Batesville homecoming plans announced

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Bulldogs will take on the Franklin County Wildcats for homecoming Friday October 6.The parade theme this year is “Seasons.” Each Batesville High School class will compete for the most creative way to incorporate their favorite season into floats. The parade will assemble at 4:30 p.m. and step off at 5 p.m.Float building will be done on October 3 from 5 to 8 p.m., October 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. and October 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. Entries are still being accepted by emailing [email protected] .The homecoming royalty will be introduced during half-time of the game and a dance sponsored by “Choices” will be held until 11 p.m. after the game.BHS Homecoming Court Candidates,FreshmenJacob WeigelMalia ScheeleKarson MackeKatie BedelSophomoresJacob NobbeMadison ChambersChristian AndersonHalle RenckJuniorsMichael RippbergerBea AmbergerTrey HeidlageSophie BrownSeniors  (King and Queen candidates)Tristian LamppertMolly WintzEmma GausmanQuinten GowdyMaddie PiersonChristian PrickelKelsey HuffnerWill Harmeyerlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly ready to quit cricket committee to avoid conflict

first_imgNew Delhi: Sourav Ganguly is willing to resign from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after CEO Rahul Johri — on behalf of the board — asked ombudsman D.K. Jain to examine his dual role as member of CAC and Delhi Capitals advisor. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the Cricket Association of Bengal president-cum-DC advisor is confident that he is not conflicted, even then, the former India skipper is willing to step down from the CAC which also has Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor V.V.S. Laxman and Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar as members.“Sourav last attended a CAC meeting during the appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach after the Champions Trophy in 2017. In fact, the committee has not even met in recent times and he is clear that if required, he will step down from the role to avoid any questions of conflict. Even though his stance remains unchanged that he is not conflicted in any way, he will meet the ombudsman and discuss the same,” the source said.Jain has asked Ganguly to depose before him on April 20 with regards to questions of conflict of interest raised against him by three complainants from West Bengal — Bhaswati Santua, Ranjit Seal and Abhijeet Mukherjee, who questioned how Ganguly as CAB chief was allowed to sit in the Delhi Capitals dug out during their match against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. April 20 will also see DC clash against Kings XI Punjab at the Feroze Shah Kotla. Interestingly, while the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators have through Johri asked the ombudsman to check on any conflict, the letter from Johri also stated that Ganguly should be allowed to continue as DC advisor if he makes full disclosure due to his vast knowledge. (IANS)Also Read: Sports Newslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Finishers of the virtual Boston Marathon will receive their medals in an Amazon package instead of having a volunteer drape it around their necks on Boylston Street. Runners will have from Sept. 7-14 to complete the 26.2-mile distance and submit proof. There is no time limit, but it must be completed in one continuous run. TENNIS-FRENCH OPENFrench Open to allow fans in stands at the tournamentPARIS (AP) — The French Open will allow fans to attend this year’s postponed tournament.The French Tennis Federation says up to 60% of the stands can be filled with fans when play starts in September at Roland Garros. Tickets will go on sale on July 16 for the Sept. 27-Oct. Oct. 11 tournament. July 2, 2020 Boise State cuts baseball, women’s swimmingUNDATED (AP) — Boise State is cutting its baseball and women’s swimming and diving programs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.The program cuts, along with additional department and program operating reductions, will reduce the overall athletic budget by nearly $3 million.The school said all scholarships for athletes in the affected programs, including incoming 2020 signings, will be honored.In other sports news affected by the virus outbreak: Associated Press Update on the latest sports MONACO (AP) — World Athletics has frozen the program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally after the country’s federation failed to pay a fine on time. The Russian track federation owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping-related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics says it will freeze the work of its Russia task force and its panel for vetting those who want to compete internationally. They will remain shut down until the World Athletics council meets at the end of July. — New York Mets hitting coach Chili Davis will keep on working remotely when the team opens summer training camp Friday. 60-year-old Davis won’t be on site at Citi Field for the beginning of practices because of concerns about the coronavirus. Assistant hitting coach Tom Slater will substitute on site for Davis, who lives in Arizona during the offseason. Minor league hitting coordinator Ryan Ellis will assist Slater— Infielder Breyvic Valera has been claimed by the Toronto Blue Jays off waivers from the San Diego Padres. Toronto also placed four players on the 10-day injured list in moves retroactive to Tuesday: right-handers Elvis Luciano and Hector Perez, third baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder Jonathan Davis. The 28-year-old Valera hit .234 in 17 games last season for the New York Yankees and the Blue Jays, who claimed him off waivers on Sept. 20. He hit his first career home run on the final day of the regular season. San Diego claimed him from Toronto on Feb. 12.— Right-hander Max Meyer has agreed to a $6.7 million signing bonus as part of a minor league contract to join the Miami Marlins, and he’ll take part in training camp starting Friday. The deal was for less than his slot value of $7,221,200 as the No. 3 overall pick in last month’s amateur draft. Meyer had a 2.07 career ERA at the University of Minnesota. He’s in the Marlins’ 60-man player pool and could crack their rotation at some point this year.NFL-WASHINGTON REDSKINS-FEDEXFedEx asks Redskins to change their name 76ers’ Simmons recovered from back injury for restartPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ben Simmons says he’s finally healthy and ready join the Philadelphia 76ers for the NBA restart. Simmons says he’s feeling better now than he did at the start of the season. His last game was Feb. 22 when he took such a hard fall in Milwaukee that he was left lying on his back, vomiting from the pain. He is good to go now and can help the Sixers resume their push to win their first NBA title since 1983. The NBA resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Florida.In other NBA news: — Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson says he feels like he’s in good shape as he prepares to help lead New Orleans’ eight-game push to make the NBA playoffs. Williamson says his top priorities include bonding with teammates after the NBA this week allowed team facilities to reopen for mandatory workouts. Williamson says the Pelicans can be “really special” if they are healthy and in sync when the season resumes July 30 in Orlando. Williamson has averaged 23.6 points in 19 games since coming back from a preseason knee injury.— Ja Morant has taken advantage of the NBA’s hiatus and added 12 pounds of muscle, and the NBA’s likely rookie of the year knows exactly what he wants when the Grizzlies go to Orlando. With Morant leading the way, the Grizzlies won four of their final six before the NBA stopped play March 12. Memphis goes into Orlando’s seeding games sitting in the eighth spot in the Western Conference with a 3 1/2-game lead trying to clinch the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2017. The extra pounds not only make Morant stronger, but the guard listed at 6-foot-3 and 174 pounds when play stopped expects he will be able to absorb contact better. Detroit said the agreement will enhance fan engagement and game-day excitement. Johnny Aitken, CEO of PointsBet USA, says it is the first legal sports betting operator in U.S. history to partner with a Major League Baseball franchise.In other baseball news:– All 30 Major League Baseball teams will train at their regular-season ballparks for the pandemic-shortened season after the Toronto Blue Jays received a Canadian federal government exemption to work out at Rogers Centre. Toronto will move training camp from its spring training complex in Dunedin, Florida. This exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada. MLB required an exemption to a requirement that anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21.— The Boston Red Sox are getting ready to open their spring training reboot at Fenway Park. The team is scheduled to hold its first workouts Friday. Weights and exercise equipment were set up in the concourse Thursday to allow players to work out with more social distancing than the usual cramped facilities would allow. Masked grounds crew members worked to get the field ready. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker was at Fenway to sign an order allowing the Red Sox to open the ballpark without fans.— Chicago Cubs left-hander José Quintana had surgery to repair nerve damage in his pitching thumb Thursday after he cut himself washing dishes and is out indefinitely. The Cubs said Quintana lacerated his thumb at his home in Miami on Saturday and needed five stitches. He had surgery in Chicago on Thursday morning. The 31-year-old Quintana is expected to resume throwing in about two weeks. The Cubs will then get a better idea of how much time he will miss. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB NEWSTigers announce partnership with sportsbook operatorDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have become the first Major League Baseball team to reach a deal with a sports gambling company, announcing a multiyear partnership with PointsBet.center_img WASHINGTON (AP) — The title sponsor of the Washington Redskins’ stadium wants the NFL team to change its name. In a statement today, FedEx said they “have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name”. The company paid the team $205 million in 1999 for the naming rights to FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. In addition to the stadium name and sponsorship agreement, FedEx CEO Frederik Smith is a minority owner. Majority owner Daniel Snyder has shown no indications he’ll change the name since buying the team in 1999.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Fewer preseason games following an offseason without on-field workouts creates more challenges for new coaches, players who changed teams and rookies. The NFL is cutting the exhibition schedule in half and pushing back the start of the preseason to allow teams more time to train because the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of organized team activities and minicamps. Players are strongly considering asking for even fewer exhibition games.— “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” will be performed live or played before “The Star-Spangled Banner” prior to each NFL game during Week 1 and the league is considering putting names of victims of police brutality on helmet decals or jersey patches, a person familiar with the discussions told The Associated Press. The person said the league is working collaboratively with players to recognize victims of systemic racism throughout the season in a variety of ways. The person spoke to the AP on Thursday on condition of anonymity because discussions between the league and the NFL Players Association are ongoing.NBA-76ers-SIMMONS Texas A&M, Jimbo Fisher handed recruiting penalties by NCAACOLLEGE STATION (AP) — The NCAA has put Texas A&M’s football program on probation and coach Jimbo Fisher has been given a six-month show-cause order.The Aggies were found to have violated recruiting and other rules beginning in January 2018. The NCAA says Fisher and an assistant coach had impermissible contact with a recruit.Fisher was banned from phone calls, emails and texts with prospects for nine days in January. The school was fined $5,000 and given other recruiting restrictions.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK UNDATED (AP) — Watkins Glen International is open again for racing in upstate New York.Track president Michael Printup says most furloughed employees have returned to work.Printup says it’s too early to speculate, but if all goes according to plan he estimates the track could host at least 20,000 fans for NASCAR weekend in mid-August. That will snap a string of five consecutive sellouts that has attracted more than 90,000 fans annually. It would still be a welcome boost for the local economy.In other racing news:– NASCAR and IndyCar have come together for an unprecedented weekend of racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IndyCar will start the racing on Saturday afternoon, followed by the Xfinity Series making its debut on the road course. Then NASCAR’s elite Cup Series will race on the oval on Sunday. Fans aren’t allowed to attend what is considered a major milestone for American motorsports. Elsewhere in the PGA: — The PGA of America is removing Horton Smith’s name from one of its awards because of his history opposing Blacks. Smith is best known as the first winner of the Masters. The Hall of Famer was president of the PGA of America from 1952 to 1954. The PGA of America board decided to rename the Horton Smith Award after a review found that Smith defended the “Caucasian-only” clause while PGA president. The clause was rescinded in 1961. The honor will now be called the PGA Professional Development Award. It’s given to a member for outstanding contributions to professional education.— Chase Koepka gave up a rare chance to play on the PGA Tour by withdrawing from the Travelers Championship out of safety involving the coronavirus. Now the younger brother of Brooks Koepka is being rewarded . The tour is adding Chase Koepka to the field next week for the Workday Charity Open at Muirfield Village. Koepka got into Travelers as a Monday qualifier. He played a practice round with his brother and Graeme McDowell. Their caddies tested positive for the virus. That led Chase Koepka to withdraw to protect the field in case he wound up with the coronavirus.NASCAR-WATKINS GLENWatkins Glen open again, optimistic for NASCAR weekend In other tennis news:— Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic. His media team says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago. Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. GOLF-ROCKET MORTGAGE CLASSICDoc Redman in 3-way tie for lead at Rocket Mortgage ClassicDETROIT (AP) — Doc Redman took a step toward remaining among those to make the cut in every event since the PGA Tour resumed, opening with a 7-under 65 to share a one-shot lead with Scott Stallings and Kevin Kisner in the Rocket Mortgage Classic. Redman closed his first round Thursday with four straight birdies and seven over the last eight holes at the Detroit Golf Club. He went from being a Monday qualifier to finishing second at the inaugural Rocket Mortgage Classic last year. The 22-year-old Redman is shooting to take the next step with his first PGA Tour victory. — Townsend Bell is putting his own unique twist on “double duty” this weekend. The NBC Sports analyst will call the IndyCar race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday before jetting off to Florida to compete in the IMSA sports car race at Daytona. When the IndyCar race ends, a police escort will take him and car owners Jimmy Vasser and James Sullivan to a chartered plane to make it back to Daytona for the 6:10 p.m. start. SOCCER-EQUAL PAYAmerican women hire appeals lawyers in equal pay lawsuitLOS ANGELES (AP) — American women players suing the U.S. Soccer Federation for equal pay have hired a pair of appellate lawyers, even before a trial. Nicole Saharsky and Brian Netter of Mayer Brown joined the legal team on today. Netter is a former clerk of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. Players sued in March 2018 under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and they asked for more than $66 million in damages. U.S. District Judge R. Gary Klausner threw out the pay claims in May but allowed discriminatory work conditions allegations to go to trial. That’s scheduled for Sept. 15.FORMULA ONE-HAMILTON-RACISM Hamilton feels responsibility to push for more F1 diversitySPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton feels it’s his responsibility as a global star to keep pushing for more diversity in his profession and beyond. Hamilton has attended a Black Lives Matter march in London and is setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.RUSSIAN DOPINGWorld Athletics freezes Russia panels because of unpaid fine — The coronavirus numbers are rising in Florida and across the NBA. The league says a total of 35 players and staff from the 22 teams that will take part in the rebooted season have tested positive since such checks became mandated on June 23. And statewide, Florida reported more than 10,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. All that news comes less than a week before teams begin arriving at the Disney complex near Orlando.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOMFlyers’ Lindblom completes treatment for rare bone cancerPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Flyers forward Oskar Lindblom has completed radiation treatments for a rare form of bone cancer. He rang the bell at Abramson Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital, which signifies that he has completed his radiation treatments. The 23-year-old was diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a cancerous tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. Lindblom says he’s grateful the cancer was caught early and he’s happy to be alive.COLLEGE FOOTBALLlast_img read more

Video: Chelsea mis-sold Torres? Transfer compensation claim courtesy of talkSPORT?

first_imgFernando Torres’ price tag may have dropped spectacularly since his ill-fated £50 million move from Liverpool, but Chelsea fans will still be hoping that somehow they can recoup some of that money, should the Spaniard move on from the club.And perhaps the only way Abramovich might collect a decent fee, is by using talkSPORT’s helpful PPI (Previously Potent International) advert to reclaim some cash.If you’re a Russian billionaire, or have accidently squandered your funds on an over-inflated transfer target, then this is the solution for you.For more brilliant sports videos, subscribe to the talkSPORT YouTube Channel here.last_img read more

Former Red Sox team up to lead Giants past Blue Jays

first_imgClick here if you are unable to view this gallery on a mobile device.TORONTO — A stereotype exists that suggests Canadians are among the nicest people on the planet.After a trip to Toronto, the Giants just might believe it because the Blue Jays were overly gracious hosts this week.The Giants walked into the Rogers Centre and played some of their best baseball of the year, earning a two-game sweep while making the Blue Jays appear overmatched in the process. A “welcome back” tribute Toronto …last_img read more

EASSy undersea cable on track

first_imgConstruction of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), a 9 900km-long optical submarine cable between Durban and Port Sudan, is expected to begin in mid-December after a group of development banks including the International Finance Corporation (IFC) announced a US$70.7-million investment in the project. The IFC said in a statement issued on Monday that it would provide long-term financing to the value of $18.2-million, while the African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank, Germany’s development bank KfW and the French development bank AFD would jointly provide the rest. The total cost is $235-million and the rest of the financing will be provided by a consortium of 25 private telecommunications operators, 21 of which are African and will be the cable’s main capacity users. The consortium earlier signed a turnkey contract with Paris and New York-listed network solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent to lay the fibre-optic cables for EASSy. “It is a major accomplishment to have finalised the loan financing of this complex project,” IFC chief executive Lars Thunell said. “This is a vote of confidence for the continent. The project will transform the African telecommunication landscape and have a direct positive impact on business in East Africa.” EASSy will link Sudan to South Africa via Djibouti, Somalia, Tanzania, Madagascar and Mozambique. It will have landing points in Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mogadishu (Somalia), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique), and Mtunzini in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province. Botswana, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Rwanda, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe will also be linked to the system as terrestrial cables known as the Nepad ICT Broadband Network, which aims to free the continent from its dependence on expensive satellite systems to carry voice and data traffic. Nepad (the New Partnership for Africa’s Development) is the African Union’s blueprint for socio-economic development on the continent. According to the IFC, consumers along the east coast of Africa typically pay between $200 and $300 a month for internet access, which are some of the world’s highest and have an adverse economic impact. “As a result of the EASSy cable, prices for international connectivity will drep by two-thirds at the outset, and the number of subscribers will triple. Because the project gives open access to service providers, prices will fall further as volume and competition increases,” the IFC states.last_img read more

SA mining fatalities at record low

first_img8 May 2012 A safety crackdown reduced the number of fatalities at South Africa’s mines to a record low of three in April – down from an average of 11 or more per month.“There has been a significant improvement on health and safety since the department intensified enforcement measures at the mines,” Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu told the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town on Monday.“In fact, the month of April 2012 has recorded the lowest fatalities ever, of three deaths, when compared with other historical figures, which were generally more than 11 deaths per month.”South Africa’s mines are the world’s deepest and among the most dangerous, and Shabangu’s ministry has been leading a drive that has included a surge in inspections and stoppages for safety violations.This year to date, 39 people have lost their lives in South African mines compared with 42 in the same period in 2011, while the number of mine injuries fell 35 percent to 668, Shabangu said.South Africa’s mining output fell sharply in volume terms in February, the latest month for which data is available, highlighting the impact of the safety push.Production of platinum group metals (PGMs) fell 47.6 percent, while gold output fell 11.5 percent in volume terms in February. Total mineral production was down 14.5 percent compared with the same month last year.Sapalast_img read more

Youth Day 2016: 40 South Africans Under 40

first_imgTo commemorate Youth Day 2016, we look at the class of young South Africans under the age of 40 whose individual impact, small or great, have perfectly embodied the spirit of the class of 1976 in forging the country’s distinctive identity. (Image: Wikipedia)CD AndersonForty years ago South African youth influenced the way today’s young South Africans wield their own historical impact on the country.This Youth Day we highlight 40 South Africans born since 1976 who have changed South Africa, or even the world in their own unique way through politics, culture, business, sport and public service.Jeremy Nell aka Jerm – cartoonistContinuing a long tradition of strong, intelligent and sharp political art led by cartoonists such as Zapiro, Rico and Dr Jack, Jeremy Nell, known as Jerm, is currently one of South Africa’s best and most widely read satirists. At only 37, he has had a fruitful and eventful career so far, first contributing to The Times and The New Age newspapers before taking his current post as cartoonist-in-residence at Eyewitness News and eNCA websites. He also draws for a number of South African non-news publications. He was a finalist at the 2014 Standard Bank Sikuvile Journalism Awards, named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2012 and a winner of a number of local and international art and journalism awards. Jerm describes himself as “South Africa’s 39th best cartoonist”, but through his art and acerbic social media presence Jerm has an impressive cool-cache amongst the youth with sardonic observations on the absurdities of South African culture.Anne Hirsch – comedienneAnne Hirsch is South Africa’s queen of comedy. The Anne Hirsch Show on Youtube is one of the country’s most watched online channels and features interviews with some of the country’s most famous, most controversial and most loved personalities, all rounded out with Anne’s cheeky humour. Born and raised in Bloemfontein, Hirsch studied drama in Cape Town. She rose to fame winning the David Kau-produced So You Think You’re Funny reality show in 2009. In addition to her Youtube channel and a radio show that won an MTN Best Night Time Show award in 2013, Hirsch is also the popular host of the Great South African Bake Off. Hirsch’s fun, irreverent and youthful sensibility won her a SAFTA for Best Comedy Writing for the ZANEWS parody show, dislaying a firm but funny finger on the pulse of contemporary South African life.Redi Tlhabi – radio presenterRedi Tlhabi is a no holds barred radio presenter, writer, wife and mother. The undisputed queen of talk radio, Tlhabi’s 702 morning show is one of the most popular in the country. She can hold her own against the toughest politicians while showing compassion for ordinary South Africans. “I love the interaction that radio offers,” Tlhabi once told the Mail & Guardian newspaper, “it feels more like a dinner table conversation than a programme.” With a degree in journalism and honours in social science, Tlhabi understands the complexities of contemporary South African life. She is known to be fearless against inequality and injustice, yet cool and measured in the heat of the debate. Often called the voice of reason in the multimedia noise of the modern world, Tlhabi’s Twitter timeline is a constant and vigorous medium of debate and conversation with almost 300 000 followers.Mokena Makeka – architectAs one of the country’s leading architects, Mokena Makeka is helping create a unique South African aesthetic in its public spaces. His philosophy is to create dignified but modern structures that make South Africans proud of how the country looks to the outside world. His Makeka Design Lab has been involved in a number of high-profile building projects, including the rejuvenation of downtown Johannesburg and renovations to the Cape Town railway station. His company is also involved in the design and building of educational facilities around the country. “I run my studio as a place of learning and enquiry with a purpose,” he told Design Indaba. “Architecture is art. It needs personality and bravery.” Makeka is the South African representative on the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council for Design and lectures at the University of Cape Town.Oliver Hermanus – filmmakerOliver Hermanus is one of South Africa’s most original filmmakers, using his passion for the art form to both drive social change and entertain audiences. Directing credits include Shirley Adams and Skoonheid. Hermanus tells uniquely South African stories with distinctive flare, yet never falls back on obvious narrative tropes. It is a style that translates both locally and globally, with Shirley Adams scoring SAFTA awards for Best Film and Director in 2009. Skoonheid won acclaim and awards at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. His latest film, Endless River is another personal story told with great performances and a tangible and earthy film palette. It became the first South African film to compete for the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival, paving the way for an assured international career.Lauren Beukes – writerLauren Beukes is an award-winning novelist, screenwriter and journalist who specialises in horror and supernatural speculative fiction with a distinctive African flavour. In addition to her fictional work, Lauren has a long tradition of social justice work within the arts community, paving a way forward for quality modern African literature and mentoring up and coming female and black writers. Beukes’s second novel, Zoo City, won the 2011 Arthur C. Clarke award for most original and outstanding science fiction work. Her follow-up, The Shining Girls, gained the attention of Stephen King who called it one of the best books he read in the last ten years.Sifiso Ngobese – entrepreneurAn entrepreneur with an environmental vision is a rare and necessary combination. While Sifiso Ngobese might not grab headlines like Elon Musk or Mark Shuttleworth, he is starting small by tackling the litter problem in Gauteng. He is using a ubiquitous city staple: the trolley waste collectors, known as the “Abomakgereza”. Ngobese’s Unconventional Media Solutions (UMS) project, which is quite literally rolling out industrially designed trolley-containers to South Africa’s thousands of waste recyclers, is slowly gaining converts. The project solicits advertising for the trolleys, offering the recyclers a percentage of the profits. The colourful, road safe containers enjoys support from brands such as Collect-A-Can, Nedbank and Red Bull. UMS’ first rollout of 200 trolleys in Gauteng, along with waste management and entrepreneurial training for the recyclers, is taking trash collection to a new level.Alan Knott-Craig Jr – entrepreneurAlan Knott-Craig Jr is South Africa’s mobile communications king, taking on the big names in the industry and changing the way ordinary South Africans access the internet through mobile devices. Not only was he the CEO of Mxit, the country’s largest and most popular mobile social network between 2009 and 2012, he is now heading up the Project Isizwe non-profit initiative to bring free Wi-Fi to the nation. The company’s flagship Tshwane operation follows the international model for urban internet accessibility, offering schools, libraries and public spaces user-friendly portals to the world. The project is looking to bring the free Wi-Fi revolution to other major cities in South Africa, but more important, to rural areas. In addition to being one of South Africa’s most creative ideas-people, Knott-Craig is also a proudly South African praise-singer for the country and its people. His ground-breaking motivational book Don’t Panic… urges all South Africans to play their role in building the country. His most recent book collaboration, So, You Want To Be A Hero, is a series of essays targeted at motivating young South Africans to break the mould in business and life.Ashleigh Moolman Pasio – road cyclistAshleigh Moolman Pasio is one of South Africa’s top road cyclists, building a quiet but consistent career over the last 10 years. She is the only South African ranked in the International Cycling Union (UCI) top 10 for 2015/16. She has competed in the 2012 Olympics, won bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and won first place in the 2015 African Continental Championships in both road race and time trial categories. Pasio also won last year’s 94.7 Cycle Challenge. She has been specifically tipped by Team South Africa coach Frank Dick to be one of the country’s medal contenders at the Rio Olympics in August. In a recent interview with Cycling News, she reiterated her passion for the sport and her country, “I hope [I] can inspire other South Africans and Africans to realise that with hard work, determination and sacrifice anything is possible”.Bheki Kunene – entrepreneurEntrepreneur Bheki Kunene is one of South Africa’s most celebrated and respected business minds, yet his story could have ended up differently. Kunene spend much of his youth trouble-making and on the run from the law, becoming almost notorious in his hometown of Gugulethu. That soon changed, as Kunene said in a 2015 interview with Radio 702, “my turning point came after I felt like giving up on myself. Society deemed me as a misfit and thought I belonged in jail, or dead. I felt I had nothing to lose anyway. The agony fuelled me to wanting to become successful.Bheki turned his life around and begin his own digital design agency with not much more than an idea, a computer and R600. His company Mind Trix Media is now one of South Africa’s top media agencies, celebrated both in South Africa and the world, with clients from four continents. He is ranked as one of Forbes List’s 30 most promising young entrepreneurs in Africa for 2015.Adriaan Strauss – rugby playerIt was hard not to miss the hulking presence and undeniable passion of Adriaan Strauss during last year’s Rugby World Cup. The 30 year-old Springbok and Bulls hooker has had a steady rise in his playing career, and has now become the Springbok captain under new coach Allister Coetzee’s game plan to inject more level-headed consistency and a bit of power into the team. Strauss has 55 caps for the national team, scoring six tries including two match-winning tries against Scotland at Murrayfield in 2013. Coetzee calls Strauss’ leadership a potential a watershed moment for the future of South African rugby, adding that “(Strauss) enjoys the respect of all the players and he has always fulfilled a leadership role wherever he played, since coming through the junior national structures.”Buti Manamela – Deputy Minister in the PresidencyAs a former youth leader, issues effecting young South Africans is something embedded in Manamela’s DNA, and as someone close to senior Minister Jeff Radebe and the President himself, he is able to bring those issues front and centre for the good of the country. Manamela has had a wide-ranging career for someone as young he is, having been a prodigious student activist in his Limpopo province in the early 1990s. He has been a community journalist and trade unionist. A Member of Parliament since 2009, he has fulfilled positions in the Economic Development, Trade and Labour portfolios. He also has extensive experience in pan-African and global economic partnerships. As one of the government’s new generation of grassroots politicians and agents of social change, Manamela is poised for to be even more influential in determining policy that strengthens the country’s democracy.Sihle Tshabalala – tech entrepreneurTshabalala’s story is one of powerful transformation: a reformed convict and prison gang member, he now runs one of most successful prisoner rehabilitation and support organisation in South Africa. Tshabalala began his Damascene journey while still incarcerated in the Brandvlei Correctional Centre in the Western Cape. He joined the Group of Hope, an initiative that assists prisoners in completing their basic education and developing sellable skills. After being released in 2013, he wanted to continue the good work he had started and created Brothers For All (B4All) an organisation that trains both reformed prisoners and the youth in computer programing and coding. Speaking to the Mail & Guardian in 2015, Tshabalala says his time behind bars drives his need to help society, saying “I believe with deep conviction (we all have the ability to) end the cycle of poverty and crime, (with B4All) offering technology skills to youth at risk, offenders and ex-offenders (creates an opportunity to change mind-sets and offer realistic hope).” With programming skills in much demand and an employment boom currently underway in the IT industry, the work done by Tshabalala and his organisation offers hope beyond a life of crime and his own experience is living proof of that.Simphiwe Dana – singerAs one of South Africa’s most successful music stars, Dana epitomises young South Africa’s message to the world: young, proud and beautiful. Not only a great singer, whose lyrical blend of modern jazz soul and African rhythms has set her apart from others, Dana is also an outspoken social activist for feminism and the rights of the youth. “I wish I didn’t feel so strongly about social injustice,” Dana told Gareth Cliff this year, “I wish I could just write music…(but) I like to fix people.” Hailed when she released her first album in 2004 as the new Miriam Makeba, Dana’s lyrics draws strongly on her upbringing in the Transkei, and she remembers the influence of her mother and her singing voice as a key motivator in both her career and her life. While she has become a mother herself, letting her music take a backseat (for now), Dana is still very much in the public eye and vocal on social media on topical local and global issues with her over 200,000 followers, with the appropriate handle of @firebrand.Angela Larkan – HIV/Aids activistFor almost ten years, the non-profit organization has helped fight the destructive impact of HIV/AIDS and poverty on rural communities, particularly on children. Thanda, begun by Larkan on the Kwa-Zulu Natal’s rural South Coast, supports over 300 orphaned children in the area, in early childhood development, education and other community services. Larkan and her work was featured in a 2011 Levi Strauss ad campaign Go Forth that highlighted pioneering NGOs. The campaign also featured actor Matt Damon’s safe sanitation project. Larkan and Thanda continue to work in unison with the people to build rural communities that are self-reliant, healthy places where residents respect one another and live sustainably, all while keeping the education and health of children as priority. The organisation has won numerous awards for its work, including the 2010 Brand South Africa Mzansi Soul award and a Southern African Drivers of Change Award in 2011.Musa Manzi – geophysicist and educatorDr Musa Manzi grew up poor in a rural village in KwaZulu-Natal, where poverty and God inspired him to become the man he is today. A natural-born teacher with a passion for knowledge, he starting teaching maths and biology to fellow students while still in matric. He always knew his destiny lay in education, and promised himself that when he could, he would give back to the next generation. “It is a lesson to all (students),” he told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “they shouldn’t let the troubles of their past prevent or limit them from reaching their potential.” He became the first black South African to obtain a PhD in Geophysics, and is currently doing ground-breaking work on seismic reflection data from the Wits Basin that has opened up new ways of understanding the distribution of methane gas along underground faults, something that goes a long to improving mining safety and resource evaluation. Manzi is also the first African to win the international award for the Best Research Paper published in Geophysics of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists. Manzi is a lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand, but also donates his time as a science and maths teacher in Alexandra schools, giving back opportunities that he often never had himself when growing up.Sanelisiwe Ntuli – poet and educatorInspired by her storyteller father who regaled her as a child with traditional African fables that had a rich history and strong identity, Ntuli was determined to keep those stories alive for the next generation. She believes even in this modern technological age, that stories have the ability to change the world, “by telling a story you can heal someone or change somebody’s life because we are surrounded by stories,” she told the Mail & Guardian in 2015. Mentored by South Africa’s doyenne of African storytelling, Gcina Mhlope, Ntuli is using stories to educate and promote literacy in the country’s poorest areas through her Funda Ubhale project. She is also a published poet and has performed spoken word monologues at literary festivals in South Africa and around the world. Funda Ubhale is currently presented in over 15 schools and focuses on teaching children to read and write through the art of storytelling and inspiring imagination.Sivu Siwisa – gender activistSiwisa is the creator of the Ikasi Pride initiative designed to raise awareness and understanding of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) experience, particularly in townships and rural areas. The movement aims to advance understanding of the constitutional rights of LGBTI people by making information, support and resources readily available to combat the marginalisation of LGBTI people. “What keeps me inspired is the knowledge that someone before me worked tirelessly to push LGBTI rights in South Africa.” Siwisa told Mail & Guardian in 2014, “it is then not only my duty to guard those rights, but my responsibility to ensure that everyone else in the LGBTI community, regardless of gender, race or geographic location, enjoys those rights too.”Bruce Dube – tech entrepreneurDube creates and owns a number of highly influential digital media platforms, including youth portals, ecommerce sites, video platforms and online magazines, including the hugely popular education platform EduCan. He has been recognised as one of the British Council’s top 60 Global Change Makers in 2013 and one of the World Bank’s five most prominent young people from Latin America and Africa, as well as one of UNAIDS SA’s Youth Movers and Shakers. Inspired by young people with positive attitudes despite their circumstances, Dube knew that technology was key in giving go-getters better access to developmental information that could enhance their education, employment prospects and inspire their entrepreneurship. In addition to offering these mobile and internet portals, he also invests in youth start-ups across Africa when he sees the potential for making Africa a fully connected continent with the rest of the world. “It’s OK to be different,” is Dube’s life philosophy, “do what you can, use what you have, where you are and you can go far.”Pippa Tshabalala – tech journalistWith a multi-million local gaming industry growing yearly, it’s important that critical voices stand out to guide the consumer base, which is dominated by the youth, on the ins and outs of the industry, not only in the game technology itself but also in the surrounding social implications of technology that continues envelope everyday lives. Tshabalala has been a writer, TV producer and ardent gamer for over ten years and is one of the most respected journalists in her field. An outspoken critic of sexism in the gaming community, Tshabalala encourages more females to get involved in all aspects of the industry to change the status quo. She was a presenter on The Verge, South Africa’s first locally produced show dedicated to gaming and technology, and has written for a number of local and international publications on the advent of gaming and the local game design industry. She has presented talks at TEDxSoweto, highlighting the importance of gaming and technology in social change and also does consumer education for Vodacom.AB de Villiers – cricketerSuperhuman batting, a calm confidence and a fan-winning smile sums Proteas captain and batsman AB de Villiers perfectly, but he is much more. He is currently one of the game’s most popular proponents, both at home and around the world, thanks to his stylish gameplay and ability to strike any ball anywhere in the field, earning him the nickname ‘Mr 360’. AB plays in all formats of the game, including time with the fast-paced Indian Premier League, where he rivals even West Indian power-player Chris Gayle in both runs scored and popularity. As Proteas captain, he has fully mastered the modern game: AB holds batting records for the fastest fifty, hundred and one hundred fifty score in ODI cricket, the fastest Test hundred by a South African and the fastest T20 fifty by a South African. Ultimately, he is ranked by the International Cricket Council (ICC) as the best batsman in the world in all formats of the game right now. A fan favourite in South Africa, AB has used his popularity to begin cricket workshops in a number of rural schools, hoping to inspire youngsters to think and hit big. On his success, AB is humble but grateful, telling South African Cricket magazine that “I can never win a game alone. Every time I’m out there, it’s about the team and about the country.”Lauren Schroeder – palaeoanthropologistSchroeder is one of South Africa’s top archaeologists and experts working on the forefront of evolution and diversification of Pleistocene Homo, the ‘missing link’ between the Australopith extinct genus of hominids and the genus of modern humans over two million years ago. More simply, she explained to Mail & Guardian, “This period is important as it marks the emergence of our genus Homo; the beginning of our humanness.” Schroeder is involved with both the Malapa and Rising Star hominid projects at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. She is also part of the research team studying recent fossil discoveries, including Australopithecus sediba and Homo Naledi, all of which she describes as “unravelling questions about our origins adds an additional layer to our rich African identity and heritage.” Schroeder has authored a number of publications and academic presentations internationally, and will take up a post-doctoral research associate position at the State University of New York. But she hopes to return to South Africa to teach and share her passion for uncovering the secrets of humankind’s prehistory hidden away right here in South Africa. Her advice to learners and budding researchers is “never stop questioning.”Karen Zoid – singerDubbed South Africa’s ‘Queen of Rock’, Zoid has had an influence on not only her large rock music audience, but also on the greater national cultural landscape. Zoid shot to fame in 2001 with her iconic youth anthem Afrikaners is Pleiserig that poked fun and celebrated a generation coming of age in the new South Africa. A winner of numerous local music awards, including Best Female Artist SAMA in 2008, Zoid has toured right across the country, to diverse, appreciative audiences at South Africa’s premier music and cultural festivals, performing with the likes of Vusi Mahlesela, Dorothy Masuka and Zolani Mahola. Her duet with Francois van Coke, Toe Vind Ek Jou, is one of South Africa’s biggest iTunes hits and the most watched local music video on YouTube, with over 1 million views. In between live performances and her Kyknet talkshow Republiek van Zoid Afrika, Zoid is also a mentor on the popular reality TV show The Voice where she helps nurture new South African talent.Lady Skollie – artist and social media influencerNot only is Laura Windvogel, AKA Lady Skollie, one of South Africa’s leading contemporary artists, she is also one of the country’s most outspoken social media influencers through her various online social networks. She describes the power of immediate interaction possibilities of social media as empowering, telling the Superbalist fashion and culture website that “(the world is) definitely nearing a space where our thoughts and opinions resonate louder than ever before.”In between creating controversial yet engaging art, Skollie runs a full gamut of multimedia operations, including podcasting, photography and writing. It is on her Twitter, Facebook and Instagram feeds that she creates a uniquely South African, humourous and confrontational youth-orientated vibe that is winning her new fans daily.Faith47 – street artistFaith47 is the internationally-acclaimed South African street artist, with works exhibited on numerous public city spaces around the world, including Taipei, Manchester and Cape Town. Often compared to English art provocateur Banksy, in at least her temperament, Faith47’s art attempts to disarm the strategies of global realpolitik and speaks to the complexities of the history of the human condition and its global existential search.Mahala magazine calls her “one of South Africa’s most unflinching and overtly political artistic voices.” Her most famous works include the Capax Infiniti mural in Portland, US, and her Fees Must Fall graffiti at university campuses across South Africa.Siba Mtongana – chef and television personalityMtongana is a passionate and dynamic food enthusiast, bringing style and charisma to South Africa television food scene. Her popular DStv Food Network show Siba’s Table is broadcast in more than 130 countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, USA, Australia and Asia. With a degree in Food, Nutrition and Consumer Sciences, Mtongana is popularising healthy living at both home and around the world, all with unique African flavours and an easy-going accessibility. She has won three prestigious Galliova (international food) Awards for her recipe development, food styling and food journalism, and, in 2014, was honoured by O magazine’s Power List as one of Africa’s most influential women alongside actress Lupita Nyong’o and South African Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.Victor Dlamini – writer, podcasterAs a former journalist, Dlamini has always asked tough questions and offered measured but passionate commentary on South African life. He left journalism and a stint in corporate communications to combine his two loves: photography and literature. His photography work includes portraiture of South African writers, artists and music stars. Dlamini hosts the popular Victor Dlamini Literary Podcast, where he hosts a number of top South African writers and literary experts, passionately analysing South African and African literature, in particular how language and the written word reflects the African experience. His life philosophy, he tells the Books Live website, is to “decide what is important in your own life, and then do it with all the love and care possible.”Tsitsi Chiumya – game designerAfter Robot is a uniquely South African board game, in the same vein as Monopoly or Risk, that uses the local taxi industry as a backdrop to learning how business works and understanding South African culture. The game is the brainchild of Chiumya and his game development team at Shapa Studios. Chiumya wants use locally designed board games and computer games as an educational tool and a community builder, much like the way he himself played in his youth, particularly the traditional game of morabaraba (or African chess). Speaking to the Mail & Guardian, he says his dream is to put South Africa on the gaming map, especially as board games begin to enjoy a resurgence around the world, adding that “games that are made from a South African or African perspective can create experiences that will cross cultures and bring all people of the world together.”Simon Mayson – urban plannerDirector of inner city transformation for the City of Johannesburg Mayson is tasked with solving the housing crisis in South Africa’s largest urban hub and does so with great enthusiasm, perfectly placed to make a real change for thousands of ordinary residents of the city. Mayson is currently co-ordinating the development of the Inner City Housing Implementation Plan, through a partnership with the Johannesburg Social Housing Organisation, Johannesburg Development Agency, the City’s Planning Department and Housing Department. “Inner-city Johannesburg,” Mayson told Mail & Guardian this year, “despite being a mayoral priority and pinpointed at provincial and national level as the hub and core of Gauteng, had neither formal policy, nor implementation by the housing department. Yet decent, affordable housing is arguably the key to transformation there.” He has worked across Africa, discovering new ways to meet the urban expansion challenges in a truly African way, embodying both the spirit of Ubuntu and the importance of uplifting ordinary citizens with on-the-ground interaction. “I aspire to be a change-maker, a thinker and a doer,” he says.Trevor Noah – comedian, TV presenterWithout doubt, Noah is the most famous South African in the world right now, having become the host of one of America’s most popular late night television shows, The Daily Show, where he brings his acerbic, down-to-earth African wit and cool outsider hipness to the realm of US politics and pop culture. But it has been a long road to where he is now, having done his time on the South African stand-up comedy circuit for over 15 years. He has acted and presented in various home-grown shows, before trying his luck in the US and Europe as a comedian. Equally able to tackle the US riotous pre-election season and the global politics, Noah has settled in nicely as Daily Show host, and the show has quickly made Noah a popular staple in the lives of young Americans’ (and South Africans).Itumeleng Khune – football playerThe safest hands in South Africa, Khune is a stalwart of the Bafana Bafana football team for over 10 years, and currently its captain. Khune began his sporting career as a school cricketer, but inspired by his father’s amateur football career and a desire to earn a living for his family, he started playing professional football, first as a defender with the Kaizer Chiefs junior league and then later as goalkeeper. He became Bafana Bafana’s first-choice keeper in 2008, competing in the African Cup Nations, Confederations Cup and the 2010 World Cup. He became the national team’s captain in 2013. He has won numerous awards as both national player and Chiefs fixture, including Premier Soccer League’s Footballer of the Year and the SA Sportsman of the Year, both in 2013. When not defending between the posts for Chiefs and his country, he spends time nurturing the next generation of South African football stars teaching the fine art of goalkeeping.Dr Tlaleng Mofokeng – medical doctorAs a general practitioner Mofokeng has always made it her primary mission to communicate and champion accurate and vital medical information, particularly on reproductive and sexual health. Through her popular Kaya FM radio show, in her forthright yet quirky style, she gets to do that on a larger scale. She encourages thousands of listeners to challenge rape culture, engender respect for patients among health practitioners and raise awareness of women’s health issues and sexual violence. Mofokeng also raises awareness via her social media platforms and on local and international television and runs a successful women’s health practice in Johannesburg. She is also vice-chairperson of the Sexual and Reproductive Justice Coalition.“My end goal as a doctor is to ensure there are places where people can have their bodily integrity respected,” Mofokeng told the Mail & Guardian this year, believing that it starts with information and support, “in communities where there is support at every level, people tend to speak out more, because they know they are not alone. Without knowledge and support, people tend to remain silent, for fear of being shamed and victimised.”Kyle Louw – poet and culture commentatorA former IT specialist who discovered the art and power of spoken word performance as a way to express his creativity, Louw is one of South Africa’s leading poets. His “witty and entertaining, but intelligent and disturbingly shrewd” performances have inspired a resurgence in this largely underground art form. His poetry tackles a number of contemporary challenges, things like racism, overwhelming internet culture and social politics. Louw has won various local and international spoken word competitions including InZync, Poetica and the Open Book Festival, and has spoken at a Tedx Cape Town event. He is also the rhyming voice that welcomes travellers at Cape Town International Airport, as part of the city’s tourism campaign. In a world where the art of spoken word and rap can sometimes be full of bravado and artifice, Louw’s rhymes are thought-provoking and inventive. According to a critic writing for London’s Roundhouse Theatre during his performance there in 2015, “Louw has the ability to address each audience member individually allowing them to take whatever it is they need from his words which in turn transports listeners outside of their norm. When he speaks people stop and listen.”Ludwick Marishane – inventor and entrepreneurMarishane invented the “Dry Bath”, a revolutionary waterless sanitation system that is widely used in impoverished areas. The invention earned him global recognition, and in 2013, Time magazine named him as one of the top 30 people under 30 who are changing the world. Google also placed him as one of the 12 brightest minds in the world. Marishane used the success of the “Dry Bath” to start his own innovation hub, Headboy Industries, that focuses on ideas and inventions that add value to people’s lives. The hub also offers financing and training for young black entrepreneurs. An admirer of innovators like Elon Musk, Marishane doesn’t want to be known just as the “Dry Bath” guy, and is always to looking for new challenges and new ways to change the world. He feels social capital, like networking and creating an impactful word-of-mouth, is essential to finding success in business and innovation. There is a lot of money available to innovators with good products, but they just have to make the right noises.DJ Qness – musicianQness, whose real name is Qhubani Ndlovu, is one of South Africa’s premier house and EDM artists, globally recognised for his slick production and innovative music business savvy. At 17, he built his first recording studio and released his first album On Cue Volume 1 in 2009 which sold over 20 000 copies, thanks to the infectious melodies like Fugama Unamathe and Uzongilinda. He later used this clout to record with established artists like Simpiwe Dana and Zamajobe. Qness established himself and his music as a popular crossover genre, enjoying success on both national pop radio as well as more underground house music community. His street cred so solid that he was selected by American hip-hop star Dr Dre as the South African spokesperson for the Beats by Dre audio products. Qness tours extensively around the country and the rest of the world, bringing uplifting melodic Mzanzi sound to some of the top electronic festivals in Europe and the US.Siyabulela Xuza – rocket scientistXuza had always had his head in the stars as a child in the Eastern Cape, and was determined to make his mark both the world of science and the universe. He built his first fuel-efficient rocket on his mother’s kitchen table, and it won him the National Science Expo top prize and later, a gold medal at the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair. So impressed with his new take on developing solid, reusable rocket technology, the US Nasa organisation named a newly-discovered minor planet in the Jupiter asteroid best after him: 23182 Siyaxuza. Xuza is a firm believer that hard work and not just brains is key to success, telling University of the Free State graduates at a ceremony in 2014 that “[my achievements] are not because I am smart, but because I never gave up”. He currently sits on the Africa 2.0 Energy Advisory Panel, a pan-African organisation of the continent’s brightest minds committed to seeking sustainable energy solutions. He is also furthering his research at Harvard University developing new energy technology for the good of the planet.Jonathan Liebesman – Hollywood directorLiebesman is currently one of the most sought after action directors in Hollywood, having proven his talent in big budget blockbusters like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie in 2014 and the sleeper action hit Battle: Los Angeles in 2011. Liebesman is a graduate of the highly esteemed AFDA film school in Johannesburg and cut his teeth in filmmaking specialising in short film. After spending years on the US independent film festival circuit, showcasing his self-financed films, he drew the attention of Hollywood action auteur Michael Bay who recruited him to helm a number of Bay’s production company’s smaller films, including a remake of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre cult classic. Liebesman still describes himself as proudly South African despite his international success and hopes to write and film South African stories for the global market as his career matures.Rebecca Davis – journalistDavis is a journalist, columnist and social media commentator with a flair for concise, constructive and often humourous observations on South African politics and pop culture. She has written for the Daily Maverick website, the Mail & Guardian and the Sunday Times. Davis has also worked in radio, written for satirical TV show ZA News and is a published author. She is an ardent defender of women’s and LGBTI rights. Her Twitter presence, with over 33 000 followers can be best described as Liz Lemon meets Hunter Thompson: irreverent, clever, confrontational but always sincere, whether she’s covering parliament, watching television or fighting injustice. She is an essential read for every South African.Athandiwe Saba – data journalistFormer City Press editor Ferial Haffajee describes colleague Saba as a “digital data guru” and one of the few South African journalists constructively using data to tell compelling stories. Saba herself calls data journalism an invaluable tool for media in the 21st century, when using facts and figures make the difference between a bad story and a trusted one. Saba was part of the team that won the CNN African Journalism of the Year award for deciphering the logistical paper trails behind the Marikana tragedy in 2012. Saba works closely with young journalism students in using data to enhance investigative reporting beyond hearsay and unreliable sources.Terry Pheto – actressPheto shot to fame in the 2005 Oscar-winning Tsotsi, having never acted in film and television before. She has since gone on to become one of South Africa’s most sought after actresses locally and internationally. Pheto has leading roles in Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom and the South Africa crime drama How to Steal 2-Million, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress award at the 2012 African Movie Academy Awards. In addition to her TV work in local dramas Hopeville and Jacob’s Cross, she landed a significant role in US daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful in 2011. In between work in theatre and being the South African face for L’Oreal, and extensive charity work, Pheto will next feature in the big budget UK production film on the life of Botswana’s first democratic president Seretse Khama, titled A United Kingdom.Source: Mail & Guardian Young 200 South Africans,Wikipedia, South African History Online and other online sources.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

April 14 2010 In our March 15th report we showed

first_imgApril 14, 2010 In our March 15th report we showed images of a new kind of Soleri sculptural bell assembly, fabricated from steel by Brent Scott. [photo & text: sue] While making a pole for this new sculpture, Brent taught metal work to some of the March 8th workshop participants. [photo: sue & Chihiro Saito & text: Colleen Reckow] Brent Scott with his students. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] The group measured and then fabricated a sturdy foot for the pole. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue] With this project, Brent taught all of the stages of basic steel fabrication. Friday we will continue with a report on the new assembly’s installation at Cosanti. [photo: Chihiro Saito & text: sue]last_img read more

February 28 2018On February 24th we had the the

first_imgFebruary 28, 2018On February 24th, we had the the grand opening of our Art Show with live music, food and wine. The show is on display until April 29th – you won’t want to miss it.During the opening, several musicians and bands performed, including Alessane from Phoenix, as well as several musicians who are also Arcosanti Residents!Overall, there was a fantastic turn out of people who came so see the opening reception, enjoy the food and music, and to celebrate the creativity inspired by the desert.This year, the exhibit features jewelry, pottery, painting, small metals, mixed media, intermedia, and more. A range of original arts and crafts pieces will be available for viewing and for sale from 9am – 5pm each day of the exhibit in the Cafe at Arcosanti, from now until April 29th!(photos by lvb, text by lvb and Shannon Mackenzie)last_img read more