Daily Archives: July 16, 2017

Arts and Culture leads Mandela Day celebrations in Mthatha

Arts and Culture to lead Mandela Day Celebrations in honor of his Legacy

The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Museum and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture invite members of the media to the Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations on 18 July 2017 in recognition of his values, legacy of humanitarian acts, voluntary initiatives, culture of peace and freedom.

The event will take place at the Nelson Mandela Museum, Bhunga Building, in Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province. On this day, people everywhere are encouraged to give 67 minutes of their time to do good for others.

As part of the this year’s Mandela Day programme, the Nelson Mandela Museum in partnership with the British American Tobacco Company (BATC) will officially unveil Mandela Legacy Canvas which was bought by BATC from a fundraising auction in 2011.

The canvass will be officially handed over to the museum by the Head of External Affairs for British American Tobacco South Africa, Mr. Joe Heshu for permanent exhibiting at the Nelson Mandela Museum.

Later in the evening, Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Museum will host a dialogue under theme, ‘Critical Reflections on the Legacies of Nelson Mandela and O.R.Tambo’ , as part of celebrating the lives of two Human rights activities and ANC presidents to close-off the day.

The speakers for the dialogue are Professor Balintulo who will be looking on Africa through the eyes of Tambo and Mandela, Dr Buhlungu on locating Tambo and Mandela values within the Liberation Struggle, Dr Bam on the Meaning of Tambo and Mandela.

The occasion will be embraced by the Premier of the Eastern Cape, Phumulo Masualle; Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa; Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba, Eastern Cape MEC for Sport Recreation Arts and Culture, Pemmy Majodina and the Department of Water and Sanitation, Deputy Minister, Pamela Tshwete.

Source: Government of South Africa

5 Congo Rangers Dead; US Journalist Found Alive in NE Congo

KINSHASA, CONGO � Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday.

Gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Some others in the group, including two Dutch journalists, escaped.

Cosma Wilungula, the head of Congo’s park service, confirmed that the journalist and rangers had been rescued from a group of Mai Mai militia fighters involved in mining gold inside the reserve.

The U.S. State Department said it was aware of the reports, but did not identify the journalist who was rescued because of privacy concerns.

“We are aware of reports that the U.S. citizen reported kidnapped in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has been found safe,” a State Department official said. “The U.S. Department of State has no higher priority than the protection of U.S. citizens overseas. Due to privacy considerations, we have no further comment.”

Mambasa administrator Alfred Bongwalanga said security forces and park rangers had launched a rescue operation that located the missing members of the group. It was not immediately clear how the rangers were killed.

“There are five dead. They are all park rangers who were involved in the operation. They had been backing the army,” he told Reuters by telephone.

While Wilungula said two rangers had been killed in the initial attack he had no information on casualties during the rescue.

“It’s a zone that’s not secure for us … They were heavily armed and the rangers found themselves in an inferior position,” Wilungula said, referring to the initial attack.

Eastern Congo has been the theater of numerous wars and uprisings over the last two decades, and rebels, militia fighters and bandits still present a security risk in many areas.

Park rangers trying to protect dwindling populations of elephants and gorillas often clash with poachers and other armed groups who exploit minerals, wildlife and other resources.

Later on Sunday Congo’s Virunga National Park said that one of its rangers, Dudunyabo Machongani CA�(copyright)lestin, had died following an ambush by Mai Mai militia in an area of the park west of Lake Edward.

Source: Voice of America