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Ex-49er Colin Kaepernick reflects on third anniversary of his first anthem protest

first_imgThree years ago Thursday, then-49ers starting quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee and launched a movement.In a tweet, he reflected on the anniversary and his decision to protest social injustices.  A video attached to the post includes graphic and disturbing content; therefore the link will not be included here. Should you be interested, it can be found archived on Kaepernick’s Twitter account: @Kaepernick7“How can you stand for the national anthem of a nation that preaches and …last_img

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Photoafrica shows Africa’s cityscapes

first_img“Eye coexist” by Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela aims to capture the concrete coexisting with nature. Mimi Cherono Ng’ok’s winning photo from2010, titled “Portrait of the artist as a young woman”, is the 2011 festival poster.(Images: African Film Festival of Tarifa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Filip Hrubý International press officer African Film Festival of Tarifa +420 775 011 550 • Adolphus OparaPhotographer and contestant+234 803 475 1075 RELATED ARTICLES • Bieber wins top press photo award • Cannes triumph for SA films • Local author gets top sci-fi award • SA puppet company wins a Tony • SA short film makes festival finalsShamin ChibbaThis year’s Photoafrica competition showcases the talent of 25 finalists from 11 African countries. The final group was chosen out of 75 applicants – a new record for the contest – who submitted over 400 pictures.The 2011 photography contest is the fourth edition. It takes place in Tarifa, in Cádiz province on Spain’s southernmost coast, between 6 and 19 June as part of the eighth African Film Festival of Tarifa.Of the hundreds of photos entered, just 27 pictures were selected for the exhibition, which will stand outdoors as large format prints before and throughout the festival.Fourteen South Africans made the list of finalists. However, they are up against strong candidates from neighbouring countries Lesotho, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.Contestants from Morocco, Kenya (two finalists), Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Tunisia make up the rest of the numbers.Working with this year’s theme Urban Spaces, photographers had to portray their own perceptions of the modern African cityscape.According to Photoafrica coordinator Gaetano Gualdo, the theme encouraged contestants to capture the radical changes taking place in Africa’s cities as more of its people relocate from rural to urban areas.The contest is open to all African artists living in an African country. The three best works will win €1 500 (R15 000), €1 000 (R10 000) and €500 (R5 000) respectively.Photos that tell storiesGualdo said the three prize-winning photographers are chosen according to artistic criteria, and that the photos have to tell a story and provide a new angle of view on African urban reality.He added that contestants are adjudicated on their use of light and composition in an artistic way.The 27 hopefuls will be assessed by a jury representing the exhibition’s organisers, Spanish cultural NGO Al Tarab and the Andalusian Centre of Photography.After the festival, the 27 finalists will be exhibited in various cities throughout Africa until the end of 2011.However, Gualdo is unable to list the African cities at present. “This is not fully confirmed yet, as the negotiations are still going on, but we are considering Nairobi, Addis Ababa, Malabo, Bata and others,” he said.A state of restlessnessAs a platform for promising photographers to display their best work, the contest has seen the launch of a number of successful careers.One of them was Nigeria’s Adolphus Opara, who won the first Photoafrica in 2008 and is again competing for the top honour in this year’s competition.Opara tried to capture one thing that African cities shared, which he said was a state of restlessness. He said that when living in a city, there is a feeling that there is always something to do “even when the day has gone its full 24-hour stretch”.He hopes that his 2011 entry, titled Urban Insomnia, will help people to feel the energy that emanates from typical African cities like Lagos.Another previous winner is Mimi Cherono Ng’ok, a photographer who commutes between Nairobi and Cape Town. Ng’ok’s winning shot from last year, titled Portrait of the artist as a young woman, was chosen to illustrate the festival poster for 2011.African photographers “high quality”Gualdo believes there has been a marked improvement in the quality of photographers in the last three years. The number of applications, which has doubled since the first version of the contest, is an indication of this progress.According to Gualdo, the pictures are comparable to those produced by photographers from other continents.Opara echoed Gualdo’s statement and added that, with a little support, African photographers may grow even faster.“I believe African photographers just need to be more professional about their works,” he said. “The larger part of the effort has to be from government authorities in these African countries to genuinely support the arts.”Gualdo said that participation in Photoafrica opens doors to the European cultural scene and helps increase the artists’ visibility, not only in Europe but also in their home countries.Spreading positive African imageReferring to the town’s geographical position, festival director Mane Cisneros said, “Tarifa is the only town all over Europe that wakes up every day looking at Africa.”Tarifa is the closest continental European town to Africa, separated from the continent by the Strait of Gibraltar, and sitting just 14 kilometres from the coast of Morocco. This close proximity has forged strong cultural links between Spain and this part of Africa.Furthermore, Gualdo said the Iberian country is one of the most Africanised in Europe since it is home to a large African contingent.He said the African population enriches Spanish society and resuscitates traditions of mutual history but at the same time its presence is a cause for prejudice and negative perceptions.“That is why the prime mission of our festival and Photoafrica is to spread a positive image of Africa. It is true that there are many problems in Africa, but it is also true that there are many people who are creative and productive, and fight for the development of their countries and people,” said Gualdo.He believes film and photography are superb tools for educating people about Africa.Noncedo Charmaine Mathibela: “Eye co-exist” aims to capture the concrete co-existing with nature. Mathibela is amongst 25 contestants competing for the 2011 Photoafrica prize.last_img read more

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Brand South Africa to discuss 20 years of achievements with South Africans based in Australia

first_imgJohannesburg, Thursday 13 March 2013 – Brand South Africa will host a series of engagements with South Africans based in Australia from 17 – 19 March aimed at discussing how far South Africa has come in 20 years and the country’s National Development Plan, commonly known as Vision 2030. The engagements will take place in Sydney and Melbourne.These engagements are in line with Brand South Africa’s proactive showcasing of South Africa’s achievement over the past 20 years and the work that is being done to address the country’s socio-economic challenges.  The implementation of the National Development Plan is critical to this endeavour.  It is also important for South Africans to know that they can be part of South Africa’s growth and development despite where they may now reside.  They are also invited to join 20 year commemorative events organised by the South African representatives in their countries of residence.The South African delegation, which will be led by Minister in the Presidency, Minister Collins Chabane, will interact with South Africans based in Australia, together with individuals or organisations that are interested in South Africa’s offering in areas of South Africa’s competitiveness. At both engagements, the Minister will do the keynote address focusing on “The Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 years.”The Chairperson of Brand South Africa Ms. Chichi Maponya and the CEO Miller Matola will also join Minister Chabane in Australia.The discussion can be followed on @Brand_SA using hashtag #SA_Aus2014. The programme in Australia:Global South Africans RoundtableIntercontinental, Melbourne 17 March and Intercontinental, Sydney 19 MarchSouth Africa’s 20 years of Achievements18:00RegistrationAll18:30OpeningMs Wendy Tlou, Director: Strategic Marketing and Communications, Brand South Africa18:35Welcome addressHE Ambassador Mqulwana, South African High Commissioner to Australia18:40Starters are servedAll18:55Introduction of Minster Collins  ChabaneMs Chichi Maponya, Chairman, Brand South Africa19:00Review of South Africa’s performance over the past 20 yearsMinister Collins  Chabane, Department of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation19:15Dinner is servedAll19:40Open discussionAll20:30ClosureMr Miller Matola, CEO, Brand South Africa20:40Dessert is served – networkingAll About Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship. Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement.  Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.Join the conversation at:Follow Brand South Africa   @Brand_SAhttps://twitter.com/Brand_SATell us how you Play Your [email protected]://www.playyourpart.co.za/tellus-someoneFacebookhttps://www.facebook.com/BrandSouthAfrica For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Sandisiwe GugushePublic Relations International: Brand South AfricaTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0) 73 126 9128Email: [email protected] www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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