Mandela archive goes live

first_imgRomaana Naidoo The Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project, a project between the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and the Google Cultural Institute is now live.(Image: Romaana Naidoo) Following Nelson Mandela’s sentencing on 7 November 1962 the Pretoria Magistrates Court issued a warrant committinghim to prison for five years. A photograph, which is regarded as the earliest known taken of Nelson Mandela, is housed in the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory and features him in a class photograph of Healdtown, the Wesleyan College he attended in 1937 and 1938. (Images: Nelson Mandela Digital Archive Project) MEDIA CONTACTS • The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory  +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Mandela a free man 21 years ago • Madiba more fashionable than ever • New Mandela book released • Mandela quotations book publishedThe life of Nelson Mandela is now freely accessible to the global public, as his Digital Archive Project, containing thousands of documents, photographs and videos, is now live on the internet.Google, the internet and software corporation, through its partnership with the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory (NMCM) set up the digital exhibition.With a R8.6-million (US$1.25-million) cash injection to the NMCM, which is in Johannesburg, in 2011, Google aimed to help preserve and digitise Mandela’s story. Along with historians, educationalists, researchers and activists, users now have access to extensive information about the life and legacy of the first black president of South Africa, a world icon for peace.This new online multimedia resource includes Madiba’s correspondence with family, comrades and friends, and extensive notes he made while in prison. It also has his diaries, written during his 27 years in prison, as well as notes he made during negotiations to end apartheid.“The archive currently includes over 1 900 unique images, documents and videos, and will grow over time,” said Luke Mckend, the country manager of Google South Africa.“South Africans from all walks of life can now engage with important parts of our country’s history, for example, reading handwritten pages of a letter smuggled from Robben Island in 1977, or seeing warrant documents that sent Mandela to jail first for five years and then for life,” he said.Photographs Apart from material written while Mandela was in prison, the archive also has the earliest known photograph of him, rare images of his cell on Robben Island in the 1970s, as well as previously unseen drafts of his manuscripts for the sequel to his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom.“It is invigorating to see our combined efforts become a reality,” said Verne Harris, the head of memory programming at the centre.“This digital initiative will make it possible for us to reach the full spectrum of our stakeholders, from the global elite to systemically disadvantage South Africans. Visitors can search and browse the archives to explore different parts of Mr Mandela’s life and work in depth: Early Life, Prison Years, Presidential Years, Retirement, Books for Mandela, Young People, and My Moments with a Legend,” he said.Steve Crossan, the director of the Google Cultural Institute, added: “The Mandela Digital Archive project shows how the internet can help preserve historical heritage and make it available to the world. We’ve worked closely with the NMCM to create an interactive online experience with powerful search and browsing tools, so that users can explore Mr Mandela’s inspiring life story.”Law office Speaking at the launch of the archive, Naledi Pandor, the minister of science and technology, said: “Sixty years ago, in 1952, Nelson Mandela was admitted as an attorney and opened South Africa’s first black law office. Today, we appreciate his huge contribution to bringing peace and reconciliation to South Africa.”About Mandela, she said: “He is an inspiration to us all. His qualities as a person inspire us. And they inspire our children. It is a pioneering step to digitise Mr Mandela’s own records and to post them online. Mr Mandela has made his own intellectual property available to all. The digital world offers an important bridge between access to information and no or inadequate access.“These archives form part of this knowledge enterprise and allow the world to draw on Mr Mandela’s example of leadership and humility,” she added.Paul Mashatile, the minister of arts and culture, added: “Our support for this project is informed by our understanding that as we advance our programme of nation-building and promoting social cohesion, it is important that we continue to preserve our cultural heritage and in particular our liberation heritage.”Democracy It was equally important to celebrate and draw lessons from those who had helped shape the democratic South Africa.“Through this project we are sharing former president Nelson Mandela’s proud legacy of selfless and dedicated service to humanity. We are spreading his message of love for one another, of reconciliation, of equality, freedom, democracy and dignity for all. This is the message that is a defining character of former president Mandela and his generation of freedom fighters.”He said that through the Digital Archive Project on-going efforts to promote dialogue and social justice would be strengthened.The partnership between the NMCM and the internet group was first announced on 8 March 2011 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg.last_img read more

Women in Wine first for South Africa

first_img3 May 2013Women in the Cape winelands are standing up to be counted, and are now producing their own wine, bottled under the label Women in Wine.A group of 20 women, all with backgrounds in the wine industry, formed the company seven years ago, with “the dream of giving women, especially farm workers and their families, a share in the industry”.With varied skills in marketing, wine analysis, finance, development and training, and social responsibility, the one thing the partners all had in common was that they all “enjoy a glass of quality wine”.Women in Wine is the first South African wine-producing company that is owned, controlled and managed entirely by women.“To date, women have made a significant contribution to the Cape’s wine industry without receiving recognition or benefiting from the industry’s business opportunities,” says Beverly Farmer, a founder member and the chief executive.The company has several unique features. “Women in Wine embraces change in an industry which is 365 years old,” explains Farmer. “We are the first company owned, controlled and managed by women, and black women in particular.”Skills development through collaborationThe partners are all too aware that seasonal workers, who are often women, are unemployed for the rest of the year.The company strives to create a second source of income for these women by identifying “skills development and training opportunities in collaboration with other organisations”.A Women’s Workers’ Trust has been set up, which has shares in the company.Women in Wine also works closely with organisations like the South African Wine Industry Trust.This trust aims to restructure the wine industry to represent the interests of all those involved more effectively, in particular the farm workers, by building a shared consciousness through providing information, platforms for dialogue, education and co-ordination, and by promoting ethical trading.Women in Wine is also a founder member of the African Vintner Alliance, a joint action group established three years ago for the growth of black businesses in the wine industry.“During this period we have worked hard to establish a foothold in this traditional industry by working in collaboration with each other to enter and develop new markets,” Farmer says.Women in Wine only sources wine from farms that comply with socio-economic legislation with specific reference to ethical and environmental practices, employment conditions, skills development and training, as well as that address aspects of black economic empowerment.Ready overseas marketThe group has found a ready overseas market for its product. It produces six wines: a sauvignon blanc, cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon/shiraz, pinotage rose, and chardonnay chenin blanc.The wines are exported to the US, China, Ireland, Spain, Sweden and Denmark, and are available locally in Makro stores nationwide. They can also be ordered online from the Women in Wine website.Some of its export destinations have their own well-established wine industries but they have embraced the Women in Wine label.Farmer believes the reason for this is that importers are interested in the story behind the brand. “The partnership between professional women and farm worker women is a truly South African story.”Two years ago, Women in Wine was nominated in the category Ethical Business Award by the prestigious international magazine, The Drinks, in the UK.Women in Wine has recognised that there are other ways of producing wine. The company was established without the huge capital investment needed for a traditional vineyard with rows of vines stretching into the distance, and a vast cellar.Instead, it has entered into partnerships with existing cellars, as well as with bottling and packaging companies, to produce its wine.‘Transforming South Africa’s wine industry’“In order to achieve our vision of contributing to the transformation of the South African wine industry, we have had to come up with creative solutions that break with traditional perceptions that to produce excellent wines you have to have land, vineyards, cellars and a big company for exports.Instead we have invested in the building of the Women in Wine brand,” explains Farmer, who has a journalism degree and worked on wine farms, representing farm workers and their families, before she became chief executive of Women in Wine.One such partnership is with Boland Kelder, which is the group’s leading wine supplier. Its product development team, with well-known international wine makers on the panel, made Women in Wine’s first two Eden’s Vineyards wines to its specifications.In 2011, the South African wine industry had more than 3 500 wine producers, with 582 wine cellars, and 100 000 hectares under vine. In that year, 831-million litres of wine were produced in the Western Cape. In 2012, over 400-million litres of wine were exported, with the UK and Germany taking the biggest slice, at 22% and 19%, respectively.The wine industry in South Africa goes back 350 years, when the Dutch governor, Jan van Riebeeck, produced the country’s first wine in 1659.First published by – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.last_img read more

Azkals hardpressed to win vs Tajikistan after China drubbing

first_imgView comments MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Finals coaches ponder Warriors’ spot among their epic teams Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken On the back of a busy schedule in the Philippines Football League, the Azkals only had two training sessions under coach Thomas Dooley before the battled China in the friendly which also saw the Azkals mentor give newcomer Camelo Tacusalme playing time at centerback.READ: No time to sulk, Azkals look to move on after China rout “I was pretty much lost for words in terms of the result,” said Phil Younghusband. “We were quite embarrassed to be honest, but we have to be positive because there were some good things in the game and also things we need improve on.”Younghusband said the China match showed the gap in level at the moment and how much work should be done for the Azkals, “if thats the level we want to be.”But the Azkals captain stressed that the more important game will be against Tajikistan on Tuesday at Central Republican Stadium in Dushanbe. Another win will keep the Azkals on top of Group H.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE — Philippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netGUANGZHOU – The heavy 1-8 defeat to China last Wednesday night only cranked up the pressure on the Philippines to secure a victory against Tajikistan in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying in Dushanbe next week.But the Azkals will be missing key personnel for the match as leftback Jeffrey Christiaens and winger Pika Minegishi were omitted from the squad of coach Thomas Dooley before the trip to the Tajik capital via Urumqi last Friday.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We never want to be in this position again and we need to take what we learn and not make those same mistakes against Tajikistan,” said Younghusband.“This (loss to China) doesn’t harm our chances of making the Asian Cup. Emotionally and mentally it affects us, but in terms of reaching our goal, it doesn’t affect us. We know that if we can get a good result in Tajikistan that we’re a step closer to reaching our goal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Christiaens complained of swelling on his knee after the match. Misagh Bahadoran, who scored the lone goal for the Azkals at Tianhe Stadium, initially thought he had reinjured his knee after limping off against China, but tests showed it was only a minor knock, which he can recover from in time for the Tajikistan game.READ: Azkals suffer ’embarrassing’ defeat to ChinaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames Younghusband sustained a sprain ankle early against China and had to be substituted. The Azkals’ defensive frailties were exposed by China and skipper Phil Younghusband vowed they won’t allow themselves to be caught in the same situation again.“If we play like we did against China then we’ll struggle to get a result in Tajikistan,” said Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband. “Winning Tajikistan was a must before the China game and moreso now because we need to get the result of (China) out of our heads.”last_img read more