have suffered five losses from eight games including four in a row, Friday night’s 85- run crushing defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in Bangalore would be weighing heavy on their mind. However, they still have six games left and have slim hopes to make it to the play-off stage while Pune’s campaign is all but over after having suffered seven losses from their nine outings.Pune had a rollicking start to their campaign and Yuvraj led the new franchise to an emphatic win against his erstwhile team Kings XI, but the seven losses on the trot after two wins have been demoralising. It is a crucial game for the Adam Gilchrist-led KXIP as they are languishing at the ninth place with just six points and find themselves in a must-win situation to keep their thin hopes alive for a place in the play-offs.Gilchrist, rising star Paul Valthaty (in pic) and Shaun Marsh have earlier displayed in the tournament their capability to tear apart any bowling side on their day, but it has also been the bane for Punjab side as the batting has been heavily depending on these three. Punjab’s batting has simply not been up to the mark despite Mumbaikar Valthaty’s early heroics.advertisementThe bowling has also looked ordinary, with medium pacer Praveen Kumar and leg spinner Piyush Chawla failing to impress and domestic player Luv Ablish proving a disaster in the last game. But nothing has been going right for Pune either with skipper Yuvraj Singh admitting that he has no clue as to what is the reason behind Warriors’ unending misery in the IPL.YUVRAJ RELYING ON GANGULYYuvraj Singh said on Saturday that Pune are now looking forward to Sourav Ganguly to restore some pride in their campaign. “Hopefully, he will get us a win. It’s good to have him back. I just feel someone who has been captain of Indian team for a long time can always help the youngsters. Hopefully, he will hit few sixes with the bat,” Yuvraj said.With the likes of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman featuring in the IPL, Yuvraj said there was no reason why Ganguly should not be part of the lucrative Twenty20 league. Asked how he sees Ganguly playing under him in a sort of role reversal, Yuvraj said: “It feels great that Sourav is playing under me. He has always helped me as a captain (of the Indian team) and now it’s my duty to help him.”-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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