Gbarpolu Citizens Speak about Challenges in Their County

first_imgSeveral citizens of Gbarpolu County have expressed dissatisfaction over some situations they are faced with in the county.They made their plights known over the weekend when they attended the World Press Freedom Day celebrated in Bopolu, capital city of Gbarpolu County. The World Press Freedom Day was celebrated in Bopolu City by the Press Union of Liberia (PUL).Challenges, according to Gbarpolu citizens, include lack of access to save drinking water, inadequate education and health facilities, no farm-to-market roads, lack of electricity, amongst others.Forty-two-year old Milton K. Dwana, a resident of Bopolu City hoped that the event will make the focus of the Liberian Government and its development partners to shift towards their county; “so that they can help us solve our problems.”Dwana said their conditions have not changed for the better, over the years, because not too many events are held in the county to attract journalist, health workers, government officials and private institutions.“Our voices must be heard. I want to thank the PUL because at least journalists are here to see what we go through. We lack many things here. Our radio station does not reach far for the government to hear us. Thank God that the World Freedom Day celebration has attracted journalists here so that they will help report on our challenges,” he explained.He furthered stated that because of bad roads, they are faced with health problems and even educational challenges, not excluding their farms-to-market roads, which are badly deplorable.“We only have one school here, and there are so many children attending the school. The school is not expensive so the children are too many for the little sitting.”“We also don’t good drinking water in our city. We hope that our voices will be heard by the government.Also speaking to this paper, Dennis Tewee, a 24-year old recharged cards seller, called on the government of Liberia to constantly sent representatives there to know what the community lacks.“I sell my scratch cards before I am able to feed my parents on a daily. Nobody knows the things that happen here because our government officials hardly come around to check on us. The government has forgotten to know that Montserrado, Bassa, Margibi and Bong are not only Liberia,” he said.Tewee also called on journalists to always visit Gbarpolu County.“If we see two or three journalist here for two days, almost six months will pass before we see another group of journalists. The press is our only means to speak to our government, so we are begging them to always come around.”Also speaking to the Observer, 41-year-old Sianeh Talley, a market woman, stressed that market women are affected greatly because of the bad roads. She said because of very bad roads, they (market women) cannot get their goods to the market on time.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pirate murders highlight plight of victims’ families

first_imgDear Editor,The recent pirate attack against Guyanese in Suriname sent shock waves throughout our country and we are still trying to come to terms with its implications for our citizens’ peace and security.Ordinary fisher-folk with families to provide for were brutally murdered at sea by a sadistic band of pirates, reportedly on a revenge mission for their ringleader.No other than His Excellency, President David Arthur Granger described the attack as a great tragedy. It is now time for us to heed the lessons of this great tragedy and try to soothe the pain and sorrow, especially among the victims’ families.The alleged ringleader was arrested, as were other suspects. I must point out that these arrests clearly belied the false belief by some Indo-Guyanese that those from their race are not cruel people and that Afro-Guyanese are the main perpetrators of violent crimes.I have seen their comments on the Internet and heard them with my own ears, blaming Afro-Guyanese for all the violent crime in society. I hope this puts that matter to rest once and for all. Crime is not about race. Often, it is about getting money without working and doing what it takes to get it.What sort of people could look at other helpless human beings and attack them so viciously and cold-bloodedly? Imagine the scenario: a band of pirates, armed with guns and cutlasses, hop aboard fishing vessels with defenceless men and proceed to beat them, chop them like fish and throw them overboard.In their zeal to ensure that the men drowned, they even tied batteries to their legs. Their hearts were hard, even as the victims, no match for this gang, begged for their lives or struggled against the waters into which they were hurled. It would be hard to do this to an animal, much less a human being.The victims were husbands, sons, brothers, uncles and friends, struggling in rough conditions to earn a dollar at a job not many people want to do. What could they have done to deserve such horrible deaths?The media has reported that the attacks were in revenge for the drive-by shooting of one pirate’s brother. However, it is not clear if those attacked were implicated in that incident. From what has been reported so far, these were premeditated cold-blooded murders.The entire incident begs the question: What could have spawned this level of cruelty? Were they brutalised as children? Did they grow up seeing this level of brutality meted out by adults against others? What will their children grow up to be like? It’s mind boggling.Persons do not become capable of such savagery overnight. This could not have been the first time these criminals had executed such brutality and force against other human beings.One of the suspects’ Facebook posts showed photos of him with guns, drugs and money, photos which were exposed in the media, even a photo of him sleeping with a gun at his side.I think about the families of the murdered men. Some might have had young children. What are they going to do now to survive? Our country does not have a strong welfare system to deal with situations such as these.I remember writing to the late President Hugh Desmond Hoyte, as well as his successor late President Dr Cheddi Jagan, suggesting that a fund be set up for situations like these. My idea is to put State funds aside for emergency access by poor families that lose breadwinners suddenly.I suggested it because there are far-reaching consequences when the breadwinner of a family dies suddenly. The consequences on the family can be dire and the effects can filter down to their villages, communities and even the country as a whole.The sons of such persons can turn to lives of crime; daughters and wives can engage in immoral acts and lives of crime as well, to get money.When I originally made this suggestion, it was for the families of accident victims who were killed or injured. I suggested then that the money can be garnered by introducing a supplementary fee for the registration of vehicles. In terms of a monetary fee, I suggest $500 or $1000. This money can be put towards a welfare fund for families of victims of crime and accidents.The Government can start the fund with some seed money from a grant taken from our tax dollars. I give them permission to use my tax dollars for this purpose.People in certain occupations, like cane cutting, fishing, taxi driving and so on, can also be encouraged to take out life insurance, showing them how a policy can benefit their families in the event of their demise. They should also be urged to pay their NIS contributions as their families can benefit if they die.As the situation stands, people are murdered and their families only benefit from a pittance from the Ministry of Human Services. I don’t mean to knock what the Ministry is offering; it is preferable to them getting nothing.However, I believe we can do better so that our people can have the good life that President Granger’s Government is striving for.Sincerely,Roshan Khan Srlast_img read more

We in Bartica will not allow these calls to race to divide us

first_imgDear Editor,On October 1, 2018, the Mayor of the township of Bartica, Gifford Marshall, posted on his Facebook page, “Mayor Gifford:2018”, a deliberately edited screenshot WhatsApp status of a young lady with a caption on same spreading hate and racism, which caused the young lady’s image to be tarnished.This was very distasteful for a leader of the community to manipulate someone’s Facebook in order to incite racism. All Barticians and Guyanese should condemn this.On Monday, October 1, 2018, Mayor Gifford Marshall published an article in the Guyana Chronicle newspapers which said, “Bartica Mayor rejects Jagdeo tirades”, after which members and supporters of the People’s Progressive Party Civic went on social media, specifically Facebook, and shared pictures and videos displaying the warm welcome and love which was shown to the Opposition Leader by all races. One of those pictures the young woman in question posted on her WhatsApp status, which the Mayor subsequently screenshot from her Whatsapp and added in a racial line.The APNU camp was clearly shaken up by this demonstration of love by the people of Bartica for the Opposition Leader, and thus Mr. Mayor went on social media venting, accusing Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo of inciting racism by saying “us versus them”.My question is, how was the Opposition Leader inciting racial division when he was comparing Guyana’s ECONOMIC situation from the time of the PPP/C Government and now under the APNU/AFC Government? Mr. Jagdeo never said us versus them; he pointed out cold, hard facts of how the APNU/AFC Government is damaging the country, the economy, by bad polices that are hurting the people and the country; and, in contrast, pointed out what the PPP/C had done in the economy and social programmes to better the lives of the people.The Mayor could not refute these facts, and he and his colleagues in the APNU became fearful of the PPP/C being victorious at this upcoming LGE.Mr. Mayor was totally out of order for publicising a screenshot status which included the young lady’s name and image on his Facebook page, which he edited and inserted words she never used. He then watched as his cronies bashed her and the PPP/C mercilessly on race.We recognise that, in their desperation, all the PNC/APNU/AFC has left is race to call on.We in Bartica will not allow these calls to race to divide us; we want a better Town Council, one that will consult and represent the interests and needs of the Barticians. After three years of the APNU/AFC-controlled Government, RDC and Town Council, and unfulfilled promises, we know only the PPP/C can offer us improvement and a better life.Sincerely,Tamana Thomas,Youngbusinesswomanlast_img read more

‘It’s like telling Tom Jones he can’t sing!’ Fans on Arsenal legend v Wenger

first_img Tony Adams: The Arsenal legend’s opinion has not gone down well 1 Fans have been reacting in their numbers after Tony Adams’ outspoken comments about Arsene Wenger.The Arsenal legend only represented the north Londoners in a 19-year career, playing under Wenger for five-and-a-half years in that period.The Granada boss is highly regarded at the Emirates and he claims he tried to return on four occasions in a coaching capacity, but was overlooked each time. Adams reckons he is too big a character for Wenger and that counted against him.His autobiography, Sober, is being serialised in The Sun and he even claimed Wenger ‘couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag’ and the former defender’s ‘occasional willingness to pass comment on him and the team probably counted against [my chances]’. – READ THE QUOTES IN FULL HEREHis comments have unsurprisingly caused a lot of reaction on social media – Arsenal legend Ian Wright even responded: “Wow reading some of the comments from so called Arsenal fans about The skipper! Not Arsenal fans! Fly by night invincible hanger onners [sic]”Adams won four league titles, three FA Cups, two League Cups and a European Cup Winners’ Cup in his time at the club and even has a statue outside the Emirates Stadium.He has failed to steer Granada clear of relegation from LaLiga after being appointed in April and some fans think he has no room to speak considering Wenger’s record as a manager, though coaching and managing are not necessarily the same thing.See what they had to say below…last_img read more

ATHLETICS: DONEGAL ATHLETIC BOARD RELEASE DETAILS OF ALL GRAND PRIX RACES

first_imgDay Date Event / LocationRace 1 Sunday 05/05/2013 North West 10K, Comm Centre,Pearse Road,Letterkenny Race 2 Thursday 09/05/2013 Ayrhill School RameltonRace 3 Friday 10/05/2013 Ballyshannon Tir Chonaill A.C.Race 4 Sunday 12/05/2013 Drummond National SchoolRace 5 Tuesday 14/05/2013 Kilmacrennan 5k Race 6 Friday 17/05/2013 LAC 5 Miler “Fun Event / Danny Mc Daid Opening”Race 7 Sunday 19/05/2013 Culdaff, 1Mile Juvenile & 5K SeniorRace 8 Tuesday 21/05/2013 Hickey/Clarke & Langan “Inter Firms”,LetterkennyRace 9 Friday 24/05/2013 Annagry 5k Rosses A.C.Race 10 Sunday 26/05/2013 Gartan Lake 5 MilerRace 11 Wednesday 29/05/2013 Buncrana , “Furey Insurance Series” Race 12 Friday 31/05/2013 Donegal TownRace 13 Saturday 01/06/2013 Fintown FestivalRace 14 Saturday 08/06/2013 Buncrana Charity Fun Walk & RunRace 15 Friday 14/06/2013 Lifford A.C. Race 16 Wednesday 19/06/2013 Dunree, BuncranaRace 17 Friday 21/06/2013 Finn Valley ,Aghyaran, Co.TyroneRace 18 Tuesday 25/06/2013 Glenswilly 5kRace 19 Friday 28/06/2013 Termon GAARace 20 Tuesday 02/07/2013 Manorcunningham , LetterkennyRace 21 Friday 05/07/2013 “J.G. Memorial” CranfordRace 22 Sunday 07/07/2013 Newtown 5kRace 23 Tuesday 09/07/2013 St.Johnston 5kRace 24 Friday 12/07/2013 Rathmullen FestivalRace 25 Sunday 14/07/2013 Kavanagh’s SuperValue Charity 10k Run/5k Walk DungloeRace 26 Tuesday 16/07/2013 RaphoeRace 27 Friday 19/07/2013 Churchill Fair, Churchill, LetterkennyRace 28 Saturday 20/07/2013 Aran Mór Island * Includes Ferry & Race Entry Fee *€25Race 29 Tuesday 23/07/2013 Burtonport Festival 5k + Juvenile U14/16 Boys & Girls 1MileRace 30 Friday 26/07/2013 Drumhalla,RathmullenRace 31 Sunday 28/07/2013 Malin Town, 1 Mile Senior & 1 Mile Juvenile, 5k SeniorRace 32 Tuesday 30/07/2013 Dungloe FestivalRace 33 Friday 02/08/2013 Castlefinn 5kRace 34 Saturday 03/08/2013 Cranford “Tommy Mc Bride”Juvenile Races & Senior 5kRace 35 Sunday 04/08/2013 “Riverine 10k” Lifford Athletic ClubRace 36 Monday 05/08/2013 “The Gathering 5k” Donegal TownRace 37 Wednesday 07/08/2013 Clonmany Festival, Juvenile 1Mile, Senior 5kRace 38 Thursday 08/08/2013 Creeslough FestivalRace 39 Sunday 11/08/2013 “Danny Mc Daid 15k”,FUN RUN , Aura Leisure LetterkennyRace 40 Friday 16/08/2013 Ballyare Charity Fun Walk & RunRace 41 Friday 23/08/2013 Brockagh FestivalRace 42 Tuesday 27/08/2013 Drumoghill F.C.Race 43 Friday 30/08/2013 Milford A.C. “John Kilmartin Memorial”Race 44 Tuesday 03/09/2013 DowningsRace 45 Friday 06/09/2013 Seán Mac Cumhaill’s 5k BallybofeyRace 46 Sunday 08/09/2013 “Charles Mc Guinness” 10k GlentiesRace 47 Tuesday 10/09/2013 Illistrin National SchoolRace 48 Sunday 15/09/2013 Donegal Road Champs , Aura Leisure Centre,LetterkennyRace 49 Saturday 21/09/2013 Milford 10kRace 50 Saturday 28/09/2013 Creeslough, “Orla Memorial” Ards Forst Park Trail RunATHLETICS: DONEGAL ATHLETIC BOARD RELEASE DETAILS OF ALL GRAND PRIX RACES was last modified: April 1st, 2013 by StephenShare 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)Tags:Donegal Athletics BoardGrand Prix raceslast_img read more

ENTRIES OPEN FOR INAUGURAL DONEGAL MARATHON TEAM CHALLENGE CUP

first_imgDONEGAL MARATHON: There’s a new addition to this year’s Donegal Marathon and it’s the inaugural Donegal Marathon Team Challenge Cup. The relay event is open to all businesses, charities, sports clubs, societies and community  groups and anyone who can pull together a team of three or four to compete in the race. Runners of all levels will have the opportunity to pit their fitness levels against rival teams, all vying to get their hands on the inaugural Donegal Marathon Team Challenge Cup. The Team Challenge Cup was officially launched this week and entries for the relay event are now open via the Donegal Marathon website.Teams of three or four can enter the race in any format and the cost  per team is €140. Each team member will be tasked with running approximately 10km.Chairperson of the Donegal Marathon committee, Dessie Larkin, believes the Team Challenge Cup is a great opportunity for businesses, local organisations, family and friends to pull together and get active:“We’ve been investigating the possibility of a relay event since the Donegal Marathon was re-established in 2014 and we’re delighted that the Team Challenge Cup is happening this year. While training for a  half or full Marathon isn’t possible for everyone, the Team Challenge Cup is an ideal opportunity for family members, friends, clubs and businesses to encourage each other to get involved and get out training together.It’s also a great chance for people to raise money for charities and community groups.We’re even encouraging our diaspora to come home and take part in the inaugural event this August.”The Donegal Marathon takes place on Sunday, 21st August 2016 at 9.20amand the Donegal Marathon committee is encouraging teams to book early.Full training plans and route information is available on the Donegal Marathon website and Facebook page.There are various volunteer and sponsorship opportunities available and any business or individual who would like to get involved can visit http://www.donegalmarathon.ie. bringing communities together through a community tourism initiative for the diaspora, this event is supported in partnership with Donegal County Council, Fáilte Ireland and IPB Insurance.ENTRIES OPEN FOR INAUGURAL DONEGAL MARATHON TEAM CHALLENGE CUP was last modified: June 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:DONEGAL MARATHONentriesEventnewsSportteamlast_img read more

CHILDREN’S MINISTER WELCOMES 24/7 DONEGAL SOCIAL WORK PROJECT TO PROTECT ABUSED CHILDREN

first_imgRound-the-clock social workers may soon be made available after preliminary findings of two pilot projects for out-of-hours social work which are currently underway in Donegal and Cork.Establishment of an out-of-hours social work service is a key recommendation on the Ryan Report, which revealed shocking evidence of child abuse and lack of child protection in the Catholic church.Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald, who personally took-over the chair of the Ryan Report Implementation Group and said today: “Recent reports have highlighted the need to establish an out-of-hours social work service. Families’ crises don’t take a break after 5pm or at weekends, neither should our social work services. “In line with the Programme for Government, I am committed to delivering on the establishment of an out-of-hours social work service. I welcome the progress being made with the two pilot projects in Cork and Donegal.”The commitment within the Ryan Report is to put in place a national out-of-hours crisis intervention social work service, built into the existing HSE out-of-hours service.The Donegal pilot is being conducted in conjunction with the NowDoc service to receive and respond to telephone referrals from the Donegal Gardaí Siochana using a Social Worker out-of-hours list.© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights Reserved The copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailyInsiders say the scheme has worked well.CHILDREN’S MINISTER WELCOMES 24/7 DONEGAL SOCIAL WORK PROJECT TO PROTECT ABUSED CHILDREN was last modified: November 15th, 2011 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

SA a nation of givers: survey

first_img19 December 2005South Africa is a nation of givers. A recent survey has revealed that a massive 93% of the country’s people support charities and other social causes, with 54% donating money, 31% giving food or goods, and 17% volunteering time to help the needy. For the first report of the State of Social Giving series, commissioned by the Centre for Civil Society, National Development Agency and SA Grantmakers’ Association, researchers questioned more than3 000 South Africans over the age of 18 in all parts of the country, including informal settlements and rural areas. The project cost of R9-million and took three years to complete.Extrapolating their results to the entire population, the researchers found that South Africans contribute an average of R920-million a month to poverty alleviation and development – a full 2.2% of the monthly income of the working age population.In addition to giving to formal charities, 45% of people donate money and/or goods directly to the poor – street children, people begging on the street and so on.“We found that a massive 93% of respondents gave (time, money or goods, to a cause or individual) in the month before being interviewed,” the researchers say.“We deliberately cast the net as wide as possible: these figures include respondents who made monthly financial contributions to a charity as well as those (for example) who gave a sandwich or cold-drink to a street child begging at a traffic light.”An inclusive culture of givingThe survey found that the culture of giving cuts across race and income levels in South Africa.“Giving seems to be ingrained in respondents,” the researchers say. “Giving is not the domain of the wealthy: it is part of everyday life for all South Africans, rich and poor alike.”A total 77% of those surveyed gave money directly to charities, causes or organisations or to poor people directly, adding up to a total of R100 571 at an average of R44 per respondent who gave money.“We can extrapolate these findings to the population as a whole. South African citizens mobilise almost R930-million in an average month for development and anti-poverty work. From one perspective, this is a massive amount of money. Seen in context, it amounts to 2.2% of the total monthly income for the working age population (as measured by Census 2001).”The causes supported are dominated by those serving children or youth (22%), followed by HIV/Aids (21%) and the poor (20%). These are followed by people with disabilities (8%) and the elderly (5%).South African giving behaviour by race (Source: State of Social Giving report)Giving behaviour is roughly the same across the racial groups. Some 96% of Indians donate money, goods or time, followed by 94% of blacks, 90% of coloureds and 89% of whites.An interesting finding was that Gauteng, South Africa’s wealthiest province, gives less than the Eastern Cape, one of the poorest provinces.Other findings are that men give more money than women, but women give more time. While white South Africans give to organisations more than black South Africans do, blacks give more time.A feature of giving in South Africa is the amount passed to extended families, which is not accounted for in philanthropic studies. Fifty-nine percent of blacks give to their extended families, compared to 58% of Indians, 42% of coloureds and 39% of whites.VolunteeringSeventeen percent of South Africans give their time to serve worthy causes, with women volunteering slightly more than men. African volunteers give the most time, followed by coloured people, Indians and lastly whites.The average amount of time volunteered is constant among young people and adults – between 10 and 11 hours – and only rises among those aged over 60 years of age, to an average of 12 hours.Poor people (23%) are more likely to volunteer than the more wealthy (17%). “Volunteering, in South Africa, is not the preserve of the middle class with time and resources at their disposal, which we also saw was true of other types of giving,” the researchers say.Reasons for givingTwo-thirds (68%) of South Africans give to the needy for feelings of human solidarity: “We should give because the poor have nothing, or are suffering, or are in need, or deserve something from us.”For 10% of the population, it is more of a rational decision to help tackle poverty. Almost one in 10 of those surveyed answered the question in religious terms, with 3% saying they give because their God requires it of them and 6% because by giving they will be blessed.A third (34%) give to people in immediate need, with a fifth saying both short-term need and long-term solutions deserve their support – in other words, that both charity and development have a support base to draw on.South Africans are highly motivated to give to local causes, but less so to global issues – only 8% have ever given money specifically to international causes.Download the full text of the State of Social Giving report in PDF format here. Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Shooting the Bang Bang Club

first_img9 April 2009 Cape Town is usually the scene of many international film crews and A-list celebrities, but Johannesburg is catching up. Recently, the crew and actors of a new movie, The Bang Bang Club, arrived in the city to start filming. The indie movie revolves around a group of four friends, all photojournalists, who recorded the violent, dying days of apartheid in and around the townships of Johannesburg in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The four friends – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva – became known as the Bang Bang Club. The film’s director, South African-born Steven Silver, starting filming a week ago, and anticipates calling it a wrap by the end of the year. So far, he is happy with the way things are going. “I am extremely pleased with the filming – I couldn’t be happier.” He describes the South African crew as “the best in the world”. Silver is primarily a documentary maker who has a law degree from Wits University. His first film experience was working on the six-part documentary series called Soweto. He then wrote and directed a short drama, Blink, which won an award at the Weekly Mail Film Festival. In 1997 he directed Gerrie & Louise, a documentary based on the truth commission, which won an Emmy Award. Silver moved to Toronto, Canada, and directed several documentaries namely Boxcar Rebellion, Doctor’s Strike and The Anglo Boer War. His three-part series Machine Gun: History Down the Barrel of a Gun was aired on the Discovery Channel. His feature documentary The Last Just Man, was based on the experience of Canadian General Romeo Dallaire during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. It won several international awards. He then wrote and directed Inside Information, a feature documentary about a journalist covering the conflict in the Middle East, and The Soul of India, a documentary on the rise of Hindu fascism in India. His recent work includes the feature documentary Diameter of a Bomb, Killer Flu, and The Dark Years, an innovative three-part animated documentary. Hollywood actors The Bang Bang Club stars Hollywood actors Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch. Phillippe plays Marinovich, Akerman plays a photo editor, and Kitsch plays Carter. Silva is played by South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld and Oosterbroek is played by South African-born actor, Frank Rauthenbach. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Marinovich and Silva, the two surviving photojournalists of the Bang Bang Club. Marinovich describes a scene in the first chapter of the book: “Earlier that morning we had been working the back streets and alleys of Thokoza township’s devastated no-man’s-land that we – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Joao and I – had become so familiar with over the years of chasing confrontations between police, soldiers, modern-day Zulu warriors and Kalashnikov-toting youngsters as apartheid came to its bloody end.” Marinovich describes how he got shot in the chest, but also how Oosterbroek was fatally shot in the same township confrontation. “The boys were no longer untouchable, and, before the bloodstains faded from the concrete beside the wall, another of us would be dead.” Silver identifies with the story. He said in a recent interview; “I identify with people who journey to unusual destinations and who return with unusual stories. That’s their job and it’s a service I provide as well.” Silver has been working on the script for the six to seven years, and has written 18 drafts of the script. The movie is to be a feature film not a documentary. Death of Oosterbroek and Carter Two of the Bang Bang Club members died shortly after the transition to democracy. Oosterbroek was shot dead in Thokoza township in Ekurhuleni in 1994, while filming a bloody encounter between hostel dwellers and the National Peacekeeping Force. He died on 18 April, nine days before the country’s first democratic elections. Oosterbroek was the chief photographer of The Star, and won the World Press Award in 1993, the SA Press Photographer of the Year award in 1989, 1991 and 1994. “Ken was a larger than life presence, an intricate personality and a wonderful talent,” wrote fellow journalist Louise Marsland of a 10th anniversary exhibition of his work in Johannesburg in 2004. “His untimely death in the crossfire between hostel dwellers and a South African peacekeeping force was a great tragedy.” Some 16 people died in Ekurhuleni townships at the same time as Oosterbroek was killed. Marinovich was wounded in the crossfire. Carter committed suicide in July 1994, after winning the Pulitzer Prize in March 1993. The winning, iconic picture was taken in Sudan, and recorded a vulture sitting ominously behind a painfully thin child. There has been speculation about whether the photograph and the questions raised by it led to his suicide. Silva and Marinovich Silva, who has been working in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past six years, now works for the New York Times, while Marinovich does social documentary work, and is working on two books. Marinovich won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1990 Soweto picture of a man hacking at the burning, crouching figure of another man, with a panga. Both have been called in to consult on the making of the film, and so far both are happy with the production. Marinovich says Silver is doing “an amazing job”. “He is trying to keep many of the scenes as close as possible to the original,” adds Marinovich. Being on the set, which includes Nancefield Hostel in Soweto, brings back a lot of memories of the time for Marinovich. Silva says that 15 years later, the memory is still raw. “It is not traumatic, but I feel very flat and somewhat depressed.” Marinovich says that film extras include people who lived in the hostels at the time, and newcomers. Scenes have to be re-shot to capture the violence and drama because the extras often burst out laughing, perhaps in disbelief of the times. Silva says that, as a photojournalist, there are times when he wants to burst into tears. “It won’t make a difference – it is always an emotion that won’t go away.” Marinovich recalls taking photographs of the hostel men at the time, who wanted to pose with their weapons, in a “bizarre studio shoot”. “It was amazing theatre,” he says. The book was published in 2000, and the contract for the film was signed in 2002. The club didn’t exist as a formal club, says Silvo. It was labelled the Bang Bang Club by Time magazine, who picked it up as The Bang Bang Paparazzi from an article in another publication. Filming will be taking place in Johannesburg’s central business district, Soweto, Sandton, Melville, the Magaliesberg mountains, and in the Ekurhuleni township of Thokoza. The first scenes are being filmed in The Blues Room cigar bar in the Village Walk shopping centre in Sandton, which has been transformed into Jameson’s, a popular bar in Commissioner Street frequented by journalists in the 1980s. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

New Growth Path ‘vital for economy’

first_img29 May 2012 The New Growth Path is an important instrument to promote employment and growth in the economy, the African National Congress (ANC) and Business Unity South Africa (Busa) said on Monday evening.“Both the New Growth Path and the National Development Plan were important building blocks to the achievement of a shared vision for South Africa,” the two organisations said in a joint statement.A delegation from the ANC and Busa met in Johannesburg on Monday.The ANC delegation was led by President Jacob Zuma. He was joined by party chairwoman Baleka Mbete, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe and deputy secretary-general Thandi Modise.The Busa delegation included president Futhi Mtoba, vice-presidents Brenda Madumise and Michael Spicer, and deputy CEO Raymond Parsons.The main focus of the meeting was what could be done to ensure that the planned presidential infrastructure summit, to be held in July, was a success.“It was agreed that large-scale infrastructural development now needed to be urgently implemented, not only from an internal economic point of view, but also given the deteriorating global outlook,” they said.The organisations also agreed that the participation of the private sector and co-operation with the government was essential for the summit’s success.Sapalast_img read more