Bridget Hilton-BarberI love those moments, even in the now not-so-new South Africa, when I picture the architect of apartheid, that evil old pig-dog Hendrik Verwoerd, turning in his grave. I had a particularly good one the other day. I was at the Mpumalanga provincial legislature canteen, having lunch with a colleague.Vusi gave himself an enthusiastic helping of mala mogodu (tripe). “I love that they serve traditional food here,” he said. “My wife is gonna be so jealous when she’s what I had for lunch!”The cow’s stomach lining proved too much for a semi-vegetarian mlungu like me, so I went for pap, morogo, mashed sweet pumpkin and a dollop of zingy Indo-African chilli sauce on the side. What a far cry from the days of metaphorical melktert at Tuynhuys, I thought to myself happily. Here in Mpumalanga, there’s not one whiff of nationalist or colonial heritage. Not in the canteen, not in the ethos and most certainly not in the architecture.The officially entitled Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature and Government Complex is one of the most beautiful and modern buildings I have seen. It’s a bold civic expression and a bold defiance of all things Edwardian, Victorian, Calvinist, Baroque or Tudor. There are no broekie-lace verandas, no ornate cornices, no frilly wrought-iron embellishments. There are no sloping Alpine roofs, no Greco-Roman columns or Spanish plaster.The legislature is a sexy, modern and climate-appropriate building. And thankfully, unlike much of Nelspruit and adjoining White River, there is absolutely no trace of Tuscany either. Best of all, it was designed by an Afrikaner-owned firm called Meyer Pienaar Architects. Turn, Verwoerd, turn!Coming in at an impressive 90 000 square metres, the legislature complex was the first major civic building to be commissioned in the new post-1994 democratic South Africa. It is set along the confluence of the Crocodile and Nels River, overlooking the Nelspruit Botanical Gardens. A series of office buildings hug the tree line along the river in a gentle curve, and the central feature of the complex is the giant parabolic dome, measuring 28 metres in diameter, that houses the provincial parliament.Visually it is an anchor for a place of gathering, says the architects’ website. It is a beehive, a basket, an African leitmotif. There are earth elements, reed elements and glass elements. It uses natural energy to represent not only the spirit of renewal but a culture that cares for the planet and its future.In the weeks leading up to South Africa’s fourth democratic elections that may be pushing it a bit, but for me the point is that the legislature is a wonderful functional and aesthetic space to inhabit. It’s got great décor, good karma, and the sound of water provides a soothing backdrop to the thrum of public servant chatter and the squeal of expensive car tyres. The spaces flow, people actually have to walk around, instead of taking lifts up and down high-rise hideousities.What few people know is that the legislature also houses one of the most comprehensive contemporary collections of South African art in the country, including works by William Kentridge, Esther Mahlangu, Noria Mabasa and Jackson Hlungwane. The nearby House of Traditional Leaders also has a fascinating permanent exhibition. I can just imagine Verwoerd being led humbly through the electronic security gates to view the brilliant art of the natives, gasp!From inside the premier’s office, there are pleasant views across a big granite koppie, so characteristic of the Nelspruit landscape, with the downtown urban skyline in the distance, dominated by the aggressive Absa Square. In front of the legislature complex are lawns studded with acacia trees, fever trees and the odd sprawled out worker in overalls.Sadly this is where it all ends. Next to the Mpumalanga legislature is what they call in urban planning terms, “a commercial satellite node”, which in this case is the Riverside Mall, the Emnotweni Sun and Casino and an American style value mart. It’s fabulously convenient of course for our conspicuously consumer-driven civil servants, but a horrible exercise in ersatz architecture.Bridget Hilton-Barber is a well-known travel writer based in Limpopo province. She has worked as editor of South African Airways’ inflight magazine Sawubona, debut editor of Lowveld Living, travel correspondent for Radio 702 and travel editor of FairLady magazine. She is the author of seven books.
29 May 2009I wish to disagree with those who believe that the Fifa Confederations Cup is not a serious tournament.While I can understand that some people are making a comparison between it and the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the Confederations Cup is absolutely crucial for South Africa.It is, after all, the official dress rehearsal for the World Cup, and in so many respects it will set the tone for the global showpiece. In a nutshell, it will test our preparedness and provide valuable pointers in so many areas on the road ahead. Danny Jordaan is the CEO of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.Ushering in a new football cultureCrucially, it will usher in a vital new culture of football in our country, in which we play host to some of the world’s top soccer nations – their teams, officials, supporters and media – while imparting to our own communities the special significance of their respective roles in playing, administrating, supporting and reporting the beautiful game.It is not difficult to understand, therefore, the great importance we attach to it, because positive outcomes in the execution of the Fifa Confederations Cup imperatives will instill an immense sense of confidence, both here and abroad, in respect of our progress in putting on the best Fifa World Cup of them all.Obama, for one, will be watchingIn order to do that, however, we must stage the best Fifa Confederations Cup of them all. And to borrow the famous phrase of another soccer lover, “Yes, we can!”It is good for us to remember that President Barack Obama, who successfully campaigned on those inspirational words for the United States presidency, will be watching the Fifa Confederations Cup with intense interest. His national team is one of eight nations that will be competing in South Africa next month, and the way the tournament is portrayed in the US will be critically examined and projected around the world.Indeed, the mere fact that this is a tournament involving all six Fifa football confederations, as well as the holders of the World Cup and the 2010 hosts, means the message it sends out will reach right across the globe and be consumed by all those football nations, who will ultimately play in next year’s Fifa World Cup.Advertising you cannot buyThe best marketing brains like to use the phrase “advertising you cannot buy” – and that’s exactly the promise that the Fifa Confederations Cup holds for South Africa.Permit me to use an example from another sport. Cricket South Africa recently agreed at the shortest notice to stage the Indian Premier League (IPL) – eight teams representing the best players in the world in an event of 59 back-to-back matches.By all accounts, it was an extraordinary success – providing advertising that South Africa just could not buy.The IPL in South Africa was not just good for cricket; it also did wonders in enhancing South Africa’s credibility as a preferred destination to host blue riband global events of any nature. Apart from the acclaim for it from abroad, the IPL extravaganza re-instilled confidence in all South Africans in respect of our capability to stage and enjoy a great sporting experience – and to extend the red carpet of hospitality to any and every nation.Embracing the worldThis, then, is the promise of the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup, in which we have the honour to welcome the top footballers from Italy, Brazil, Spain, Egypt, the United States, Iraq and New Zealand.By ensuring their comfort, security and enjoyment, we do not just embrace them – we embrace the world.For South African soccer followers, there is the rare opportunity, moreover, of seeing many of the world’s great teams and players in action at our home grounds – a year ahead of the Fifa World Cup itself.This is a gilt-edged opportunity, too, for our own team, Bafana Bafana, to play in this exalted company, test themselves against the best, and for us to cheer them on. What better opportunity can there be for them, and for us?Yes, the Confederations Cup is not as important as the World Cup. Nothing in world sport surpasses that marquee attraction. But it is the next best thing by far in the Fifa firmament.One more misconceptionThere is a misconception that next month’s tournament cannot provide a true measure of our preparedness for the “main event” because the host cities and venues that will stage Confederations Cup matches do not include all those for the 2010 World Cup.This is simply not so. World Cup host cities and stadiums that do not form part of the Confederations Cup programme are all preparing on one and the same template, and will thus have the opportunity to monitor next month’s operational plan to ensure that they, too, are on track ahead of 2010.Also, all those people working on the Fifa Confederations Cup – think of the thousands of volunteers – will take their hard-earned experience into 2010.And all those South African soccer-lovers who just cannot wait to revel in the once-in-a-lifetime experience of 2010 now have the privilege to raise the roof early in 2009.Is next month’s tournament an important one for all of us? You bet it is.Danny Jordaan is chief executive officer of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee South Africa.
The 17th edition of Varuna, an Indo-French naval exercise, currently on off Goa coast, is the largest joint exercise undertaken by the two Navies and represents the strengthened maritime co-operation between India and France, said statements released by both Navies in Goa on Monday.The statements, released at a press conference on board INS Mumbai, said that the harbour and sea phases of the exercise from May 1 to May 6 and from May 7 to May 10, respectively, are aimed at honing skills for naval operations across the broad spectrum, with an increased focus on tactical scenarios. The second sea phase is scheduled to be held at the end of May in Djibouti, located on the Horn of Africa. “It will be the largest ever conducted Varuna exercise with 11 of India and Frances’s most modern units, including two aircraft and two submarines,” statement of the French Navy said. Vela launchedMeanwhile, Indian Navy’s stealth Scorpene class Submarine Vela of Project 75 was launched in Mumbai on Monday at the Kanhoji Angre Wet Basin of Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL).The submarine, built at MDL with the main collaborator being M/s Naval group, France, is set to commence sea trials soon.Secretary (Defence Production) Ajay Kumar was the chief guest for the ceremony and Veena Ajay Kumar was the lady dignitary who performed the ceremony. “The submarine has been named Vela after an earlier submarine, which was the lead submarine, of the erstwhile Vela class, the second batch of the Foxtrot class submarines acquired from USSR,” said a statement.
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. There is no denying the fact that Cristiano Ronaldo has a huge fan following. The Juventus star not only keeps his fan glued to his moves on field, but he is famous on social media photo sharing app – Instagram – as well. What is more surprising is that Ronaldo earns more from being an Instagram influencer than what he makes by scoring goals for Juventus.According to a Hopper HQ study published on Buzz Bingo, Cristiano Ronaldo earned a whopping USD 47.8 million (approximately Rs 340 crores) in a year from sponsored Instagram posts alone. The Juventus star has earned the amount from 49 sponsored posts. 34-year-old Ronaldo tops the sports category and on an average received USD 975,000 (approximately Rs 6.9 crores) for each advertised post on Instagram.According to a report by Goal.com, the annual amount that Ronaldo gets from Juventus, for whom he signed in 2018, is USD 34 million (approximately Rs 242 crores).Some of the brands that Cristiano Ronaldo represented on Instagram include Nike Football, Six Pad Europe, and Clear Haircare.Ronaldo is ahead of his sporting arch-rival Lionel Messi, who is second on the list. Messi’s Instagram earning is less than half of Ronaldo. Messi has earned USD 23.3 million (approximately Rs 165 crores) from 36 sponsored posts.The earnings of Cristiano Ronaldo from sponsored Instagram posts are way higher than other world celebrities including Kylie Jenner, Selena Gomez, Emily Ratajkowski, and Priyanka Chopra.”Ronaldo is the most followed human on Instagram (with 186 million followers) so companies are paying almost USD 1 million (approximately Rs 7.11 crores) for posts to access his insane reach,” Hopper HQ marketing executive Nicola Cronin was quoted as saying by Business Insider.Cronin further said that due to Ronaldo’s status as a celebrity and football star, his earnings from Instagram is way ahead from “typical influencer partnerships”, as many of the Juventus star’s posts will be part of wider sponsorship deals like Nike.On Monday, October 14, Cristiano Ronaldo added another feather to his cap by scoring his 700th career goal for club and country in Portugal’s 2-1 loss to Ukraine in UEFA Euro 202 qualifying.With his 72nd minute penalty, Ronaldo has joined an elite club of only five other footballers to tally those numbers during their sporting careers, including Gerd Muller, Ferenc Puskas, and Pele. cristiano ronaldoEmily RatajkowskiInstagramJuventus First Published: October 23, 2019, 2:11 PM IST
Atletico Madrid great Futre: Felix will take the throne from Ronaldoby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid great Paulo Futre is convinced Joao Felix will have a huge future.Indeed, Futre says Felix will be a future Ballon d’Or winner.He declared: “Joao Felix is twenty years old, he is a champion, he can occupy the throne of the best Portuguese player when (Cristiano) Ronaldo will stop and he can also win the Ballon d’Or.” On Juventus star Ronaldo, Futre says that “he’s even better than (Usain) Bolt”.And on Juve defender Matthijs de Ligt, he says he is “a crack, like Felix, and that in the Champions League will find it easier than in Serie A”. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
The Portuguese captain, Cristiano Ronaldo will be given a break after his long and tiring season with his club so that he would be totally fit in his return before World Cup kick off.Seleccao is scheduled to have the warm-up game against Belgium in Brussels on Saturday night. Yet, instead of joining his teammate, Ronaldo is in tennis court with his fellow, Miguel Paixao to keep fit during his short break.According to Mirror, Portugal’s head coach, Fernando Santos said that he deserved his rest after playing in 49 games in one season. He also said, “Cristiano Ronaldo is on holiday,”Fiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“I won’t bother Cristiano by calling him, after a spell where he’s put in so much effort and is tired. I don’t have to talk with Cristiano. Hopefully he can have a great holiday and he can come back in good condition. That’s the important thing.”Portugal will begin their World Cup campaign against Spain on 15th June.
Big Kashmir move? Modi govt proposes to revoke Article 370 Close More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Kashmir Valley.ReutersKashmir continues to be under a complete security lockdown but the Narendra Modi-led BJP government may give some relaxation to the people residing in the Valley. Ahead of the Eid-ul-Zuha on August 12, Centre may loosen restrictions that were imposed before the government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.Speaking to the media, an official stated, “I cannot share the details but the government is planning something to provide relief to the people on the occasion of the festival.”More than 500 political workers and leaders have been detained across the Valley. However, it is not yet clear whether arrested leaders, including former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, will be released or not.NSA Ajit Doval dines with KashmirisNational Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval reached Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, August 5, to take stock of security situation in the Valley. Interacting with the residents in South Kashmir’s Shopian district, Doval said, “Everything will be all right. Your safety and security is our responsibility.”Doval also had lunch with the locals. Watch the video here:#WATCH Jammu and Kashmir: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval interacts with locals in Shopian, has lunch with them. pic.twitter.com/zPBNW1ZX9k— ANI (@ANI) August 7, 2019 Doval visited Shopian as it is considered the hotbed of militancy. He directed the officials to ensure that common people do not face any hardships in the wake of the recent development pertaining to the state. He also praised the Army, police and paramilitary troops for their contribution and coordination in ensuring peace and law and order in the entire Kashmir valley.J&K Governor allots Rs 1 lakh to migrant Kashmiri students for Eid Governor Satya Pal Malik makes arrangements for migrant Kashmiri students who will not be able to make it to home for Eid this time.ReutersSatya Pal Malik, Jammu and Kashmir Governor, allotted Rs 1 lakh each to designated liaison officers for organising Eid festivities for students from Jammu and Kashmir who are studying in other parts of the country and will not be able to come home due to security clampdown.During a meeting held at the Raj Bhavan in Srinagar, Malik had passed directions for setting up telephone lines in deputy commissioners’ offices for the migrant students to talk to their families back in Kashmir.As there were no untoward incidents reported from the Valley, the Governor has made arrangements for enabling people to perform Friday prayers and for the celebration of Eid-ul-Adha next week. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:13Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:12?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …
At least seven police personnel were killed and five injured in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoists in Odisha’s Koraput district on Wednesday, police said.Police said the incident took place on National Highway 26 at Mungabhumi village under Pottangi police station on the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border, when the personnel were travelling in a van to Cuttack for training.“Seven personnel of the district police have been killed while five injured in the landmine blast. They were going for training as assistant drivers,” Koraput Superintendent of Police Charan Singh Meena told IANS.The injured persons have been admitted to hospitals.The blast comes just about two weeks before the three-tier panchayat polls in the state. Maoists have given boycott call in Malkangiri district and other extremist-affected districts.Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik described the incident as “an act of cowardice” and expressed his condolence to the deceased families.“Strongly condemn the cowardly act & condole martyrdom of police personnel in the landmine blast. My deep sympathies with bereaved families,” tweeted Patnaik.