The deadly illness malaria is serving as one of the major impediments to the realization of the global agenda enshrined in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Assistant Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Tolbert Nyenswah, has observed.Mr. Nyenswah said malaria, which claims millions of lives every year— especially in Africa—, has a severe socio-economic impact on the population of developing countries.“It is one of the major causes of household poverty as it results in absenteeism from daily activities of productive living and income generation,” he added.Malaria is a leading cause of illness and death in Liberia, especially among infants. It claims the lives of around 21,300 children under-five years old annually.Minister Nyenswah, who is also Liberia’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, made these comments at the official program marking the 7th commemoration of World Malaria Day.He did so on Friday April 25, when he spoke on behalf of Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale. The occasion was organized by the National Malaria Control Program (NMCP) within the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoSHW).The occasion was held at the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Stadium in Paynesville outside Monrovia. It was held under the global theme: “Invest in the Future, Defeat Malaria.” And under the national theme: “Take Cover to Prevent Malaria, Everywhere, Every night, and Sleep under the Net.”Minister Nyenswah noted that malaria also continues to prevent many school children from attending school due to illness. This diminishes their capacities to realize their full potential, thereby putting the MDGs under a dark cloud.At the Millennium Summit in September 2000, the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration. It committed their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and set out a series of time-bound targets, with 2015 as a deadline. This was intended to make the world a better place for its inhabitants.MDGs are time-bound and quantified targets set by the United Nations for addressing extreme poverty in its many dimensions—income, poverty, hunger, disease, the lack of adequate shelter, and exclusion—while promoting gender equality, education, and environmental sustainability. But it is becoming very clear that these dreams will not be realized.They (MDGs) are also basic human rights—the rights of each person on the planet to health, education, shelter, and security, but malaria, which is the biggest killer of the human population, most especially in Africa, is making these dreams illusive as it continues its rampage through every target of the MDGs, especially goal one, two, four, five, and six.Minister Nyenswah indicated that the unlikelihood of MDGs coming through as scheduled is due to the inability of global leaders in the health sector to adequately tackle some major issues that are serving as impediments to the achievement of this global agenda.He said paramount amongst these deadly scourges are malaria; a sickness that continues to mercilessly kill people—especially children under five—and continues to promise the world a bleak future, due to the death toll of leaders of future generation.“This plague has and continues to drain households, especially those in developing countries, thereby keeping them in abject and perpetual poverty.”Reading a message on behalf of WHO Regional Director for Africa, World Health Organization (WHO) Representative to Liberia, Dr. Nestor Ndyayimirije, The Assistant Minister said the African continent continues to bear the brunt of the global burden of malaria.Providing a statistical analysis, Dr. Ndyayimirije pointed out that in 2012, 80 percent of the estimated 207 million malaria cases worldwide were in Africa. In the same year, 90 percent of the estimated 627,000 global malaria deaths occurred in Africa.There has been some progress in the prevention and control of malaria on the continent, since the adoption of the MDGs in 2000. Between 2000 and 2012, malaria mortality rates among children under-five declined by 54 percent. During the same period, malaria death rates decreased by 49 percent in the population and 54 percent among under-five.Dr. Ndyayimirije said with these gains, much more needs to be done to sustain the gains and accelerate progress toward achieving national and regional malaria targets.He noted that WHO will continue to work with member states and partners to mainstream malaria control in health and development policies and plans, carry out advocacy for increased mobilization of domestic and external funding, and provide guidance regarding appropriate malaria control policies and interventions.The Malaria Day celebration started with a parade from the ELWA Junction to the SKD stadium. The Eddie Theatre provided some side attractions at the event with cultural performances and traditional songs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Nimba District #7 candidate for representative, Kuku YansineBy Wender K. MassaquoiThe only female representative candidate in the race for the seat for Nimba County District #7 Madam Kuku W. Yansine has vowed to carry speedy development in the district if she is elected as the representative to succeed outgoing Rep. Worlea Dunah.In an interview with the Daily Observer, recently, she assured the people of the district of her readiness to take the district to another level, in terms of development and empowering the youth and women.She said her presence in the House will pave the way for women, who have never occupied the seat before, since Nimba gained county status in 1964, to do so.“We want the voices of women to be heard,” she said. “I’m the only lady well prepared and strong to take the people of this district to another level through economic empowerment, social services, and infrastructure development.”“The women of our dear country and this district are tired of suffering and want a change in their lives and the community too needs greater development,” she added.She outlined some of her platforms as, economic empowerment, agriculture, empowering people with disabilities, women empowerment, education, health and sports and infrastructure development.“I’m a daughter of the soil, so I will help my people,” she said.She further called on her fellow women and the entire citizens of the district to join her in her endeavor, as she put it, “I’m the only person ready, prepared and strong enough to move this district forward so, my fellow women, youth and men of District 7 vote for me so change can come into your lives.”Madam Yansine is the wife of the late Horace V. Yansine, one of the strongest agriculture entrepreneurs Nimba has ever had. He died in August 2015, while working as County Manager of the US funded Food and Enterprise Development/FED Nimba.Her late husband left several legacies, of which she is anticipating to follow. The people of District 7 and many farmers across Nimba, as well as young people, can boast of the late Yansine’s activities when he served as director of Liberia Opportunities Industrialization Center (LOIC).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mr. James M. Strother, president, Liberia Business Association (LIBA)-Lauds GOL for prioritizing Liberian businesses in its PADPThe Liberia Business Association (LIBA) has called for the robust and uncompromising implementation of the Liberianization law, an instrument that gives explicit rights for local entrepreneurs to have exclusive operational rights in certain businesses.Enshrined in Liberia’s Investment Act of 2010, the policy of setting specific businesses aside to be done by Liberians has never yielded the anticipated outcomes as local businesses continue to strive in the shadows of their foreign counterparts since the inception of the law.But with the official launch of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC) flagship development program, the Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PADP), LIBA says there is no better time for local businesses to boom or become more vibrant than under a leadership that was propelled to power by the ordinary masses.At a press conference in Paynesville, LIBA president James M. Strother lauded the government for the launching of the development agenda and for specifically highlighting local businesses. He, however, proffered series of recommendations to the government, which according to him, would lead to the creation of more jobs through micro, small and medium-sized Liberian enterprises.The Investment Act of 2010 exclusively gives ownership right to Liberians in several business activities, including the supply of sand, block making, peddling, travel agencies, retail sale of rice and cement, ice making and sale of ice, tire repair shops, auto repair shops with investments of less than US$50,000 and shoe repair shops.Other businesses reserved for only Liberians in the Act include the retail sale of timber and planks, operation of gas stations, video clubs, operation of Taxis, importation or sale of second-hand or used clothing, distribution in Liberia of locally manufactured products and importation and sales of used cars (except authorized dealerships which may deal in certified used of their make).The law also provides for at least 25 percent of all Public Procurement Contracts entered into by all government institutions including State – owned enterprises to be allocated and provided to Liberian – owned MSMEs, at least five percent of which are allocated and provided to women – owned MSMEs.Speaking at the Association’s office in Paynesville, LIBA president called for a comprehensive enforcement of the Investment Act of 2010.“As prime partners to the developmental goals of government, we welcome the launch of the agenda. We affirm our commitment and fullest support for the implementation of the PAPD in the interest of the wholesome improvement of the people of Liberia,” he said.“We are particularly inspired by President Weah’s desire to restructure and revisit the programs around Liberian businesses in terms of having access to finance and human capacity development,” Mr. Strother said.Mr. Strother said that these are intended to enhance Liberia’s participation in the creation of wealth in the Liberian economy. “We at LIBA see this as government’s willingness to conform to the President’s explicit statement that Liberians should not be spectators in their own economy,” he said.Improving local businesses falls under Pillar II of the PAPD which, among others things, calls for transforming the business regulatory environment and climate: (doing business and cross-border trade improvement).Mr. Strother also called for the provision of dedicated and well-targeted stimulus plan to address emergency capital needs of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) owned and operated by Liberians.“LIBA will provide its expertise to ensure that the stimulus plan is well designed and implemented to minimize risks abuse and repayment,” Mr. Strother added. He urged strong enforcement of Section 4.1(c) of the small business empowerment law.However, adhering or enforcing the Liberianization law has been very difficult over the years, as the policy is frequently manipulated by some higher-ups in government who undermine the law with their personal interests. Also, foreign business people have somehow been engaged in some of these reserved businesses.An investigation conducted by the House Standing Committee on Commerce, Trade, and Industry a few years ago revealed that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) made several changes to the Investment Act of 2010 in favor of foreign businesses.In its report entitled, “Stakeholders Engagement for A Better Legislative Oversight,” the Committee noted that during its consultation with stakeholders of the business sector, it found out that there is an addendum to the act which was passed into law on May 15, 2010, that gives right to foreigners to invest in businesses that were set aside only for Liberians.The controversial portion of the law denounced by the lawmakers points out that, “Foreign investors may invest in the following business activities provided that where such enterprises are owned exclusively by non-Liberians, the total capital invested shall not be less than US$500,000; and, where such a listed enterprise is owned by non-Liberian in partnership with Liberian and the aggregate shareholding of the Liberian is at least 25 percent, the total capital invested shall not be less than US$300,000.”Businesses concerned are the production and supply of stone and granite, ice cream manufacturing, commercial printing, advertising agencies, graphics, and commercial artists, cinemas, production of poultry and poultry products and the operation of water purification or bottling plant.The LIBA president hopes that all of these will be addressed by the new government.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
0Shares0000Antoine Griezmann says he does not care how France play on Sunday as long as they win the World Cup © AFP / FRANCK FIFEISTRA, Russian Federation, Jul 13 – France forward Antoine Griezmann said Friday winning the World Cup against Croatia on Sunday was more important than how his team do it.Belgium’s players criticised the tactics France used in their 1-0 semi-final win as Didier Deschamps’ team sat deep and Samuel Umtiti’s headed goal came from a corner, but Griezmann dismissed the criticism. “I don’t care. I want the star (on my shirt for World Cup winners). If I get that star, I don’t care about how we play,” the 27-year-old Atletico Madrid forward told a press conference at France’s training base outside Moscow.Griezmann said he had changed the way he plays for France in order to benefit the team.Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann share a joke in training ahead of the World Cup final © AFP / FRANCK FIFEHe finished top scorer at Euro 2016 with six goals but France lost the final to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal on home soil.He has scored three goals in Russia, two from penalties and one largely thanks to a goalkeeping howler from Uruguay’s Fernando Muslera, but he has also contributed two assists.“I was top scorer but we lost, so I said to myself: ‘I am going to score less to see if we can win’.“My game is changing, now I am more likely to dictate the rhythm or hold onto the ball.“If I score, then that’s great, but I am more a player who thinks of the team than of scoring.”After a slow start in Russia, France have picked up form. Their blend of experienced campaigners like Griezmann and Paul Pogba, and young stars like Kylian Mbappe and Benjamin Pavard, ensures they are the bookmakers’ favourites.Midfielder Blaise Matuidi said the defeat in the Euro 2016 final — when France seemed to freeze in front of their own fans at the Stade de France in Paris and Portugal nicked a 1-0 win — would be in many of the players’ minds when they walk out at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.“The tears have dried from Euro 2016 but it’s still there in a little corner of people’s minds,” Matuidi said on Friday.“It will be useful for us on Sunday, even if I don’t like to keep bringing up the past. It will serve as a lesson to us and it means we know what it is to play in a final.“We’ll approach it differently and hope that we play really well and win it. It’s up to us to put everything into place to achieve our dream of lifting the World Cup.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A statement has been issued to remind clubs that the Referee Refresher course is coming up on the 9th of June @ 7.30 pm in the Clanree Hotel. The response from the clubs with information if their club refs are going on the course is very slow.Can club please contact their club refs and get them on the course! Championships are just around the corner and Fixtures and county committee can not be expected to get refs for every match if we don’t have the numbers trained up. If we don’t have the required amount of refs in place some games will not have an official ref and it will be to be a toss of the coin between clubs to see who refs the match, that’s how serious it is at the minute with the lack of referees trained up to officiate at ladies games.Please contact your club Refs and get them to do this Refresher level 2 course, It will take two and a half hours to get this course done.……………………………………………………LEVEL TWO REFEREE COURSE.Monday 9th of June in the Clanree Hotel @7PM.What is this course about? • Provide a refresher on the rules of the Ladies Football• Study the red and yellow cards associated with Ladies FootballTarget Group:• All referees who have COMPLETED the LGFA Grab Your Whistle Level 1 course• All referees who have refereed for a minimum of 5 years in Ladies Football or with the GAA• All participants must be 17 years and overDuration: 2 1/2 hoursDD NOTICE: REFEREE REFRESHER COURSE NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share 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:GAALadies FootballNoticesSport
Unemployment claims in the San Fernando Valley hit a record low in October, indicating the local economy is strong, driven by job growth in the entertainment, construction and trade sectors, a research center reported Friday. Growth has been so robust that the Valley’s economy shed as much unemployment in the past seven quarters as it did during the entire six years of the previous recovery, according to figures compiled by the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. “The Valley’s continuing to grow and people are coming off the unemployment rolls,” said Dan Blake, a CSUN professor of economics who directs the center. “It ought to be a very Merry Christmas in the Valley.” While manufacturing, long the source of good-paying, middle-class jobs, has yet to make a major rebound, the region has become diverse enough to grow steadily across all its sectors. This puts the Valley on track to meet the annual job-growth rate of 1.7 percent first forecast by the center in May. Two months ago, 12,961 unemployment claims were filed in the Valley, 555 fewer than the previous low in November 2000. The record high was 34,541 claims filed in February 1994. Blake said a decline in claims generally means unemployment is also falling. Unemployment started improving in the Valley during the first quarter of 2004. Blake said October’s unemployment claims numbers for the Valley are the most recent available from the state. “This region is absolutely on a solid growth track,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “When we talk about the number of companies who want to expand, there are no 1,000-job companies, but there’s a lot of them with 10, 20, 50 employees. If there’s a downturn, I’d much rather lose 10 here or there than 1,000 employees at the same time.” On Monday, the alliance and its work force partners will celebrate the creation of 125,000 jobs over the past five years. While the Valley’s trend line appears positive, the state’s job market is mixed, according to separate reports issued Friday. The unemployment rate in Los Angeles County dipped to 5.1 percent in November from 6.5 percent a year ago, but was up from 4.5 percent in October, said the state Employment Development Department. There were 249,000 unemployment claims filed in November in the county, an increase of 29,000 from October, but 54,000 fewer than a year ago. California’s unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in November, unchanged from the month before and down from 6 percent last November. Nationally, unemployment sits at 5 percent, steady with October and down from 5.4 percent the same month last year. Jack Kyser, chief economist with the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., characterized the report as “mixed, but not bad.” “It’s kind of strange, because the unemployment rate jumped in October to November,” Kyser said. “There’s been a jump in the number of people looking for jobs, probably because they figured retailers would be hiring, which accounted for the big unemployment increase.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
NAPA — Raiders rookies and some veterans reported to camp Tuesday, with the full squad reporting Friday in time for the first full-squad practice the following day.You’ve got questions, sent via Twitter and email. And I’ve got answers, whether you like them or not . . .What’s the prognosis for the o-line? They gonna keep (Derek) Carr upright? (@jrhester)It all depends on the tackles, Kolton Miller on the left and Trent Brown on the right. Miller has gotten bigger and stronger, and the …
20 December 2007South African property companies need to plan for their futures now, while taking global factors into account and using such factors to their advantage, says property services company JHI’s chief executive, Marna van der Walt.“The future is very different from the past, with globalisation playing an increasingly dominant role,” Van der Walt, who is also president of the South African Property Owners Association, said in a statement by JHI earlier this month.“It is up to us, as an industry, to use globalisation to our advantage and for growth.”According to JHI, there has been a marked contradiction between the listed property market in South Africa and that of the US and UK. Whereas the SA market showed growth of about 20% this year, the latter markets declined by between 20% and 40%.A significant difference, and one the local property industry needs to harness, JHI says, is to realise that although the SA market has experienced such excellent growth, globalisation will start to have an increasing impact on local markets and companies.Van Der Walt says that although property is a local asset, it operates in an environment that is influenced by global factors, such as the sub-prime crisis, the credit crisis, currency movements and growth cycles.In addition, she says that international investors entering the local market have a different mindset and parameters, which also influence property pricing.“We undoubtedly need to open our paradigm to globalisation – but that needs to be further defined,” she says. “We cannot look at it simply as the Western world – we need to face the reality that our competition of tomorrow will come from non-Western countries such as China, India and the Middle East.”Van der Walt says the change in view is vital, as South Africa will be competing against those countries for skills, as well as for investment opportunities for world funds moving around the globe.Unique challenges“Yes, we’ve been experiencing excellent growth – and we continue to be poised for further growth,” she says, warning, however, that the industry faces uniquely South African constraints in realising its full potential.“One just has to look at the issue of meeting local expectations on transformation, the gap between poverty and wealth, crime, uncertainty in the political environment and legislation such as foreign exchange constraints,” she says. “Added to these we have skills shortages, land issues, an absence of a clear Real Estate Investment Trust structure, infrastructure constraints such as electricity, transport and roads, and environment issues.”Van der Walt calls for co-operation in the industry, asking all players to work together to address and eliminate the constraints inhibiting growth.“We need to work together, first and foremost to make South Africa a strong market, before focusing on our own companies,” she says.“Let’s partner with government associations, such as Johannesburg Property Company and Eskom, as well as co-industry players, including property funds and the listed sector, to ensure growth for our property market in a global market.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
Roelf Daling and his winning sculpture.The manhole represents infinite possibility. Urban spaces and urbanisation is a centraltheme of the Daling’s piece, which isrepresented by the concrete casing of thesculpture that is covered with graffiti andposters of newspaper headlines.(Images: Association of Arts Pretoria)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomzamo KhanyilePretoria Portland Cement+27 11 386 9309RELATED ARTICLES• SA artist revitalises Woodstock • UK sculpture honour for Pistorius • Dumas teen painting up for auction • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighSouth African fine arts graduate Roelf Daling is this year’s winner of a prestigious national competition that encourages artists to think creatively about using cement as an artistic medium.The Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Young Concrete Sculptor Awards (YCSA) is a long-standing concrete sculpture event on South Africa’s art calendar.The YCSA has been running for 20 years in an effort to raise the profile of cement, promote artistic empowerment and recognise the value and beauty of art in South Africa.The competition is open to anyone and the only specification is that concrete is used as the medium to create the art piece.“Concrete is a completely underutilised art medium. The competition offers great exposure for artists who want to use concrete and the quality of artwork we received was outstanding,” says Nomzamo Khanyile, public relations manager at PPC.Khanyile says that close to 60 entries were received this year, which is a high number for a niche competition of this kind.Creating art from grey matterRoelf Daling graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2010 has been working as a fulltime artist this year. Winning the competition came as a complete surprise.“I am so surprised that my work won,” he says.Daling won R50 000 (US$6 400) in prize money for his sculpture, titled The hole we found.According to feedback from the judging panel, all were in agreement that Daling’s work is “conceptually stimulating”.He says that he enjoyed the challenge of working with concrete. “It is such a versatile medium. You can paint it, polish it and buff it and it’s affordable,” he says.His winning sculpture is a prime example of how artistic expression can change perceptions about concrete, traditionally only thought of as a building material used for construction purposes.‘The hole we found’The sculpture combines his interest in new media art – which was also his university major, technology and well-known symbols often associated with cities.At the centre of the sculpture is an old manhole pipe.“I watched this piece of manhole that was lying next to the road for several months on end. It was forgotten at a bankrupt construction site,” he says.“The manhole represents infinite possibility. As humans one cannot predict the future of art by looking at the past anymore. In the same way, technology is currently creating a ladder of infinite possibilities,” Daling explains.To communicate the theme of infinity, he fixed LED lights and two-way mirrors to the pipe, creating an illusion of a bottomless shaft with a descending ladder.This represents the continuous expansion of cities, and their vast network of tunnels that are constantly built to carry water, gas, electricity and digital information.Another theme central to Daling’s piece is urban spaces and urbanisation, which is represented by the concrete casing of the sculpture that is covered with graffiti and posters of newspaper headlines.“We put the two posters there for fun, but these and the graffiti art are also symbols of the city,” he says.Future plansDaling’s primary focus is on interactive installations and using technology such as infrared lighting, lasers, projectors, mapping, computer vision and software programming in his art.However, since he graduated last year, he has been experimenting with bronze sculpture and graffiti stencilling. He hopes to combine these mediums with his new media artwork in the future.Khanyile says that next year PPC would like to expand the scope of the competition to include functional art such as concrete crockery and jewellery.“The quality and direction of the various sculptures never fails to inspire, especially as new innovative techniques are discovered and used,” she says.The Young Concrete Sculptor exhibition runs from 3 to 23 November 2011 at the Association of Arts in Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk.
On Thursday, Mandela’s birthday, English Premiership club Manchester City face South African Premier Soccer League club AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in the Nelson Mandela Day Football Invitational. Kick-off is at 20:00. Nelson Mandela turns 95 on Thursday. He became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994, having been released from prison on 11 February 1990. What struck him most, Woods revealed, was Mandela’s aura. “We walked in the room and my dad and I were just kind of looking around. And I said, ‘Dad, do you feel that?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, it feels different in this room.’ And it was just like a different energy in the room. Mandela has shown his love of sport throughout his life, and sport is set to reciprocate that love with a number of events to celebrate the icon. ‘Unlike any person I’ve ever met’ Nelson Mandela Day Football Invitational “The energy that he has, that he exudes, is unlike any person I’ve ever met. And it was an honour to meet him at his home.” The Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day In 2009, the United Nations officially declared the 18th of July Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day). In memory of his 67 years of fighting for social justice, Mandela Day calls on people to give up 67 minutes of their day to “fight poverty and promote peace and reconciliation”. Then, on Saturday, 17 August, the Springboks and Bafana will both play international matches at the FNB Stadium in Soweto to celebrate the former President in the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day. “And maybe, I’m guessing probably 30 seconds later, I heard some movement behind me and it was President Mandela folding up the paper. And it was pretty amazing. Golfing great Tiger Woods on Tuesday recalled meeting with then South African President Nelson Mandela in 1998, saying: “That’s an experience that I will never, ever forget.” AmaZulu fans have been urged to buy tickets and also to sign a Madiba birthday card. The giant card, which tour promoters Matchworld want to get into the Guinness Book of Records, is on display in Durban. 17 July 2013 “To be able to be incarcerated for that long and come out and run a country with humbleness and humility. Just the aura that he exudes, unlike any person, as I said, I’ve ever met,” Woods commented on Tuesday. “He impacted the world, not just for his generations, but for future generations to come, just the way he handled everything. And that takes a very special person.” Speaking to journalists at Muirfield ahead of the British Open, which tees off on Thursday, Woods said: “I went down there to play Sun City, and he invited us to his home [in Johannesburg], and my father and I went to have lunch with him. It still gives me chills to this day, thinking about it.” Mandela’s aura Two other major sporting events are coming up in August to celebrate Mandela, involving the South African national rugby team, the Springboks, and the national football team, Bafana Bafana. Tickets for both events are on sale and available from Computicket. The Springboks won the 1995 IRB Rugby World Cup with Mandela as the team’s most famous supporter, and that was followed by Bafana Bafana winning the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, with Mandela once again showing his strong support. Celebrating Mandela The aim is to have 10 000 signatures on it. The current world record for the most number of signatures on a birthday card is 5 339 for actor Robert Downey junior. Bafana Bafana will take on Africa Cup of Nations runners-up Burkina Faso in a friendly, with that match being followed by the Springboks’ opening match of the Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina. On Wednesday, 14 August, Bafana Bafana will face Africa Cup of Nations winners Nigeria at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the annual Nelson Mandela Challenge.