23 April 2008South Africa has awarded one of its highest civilian honours to a Chicago-born mother who became an international peace activist and motivational speaker following her daughter’s tragic death in Cape Town.On Monday, Linda Biehl was among the thirty-eight recipients of National Orders for exception contributiongs to the benefit of the country.President Thabo Mbeki awarded Biehl with the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo (bronze class) for “displaying outstanding spirit of forgiveness in the wake of the murder of her daughter and contributing to the promotion of non-racism in post-apartheid South Africa.”On 25 August 1993, Biehl’s daughter, Amy, an American Fulbright scholar working in South Africa against apartheid, was beaten and stabbed to death in Gugulethu, a township near Cape Town.In 1998 the four young men convicted of her murder were granted amnesty by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) after serving five years of their sentence – a decision that was supported by Amy’s parents.Easy Nofemela and Ntobeko Peni, two of the convicted men, now work for the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, a charity which dedicates its work to putting up barriers against violence.‘We took our strength from Amy’“We took our strength in handling the situation directly from Amy,” Biehl told BuaNews on Tuesday after receiving the order at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. “She was intensely involved in South African politics, and even though the violence leading up to free elections had caused her death, we didn’t want to say anything negative about South Africa’s journey to democracy.”Biehl said she did not look at herself as a victim but as an agent of change.While some people accused the Biehls of supporting criminals, the foundation they had started in their daughter’s name was all about preventing young South Africans from committing crime.“I have come to believe passionately in restorative justice,” Biehl said. “It’s what South Africans call ‘ubuntu’ – to choose to forgive rather than demand retribution; a belief that my humanity is inextricably caught up in yours.”‘The story of what and who we are’Speaking during Monday’s ceremony, Mbeki said the Orders where awarded to those who deserved high tribute for what they had done to enrich others’ lives, making it possible for South Africa to call itself an adherent of the ancient values of ubuntu.“The honours that we bestow today tell the story of what and who we are, of what and who we shall be,” Mbeki said.“These are our National Orders, the symbols that represent the nobility of human endeavour, constituting a Hall of Fame that will, today, be enriched by new and distinguished members.”Among the latest members of South Africa’s National Orders was Beka Ntsanwisi, known as Limpopo province’s “Mother Theresa”, who received the Order of the Baobab in bronze.The Order of the Baobab represents exceptional contribution, and is awarded to South African citizens for distinguished service that goes beyond the call of duty.Ntsanwisi, the Munghana Lo Nene Radio presenter, was recognised for her contribution in the fields of health, education, youth development and the upliftment of rural communities in Limpopo.To view the full list of new recipients, go to National Orders awards, 22 April 2008Source: BuaNews
30 September 2011 South Africa and China have signed two deals, on geology and mineral resources and on financial cooperation, on the sidelines of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s working visit to China. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on geology and mineral resources cooperation, and an agreement for the development of financial cooperation, were signed after talks between Motlanthe and Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. According to the MoU, the cooperation will focus on geology and sustainable mineral resources management, use and development in both countries on the basis of mutual benefit. With regards to the agreement signed by China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa, the two banks will provide financial support for bilateral cooperation in infrastructure construction, transportation, water resources utilisation, housing, health and education. Cooperation in the two areas is a priority for the two countries, and both sides have pledged greater efforts in the future.‘Better, faster development’ In addition to the deals, China proposed that South Africa give full play to their advantages and strengthen trade cooperation. Calling the development of bilateral relations in the past 10 years “a great leap forward,” Xi said China and South Africa should join hands and promote their comprehensive strategic partnership for “better and faster” development in the next 10 years. China and South Africa established a comprehensive strategic partnership in August last year. “Our cooperation in all areas scored many new achievements in one year,” Xi said. “The two countries witnessed closer high-level exchanges, greater strategic mutual trust, a more consolidated political foundation for bilateral ties, expanded trade cooperation, increased active cultural exchanges and closer cooperation in international affairs.”‘Model of developing country cooperation’ Motlanthe called on the two countries to deepen political mutual trust and make their partnership a model of cooperation between developing countries. The two sides should expand exchanges between political parties and exchange governing experience. The Deputy President committed South Africa to work with China to further expand cooperation in trade, investment, aviation, mineral resources and international affairs. He also called for more bilateral cooperation in human resources training, education, technology and media, as well as cooperation within various mechanisms, including the United Nations, World Trade Organisation, G20 and the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).‘We recognise China’s contribution’ On Tuesday, Motlanthe held a meeting with Party Secretary of Shanghai Municipality Committee of the Communist Party, Yu Zhengsheng, in Shanghai. He was later hosted by Zhengsheng at a dinner. He also delivered a public lecture at the China Executive Leadership Academy, where he hyped China’s contribution to South Africa’s development in the past decade. “Africa has grown well in the past 10 years, and we recognise China’s contribution made both through direct foreign investment and in support of infrastructure development programmes,” Motlanthe said. He noted that despite the progress, Africa still had a massive infrastructure gap, with inadequate and unreliable energy being the most acute problem, holding back investment and improvement in the quality of life. Given its abundant resources, Motlanthe said, what Africa needed at the moment was massive investment in infrastructure to unlock its development potential. In this regard, he said, a strategic partner like China could play a leading role in benefiting people in both countries.Diversification of production ‘critical’ Motlanthe said that diversification of production in Africa was critical. “Therefore, South Africa will wholeheartedly support Chinese investment in the productive sector and encourage Chinese companies to continue seeking suitable partners in the country.” South Africa and China enjoy cordial bilateral political and economic relations. At the political level, South Africa regards China as a key player in the global debates that characterise the shift to multi-polarity. China’s developing country status, its identification as a member of the Global South, BRICS and the G77 in the UN are elements that carry significance for South Africa. For China, South Africa is a major player in Africa and thus an important partner in its broader African engagement strategy. Motlanthe will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday, the final day of his visit. Motlanthe is being accompanied on his trip by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Source: BuaNews
Squad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ashish Reddy, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Chama Milind, Dale Steyn, Ishant Sharma, Karn Sharma, KL Rahul, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha(wk), Parveez Rasool, Ricky Bhui, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Praveen Kumar, Trent Boult, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth KaulDavid Warner: The ‘pocket dynamite’ is currently in the form of his life following a spectacular show against India in the Test series and World Cup. His ability to launch the ball back into the stands at will makes him one the most dangerous opening batsman in limited overs cricket. He is the first Australian cricketer in 132 years to be selected for a National team without playing first-class cricket. Warner also became the first cricketer to record centuries in back to back T20 matches. His batting prowess makes him a T20 specialist with 1444 runs to his name in the shortest version of the game. The explosive southpaw would be expected to continue his good form when he walks out to open for Hyderabad.Dale Steyn: The fast bowler has been the backbone of South Africa’s bowling attack over the years now. The South African speedster swings the ball away from the right-hander and at a fair clip. Rarely do opposition openers line up to take the attack to the fiery pacer. Steyn thus is quite economical and as a strike bowler he is the go-to man for his captain in need of wickets. In 2013 IPL, he took 19 wickets in 17 games at an economy rate of just over 5 and a half to bolster Sunrisers Hyderabad against their oppositions. His ability to bowl with pinpoint accuracy and fierce pace makes him a batsman’s worst nightmare. With 55 wickets to his name, Steyn boasts of 4/9 as his best bowling figures in T20 internationals. The South African Steyn-gun comes to the party more often than not and will be a key player for Sunrisers this season.advertisementShikhar Dhawan: The southpaw from Delhi has got to be a household name by now, thanks to his aggressive batting and twirled moustache. The Indian opener has notched up an average of 43.98 with over 2500 runs including eight tons and 12 half-centuries in ODIs. With an arsenal of traditional strokes and a cover drive that can liven up a dull crowd, Dhawan is just the guy you need to intimidate the opposition. With over 300 runs from 10 games, Dhawan was the top-scorer for Hyderabad in 2013 IPL. As Hyderabad readies the ship to embark on another high-impact journey this season, Dhawan could prove dangerous after he being relieved of captaincy dudties.Trent Boult: The left-arm fast bowler played a crucial role in New Zealand’s march to the World Cup 2015 final, sharing the new ball with Tim Southee. On his Test debut in 2011 at Hobart against Australia, Boult helped the Kiwis with a historic win by contributing with three first-innings wickets and then with crucial runs down the order. Boult will form a lethal bowling attack with Steyn and would like to make an impression in IPL.Eoin Morgan: The Irish-born cricketer had a bad time leading England at the World Cup, but will be starting a new journey with a new franchise this season after spending most of the time with Kolkata Knight Riders. Morgan is not a typical English batsman and quite unorthodox when it comes down to his batting, brings in innovations when playing in the shorter versions of the game. However, it will be interesting how Sunrisers Hyderabad uses him in their campaign this season.