Pupils from the Strathyre School for Girls enjoy story time at Pick n Pay head office. (Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) “The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy.” (Image: Two Oceans Marathon) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory +27 11 547 5600 RELATED ARTICLES • Madiba’s life captured in art • Schools to benefit for Mandela Day • How does Mandela Day inspire you? • World to serenade Madiba • Madiba birthday song a group effort Cadine PillayRetail giant Pick n Pay has teamed up with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to start a book drive as part of their tribute to the former statesman ahead of his 94th birthday. The launch of the Mandela Day book drive was held in Kensington, Johannesburg, on 28 June.Nelson Mandela International Day is celebrated annually on 18 July across the world, after it was proclaimed in 2009 by the UN as an occasion to celebrate Mandela’s life. The book drive started on 1 July and will continue until the 17th , and Pick n Pay has set up book stands in their stores where members of the public can drop off books that they are donating as part of the campaign. The books will be handed over to the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on 18 July, after which they will be distributed to underprivileged schools around the country. People are encouraged to give books that are suitable for children of school-going age, as these will help set up libraries for them.‘Donate a book and build a future’The Mandela Day container library initiative is linked to the 94+ Schools infrastructure project – an initiative that honours his 94th birthday and legacy by promoting education, particularly for underprivileged schools.“Books open a door to a whole new world – through reading, children not only improve their grammar and vocabulary but also learn about people and places from other parts of the world,” said Bronwen Rohland, Pick n Pay’s director of marketing and sustainability, at the launch of the campaign.She added that books improve the understanding of and concern for all people, stressing how important it is for all children have access to books from a young age.“It is a privilege for Pick n Pay to be working together with the Nelson Mandela Foundation – let us not forget that Mr Mandela has spoken about how reading sustained and kept him and his fellow prisoners up to date with the rest of the world while they were imprisoned on Robben Island.”From the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory’s perspective, the campaign is seen as a move that should inspire more companies to do the same as Pick n Pay.“Just as we encourage youth to actively participate in Mandela Day, we also acknowledge the importance of literacy at a young age,” said Sello Hatang, spokesperson for the centre.“Just think, if every child could read, what power it would give to people and communities the world over. We would like to thank Pick n Pay for helping us drive more books to disadvantaged schools.”Hatang also had advice for donors: “If in doubt about what to donate, focus on story books you loved or that you know appeal to children.”Pupils to benefitMany South African schools lack basic facilities that are needed to make a library functional, and the container library project, a long-running initiative of Breadline Africa, aims to help solve this problem by providing nine container libraries.Although the target for 2012 was 20 containers, Hatang said through the initiative they had managed to secure funding for 10 containers so far. An estimated 9 500 pupils in the some of the country’s poorest communities will benefit. For many of these schools, this will be the first time they will have access to a fully functioning library at their place of learning.Mandela once said: “That joy (of reading) has been mine all my life, and it is one I wish for all South Africans.”The book drive will see to it that children from poor communities too can experience that same joy of reading.Running in his honourWhile the subject of books reigned supreme in one province, in another, KwaZulu-Natal’s uMgungundlovu district municipality announced that it would host the Mandela Day Marathon to mark the 50th anniversary of Mandela’s arrest in the Midlands town of Howick in 1962.The inaugural 42.2km run will start in Pietermaritzburg, and will take place on 26 August 2012, and if the municipality has its way, will feature as a major event on the national and international calendars going forward.Mandela, then an active leader of Umkhonto weSizwe, the African National Congress’s (ANC) armed wing, was arrested on 5 August 1962 after being on the run from the police for over a year. The famous treason trial followed shortly afterwards, when several more of the ANC leaders had been rounded up by police officers around the country and charged.He was sentenced to life in prison in 1964, but spent 27 years behind bars before leading the ANC through negotiations with the then-ruling National Party, and subsequently becoming South Africa’s first democratically elected president after an all-inclusive election in 1994.The marathon will commence directly outside Manaye Hall in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, where on 25 March 1961 Madiba gave his last speech prior to being captured on the road to Tweedie (a farm area in Howick) in August of the following year.“The marathon reflects, in a symbolic way, the gruelling marathon that Nelson Mandela had to run to lay the foundation for the democratic and free South Africa that we currently enjoy,” said uMgungundlovu mayor Yusuf Bhamjee.Runners will climb 540m during the first 15km before reaching the halfway point near Hilton and going on to the less challenging second half, which will take them through Cedara, Merrivale and into Howick to pass the Anglo-Boer war memorial.An associated 10km event will commence from this point and both races will continue out to pass Midmar Dam and thence to the new capture site museum in Tweedie.Reflecting on Mandela’s strugglesThe race is less about fast times and more about recognising and commemorating and gaining insight of the challenges and struggles that Madiba took on in the fight for freedom.“Through this marathon, we want to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit, the discipline that meant spending 27 years in prison, because of an understanding of what he wanted to accomplish in the end,” said Bhamjee.He added that there was no better way to remember, honour and celebrate Mandela’s selflessness to the betterment of the entire world than to have this marathon, which is a qualifier for both the Comrades and Two Oceans marathons.Bhamjee explained that Mandela had a long history, not just with Pietermaritzburg, but with the district as a whole.The district manager for uMngungundlovu, Sbu Khuzwayo, said the city had made R1.5-million (US$181 350) available for the race and, of that amount, R253,000 ($30 600) was for prizes.Entries for the race, which are expected to be limited because this is the first event, will open on 18 July and close on 14 August.
It has been said that the best way to learn an art form is through imitation. But, the true way to master an art form is to mock it.Documentary filmmaking is no easy task. It takes years of work honing your chops and practicing the skills needed to produce, shoot, and edit meaningful stories, that engage and excite documentary audiences.And while the documentary industry might be growing in terms of micro-ized content, it still takes filmmakers with a keen understanding of what makes documentaries tick. From finding interesting subjects, to crafting concise narratives, to shooting intense, personal moments, all the elements that make a good documentary can also be found in the genre’s sardonic cousin — the mockumentary.So, using some of the most popular mockumentaries from the past, let’s take a look at some of the intrinsic lessons you can learn and apply to your documentary endeavors.The Characters Make the StoryImage from Best in Show (via Warner Bros.).Just like a mockumentary, your documentary project(s) will only be as good as your subject(s). Yes, sometimes your subject is a concept, cause, or event, but it’s the characters therein that make the story. Best in Show, for example, on the surface is about the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show in Philadelphia. But, it’s really about dog owner characters who are the main subjects.Similarly, a documentary like American Movie is about the making of an independent horror film, but really it’s about the main lead Mark Borchardt and an eccentric cast of characters, in small town Wisconsin. The trick for both is to create, find, and bring your unique characters to life on the screen.But Conflict Drives the NarrativeImage from This is Spinal Tap (via Embassy Pictures).Because they are fiction and often scripted, mockumentaries will always have the advantage over documentaries in terms of developing intriguing conflict and strong narrative arcs. Not that real life isn’t ripe with conflict, but mockumentaries get the luxury of manufacturing the drama.Take This is Spinal Tap, for example, directed by Rob Reiner and written by its ensemble cast. The mockumentary film lampoons heavy metal culture and the classic rock-style documentaries that seem to exist for every band ever. And while it’s about the music, the inevitable conflicts that arise between band members over their rise and fall are what drives the narrative.Prioritize Intimate ScenesImage from What We Do in the Shadows (via Paramount Pictures).Documentary filmmaking can often be an art of finding a delicate balance between personal privacy and capturing true intimacy. Mockumentaries don’t actually have to deal with filmmakers being too intrusive of making its subjects uncomfortable because it’s dealing with professional actors and fiction.What We Do in the Shadows makes great use of this verite-esque style of filmmaking. It employs a number of techniques to suggest that the documentary crew is sneaking around and finding creative ways to capture intimate moments by shooting through windows, relying on audio recordings, or filming from extremely far away.Documentary filmmakers deal with much more difficult practical and ethical concerns, though. You should never exploit your subjects or document them without their consent. And, even if they do allow it, get their wishes in writing in case they change their mind.Unless you’re doing expose-style work, only capture intimate moments with previous consent. However, if the subjects agree, keeping space and finding the similar methods to capture private scenes, without obstructing them or distracting them, can become some of your most powerful documentary moments. Balance Dialogue and Reaction ShotsImage from Borat (via 20th Century Fox).For practical purposes, documentary filmmaking comes in all shapes and sizes. Some docs shoot single camera and make sporadic use of lighting or external equipment. While others use multiple cameras and feature high production quality interviews and motion graphics.One mockumentary that truly captures the more DIY documentary style would be Borat — or at least based on the segments featuring him on Sasha Baron Cohen’s Da Ali G Show. For an HBO produced program, the show works hard to hide its production values with camcorder quality footage and small crews.However, if you watch it, Borat is a masterclass in balancing character interactions and reaction shots. Most of the show’s humor comes from the authentic reactions from the non-actors being interviewed. Similarly, for Cohen’s Ali G and Bruno characters, the crew puts as much of the focus — if not more — on capturing reactions and responses to the main subjects’ dialogue and actions.Follow the FunnyImage from Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (via Universal Pictures).It’s odd to think that the mockumentary genre has predominantly been used to create comedy. Conversely, documentaries are often thought to be a more serious (or somber) art form that shines a mirror upon society with the hopes of eliciting change. However, as the medium has developed and grown, humor has found its way alongside it. Documentaries themselves have found more ways to entertain.The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is one of the latest in a line of parody mockumentaries that satires recent pop culture phenomenons, placing them in a comical light. You could even say it’s still meant to explore, or poke fun at, things that society actually takes seriously.Documentaries are no different. For the ones looking to provide information in order to help bring about change, part of the appeal to audiences can be expressed through the same funny principles.Cover image from Mascots (via Netflix).For more documentary filmmaking tips, tricks and advice, check out some of these articles below.The 6 Types of Documentary FilmsHow “American Vandal” Shows Us the Future of Documentary FilmThe 5 Best Places to Pitch Your Documentary Film ProjectsThe Disaster Artist: Editing A Film About Making a FilmMake Your Documentaries Matter with Awe-Inspiring Material
Story Highlights Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14.In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.Among those sworn in are Principal of Brown’s Town Primary, Soloman Smith; Pastor of the Faith Tabernacle Apostolic Church in Claremont, Wayne Barclay, and Councillor for the Lime Hall Division, Genevor Gordon Bailey.In his address, Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, charged the newly commissioned JPs to maintain an “impeccable character,” as they aid in solving the nation’s issues.“We want persons of unimpeachable integrity, persons who, regardless of the challenges, petition, and pleas for your assistance, if you know it isn’t right, you stand firm and say no. [It is] very important that you should be of unquestionable integrity, and at the same time as a Justice of the Peace, I expect that you should be persons of impeccable character,” he said.Mr. Chuck reminded the JPs that they should not see themselves as serving only the parish of St. Ann, but all of Jamaica as stipulated by the new Justices of the Peace Act 2018.He reiterated that the Ministry of Justice is on a drive to increase the number of JPs islandwide, with the aim of having over 1,000 per parish.The Minister said the increase will help to ease the burden on the justice system by diverting matters from the courts to be dealt with through mediation, spearheaded by JPs.In the meantime, retired Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, commended the newly commissioned JPs for having taken the “bold step to volunteer and make yourselves available to serve.”She told the group that “your appointment will contribute greatly to the improvement of our justice system,” and encouraged them to avail themselves for further training. The cadre of Justices of the Peace (JPs) serving the parish of St. Ann has been increased, with the swearing in of 61 new members on Tuesday, August 14. In a ceremony, held at Jewel Dunn’s River Resort and Spa in Mammee Bay, St. Ann, the new JPs, 29 men and 32 women took the Oath of Office before Custos Rotulorum for St. Ann, Hon. Norma Walters. This brings the number of serving JPs in the parish of St. Ann to 417.
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.