EPA Holds One-day Dialogue on “Gaborone Declaration” Today

first_imgA High level Panel comprising an international environmental delegation under the Gaborone Declaration Secretariat and the Government of Liberia will today, August 18, hold a one-day formal discussion in Monrovia on the implementation of provisions in the Gaborone Agreement.The Gaborone Declaration ensures that the contribution of natural capital to sustainable economic growth, maintenance and improvement of social capital and human well-being, are quantified and integrated into development and business practice.Foreign Minister Augustine Kpehe Ngafuan will deliver a special statement on Liberia’s position at the opening of the meeting, while Finance and Development Minister, Amara Konneh, will speak on behalf of the Liberian Government at the close of the meeting.An EPA release said the executive director of the agency, Anyaa Vohiri, will make presentation on natural resource from the perspective of the environment in Liberia with respect to the Gaborone Declaration Agreement.The forum, according to the release, will seek to present the proposed five outcomes to be pursued under the Gaborone Declaration, present factual baseline information collected regarding national ongoing initiatives that contribute to the Gaborone Declaration action statements, identify country priorities and how the secretariat can support them.It is expected to also encourage the appointment of focal points for countries that have not yet done so, and introduce the secretariat among others.It can be recalled that in May 2012, Liberia, Botswana, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Mozambique, Rwanda, Gabon, Kenya and South Africa signed the Gaborone Declaration reaffirming their commitment to implement all conventions and declarations that promote sustainable development.Meanwhile, members of the Environmental Delegation in Liberia include Carlos Manuel Rodriguez, Senior Policy Advisor, Conservation International; Jaco Venter, Senior Technical Director, GDSA Secretariat; Margarita Mora, Regional Manager for Latin America, Conservation Stewards Program; and Lina Barrera, Senior Director, International policy, Conservation International.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Discovering an integrated strategy for success as a musician

first_imgRegardless of the career you decide to pursue, discovering an integrated strategy for success matters, and having a career in music is no exception. In order for Liberian artists, more especially the local talents who are changing the creative landscape, to monetize their career they need to apply their own philosophies to succeed. This holds true to excel in every aspect of the music industry. Though musicians will not choose the same paths others have chosen to excel, a foundational strategy in the music business is, however, crucial for success.To have a professional career in music requires strategies similar to good investment ideas. Without them the journey to monetize your career is very slim. Disjointed plans can lead to ineffective actions.Invest more time in monetizing his or her career than just prioritizing developing musical skillsMost musicians that I have interview admitted that majority of their time is spent on advancing their musical talents, but didn’t invest similar amounts of time on other elements, which are essential for a monetized career.They argue that investing more time on advancing their creative skills gives them a better chance for success. Sure their position is true at certain points but these acquired skills will be nothing when other components are not taken into consideration. Other foundational strategies that are required, but not limited to these, include building a fanatic fan base, having a branded image as well as logo.“If you did not allocate enough time to developing all pieces of the music career success puzzle, your musical skills will never be enough to help you grow your career,” said Tom Hess, a touring guitarist, recording artist and a former member of the band Rhapsody of Fire from 2010 until 2013 (tomhess.net/TomHessBio.aspx)While developing strategies will vary from one person to another, certain similarities such as deciding on which ones to make first priorities or to run for short periods of time, and the implementation of those values that directly monetize your career should hold true as they will encourage record people to invest in you because you have the kind of qualities they are looking for.When applying these strategies it is important to connect with an experienced mentor (music coach or executive) that will help you dodge wasting time and teach you how to implement one plan after another to make them ready for accomplishment.“All musicians who now enjoy a fulltime living as professionals in the industry have understood the importance of developing all the elements of the music business. While they continue to practice and develop their musical skills, they also took actions to obtain the other pieces of the music industry values…and you must do the same,” said Hess.TIPS THAT HELP Build a Winning TacticBuilding a winning approach that gives a win-win outcome for investor and other professionals (record companies, entrepreneur, promoters) in the music industry gives you a prosperous and long-lasting career as a musician. When this rich value has been explored, it greatly reduces the inherent risk that the musician poses to the music industry. Such tactic is the musician’s abilities to assist industry practitioners to work out difficulties that will enable than implement your strategies for success. To avoid being classified as a failed musician, do not develop an isolated tactic that is not integrated with your strategies. When your tactics are not properly structured they result into a hit and loss method that leaves you frustrated and begin to play the blame game.This is one of the big reasons why copying what other musicians do will not help you – because you are copying only the ‘tactics’ rather than the underlying strategy they are a part of.Avoid the Feeling of FailureOne of the best secrets to becoming a successful musician is to overcome the feeling of fear that can ruin any musician’s ability to accomplish their goal but rather institute in their mind the focus to avoid failure, which in the end becomes bad.A mindset that conquers fear empowers that person to execute action plans that will weed away worries of financial struggle. It leads to a commitment of how you can apply more strategies and tactics to become successful.Worse, the feeling of fear presents an incorrect vision about your abilities to deliver better and that you can’t navigate your career to a monetized status.“If you believe that you will become successful no matter what, and that you are in control of your life and destiny, you are going to find a way to do what needs to be done to reach your goals. It should be obvious that the latter mindset has an exponentially higher rate of success (both in music business and in life),” added Tom Hess.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Wazito, Shabana dip fingers into Dafabet jar

first_imgWhile Shabana, relegated from the National Super League last season will enjoy a season-long partnership, Wazito’s package is modeled differently.The partnership will see the club get a 20 percent share from every bet placed on Dafabet with a Wazito FC tag. The primary agreement is set to develop into a sponsorship deal in future with the club also set to have the company’s logo at the back of their jerseys.“We are look forward to making this deal a full sponsorship in future. With the way this deal is tailored, we call upon our fans to come out and use our code to support us. Also, the Government should not ignore the tremendous job the betting companies are doing to promoting sport in the country,” Wazito FC chairperson Kentice Tikolo said.Dafabet Head of Business Development Chris Harley hinted they chose Wazito because of their youth structure and their desire to bring opportunities to the grassroot.Shabana, meanwhile will be beneficiaries of full sponsorship from the Philippine company. Though the financial details of the deal were scanty, the fee is reported to be close to Sh4.5mn.“With this type of support, Shabana is going to rediscover its lost glory. I am seeing a possibility of us going back to the Premier League in two years time. Shabana is not a new team; it’s a team that has great history,” Shabana Secretary General Peter Omwando told Capital Sport.The Gusii based side is credited for giving rise to notable Kenya internationals like Mike Okoth, the father of Belgian and Liverpool forward Divock Origi, Henry Motego and Simon Mulama.“We decided to pick on Shabana because it’s a team that has large following and is one that represents the face of community football. They are down there in the third tier because of finances. They have great history and we can’t just let the lion sleep,” Dafabet Business Development boss Harley said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Dafabet Head of Business Development Chris Harley (second left) with Shabana FC Secretary General Peter Omwando during the unveiling.NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug, 24– National Super League outfit Wazito and Division One (Zone B) side Shabana FC have become the first Kenyan football teams to earn partnership deals with Philippine based betting company Dafabet.The two Kenyan clubs join an elite list of clubs under the betting firm’s sponsorship, including English Premier League side West Ham as well as Championship sides Burnley and Sunderland AFC and Scottish giants Celtic.last_img read more

West Ham’s possible title-challenging XI next season featuring new attackers

first_img 3. Winston Reid (centre back) 2. Michail Antonio (right back) 11 11 11 11 5. Aaron Cresswell (left back) 4. Angelo Ogbonna (centre back) 7. Yaya Toure (centre midfield) 11 11 11 11 11 6. Mark Noble (centre midfield) 9. Manuel Lanzini (attacking midfield) 11 1. Adrián (goalkeeper) – West Ham are expected to strengthen in the summer, so check out their possible line up for next season by clicking the arrow above. Will the Hammers be the team to look out for? 10. Dimitri Payet (left attack) 11 8. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (right attack) 11. Callum Wilson (striker) West Ham may have just been knocked out of the FA Cup, but optimism remains high over their future in the Premier League.It was the Hammers’ final cup game at the Boleyn Ground on Wednesday, losing 2-1 to Manchester United, as the count down for their switch to the Olympic Stadium reaches its final stages.The magic of Leicester City’s campaign has taken a large chunk of the limelight away from Slaven Bilic and his side, but their progression is more than worthy of attention.Bilic’s men have challenged for the top four, now sitting just one point off fifth-placed Manchester United, and, worryingly for their rivals, are set to only strengthen further in the summer.And with such a momentous move approaching, the club’s owners will expect the Irons to be challenging on all fronts – not only the top four.So how might they line up in their first campaign at the new ground?talkSPORT has put together a possible starting XI for West Ham in the 2016-17 season – check it out by viewing the slideshow above.last_img read more

DONEGAL MOTHER WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER SON TO APPEAR ON THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW

first_imgJimmy Guichard died after taking a legal high in 2013.A Donegal mother who tragically lost her son after he took a ‘legal high’ is to appear on the hit ITV programme The Jeremy Kyle show to raise more awareness on the issue. Karen Vandersypen, from Foxhills in Letterkenny, tragically lost her son Jimmy Guichard in October 2013 after he took an unknown substance.Jimmy died after he suffered a massive heart attack and also suffered brain damage as a result of taking the ‘legal high’. Karen has campaigned tirelessly for new legislation called Jimmy’s Law’ in the UK to be passed which bans all ‘legal highs’ across Britain.Jimmy was a talented GAA player and played hurling for St Eunan’s before he moved to London.Karen done a documentary programme with Jeremy Kyle for the Kyle-Files which is a spin-off show from his morning segment.However, after filming the documentary for the Kyle-Files executive producers felt it would be better if Karen appeared on the TV show  in order for her to hammer her home her views. Karen admitted to Donegal Daily that she had reservations about appearing on The Jeremy Kyle show.Karen said, “I did a documentary film for the Kyle-Files about Jimmy’s death and the importance of passing his legislation.“I was then contacted by one of the executive producers who said they weren’t going to use my film for the Kyle-Files and felt it would be better if I went on the TV show and told my story on that platform.“I did have reservations about it, it’s not a show I would watch regularly, but I had seen it before and I used to think why the hell would you go on that TV show!“So I was a bit nervous about doing it, but Jeremy had been so nice during the filming of the Kyle-Files that I said to the executive producers I would do it.” Karen said the show was a daunting experience, but it was very worthwhile and was delighted with how it turned out although it didn’t get off to a good start.Karen said, “The show was about a 24-year-old who was addicted to Pandora’s Box, which is a synthetic cannabis and is a recognized legal high.“Jeremy had his wife on first and she was giving him an ultimatum saying he either quit his habit or she was leaving him and taking their three children with him.“She said he was a good dad, but admitted he was ‘high’ when he took the children to school every morning because he had to have some Pandora’s Box before he left the house. “At that point Jeremy starting saying, ‘How could he be a good dad if he’s high taking them to school?“I was sitting watching this backstage and then the father ran on to the stage and start berating Jeremy with insults and then stormed off.“I was watching this unfold thinking what the hell have I let myself in for here?Karen said they calmed the father down backstage and managed to get him back on stage for the remainder of the show.Jeremy told the young man that he had to listen to Karen’s story, he agreed.“I then went on and told Jimmy’s story, I got very emotional and broke down several times as I told the story.“I’m hoping they edit out all the blubbering I did, I was so mad at myself afterwards that I couldn’t control my emotion.“Once I told Jimmy’s story, I went through the young lad for a shortcut, I basically told him he’ll end up like Jimmy if he doesn’t sort his life out.“He’s got a beautiful supportive wife and three gorgeous kids, he’s going to lose them and his life if he doesn’t sort himself out.“I explained to him that my granddaughter still can’t understand why her Uncle Jimmy went to heaven.“She was six and-a-half when Jimmy passed away and is eight now and she still doesn’t understand.“I said to him, do you want your missus to have to try and explain to your children why you’re not with them anymore.”Karen added that the problem with his addiction is it’s not a physical one.“Taking heroin is a physical addiction, taken a legal high is a psychological one so it’s difficult to detox.“The other problem is there’s no resources to help him so it’s going to be difficult, his GP can’t refer him anywhere because there’s no facilities that treat that type of addiction.Karen said she was frightened and shocked by the effect the drugs had on the 24-year-old saying he looked older than her and she’s 44.They also done tests on the show and found out he had the lung capacity of a 70-year-old.“Not only do we need to get ‘Jimmy’s Law’ passed we need to ensure the proper rehab facilities and in place to help those addicted to those legal highs.“If we don’t have the proper support systems in place then they’ll get addicted to something else.Karen appeared on the show on Friday morning and flew back home that evening and is now back at her address in Letterkenny.She said the show will air in the next 6-8 weeks.Karen has been keeping in touch with the couple she met on the show and has been speaking to them via Facebook offering them support and advice.DONEGAL MOTHER WHO TRAGICALLY LOST HER SON TO APPEAR ON THE JEREMY KYLE SHOW was last modified: January 29th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:deathdonegalJeremy Kyle ShowJimmy GouchairdLEGAL HIGHSLETETRKENNYlast_img read more

TALENTED DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN TEXACO AWARDS

first_imgTexaco Childrens ArtTwo Donegal students have been presented with top awards in this year’s 62nd Texaco Children’s Art Competition.Pictured above is Ruby O’Reilly Duff (12), a pupil at Drumman National School, Ramelton, who won a Special Merit Award in the competition.Presenting her with the award is James Twohig, Director Ireland Operations of Valero. Another Donegal winner, who also received a Special Merit Award at a ceremony held in Dublin recently, was Kellie McClafferty (15), from Royal and Prior Comprehensive School, Raphoe, pictured below.TALENTED DONEGAL STUDENTS WIN TEXACO AWARDS was last modified: May 27th, 2016 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:donegalRameltonRaphoeTexaco Children’s Art Competitionlast_img read more

GOALS GALORE AS DONEGAL HURLERS BOOK PLACE IN NICKY RACKARD CUP SEMI-FINAL

first_imgIt was goals galore today for Donegal’s senior hurlers who beat Monaghan upon a scoreline of 6-12 to 2-13 in Clones.Donegal manager Ray DurackTheir last win in the Nicky Rackard Cup comes following last week’s demolition of Longford by 21 points.The latest result comes following a bitter defeat by neighbours Tyrone in Letterkenny the previous week.Ray Durack’s side are now into the semi-final which will be played next weekend.GOALS GALORE AS DONEGAL HURLERS BOOK PLACE IN NICKY RACKARD CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: May 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)last_img

GAA News: Gaeil Fhánada ladies triumph over MacCumhaills

first_imgSenior LadiesOur Senior Ladies continue their winning ways when they played in the North West Division 3 League beating MacCumhaills 7:14 v 0:06They won comprehensively last weekend. Well done Ladies on a great team performance. Foireann Gaeil Fhánada: Rosheen Mc Ginley, Eimear Mc Conigley, Aisling Howe, Maggie Friel, Shauna Howe, Maríosa Friel,Maireád Coll 1-3 Aoife Mcdevitt, Orlaigh Carr 0-2, Hannah Shiels 0-2, Lauren Carr 1-2, Aisling McDevitt 2-3, Siobhan Coyle 2-2, Eimear Gibbons, Deirdre Friel 1-0, Michelle Doherty.Gaeil Fhanada LottoNumbers drawn were 03, 05, 07, 13, 18 Bonus no 07. €100 winner Regina Mc Gettigan, Kerrykeel.€50 winner was The McTaggart family c/o McAteers Rinmore.Next weeks jackpot €1000. Remember if you’re not in, you can’t win!Gaeil Fhánada Cúl Camp 2016Thank you very much to all the children who took part, from near and far, who enjoyed another very successful Cúl Camp,. Thank you to our County players and to everyone who helped out during the week, much appreciated.U12 Parish LeagueThe competition has definitely taken a twist this evening leaving only 6 points between first place and 2nd & 3rd are tied. Excellent skills and determination was shown by all the players this evening. The fire in Cian Sweeney & Patrick Gallagher belly has left our parish league well and truely up in the air. Caolan Gibbons had a really strong game finishing everytime with a lovely swift ball right over the bar. Meabh Duffy was excellent in midfield with unreal power and strength. Roisin Carr had some super passes up the field to her team mates and did a excellent job defending against the solid and skillful Caitlin Heraghty.Caitlin had a great game and fought hard for her ball everytime. Ronan Mc Fadden even with a injury soldiered on and kept the scorline to a minimum. Hugh Rodgers was exceptionally strong this evening and had a big influence on the game. Orla Mc Ateer had some hard tackles but stood strong and came out the other side ending with a perfect point. Aoife Gibbons & Shaun Mc Devitt worked very well in the backline excellent communication and speed on the ball was shown by them both. Ciaran Sweeney excelled in speed & precision on the ball.He shows sheer determination every minute he is on the field. Michael Gibbons fought hard and had a a big influenece on the scoreline. Jessica Coll has a fab ability to read the game and will not give up until possesion is hers. The mighty skill shown by Conor Heraghty and ability to restructure his team is a trait not often shown by one so young. Darren Mc Ateer has one hand on that cup and it is not going to be taken away from him easily.Every ball that comes his way is guaranteed to go over the bar. Cian Friel is one step ahead of the game and rounds up the team nicely. Not much is passing Shaun Carr in midfield once that ball is in his hands it is not getting away unless he comes up against Meabh Duffy who shows no mercy and never backs down. Callum Mc Ateer’s accuracy and technique enabled his team finish with a great scoreline. Emma Hunter came into the game like a whirlwind she definitely has shaken things up with her excellent skill and strength on the field. Grainne Sweeney has a natural ability to interpret the game. Grainne has a great ability to keep the back line safe from harm and intercepts the ball with key precision everytime.Coaches Tracey Mc Bride & Paddy Heraghty, assisted by Sean Sweeney.The battle continues next Thursday evening.U16 boysOur U16’s travelled to St. Michaels last Friday and came away with a superb victory. Missing our full forward line of Eoghan Mc Grenaghan and Mark McAteer through injury, the lads didn’t let that stop them racking up 4-9against the Dunfanaghy men.Indeed places are going be hard to come by as the players are all pushing hard for a starting berth in the next match. The Fanad goals came from Matthew Gallagher, Eoghan Shiels, Brandon McClafferty and Shaun Kerr. James Howe, James Sweeney and Michael Sweeney dealt with any firepower St. Michaels had.Darren McElwaine and Johnny Gallagher had a huge impact on the game at halfback. Bernard McGettigan and Fergus Friel were always in control in midfield. Our busy half forward line of John Friel, Odhran Duffy and Kieran Coyle were on fire all evening while Shaun Kerr played the sweeper role perfectly.Our new full forward line of Mathew Gallagher and Eoghan Shiels had a mean look about it as well. Subs on the night contributed well when they all came on shortly after half time Shaun Sweeney, Kieran Mc Devitt and Liam Sweeney. Man of the Match was Brandon McClafferty who is a shining example of what hard work on the training field can achieve.The lads now find themselves second in the table and must fancy themselves for a shot at some of the bigger teams in the county in the latter stages of the league.Sunday 14th August – Junior B Championship Semi-FinalsMacCumhaills v Fanad – away to MacCumhaillsDún na nGall v Baile Atha CliathPáirc an Chrócaigh is the venue to be at this Saturday 07 th August for the All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter Finals at 6:00p.m.All-Ireland Minor Championship Quarter-Final (Referee: Jerome Henry)Congratulations to our County teams last weekend when they took on and beat Cork in Croke Park. Come on everyone come along to Croke Park and support our boys!Please get your notes to Margaretta before 10p.m. on a Sunday night if you want them published. Check out our Facebook page for all up-to-date news!GAA News: Gaeil Fhánada ladies triumph over MacCumhaills was last modified: August 3rd, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:GAA notesGaeil FhanadaLadieslast_img read more

In London, voting for identity

first_img16 April 2009 At 4am, London is dark and raining. While my taxi snakes me through the deserted streets, a trainee Jesuit priest is camped outside South Africa House. In the radio studio the BBC journalist asks why we vote, why it’s important, and that hackneyed scribbler question: how does it make you feel? Why did Matthew Charlesworth, our priest in the darkness and first London voter, queue in that deserted square? Obligation, duty, a desire to count and be counted as a South African. All the reasons that emerge from everyone I speak to, and my motivation too. Eventually every South African overseas is treated like a traitor. Someone who cut and ran and now talks the country down from the discomfort of a damp and foreign shore. Yet here we are in our thousands filling in forms, fishing out unused ID documents and lining up around the block to contribute our one, small, indelible cross. At the back of the queue is Heinrich Volmink, who travelled down from Glasgow in Scotland because it is a great honour and a patriotic duty to be here. So much passion and purpose swirls through this five-deep line. We stand only 25 metres from where Mandela gave his last speech to London – perhaps ever. He spent nine hours on the “freedom bus”, continues Heinrich, because my ancestors could not vote. Not everyone is as happy. Like a creature of caricature, a man stands with an old South Africa flag shirt. I suppose he too exercises a choice. We watch him like we would an exhibit. One foot in the old world and a vote in the new, I think. I doubt he will find peace, anywhere. Shame. After three radio interviews and breakfast, it’s time to vote. The early morning bankers, accountants and the priest have retreated to their terminals. Now the backpackers, students and out-of-work consultants shuffle forward in unison. You mustn’t lower your standard, says one man to a girl 20 years his junior as he inquires about her job. He doesn’t have one: tough times. London is South Africa’s largest polling station. Over seven and a half thousand citizens – almost twice as large as the next biggest venue. But our queue is orderly. The mood is good-natured, but also reflective. Examining my compatriots, it’s clear that for most of us, democratic elections are all we have ever known. As you would expect, it’s a mostly white queue with the occasional darker face. Around them cluster journalists: the British ones asking who they are voting for. My vote is my secret, we all say. Throughout, I “tweet” from my phone. These micro-blogging sms’s capture the moment when a man claiming to be a Freedom Front Plus candidate marches up to the door demanding to see the electoral officer. I leave them in a huddle and fill in my forms. First an envelope with your name and voter district number. Then downstairs to check documents, receive a ballot and cast my vote. I get three calls in the voting booth. Your smile has stamina, I say to the official, and we all chuckle. It will be a long day, but so far it is going smoothly: if all your documents are in order. So why did I vote? To reaffirm my citizenship; to exercise my rights; to respect my heroes and dignify their sacrifices and yes, to make a difference. Though Rudi Talmakkies from Saldanha said it best: Obama gave people a totally new view. The youth realise they are part of the solution. For me, that works. Timothy Schultz is deputy head of communications and marketing at The Learning Trust, a not-for-profit company that runs all the education services for the London borough of Hackney. A South African who has lived in London for about eight years, Schultz is an active member of the Global South Africans network.last_img read more

Tears, tributes for ‘Mother of the Nation’

first_img10 June 2011Mother of the nation, heroine, dignified leader of the struggle against apartheid. These were some of the phrases used to describe the late Albertina Sisulu during an official memorial service in Pretoria on Thursday.African National Congress (ANC) struggle veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and several government and religious leaders joined scores of people who attended the service at the Tshwane City Hall.Many from the nursing profession also came to pay tribute to Sisulu, who spent most of her life practising as a health professional. Those who packed the hall sang struggle songs and clapped hands as they celebrated Sisulu’s life.The 92-year-old MaSisulu, as she was affectionately known, died at her Johannesburg home last Thursday. She is survived by seven children, among them Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and Speaker of the National Assembly Max Sisulu.Basic Education Minister and African National Congress Women’s League President Angie Motshekga said the nation had not only lost a caring mother but a leader who fought for all.“Together, we have lost a loving mother … MaSisulu was indeed a fearless leader, we indeed deeply share the pain and extreme sadness that has befallen the Sisulu family,” Motshekga said.MaSisulu always led from the front, and her life had always been that of struggle for the liberation of her people, Motshekga added.“We should find comfort that her name will forever evoke among us a deep feeling of respect and admiration. We shall not forget that this gallant figure also led the march against the pass laws in 1959 … She fought until the bitter end, and the women of this country must always respect her contribution to the struggle.”ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe described her as someone whose leadership had helped produce a successful group of younger ANC women leaders, citing daughter Lindiwe Sisulu and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane among others.“That is reflected in the life of MaSisulu. She was given these responsibilities of leadership because of the capabilities she demonstrated, and in turn everyone who learned from her today is a leader in her own right,” Mantashe said.He vowed that the ANC would continue to “draw lessons” from the leadership MaSisulu lived to symbolise throughout her life. “That is the only way we can celebrate the life of Mama Sisulu.”Tshwane Mayor Sputla Ramokgopa said: “Mama Sisulu and her generation not only carried on with the revolution through difficult time, they ensured it continued … Her generation was a generation that laid a foundation of hope that led us to victory in 1994.”The current generation can only accomplish “if we pay attention to what Mama Sisulu stood for,” Ramokgopa said.South African Airways board chairperson Cheryl Carolus said Sisulu kept the struggle together even during the darkest days of apartheid. “Throughout the pain of her children, Mama has always been there, all in the name of making sacrifices to build the new South Africa. We say to all of us who are left behind, keep living the legacy,” she said.MaSisulu is to be accorded an official funeral at a service at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday. She will be laid to rest next to her husband Walter at Croesus cemetery in Johannesburg.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more