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CPL T20 games add value to tourism product in St Kitts and Nevis

first_imgWith millions of eyes on St Kitts and Nevis during the CPL T20 games, it can be said that there has been a significant boost in tourism as persons take action to the St Kitts tourism motto ‘Follow Your Heart’, says Stanley Knight, Permanent Secretary in the Youth, Sports and Culture Ministry.Appearing on the radio-television programme ‘Working for You’ on Wednesday, Knight said that the Government of St Kitts and Nevis has part ownership of the local Patriots cricket team and this ownership exists as a part of the tourism brand. The part ownership stems from the contract to host the first few games and the finals. He explained that the hosting of the finals is independent of that contract which now allows for the branding of St Kitts and Nevis.The PS said that the viewership of the finals is expected to increase: “One of the reasons for this is that the media value increases as the lights on our facility are the best in the region and it allows for simply a much higher quality broadcast,” said Knight.Knight added that hosting the finals also brands the country as a destination and gave an analogy of how the destination is branded.“A man leaves his house intending to go somewhere but does not know where he is going,” he explained. “Where ever he arrives, he is going to say ‘Here I am’. The value of the CPL finals to us is that we are now giving those persons a specific destination to go to because we are telling them to ‘follow their heart’ to St Kitts. That is the message we are trying to get across.”Knight said that the brand can also be expanded into sports tourism: “If your passion is sport and if your passion is cricket, ‘Follow your heart’ to St Kitts and Nevis,” he said, adding that expanding the brand brings value to the country.Knight said that the tourism product can also be extended into Pan-Caribbean travel when there is a slight decline in the North American, European visitors during the month of August. He added that many persons often stay for Culturama, which is right on the heels of the cricket matches. (SKNIS)last_img read more

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PPCC’s Dorbor Jallah Wins Integrity Idol Award

first_imgBritish Ambassador David Belgrove presents certificate to Mr. Jallah (L).The Executive Director of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC), Dorbor Jallah, has been announced as winner of the 2018 edition of Integrity Idol Liberia—an initiative to highlight the efforts of those who, amidst widespread proclivity toward corrupt behavior, are serving with integrity in the public sector.Integrity Idol is an annual campaign that moves away from “naming and shaming” corrupt officials and towards “naming and faming” Liberia’s most honest government civil servants.The event is based on “fame, not shaming.” Instead of focusing directly on corruption, they highlight integrity. “The more we can show that government officials can be celebrated for doing the right thing, the more it will help the public understand what they should expect from them.”Mr. Jallah, a man famously known for being outright and principle minded, became the star of the 2018 edition show when he was officially announced as winner at a ceremony held in Monrovia. The initiative is run by Accountability Lab-Liberia, an organization that is building a new generation of active citizens and responsible leaders in the country and around the world.Organizers said Mr. Jallah, who is a former professor at the University of Liberia, was chosen for his honest, and responsible approach to work, ensuring standards even in challenges circumstances. “He refuses to take bribes from anyone, even higher ups in the society,” the organizers have said.In a brief statement, Lawrence Yealue, Country Director of Accountability Lab Liberia, said “it is critical that we create a positive conversation around issues of integrity. Too often we focus on the problems. This campaign is about identifying role-models and positive, collective solutions to the challenges we face as a nation.”He lauded all those nominated this year for their outstanding roles they continue to play in their communities. “We are glad to have you guys out there serving our communities positively,” he said.“Out of 2,700 nominations this year – congratulations to Liberia’s 2018 Integrity Idols and winner of the public voting campaign, James Dorbor Jallah,” the head judge announced.The finalists at the 2018 Integrity Idol ceremony in MonroviaNow a global initiative, Integrity Idol began in Liberia four years ago as a way to recognize and inspire positively outstanding government officials. Mr. Jallah, whom many revered as a man of immense integrity, emerged from mainstream public service in the midst of incessant temptation in a society permeated by rampant corruption to scoop the award.He is famous known for his stance at the UL when an entrance examination he spearheaded saw over twenty thousand applicants failed—a situation that claimed global attention. He was also lauded for his roles in the investigation of the Private Use Permit saga in the country—a massive abused of the forest sector of the country by concessionaires. The PUP was a certificate that government issued to logging companies to carry out their activities.It was later discovered that most of the companies were getting the PUPs fraudulently, while destroying the country’s forest on a large scale. This precipitated the setting up of an investigative committee by former President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.During the course of the investigation, reports indicated that Mr. Jallah refused to back down from the investigation that ensured that those who were culpable were exposed.“We have a small country with a lot of resources. If we can all commit ourselves to doing the right thing, we will be able to make Liberia prosperous,” Jallah said in a brief statement.He noted that he is confronted with many challenges at the PPCC, where many of the government’s top procurement processes have to pass for vetting. “There are lots of temptation,” he said.Integrity Idol Liberia received over 2,736 nominations from the country’s most honest civil servants this year from all 15 counties. After four selection rounds the top 33 candidates were presented to an expert panel of judges.Four other candidates including Marpue C. Yekeku, Nurse; Michael T. Dahn, police officer; Patricia Togba, Gender specialist; and James Saybah, an Administrator were featured in the final.The campaign, which started in 2015, is gaining momentum and popularity, especially as it serves as a paradigm shift from the traditional manner in which corruption is being vaguely fought in public service in the country.Integrity Idol initiative is a brainchild of a British national, Blair Glencorse, founder of accountability Lab, a nonprofit group that fights corruption with the goal to recognize people “for simply doing what they think is their job, and being the person that they are— to give them a sense that they’re on the right track,” Glencorse said.The competition was first held in Nepal in 2014 with videos of the nominees on the internet, TV and radio. It is now conducted by volunteers in Liberia, Pakistan, Mali and South Africa.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Business cards thrive despite tech advances

first_imgBOSTON – D.A. Mlynek’s double-sided business cards are busy with facts about himself, his military outfitting and equipment company, and his Web site. When turned at an angle, the cards even show a sequence of images of a man in camouflage climbing a boulder. “Everybody looks at it and hands it back to me,” said Mlynek of Oceanside. “When I tell them I’m giving it to them, they say, `Oh wow, I can keep this?”‘ The tangible wallet-filler has long been a staple at conventions and cocktail parties, and experts say technology is expanding the function of the business card rather than hindering it. While Treos and BlackBerrys make exchanging contact information simpler than ever, some say there’s nothing more personal than a card-in-hand. Business card printing in the United States is a $1.2 billion industry, said Gail Nickel-Kailing, an analyst with Business Strategies Etc. While infrared business cards, transferred via personal digital assistants, have become increasingly popular, some say the 3 -by-2-inch standards will always be a sign of prestige and good business etiquette. “It is a symbol handed from one person to another,” said Ganesan Shankaranarayanan, a professor of information systems at Boston University School of Management. “You’re supposed to take the card and examine it for texture, color, look and feel. It would be impolite to just stick it in your pocket.” In China and Japan, people are expected to receive a business card with both hands, read it immediately and praise the card’s qualities, Shankaranarayanan said. In Korea, every employee in a company has business cards, including janitors. Dan Ariely, who teaches behavioral economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said business cards are necessary to remember who you’ve met and why they are important. It isn’t likely an electronic message will serve the same purpose, he said. “When people introduce themselves, they usually don’t say what their title is,” Ariely said. “When you are sitting with 10 people, you need a card to remember names and whom you should be paying more attention to. This is especially true with globalization, as more people are traveling to other countries for business.” But business cards are no longer limited to white-collar businessmen, said Rob Schlacter, Staples vice president. In Staples’ Los Angeles stores especially, a large portion of the cards designed are “social cards” and “dating cards.” “Customers are creating cards for the nightclub dating scene, as a way to give vital statistics about themselves,” Schlacter said. “We also had a high school student come in and make a MySpace card. Within a day or two, 40 other MySpace kids came in to do the same card.” When 18-year-old Josh Burke of Easthampton, Mass., meets girls, he can’t stand scrambling for a pen and paper. So the aspiring comic book writer hands them his business card that includes his e-mail address, MySpace link and title: Visionary Genius. “If you meet a girl, rather than being clumsy, you give them your card and try to act like you know what you’re doing,” he said. “It gives an impression.” Mlynek’s cards certainly leave an impression. When he’s not using ones with lenticular lens screens that show multiple images, he favors others that have computer chips carrying data for online catalogs and infomercials. The cards cost him about $1.60 apiece, versus the standard black-and-white average cost of 4 cents per card, but Mlynek said the reaction he gets is priceless. “The card is a novelty, and people will show it to others at a bar or a conference because it’s neat,” Mlynek said. “I’ll talk to people I’ve done business with five years ago, and they’ll tell me they still have my business card. You don’t get that same effect with e-mail because it’s not personal and it doesn’t last.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In fact, there is such growing demand for business cards that Framingham-based Staples Inc. this month unveiled its “Business Cards in Minutes,” allowing customers to design and print cards in as little as 30 minutes. The standard industry delivery time is three to seven business days. Graphic designers say consumers are desperate to distinguish themselves with wildly colorful and multitextured formats, from plastics to linens. “No matter what you’re selling, if it’s a product or yourself, business cards are a form of advertising,” said Sabatino Andreoni, a Montreal-based graphic designer. “Many people are ordering cards with just a Web site. People are going to type the domain if they really like the card. It then becomes a conduit to something more alive.” Information cards are an ancient tradition, dating back to 15th century China. What were then called visiting cards or calling cards were used to introduce the arrival of royalty, and were engraved with elaborate and detailed art. Today, they are taking new forms, from simply printed to some carrying computer chips that can be plugged into a personal computer to download catalogs or company information. last_img
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COAST GUARD CALLED OUT AFTER TWO SPOTTED DRIFTING WITHOUT LIFE JACKETS

first_imgTHE Coast Guard has warned against people taking to the water in boats without life jackets after an incident this morning.Killybegs Coast Guard were tasked at 8:27am this morning by Malin Head.A local fisherman reported seeing a small boat drifting close to rocks near Mullaghmore with two persons onboard wearing no lifejackets. Killybegs Coast Guard searched the area but were made aware that the two persons had made it safely to shore.A spokesman said: “The Coast Guard would advise the public to always wear a life jacket. It could save your life.” COAST GUARD CALLED OUT AFTER TWO SPOTTED DRIFTING WITHOUT LIFE JACKETS was last modified: June 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Educational accountability discussed

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week PALMDALE – Three representatives of Juniper Intermediate School recently attended a session at the University of California, Los Angeles, Faculty Center on harmonizing federal and state systems for school accountability. California Education Secretary Alan Bersin spoke at the session sponsored by UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Science Educational Leadership Program and by Rogers Associates. There from Juniper were Vice Principal Frances Ufondu; Pamela Van Velsir, director of the Advancement Via Individual Determination or AVID Program; and Roslyn Haley, president of the Parent Teacher Student Association. Bersin emphasized the need to harmonize federal and state accountability laws, to develop a system to identify and help schools that are not making progress or that are making some progress but not yet performing satisfactorily.last_img read more

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Slow improvements in API scores

first_img Districtwide, 64 percent of schools met their API targets – a required state performance increase based on a school’s performance the year before – compared to 51 percent last year. Statewide, 68 percent met their targets compared to 48 percent last year. Wong attributed the 13-point increase to LAUSD’s continuing work in English Language Arts and improving math at elementary schools, focusing on instruction and literacy at the secondary level and ongoing assessments to focus instruction on skills that students need. “It’s because the teachers are teaching the standards and we’re testing what the children are being taught,” she said. But neither the state nor the district has matched their performance of 2003, when 85 percent of LAUSD schools and 78 percent statewide met their targets. Since then, the state has been putting greater weight on the standards test in calculating API scores, Wong said. -Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722, naush.boghossian@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the third straight year, Los Angeles Unified’s minority and low-income students met or exceeded state academic progress goals in math and English, but they failed to narrow the achievement gap with Asians and whites, according to a state report released this morning. Reflecting statewide trends, LAUSD’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students added 18 points on the state’s benchmark Academic Performance Index, which measures performance on a 200-1,000 point scale. Students are expected to achieve a score of 800 over the next few years. “The good news is there is continuing improvement in all our subgroups, and it’s a consistent improvement. But because all groups are growing the (achievement) gap is not necessarily narrowing,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent for planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week African-Americans added 16 points and Latinos added 17 points to last year’s score. White and Asian students in the district improved by similar strides, with whites gaining 18 points and Asians up 17 points. They were the only two subgroups in the district to exceed 800 points. The school board is scheduled today to hold the first meeting of its Educational Equity Committee, which will focus on ways to close the achievement gap. “This is the core of the work that still needs to be done and studied. We’re really going to start to look at schools that are closing the gap, what they are doing and replicating their successs,” board President Marlene Canter said. The API results released by the State Department of Education were nearly identical to those released Aug. 1, but included results broken down by ethnicity and income – which officials refer to as subgroups – giving administrators more detailed information about where to focus their resources.last_img read more

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Women’s Golf In 5th After First Day Of Diane Thomason Invitational

first_img Diane Thomason Invitational – Day 1 – Results IOWA CITY, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team sits in fifth place after the first two rounds of the Diane Thomason Invitational Saturday, Sept. 29, at Iowa City’s Finkbine Golf Course.The Bulldogs carded team rounds of 315-316 – 631 in cold, rainy and windy conditions Saturday afternoon. Iowa leads the event on its home course after shooting 299-299 – 598.”The ladies really battled today in tough conditions,” said Drake head coach Rachael Pruett. “It was a typical golf day in that some shots went our way and we let some get away. As a team, we had too many 3-putts and we know we can make up several shots there. I was really proud of the way they kept a good attitude in poor weather conditions.”Haeri Lee (Buffalo Grove, Ill.) and Erica Olberding (Des Moines, Iowa) paced the Bulldogs as both shot a combined 157 on the day. Lee carded a 76-81 – 157 while Olberding’s rounds were opposite at 81-76 – 157. The pair finished the day tied for 14th overall on the individual leaderboard.Sam Paulak (Kansas City, Mo.) shot a consistent 79-80 – 159 with a team-high five birdies on the day to sit in a tie for 21st place. Sigurlaug Run Jonsdottir (Hafnarfjordur, Iceland) and Grace Dunn (Brookfield, Wis.) both shot 162 to tie for 32nd place in after the first two rounds. Jonsdottir recorded rounds of 79-83 while Dunn fired rounds of 83-79.Heading into Sunday’s final round, the Bulldogs are just three shots behind fourth-place UNI and eight shots behind SIU and North Dakota State, who are tied for second.The final round of the Diane Thomason Invitational is set to get underway at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start at Finkbine Golf Course. Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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Neymar, Mbappe doubtful as PSG aim for new frontiers

first_img Tags: French Ligue Onetop PSG have won all of their first 13 games of the current Ligue One seasonLigue One’s two leading marksmen are injury doubts for Paris Saint Germain’s duel with Toulouse.Top scorer Kylian Mbappe Lottin’s eleven goals have underpinned the champions’ one hundred percent start to the campaign but he limped out of France’s 1-0 victory over Uruguay with a shoulder injury.Mbappe could be joined on the sidelines by striker partner Neymar Junior, as the world’s most expensive player is recuperating from an abductor muscle strain he suffered on duty with Brazil.Thomas Tuchel’s Parisians set a new European record of thirteen straight wins at the commencement of a season when they whipped Monaco 4-0 just before the international break.Even without the injured pair, PSG are odds on favourites to extend their run against a Toulouse side that has won just once in nine French Ligue One outings.Action in France however, begins on Friday night with Bruno Genesis’ Lyon hosting 1970s titans Saint Etienne at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais.A fortnight back, the hosts ended a lean spell with an imposing 4-2 triumph over basement club Guingamp. Dutch international striker Memphis Depay, who was unplayable in that game, will once again carry Lyon’s attacking threat.Christophe Galtier’s high achieving Lille Metropole face a daunting trip to on form Nice.Patrick Vieira’s southerners have won three games on the bounce to put behind an indifferent start to the campaign.Second placed Lille are meanwhile winless in their last two encounters, following up a 1-2 reverse at the Stade de France with a goalless stalemate at home to Strasbourg.A particularly fascinating contest is anticipated at Montpellier, where the third placed hosts welcome Sabri Lamouchi’s Rennes.The visitors are not punching their full weight but in Senegal forward Ismail and France international Hatem Ben Arfa they possess a strike force capable of upsetting the form book.Elsewhere, Thierry Henry will be gunning for his first Ligue One win when he takes 2017 champions Monaco to Caen.The rest of this weekend’s fixtures see misfiring Olympique Marseille travel to Amiens, red-hot Nantes welcome Angers, Reims collide with Guingamp and Strasbourg battle attack minded newcomers Nimes.Round 14 Fixtures:FRIDAY: Olympique Lyon v Saint EtienneSATURDAY: Paris Saint Germain v ToulouseCaen v MonacoNantes v AngersStrasbourg v NimesReims v GuingampMontpellier v RennesSUNDAY: Amiens v Olympique MarseilleDijon v BordeauxNice v LilleBET ON ALL THESE GAMES AND MANY MORE @Bunga BetComments last_img read more

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Listen to Hasselbaink suggest fatigue was a factor in QPR defeat

first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink suggested after QPR’s home defeat by Preston on Saturday that fatigue was a factor in his team’s below-par display.It was a second successive loss for Rangers, who were beaten at Barnsley three days earlier.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

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MK: In pursuit of liberty

first_imgA display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979 at the age of 23. This headline refers to the 1980 Silverton Siege, when 25 people were taken hostage in Volkskas Bank, Silverton, Pretoria, by three ANC members who were later allshot dead.(Images: Lucille Davie) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600• To arrange an appointment to view:  Ethel Arends  MNF records management specialist  +27 11 547 5676. RELATED ARTICLES • Tribute to Arthur Goldreich • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotel • Sharpeville remembered • SA, Angola strengthen ties • New ward opened for Smile WeekLucille DavieAfrican National Congress (ANC) military wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) turns 50 this year, and in commemoration, the Nelson Mandela Foundation is hosting an exhibition highlighting the organisation during its active period.Movingly displayed in the foyer of the foundation’s offices in Houghton, the exhibition is titled In pursuit of liberty: legality vs justice. Its theme is “heroism, martyrdom and the ethical principles of South African liberation movements”.Visitors can learn about the struggle of MK cadres against apartheid.The exhibition has three main areas of focus – the Rivonia triallists and their capture at Liliesleaf; the story of Solomon Mahlangu who in 1979 became the first MK soldier to be executed by the government of the time; and the 1980 bank siege in Silverton, Pretoria, and the subsequent Soekmekaar and Silverton trials, which became the “turning point of the liberation struggle”.“The exhibition portrays how freedom fighters used the apartheid courts and police holding cells as sites of struggle,” said a press statement.“It evokes unpleasant memories of the turbulent apartheid years, but it can help those who were born after the dawn of democracy to understand the heavy price their forebears paid for democracy.”In pursuit of liberty runs until the end of 2011. Viewing is by appointment only.The South African Post Office, which is a participant in the exhibition, will issue a new set of stamps in support of its successful Legends of Freedom series and its 2009 Solomon Mahlangu stamp.The struggle for freedomIn a moving address at the exhibition’s opening, during which she sang a verse of a freedom song, Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo talked about her time in MK.“Ours was a just war and it should be celebrated,” she said. “It was a war that had to be fought to find freedom.”She described the “vigorous training” that she and many other young South Africans went through in the 1970s, after they left South Africa in the wake of the 16 June 1976 Soweto pupils’ uprising.Dlodlo thanked guest and respected advocate George Bizos, who defended Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki in the Rivonia Trial, for his support during the struggle years.She also mentioned the citizens of various countries, including Angola, Mozambique, Russia, Sweden and Cuba, who welcomed exiled MK members within their borders. People like the late Zimbabwean politician Joshua Nkomo, music producer Quincy Jones, former Cuban president Fidel Castro, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson had also offered unfailing support to the ANC.“Whites were not our enemy, the system was the enemy,” she said.Dlodlo, who is also secretary-general of the Military Veterans Association, stressed that many comrades in exile were young – some were 18 and 19 years old. The women cadres in exile were called “flowers of our revolution”, a term originally coined by ANC leader in exile Oliver Tambo.Continuing the fightJames Mange, an MK commander who was arrested with Mahlangu and 12 others, described his experience of the trial, and how the death sentence hung over them.“There was no doubt in our minds that John Vorster would hang Solomon,” he said, referring to the state president at the time.Despite a two-year wait during which the government came under intense international pressure to repeal his sentence, Mahlangu went to the gallows in 1979. His hanging “just gave us strength and more determination,” added Mange.Mahlangu’s long incarceration had not broken his spirit, and his last words were reportedly: ”My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Like a number of struggle heroes, he posthumously received the National Order of Mendi for Bravery, in 2005.Mange, too, was sentenced to death while his comrades were sent to Robben Island, but this fate was commuted to a jail term of 20 years after an appeal.“We were afraid to disgrace the generation before us,” he said, and added that the present generation needs to learn about the sacrifices made by his generation, as they go forward into the future.Taking up armsUmkhonto we Sizwe is isiZulu and isiXhosa for “Spear of the Nation”. The movement played a major role in South Africa’s armed struggle.The decision to form MK was taken in mid-1961 in response to the government’s increasing and sometimes lethal determination to oppress non-white South Africans, despite the fact that resistance action had been peaceful until then. The ANC decided that it had no choice but to take up arms.MK’s founding members were, among others, former president Nelson Mandela and Joe Slovo, the secretary-general of the South African Communist Party.Other key members in cells around the country included Jack Hogson, Ahmed Kathrada, Arthur Goldreich, Chris Hani, Dennis Goldberg, Ronnie Kasrils, former president Thabo Mbeki, current president Jacob Zuma, Curnick Dlovu and Vuyisile Mini.MK announced its presence with a series of bomb attacks on government buildings on 16 December 1961 in Johannesburg, Durban and Port Elizabeth. Now the Day of Reconciliation, the 16 December public holiday formerly commemorated the Afrikaner defeat of the Zulus at the Battle of Blood River in 1838, and was known as the Day of the Covenant or Dingaan’s Day.The government promptly banned MK as a terrorist organisation, but this didn’t stop many cadres from receiving military training overseas. During its years of activity the organisation’s operations included sabotage of transport systems and power plants – including the Koeberg nuclear facility – attacks on police stations and military bases, and bomb blasts of varying intensity.Despite fierce resistance from the government and two states of emergency, the first one in 1960 and the second in 1986, the apartheid system eventually fell away.After 29 years MK suspended its armed struggle when the ANC and other organisations were unbanned in 1990, four years before South Africa’s first democratic elections. It was completely absorbed into the National Defence Force by 1994.A display on Solomon Mahlangu, who was hanged in 1979last_img read more

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