The spirit of the Freedom Charter integral to South Africa’s DNA

first_imgJohannesburg, Wednesday 24 June 2015 – The Freedom Charter, which will be 60 years old on Friday 26 June 2015, remains one of the most progressive documents in South Africa’s history. It represents the collective will of a coalition of like-minded South Africans who transcended race, religion and political ideology to come together to craft the vision of a South Africa which would belong to all who lived in it.• Download the media statementThe innovative and inclusive response to conditions of oppression represented, and continues to represent, a seminal moment in South Africa’s history.This moment and the accompanying action by the Congress of the People – as those who gathered in Kliptown 60 years ago have come to be known – attested to the resilience, forbearance and tenacity of the South African people. It equally resounded with the spirit of Ubuntu and appreciation that the South African struggle for liberation would succeed by collective will and effort. The moment was imbued with the hope and optimism that a free, liberated and democratic South Africa would belong to all citizens. These qualities of resilience, inclusivity, optimism and Ubuntu continue to define the South African DNA.Although the Freedom Charter is 60 years old, the spirit in which it was crafted and the sentiments contained within its pages remains relevant and undisputed.The Freedom Charter outlined the vision of a South Africa where:• A spirit of freedom, equality and democracy would characterise our country and would be embodied by our people.• All citizens would have equal rights and equal access to opportunities, including education, housing and employment.• South Africa would take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the global community of nations and would make a meaningful contribution to sustainable international peace, security and development.This sentiment of equality and democracy served as the foundation for South Africa’s highest law, the Constitution.The longevity of the Freedom Charter was further assured when it became the basis of the National Development Plan which is regarded as the country’s blueprint for socioeconomic development. The plan will set the tone for a South Africa defined by equality, development and prosperity till 2030 and beyond.The National Development Plan, which is the most recent document to be based on the spirit and ethos of the Freedom Charter, is already being implemented with a view to addressing systemic challenges which would impede South Africa’s long term growth and development. These include infrastructure development, job creation, energy security, as well as people-centred development. The plan, anchored on the spirit of active citizenship, will enable the development and prosperity so long yearned for by the people of our country.It is such concerted, collective and cohesive action that will ensure that the Freedom Charter, the South African Constitution and the National Development Plan are brought to life in a way that positively impacts directly and consistently on the lives of the majority of our citizens.As South Africa commemorates 60 years of the Freedom Charter, Brand South Africa calls on all South Africans to play their part in moving our country towards socioeconomic growth and development. South Africa’s freedom was borne of the collective and unwavering efforts of millions of citizens. A future characterised by prosperity and development – anchored by the National Development Plan – will be borne of no less.last_img read more

Ukrainian dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy to judge Jhalak

first_imgThe new season of “Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 7” will not just throw surprises one after the other at contestants, challenging them to groove to dance forms like Capoeira, Zouk and Bolero, but it will also have a fourth judge – winner of “Dancing With The Stars 2014” Maksim Chmerkovskiy.Chmerkovskiy, a Ukrainian dance expert and professional Latin ballroom dancer, will join Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Karan Johar and Remo D’Souza on the jury panel of the show, which will go on air on Sony Entertainment Television Saturday.The judges will be stricter and they will be seen in new avatars – while Madhuri will give her lehengas and saris a miss this season for a sexier and hotter look, Karan will take on a no-nonsense demeanour, and Remo will be seen sporting a grunge look.They’re all excited.Winner of Dancing With The Stars 2014 Maksim Chmerkovskiy will be the fourth judge.Back for the fourth season in a row, Madhuri said: “This season, it is not only a challenge for the contestants, but also for us as judges. I have been training in Latin dance forms and am looking forward to see some newer dance forms from the contestants as well.”Karan has a special gift for the best performers – “a specially designed pair of dancing shoes”, and Remo is looking forward to an interesting mix of contestants and choreographers.Raj Nayak, CEO, Colors, is confident the freshness in the new season will appeal to the audience.”Season after season it becomes essential for us to push the boundaries of possibility and showcase something new and different. This season, we decided to bring the world to our ‘Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa’ stage.advertisement”Giving the stage a truly global flavour will be never-seen-before dance forms from all the corners of the globe to an exciting new jury member of international repute,” Nayak said in a statement.Hosted by Ranvir Shorey and last season’s winner, actress Drashti Dhami, this season, dancing and performances will no longer be confined to the dimensions of the stage but will venture outdoors as well.Also, dancers Salman Yusuff Khan and Lauren Gottleib will take on the role of adversaries and join hands to challenge contestants in a dance combat. There will also be popular comedian Sudesh Lehri to provide some much-needed comic relief.The contestants and choreographers:Comedian Palak (Kiku Sharda) with KrutiActor Karan Tacker with SuchitraSinger Sukhwinder Singh with BhavnaActor Purab Kohli with MohenaSinger-actress Sophie Choudry with DeepakYoung dancer Akshat Singh with VaishnaviActor Ashish Sharma with ShampaActress Mouni Roy with PunitActress Puja Banerjee with RajitVJ Andy with BhaviniActress Kritika Kamra with SavioAFormer cricketer S.Sreesanth with SnehaDancer Shakti Mohan with Tusharlast_img read more

Deputy Governor Anya Williams announces new hours for Civil Servants

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNothing heated happening with the Deputy Governor Anya Williams at that meeting in Grand Turk held Monday with the civil service… but new hours for the sector will mean starting the work day 30 minutes later at 8:30am, ending it at 4:30pm and lesser lunchtime… now with one hour for lunch instead of 90 minutes. We understand that there were no complaints to the DG who heads up the public sector.It was on Monday morning that the PDM Official Opposition party said Civil Servants are very unhappy… telling the People’s Democratic Movement about not having basic office necessities and supplies; having to bring toilet paper in some cases from home to work, according to the party’s leader. Our source said the meeting in the capital was uneventful… there was one in Provo at the downtown gym … no word yet on if there were any complaints lodged there. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Jurgen Klopp hopes focusing on defence will bring them success

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says the club is still searching to strike the right balance between defensive strength and attacking speed.Speaking before their Merseyside derby against Everton, the Liverpool coach when questioned to comment on the disconnection between the club’s conservative approach in midfield, as well as their previously unstoppable frontline, said, according to FourFourTwo.“Yes, in specific games we can say that,”“But to be honest for me it is quite strange.”“When everything is brilliant and we score goals you always ask about defending and how can we fix that?”“We fixed that, kind of, and it always happens that the first step is it costs you a bit of fluency and creativity. That is a completely normal thing.”“If someone would think about it for one second they would see it is clear, it is logical.”The coach dismissed suggestions of buying more players in January transfer as a solution to their plight.“Bringing one player in would change everything? That is bulls*** and you all know that,” he said.“One player doesn’t change everything.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“We have the players for it. We have to win football games. Really, with all the things I saw in this country football-wise, if people cannot enjoy our football then I really can’t help them.”“But I get constantly confronted with the question – something is missing. What’s that?”“Of course it could be better but it is not because of one player. We are creative. I don’t know how many goals we’ve scored but we’ve had many more chances.”“Creating is not a problem. You could say finishing [is] the problem, whatever you want.”“I get that you have to write about things, no problem, but write it and don’t ask me about it because I’m not interested about it, I don’t think about it and I can’t answer it.”“I don’t tell my boys to do one thing and then tell them publicly to do another thing.”“It is a special game, I have to say.” 🙌Klopp on Sunday’s Anfield encounter.👇— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 30, 2018last_img read more