– husband hospitalisedA couple from Onderneeming Sandpit, Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are currently homeless after a fire of known origin completely destroyed their 30×20 flat concrete two-bed home.Fire ravages the couple’s Onderneeming homeAccording to information reaching this newspaper, the pensioners ran out the back door to escape death.The occupants are Tom Leondail, 76, and Kuntie Leondail, 76 of Lot 1012 Onderneeming Sand Pit, Essequibo Coast. The fire reportedly occurred between 18:30 and 19:00h Sunday.Information revealed that around 18:30h the wife left her husband sitting in the hall and went to the kitchen to have dinner. Around 19:00h the pensioner told his wife he was smoking a cigarette and it fell onto the chair and a fire started. The couple could not help the situation and ran out the home.The husband received minor burns to both hands and lower back. He is presently hospitalised at the Sudden Public Hospital. His condition is listed as stable.Details of the fire are still sketchy but it was learnt that the Anna Regina Fire Station has launched an investigation. They were alerted about the incident by the couple’s neighbour, however, by the time they arrived the house was completely gutted.
Millions of people around the world will watch the historic inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama.Khanyi Magubane As the United States comes to a standstill on 20 January to witness the inauguration of its 44th president Barack Obama, South Africa has planned its own series of celebrations.Dubbed one of the most prolific moments in American history, the inauguration of Obama, America’s first black president, has grabbed the attention of the world.The swearing-in of Obama as the nation’s 44th president on the west steps of the Capitol, Washington DC, at noon (7pm South African time) is expected to draw between one to three million spectators. South African ambassador to America Welile Nhlapo will represent the country at the celebrations.No foreign delegations were invited to the inauguration and countries were informed beforehand that only those on ambassadorial level will be invited.Not to be left out though, a glitzy, formal inauguration ball will held at South Africa’s Monte Casino on 20 January, where a live satellite transmission of the events will be screened.Tickets to the now sold-out event were going at R1 000 (US$100) each.Renowned South African film producer Anant Singh is also in the process of filming a documentary around the ascension of Obama to the top seat.Singh was in America on election day in November 2008 when Obama was announced as the winner of the elections and declared the president-elect.At the moment all that is left for Singh is to capture the final footage of the historic inauguration.Currently, talks are in place with various South African and American TV networks to air the documentary soon after the swearing-in.The documentary includes an interviews with Obama himself, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and struggle stalwart Ahmed Kathrada, who hosted Obama in South Africa when he visited Robben Island. Television stations in South Africa will broadcast the event.Party revellers will also be out in full swing as nightclubs in South Africa also host “inauguration parties”.A Cape Town based nightclub Roots Club will be hosting an Obama party in Observatory, where revellers have been encouraged come dressed up in an American theme.In Johannesburg, club goers will also be making their way to Sinabar. The popular nightclub will start the evening’s proceedings with a live broadcast of the swearing in.President Motlanthe’s message to ObamaAlthough not attending the event, President Kgalema Motlanthe has issued a congratulatory message to Obama.He hailed the profound place in history the event will always hold. “Your election to this high office of the American people, carries with it hope for millions of your country men and women as much as it is for millions of people of particularly of the African descent both in the continent of Africa as well as those in the Diaspora”.Motlanthe reiterated that Obama’s victory is Africa’s victory. “Accordingly, Africa which today stands proud of your achievements, can only but look forward to a fruitful working relationship with you both at a bilateral and multilateral levels in our endeavour to create a better world for all who live in it.“We express the hope that poverty and under-development in Africa which remains a challenge for humanity will indeed continue to receive a greater attention of the focus of the new administration,” said Motlanthe.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at firstname.lastname@example.org Related articlesObamamania sweeps Africa Yes, we can Obama: African for White House? Useful linksDemocrats abroad South Africa Department of Foreign AffairsDemocratic Party
However, it was not just the prospect of escaping those winters that caused me such excitement when I learnt my next assignment was to be Sao Paulo. What got my adrenalin going was the prospect of playing a part, however small, in the building of a historic relationship. What Brazil and South Africa and our other partners in the so-called south do together in the years and decades ahead will, I am confident, mean better lives for untold millions of our people. Together, we are striving for a system of global governance which is more democratic and which more accurately reflects the world as it is, rather than as it was half a century ago. Together, we are working to achieve a new set of international trade rules that will empower the hitherto disempowered to lift themselves out of poverty, for the betterment of all. Our countries share many daunting challenges, but we also share a capacity to innovate and find solutions.. For example, who could fail to be profoundly impressed by Brazil’s achievements in the fields of alternative energy or combating HIV? South Africans, too, are ingenious people. A third of our petroleum needs we furnish from coal. With the pebble bed modular reactor we are on the threshold of revolutionizing the economics of nuclear power. In Paris this week we are showing off what could well be the world’s first truly affordable electric car. .Technological problems are not the only things we are good at. We have successfully confronted political and social problems that have left less fortunate societies in ashes. Many have called the way we brought down the curtain on apartheid a miracle or they have attributed it to the greatness of one undoubtedly great man, Nelson Mandela. But our democratic transition was neither miracle nor the work of any individual. It was a testament, like Mandela himself, to the content of our people’s character. .Yes, we have a serious crime problem in South Africa. Paulistanos would be the first to admit that theirs is not the safest community in the world, either. We share with you the reality of being rapidly urbanizing economies characterized, as such economies always are, by major disparities in wealth. These are harsh realities that breed crime. But the criminals are not representative of who we are, Brazilian or South African. The fundamental spirit of South Africa is captured in the word ubuntu. It is a difficult world to translate but is closely akin to the quality the Roman philosopher Seneca called humanitas or humanity. This he defined as ”the quality which stops one being arrogant towards one’s fellows, or being acrimonious. In words, in actions, in emotions humanity reveals herself as kind and good natured towards all. To her the troubles of anyone else are her own, and anything that benefits herself she welcomes primarily because it will be of benefit to someone else.” Like every young democracy, we have our good days and our bad days, but the good preponderate and sometimes observers mistake for bad days that are in fact very good. Some have been alarmed by our recent change of leadership. But I would urge you to consider this. Our ruling party’s decision to recall President Mbeki was no different that the British Labour party’s decision to replace Tony Blair while in office or the Conservative party’s to replace Margaret Thatcher. Nobody for a moment thought that Britain’s democracy or its institutions were under threat at those junctures. No one should think that about South Africa, either. Our democracy and our institutions – our judiciary, our robust free press, our financial system — all are solid, rooted in what I believe is one of the most stable societies anywhere. One of our newspaper columnists last week compared South Africa with a pond when you throw a stone into it. There is a splash and there are ripples, but calm always returns. South Africa, he wrote, was not a piece of glass that shatters. We are also a very practical, results-oriented people. You can see that in our economic policies and you can see it in our diplomacy. I very much hope my own tenure here in Sao Paulo will serve to further illustrate this. I am looking forward to reaching out and far and wide as I possibly can in this great region and working to build partnerships that will make a real difference in people’s lives. Thank you for your warm and generous welcome.
zoom Although the new carrier alliances will only start operating from April 2017, battle lines on the main east-west routes are already being drawn, after the OCEAN Alliance and THE Alliance unveiled the respective service networks, according to Alphaliner.The OCEAN Alliance will start with an initial deployment of 331 ships with an aggregate capacity of 3.3 million TEUs.This figure is based on Alphaliner’s analysis of the 41 weekly services unveiled in early November by the four alliance members, comprising French shipping company CMA CGM (including APL), China’s COSCO Container Lines, Hong Kong-based Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) and Taiwanese Evergreen Line.Alphaliner said that “the carrier group is set to become the largest alliance in container shipping history,” with an initial plan to offer 20 weekly sailings from Asia to North America and 11 weekly sailings from Asia to Europe. OCEAN will also jointly operate three transatlantic strings and seven Far East – Middle East/Red Sea loops.The second new carrier group, THE Alliance, also released information of its new network plan under which it would offer 31 weekly services.An estimated total of 244 ships with an aggregate capacity of 2.25 million TEUs will be deployed by the six THE Alliance members, made up of Hapag-Lloyd (with UASC), K Line, Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Nippon Yusen Kaisha and Yang Ming.They will jointly provide a total of 16 transpacific loops and eight Asia-Europe services, together with six transatlantic loops and one Far East-Middle East string.The services were scaled down from an original plan that included the participation of Hanjin Shipping, which could have pushed overall capacity deployed by THE Alliance up by some 500,000 TEUs.