South African Anti-Apartheid Author, Nobel Winner Gordimer Dies At 90

Nobel Prize for literature laureate Nadine Gordimer attends a memorial for [Nelson Mandela's biograp..South-African Nobel Prize-winning author, Nadine Gordimer, an unwavering moralist who became one of the most powerful voices against the injustice of apartheid, has died at the age of 90, her family said on Monday.

Gordimer, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991, died at her Johannesburg home on Sunday evening in the presence of her children, Hugo and Oriane.

“She cared most deeply about South Africa, its culture, its people and its ongoing struggle to realize its new democracy”, the statement from the family said.

Regarded by many as South Africa’s leading writer, Gordimer published novels and short stories steeped in the drama of human life and emotion of a society warped by decades of white-minority rule.

Many of her stories dealt with the themes of love, hate and friendship under the pressures of the racially segregated system that ended in 1994, when Nelson Mandela became South Africa’s first black president.

A member of Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC), which was banned under apartheid, Gordimer used her pen to battle against the inequality of white rule for decades, earning her the enmity of sections of the establishment.

Some of her novels, such as “”A World of Strangers” and ““Burger’s Daughter”, were banned by the apartheid authorities.

Gordimer, a petite figure with a crystal-clear gaze, did not restrict her writing to a damning indictment of apartheid. She cut through the web of human hypocrisy and deceit wherever she found it.

““I cannot simply damn apartheid when there is human injustice to be found everywhere else,” she told Reuters shortly before winning her Nobel prize.

In later years, she became a vocal campaigner in the HIV/AIDS movement, lobbying and fund-raising on behalf of the Treatment Action Campaign, a group pushing for the South African Government to provide free, life-saving drugs to sufferers.

She also did not shy away from criticising the ANC under current President Jacob Zuma, expressing her opposition to a proposed law which limits the publication of information deemed sensitive by the government.

“The reintroduction of censorship is unthinkable when you think how people suffered to get rid of censorship in all its forms,” she said in June.

The ANC responded to Gordimer’s death by describing her as an “unmatched literary giant whose life’s work was our mirror and an unending quest for humanity”.

Tuface, Wizkid, Tiwa Savage Nominated For MTV Africa Music Awards

tuface-idibiaThe prestigious MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) nominations were revealed at a glittering nominations celebration at The Sands, Johannesburg, South Africa by MTV Base VJs, Nomuzi Mabena and Sizwe Dhlomo, alongside Alex Okosi, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Africa, Tim Horwood, Channel Director, MTV Base and Shirley Mabiletja, Brand Manager: Absolut, Pernod Ricard South Africa, in the presence of nominees AKA, Beatenberg, DJ Clock, Burna Boy, Mafikizolo Professor, Oskido and Yuri Da Cunha.

The biggest and brightest contemporary artists from across the African continent and beyond were nominated in 15 different categories including Best Male, Best Female, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. Broadening the scope of the MAMA awards franchise, achievement in non-music fields was recognised in “Personality of the Year”, and “Transform Today by Absolut”, an award designed to recognize and support young, emerging and original African creative talents who use their imagination to fuel social transformation and bring positive attention to the continent.

Tied for first place in the nominations were South African artists Mafikizolo and Uhuru, and Nigerian artist Davido, who each scored 4 nominations while going directly head-to-head for Song of the Year, Artist of the Year and Best Collaboration. Following closely behind with 3 nominations each were Nigerian artists P Square (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), South Africa’s Mi Casa (Best Group, Artist of the Year, Song of the Year), and Angolan artist Yuri Da Cunha (Song of the Year, Best Lusophone and Best Collaboration). Hot on their heels with two nods each were Angolan star Anselmo Ralph (Best Male, Best Lusophone), Nigeria’s Wizkid (Best Male, Best Collaboration); Gabonese artist Arielle T (Best Female, Best Francophone) and Diamond from Tanzania (Best Male, Best Collaboration).

Other artists from across the African contemporary music spectrum nominated for the awards included: 2Face, AKA, Amani, Beatenberg, Big Nuz, Burna Boy, Chidinma, Danny K, Diamond, DJ Buckz, DJ Clock, DJ C’ndo, DJ Ganyani, DJ Kent, The Arrows, Donald, Don Jazzy, Dr Malinga, Dr Sid, Efya, Espoir 2000, Fally Ipupa, FB, Ferre Gola, Flavour, Fuse ODG, Gangs of Ballet, Goldfish, Heavy K, Ice Prince, JD, KCEE, Khuli Chana, LCNVL, Lizha James, Matthew Mole, May D, Mi Casa, Michael Loman, Nakhane Toure, Nelson Freitas, Olamide, Oskido, Professor, The Parlotones, Phyno, Radio and Weasel, R2bees, Sarkodie, Sauti Sol, Shortstraw, Stanley Enow, The Arrows, Tiwa Savage, Toofan, Uhuru, Youssoupha and Zakes Bantwini.wizkid

Celebrating musicians and achievers who have made the most impact on African youth culture throughout the year, MAMA 2014 would feature dazzling performances from African and international artists, including the awards’ signature collaborations between artists of different genres and cultures – a high point of every show.

The Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Viacom International Media Networks Africa, Alex Okosi, commented, “We congratulate all the nominees for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards. This year, the MAMA offers a stunning platform for African artists, it also celebrates the young personalities, leaders and creatives who are making a positive impact on the continent.”

The Head of Department of Economic Development & Tourism, KwaZulu-Natal Province, Desmond Golding, said “KwaZulu-Natal Province congratulates all the artists and stars for their achievement in being nominated. We look forward to welcoming these hugely talented artists and personalities to the Durban ICC on 7 June for the biggest contemporary music spectacle that KwaZulu-Natal Province and South Africa has ever seen.”

Brand Manager, ABSOLUT, Pernod Ricard South Africa, Shirley Mabiletja commented, “As a brand, ABSOLUT is thrilled to be associated with the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, and we would like to congratulate all of the nominees announced for this year’s awards and wish them the best of luck on this journey.

“Each generation there are a handful of artists who leave a transformative mark, and the MTV Africa Music Awards most certainly celebrates these artists. As the perfect platform, ABSOLUT has proudly sponsored one of the new categories, ‘Transform Today by Absolut’, which forms part of ABSOLUT’s Transform Today campaign, aimed at celebrating the power of young individuals who transform the image of Africa through their creativity and vision. We are excited to celebrate this initiative and our ongoing involvement in contemporary culture through creative collaboration.”

The MAMA nominations in full:

MUSIC CATEGORIES

Best Male:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
Davido (Nigeria)
Diamond (Tanzania)
Donald (South Africa)
Wizkid (Nigeria)

Best Female:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Chidinma (Nigeria)
DJ C’ndo (South Africa)
Efya (Ghana)
Tiwa Savage (Nigeria)

Best Group:
Big Nuz (South Africa)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Sauti Sol (Kenya)

Best New Act:
Burna Boy (Nigeria)
Heavy K (South Africa)
Phyno (Nigeria)
Stanley Enow (Cameroon)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Best Live Act:
2face (Nigeria)
Fally Ipupa (DRC)
Flavour (Nigeria)
Dr Malinga (South Africa)
Zakes Bantwini (South Africa)

Best Collaboration:
Amani ft Radio and Weasel – ‘Kiboko Changu’ (Kenya/Uganda)
Diamond feat Davido – ‘Number One’ (Remix) (Tanzania/Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat May D – ‘Happiness’ (South Africa/Nigeria)
R2bees feat Wizkid – ‘Slow Down’ (Ghana/Nigeria)
Uhuru feat DJ Buckz, Oskido, Professor, Yuri Da Cunha – ‘Y-tjukutja’ (South Africa/Angola)

Artist of the Year:
Davido (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo (South Africa)
Mi Casa (South Africa)
P Square (Nigeria)
Uhuru (South Africa)

Song of the Year:
Davido- ‘Skelewu’ (Nigeria)
DJ Clock feat Beatenberg – ‘Pluto’ (Remember Me) (South Africa)
DJ Ganyani feat FB – ‘Xigubu’ (South Africa)
DJ Kent feat The Arrows –‘Spin My World Around’ (South Africa)
Dr Sid feat Don Jazzy – ‘Surulere’ (Nigeria)
KCee – ‘Limpopo’ (Nigeria)
Mafikizolo feat Uhuru ‘Khona’ (South Africa)
Mi Casa- ‘Jika’ (South Africa)
P Square – ‘Personally’ (Nigeria)
Yuri Da Cunha -‘Atchu Tchu Tcha’ (Angola)

Best Hip Hop:
AKA (South Africa)
Ice Prince (Nigeria)
Khuli Chana (South Africa)
Olamide (Nigeria)
Sarkodie (Ghana)

Best Pop:
Danny K (South Africa)
Fuse ODG (Ghana)
Goldfish (South Africa)
LCNVL (South Africa)
Mathew Mole (South Africa)

Best Alternative:
Gangs of Ballet (South Africa)
Michael Loman (South Africa)
Nakhane Toure (South Africa)
Parlotones (South Africa)
Shortstraw (South Africa)

Best Francophone:
Arielle T (Gabon)
Espoir 2000 (Ivory Coast)
Ferre Gola (DRC)
Toofan (Togo)
Youssoupha (Congo)

Best Lusophone:
Anselmo Ralph (Angola)
JD (Angola)
Lizha James (Mozambique)
Nelson Freitas (Cape Verde)
Yuri Da Cunha (Angola)

NON MUSIC CATEGORIES

Personality of the Year:
Chimamanda Adiche (Nigeria)
Omotola Jalade Ekeinde (Nigeria)
Trevor Noah (South Africa)
Lupita Nyong’o (Kenya)
Yaya Toure (Cote d’Ivoire)

Transform Today by Absolut
Anisa Mpungwe (Tanzania)
Clarence Peters (Nigeria)
I See a Different You (South Africa)
Leti Arts (Ghana)
Rasty (South Africa)

Pistorius Breaks Down Sobbing, Trial Adjourned For A Day

South African Olympic and Paralympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius broke down and sobbed in the witness stand on Tuesday as he described the moments when he shot dead his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, thinking she was an intruder hiding in the toilet.South African Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius arrives to attend his trial at the high court in Pretoria

The double amputee, who is accused of murdering 29-year-old law graduate and model Steenkamp, told a Pretoria court how he heard a window sliding open in his bathroom in the middle of the night on Valentine’s Day last year. He said he was convinced an intruder was breaking in and that he needed to arm himself.

“That’s the moment that everything changed,” he said, his voice tense with emotion. “I thought that there was a burglar that was gaining entry to my home.”

Grabbing a 9 mm pistol lying under the bed, he moved on his stumps down the passageway leading from the bedroom towards the bathroom and the would-be intruders, he testified.

According to his account, as he peered round the door of the bathroom, his right arm holding the 9 mm outstretched, his left steadying himself against the wall, he noticed the bathroom window was open, confirming his worst fears.

“I wasn’t sure where to point the firearm,” he said. “My eyes were going between the windows and the toilet. I stood for some time.”

“I just stayed where I was and kept on screaming. Then I heard a noise from inside the toilet that I perceived to be somebody coming out of the toilet. Before I knew it, I had fired four shots at the door.”

He said he continued to shout at Steenkamp to call the police, but slowly started to realize that she was not responding and might have been the one behind the door.

As he described to the court, bashing in a door panel to gain access to the toilet, he broke down, sobbing uncontrollably in the witness stand, leading judge Thokozile Masipa to adjourn the hearing for the day.

If found guilty of murder, he faces life in prison.

VIDEO: Nigerian Man Stripped, Beaten In South Africa

SA PoliceThe shocking video footage has emerged on YouTube, showing South African police officers apprehending, stripping and beating a man believed to be Nigerian on a street in Kensington, Cape Town.

The video said to have been uploaded by a YouTube user on March 7, shows four uniformed South African police officers arresting the man, and beating him taking off his clothes.

One of the officers kicked the man in the groin, forcing the man to double over in pain.

The violence has provoked anger on social media across the world and reports say two police officers have been arrested over the incident.

Mandela’s Gallstone Surgery Successful — S’African Govt.

Former South African president Nelson Mandela has successfully undergone a procedure to have gallstones removed.

The South African government explained in a statement that the surgery on the 94-year-old Nobel peace laureate was successful and he is recovering.

Mr. Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, is respected worldwide as a symbol of resistance to racism and injustice everywhere, following his personal struggle against apartheid in his home country.

Mr. Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital a week ago after being flown from his home village of Qunu in a remote, rural part of the Eastern Cape Province.

Tests revealed a recurrence of a lung infection and that he had developed gallstones.

Super Eagles in Calabar for Liberia showdown

To conclude the journey to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup, the Super Eagles of Nigeria players have started arriving in bits for the make-or-mar clash with the Lone Stars of Liberia which will be held in Calabar and it stands to decide the Super Eagles’ fate for the AFCON 2013.

One of the officials of the Super Eagles confirmed the arrival after they touched down at the Margaret Ekpo International Airport in Calabar some minutes before noon.

The squad left the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja Arik Airline flight billed for 10.30 a.m. and the squad were also billed to camp at the Metropolitan Hotel in the heart of Calabar.

And in order to be sure that team is leaving no stone unturned in the bid to get the desired win for the nation, the technical crew has however scheduled a training session for Monday evening at the Abraham Odia Sports Complex, the University of Calabar.

Goalkeepers, Vincent Enyeama arrived at Calabar this morning to join the squad and Austin Ejide, and Nosa Igiebor of Real Betis of Spain is among the foreign-based players expected to arrive the Eagles camp on Monday.

Keshi at the weekend, named seven home-based players who are to join the 15 foreign-based footballers announced earlier for the qualifier and they are Chigozie Agbim of Warri Wolves, who is captain of the home-based team and his teammate, Azubuike Egwueke, Godfrey Oboabona, the captain of Sunshine Stars’ FC of Akure; Henry Uche of Enyimba FC of Aba, Benjamin Francis of Heartland and Kano Pillars’ central defender, Umar Zango as well as Rangers winger Ejike Uzoenyi.

The Super Eagles head coach; Stephen Keshi said the Ejide and Igiebor will be joined by the rest of the squad on Tuesday.

Keshi said that most of the foreign-based players, including Mikel Obi, were due to arrive in Calabar on Tuesday because of the problem they had in securing their visas.

He also said that others who had late league matches on Sunday were expected to arrive in the camp on Tuesday.

South African bags life imprisonment for killing Terreblanche

30-year-old Chris Mahlangu, a black farmworker has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche in a case that has generated racial tension in the city of Ventersdorp.

To sound their solidarity for Chris Mahlangu, over a 100 protesters sang anti-white songs outside the courtroom in the city, west of Johannesburg also protesting against Mahlangu were about 20 white protesters who carried the dummy of a black man with a rope around his neck and a sign that said: “Hang Mahlangu.” while Mahlangu was leaving the court.

A second man, Patrick Ndlovu, who was a teenager at the time of the killing two years ago, was sentenced to a two-year prison sentence which means he goes free. Ndlovu was acquitted of murder but found guilty of breaking and entering with intent to steal. Initially, he was not named because of his age. He turned 18 during the trial.

Chris Mahlangu pleaded guilty but argued that he acted in self-defence in what the judge found was a violent dispute over wages.

Mahlangu was found guilty for beating Terreblanche, 69, to death with an iron in April 2010. Mahlangu said he feels he did no wrong by ridding the world of a man some called a monster.

In 1997, Terreblanche was sentenced to six years in prison for the attempted murder of a black security guard and assaulting a black gas station worker. Terreblanche’s influence in the white supremacist movement had waned by the time he died.

The judge had rejected a defense argument that Mahlangu had been sodomized by Terreblanche and acted in self-defence. Mahlangu also claimed that Terreblanche infected him with HIV.

Zola Majavu, Mahlangu’s lawyer, said on Wednesday that they are planning to appeal both the court’s findings and the sentence.

After the sentencing, the Young Communist League of South Africa released a statement calling the judgment racially biased.

Terreblanche co-founded the Afrikaner Resistance Movement, known by its Afrikaans initials as the AWB, to seek an all-white republic within South Africa.

Cricket:Boucher can still regain some vision- Doctor

Former South African wicketkeeper, Mark Boucher has been some kind of hope concerning his future as wicketkeeper as the doctor treating the South African says he can still play cricket as he could regain vision in his left eye which was affected in freak accident.

Several tests that was run showed that there has been any detachment from the retina and this is a positive news to hear, though there’s need to physically see the condition in there, Shuaib Manjra said.

His doctor said further that Boucher will need several procedures as the level of damage can only be described as astonishing.

Mark Boucher has been doing more of sleeping and following the Tour de France cycle race plus getting support messages from fans, His spokesperson concluded.

His doctor Shuaib said he is hoping Boucher returns to play if all went well according the tests that have been done.