Langa closes its streets to cars

first_img25 March 2015The usually frenetic streets of Langa, the old township on the periphery of South Africa’s Mother City will be filled with activities of a different kind on Sunday, 29 March.Open Streets, a concept originating in Colombia and growing in popularity in Cape Town will take over from midday to 5pm. During these hours, several streets in Langa will be closed to vehicles and open to the community.Jungle Walk, Rubusana Avenue and part of Washington Street will be car-free, allowing people to walk, cycle, skate and connect while enjoying the space in whatever legal way they like. An invitation has been made to the broader Cape Town community to use the opportunity to experience Langa’s street culture, by taking over the streets together for a few hours.Open Streets Langa is a free community event and will be the second Open Streets day for Cape Town in 2015. The first took place on 18 January, when the Bree Street in the city bowl was closed to cars.The concept of Open Streets originated in Bogota, Colombia and has been held in Cape Town several times over the past few years.Public inputUnderstandably, buy-in from the public is crucial to the success of the day. For its latest outing, over the past five weeks, Open Streets Cape Town has been planning the day with local residents. From collectively designing a poster to discussing heritage issues, these meetings have been genuinely open platforms of engagement, says Open Streets.Inspired by Bogota’s Ciclovia, the largest recreational programme in Colombia which turns 120km of city streets into car-free space for everyone to enjoy freely every single Sunday, Open Streets in Cape Town has been mobilised by a group of passionate volunteers committed to a more equitable, integrated, safer and vibrant city. They are guided by an Open Streets Manifesto.Open Streets was founded in 2012 as a citizen-driven initiative, working to design and promote streets which embed and generate respect for people, regardless of who they are, and how they move. There is no entry fee to take part in Open Streets, which connects communities through healthy recreation, creative expression, local economic activity and alternative forms of transport.To get into the spirit of keeping it as car-free as possible, the group has advised people to use public transport to get to Langa on Sunday – use the train, bus, taxi or your own steam to get there, they say.Volunteers will be on hand at Cape Town Central Station to make it easier. Join this group and catch the train to Langa Train Station, where Open Streets volunteers will greet visitors. There will also be Open Streets volunteers at Cape Town Taxi Rank, pointing out minibus taxis heading to Langa. Look out for the taxis with Open Streets Langa Posters in the window.Bicycle Cape Town is also organising a group of cyclists to ride together from the city centre, or take a Golden Arrow bus.There is nothing new about the open streets concept. For the past 32 years Bogota, Colombia, has cleared its streets of automobiles every Sunday, and opened them to the community. Open streets are about breaking down barriers and connecting communities.“The philosophy is to transform the way we experience streets,” says Open Streets founding member Marcela Guerrero Casas, a native of Bogota. “It allows us to see streets as more than just transport thoroughfares.”Cycle lanesIt’s a simple concept, but shutting the streets to motorised traffic challenges the status quo. South Africans are used to cars and taxis. Yet as Guerrero Casas stresses, traffic is a logistical issue and can be overcome through working with the city officials and residents.“The main thing is to get people’s support – so they see the value of it and don’t view it as an inconvenience. It is about showing people what a street could be. It must be a gradual approach, and practical. We are selling an experience, a philosophy.”In the long term, there can be hard infrastructural changes, such as installing more cycle lanes, as well as soft changes, such as getting people to participate fully. “The concept of Open Streets is easy to sell. After all, we all want safer streets, and the lack of safety on our streets is a daily reality,” she adds.The group says that by embracing the philosophy, all residents can create shared places that embody respect for all and help to bridge the social and spatial divides of their city.In its manifesto, Open Streets says it believes that streets should:Enable safer and more cohesive communities;Provide platforms for creative expression of local cultures and values;Be places for recreation and social interaction;Contribute to job creation and local economic activity; and,Provide choice in how we move around the city.It is not the first time Open Streets will be in Langa. Rubusana Street was closed to traffic on 12 October 2013. Homes were opened to arts and the street to people’s activity and creativity. Part of Maboneng Township Arts Experience, a permanent arts route, was opened on the day in the Langa Quarter.Activities on the day included yoga, street drawing, skateboarding and games for children, as well as cycling.Open Streets has other activities, such as its Talking Streets series. The group leads some guests along a pre-selected street “to imagine together what is required to turn it into a genuine ‘open street’ that embeds respect for people regardless of who they are and how they move”, says Guerrero Casas.The aim is to engage friends of Open Streets to share ideas, experience together and ‘walk the talk’ in helping to pave the way for a street revolution of sorts in Cape Town. The day starts by walking along the street to learn what is already happening and to explore what else can be done to maximise its potential.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book

first_imgAn anthology of comic books featuring notable women from all over the world, Femme Magnifique, has included a South African. The late singer, Brenda Fassie, gets her own comic book. South African music legend Brenda Fassie is one of the women included in a comic book anthology celebrating those who “take names and change the game”. (Image supplied) Priya PitamberSouth African music icon Brenda Fassie is one of the women featured in a comic book anthology, Femme Magnifique.These comics “celebrate women who crack ceilings, take names, and change the game”, reads the Femme Magnifique Kickstarter website.South African author Lauren Beukes wrote the comic and Anja “Nanna” Venter drew the artwork.“I was approached by US comic book editor Shelly Bond to write on a South African for the Femme Magnifique anthology,” said Beukes. She worked with Bond previously on graphic novels Survivors’ Club and Fairest: The Hidden Kingdom.Both Venter and Beukes work at the same office, but had not collaborated before. “We’ve been dying to do something together for ages,” said Venter. “She received an invitation to participate and immediately cornered me to do art.”Easy choiceBeukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon, as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”Beukes said Fassie had an incredible voice, both in her singing and in how fearless she was in being herself. “Her songs made the personal political, from Black President to Too Late for Mama, she sang about the lived black experience.“Nanna and I pitched Brenda Fassie, because we thought she would be the most fun to do,” explained Beukes.It was a way to introduce Fassie to an international audience along with other female heroes, from astronaut Sally Ride to Nina Simone and Michelle Obama, all featured in the anthology.Venter said she felt pressure to do justice to an icon such as Fassie. “Brenda was the first person to say that she ultimately ‘belonged to the people’. She had an immense celebrity which has always been well-documented, and part of the public domain in South Africa.”For the artwork, Venter said she and Beukes remixed Fassie’s rich legacy to reflect it back to the world in a new form, so a new audience could appreciate it.Short but effectiveThe story is a biographical look at Fassie’s life and cultural legacy. “Like the rest of the comics in the anthology, it’s only three pages long, so it was hard to condense it,” said Beukes.But with comics, Beukes said, the art did a lot of work too. “Nanna was able to nail her iconic looks and show her through the ages.”Venter said despite having two weeks to complete the comic, it came together “super quickly”.It will be released in September and the team at Femme Magnifique are working on international distribution.We did a short comic on the life of Brenda Fassie, art by @nannaventer, for the Femme Magnifique anthology edited by @sxbond! (Out in sept). https://t.co/UIHL4XZbQ8— Lauren Beukes (@laurenbeukes) May 14, 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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FF2017: Warp Pipe — Geocache of the Week

first_imgDifficulty:1.5Terrain:2 MysteryGC7CW9Yby Fundy Fog Location:New Brunswick, CanadaN 45° 50.015 W 066° 29.523 The best geocachers know the best ways to level up their GC game: collect all golden coins per level, risk it all running after 1-Up mushrooms, and harness the fireball power of Fire Flowers. Wait, what? This is advice for a different game? Two games collide for a SUPER-crossover that will have you saying ‘Mamma mia, that’s-a one cool container’ for this Geocache of the Week!Rough-sketched blueprints and the pixelated Mario and the relevant sections cut out as patterns for the different layers.FF2017: Warp Pipe brings the original Nintendo side-scroller, Super Mario Bros., into the third dimension. The cache owner, Fundy Fog, used the nostalgia of the video game to fuel the creation of the container. “I’ve played Super Mario Bros. since the first Nintendo system was released way back in the 80s and still play the games today with my kids. To have a piece of pop-culture from the game become something tangible seemed like a neat experience.”The initial coat of paint determined whether the PVC was warp pipe worthy.After stumbling across a 6 ft (1.8 m) section of 10 in (25.4 cm) PVC culvert in the spring of 2016, the idea for a warp pipe cache came to Fundy Fog instantly. Partially filled with dirt and haphazardly discarded in the woods along an overgrown construction road, with a little creative thinking the discarded container started to take shape.Looking down the warp pipe at the internal framing that will hold the black PVC pipe and raising rod assembly.“I liked the idea of using simple mechanics to power the cache. The counter weights reset the cache whenever the cover is put in place—similar to pulling the winding chain on a grandfather clock.” Besides the external color, this cache is completely green: all the components, except the central 2 in (5 cm) PVC guide pipe and paint, are recycled materials.“Everything was in my garage. I had a rough-sketched plan but worked largely by imagination with a bit of trial and error.”Multiple layers glued together with the slot cut for the raising rod.“All assembled, I estimate it weighs over 60 pounds (27 kg). The location also fits the theme nicely. Most players of the game know that in certain levels there are hidden warp pipes. To find them, they need to take their time to explore. For those players who race through to reach the end, they never notice them there…just like the drivers never suspect what lies in the trees just beyond the ditch.”The raising rod installed. The drill holes are extra area for the glue to take a firm hold.“My inspiration is to entertain, starting with the story in the description—it hints at what is to come. People will tell me they had an idea of what they would find, but the size of the pipe and Mario pop up with the log container in his hands surprises them. When they share their enjoyment it makes me smile knowing  that I have achieved my goal.”Are you a true Super Mario Bros. fan? Head to the cache page and see if you can answer the trivia question required to open the geocache’s lock!Continue to explore some of the most amazing geocaches around the world.Check out all of the Geocaches of the Week on the Geocaching blog. If you would like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, fill out this form.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedCatch a cacher by the toe. – “EANEY-MEANY-MINEY-MOE” (GC3Q51P) – Geocache of the WeekNovember 20, 2014In “Geocache of the Week”Mario’s Stoneworld (GC3HCC3) — Geocache of the WeekOctober 29, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”Nano gets a new twist — Nano Invasion: A Tangled Mess (GC3YJ5Z) — Geocache of the WeekFebruary 5, 2015In “Geocache of the Week”last_img read more

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Eight drown while clicking selfies on boat

first_imgEight persons who were enjoying a boat ride in the Vena reservoir near Nagpur on Sunday, drowned when they tried to take a selfie. One of the victims, Pankaj Doifode, 25, was live on Facebook along with his seven friends. “Majjani life. Panike bich me” (Enjoying life right at the centre of the reservoir),” one of them could be seen shouting in the Facebook video.The boat carrying Pankaj, his seven friends and three villagers who had provided them the boat, capsized minutes after the video was posted on the Facebook. “Of the 11 people on the boat, eight drowned. Three swam to safety. The accident seems to have happened when the young men came on one side of the boat to click selfies and videos which tilted the boat. They were busy clicking photos and videos that they overlooked the water that was entering their boat. Some of them were under the influence of alcohol. We have recovered seven bodies and search is on for one body,” police inspector Chandrashekhar Bahadure, who was supervising the search, told The Hindu.last_img read more

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Porzingis scores 30, Knicks beat Nets for 1st win

first_imgNew York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) drives the lane against Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)NEW YORK — Frank Ntilikina and the New York Knicks both got on the board Friday night.The rookie guard scored his first NBA points, and the Knicks beat the Brooklyn Nets 107-86 for their first victory of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Federer into Swiss Indoors semis; Del Potro to play Cilic “We’re not surprised because we see it every day in practice,” Hornacek said.Ntilikina, who missed the previous two games with a sprained left ankle after a scoreless NBA debut, made a long jumper with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. The French guard hit a 3-pointer early in the fourth and also had five assists.Russell got the first basket of the third quarter to cut New York’s lead to three, but the Knicks controlled the next seven minutes of play. Porzingis had a follow dunk and three-point play as he and Kanter combined for all the points in a 9-0 run. Soon after, a 12-2 spurt extended the lead to 72-50.TIP-INSNets: Brooklyn missed its chance to even the all-time series, which the Knicks lead 95-93. … Russell was the only Nets starter in double figures.Knicks: Willy Hernangomez, an All-Rookie selection last season who had played just 15 minutes in the first three games — sitting out one entirely — got in during the first half and finished with four points. … It was the Knicks’ most lopsided victory since beating Phoenix 128-97 on March 9, 2016. Their largest win last season was 16 points.BACKBOARD BEATINGThe Knicks outrebounded the Nets 55-34, racking up a 31-6 edge in second-chance points. “They played harder than us. They killed us on second-chance points,” swingman Allen Crabbe said. “You’re just not giving yourself a chance.”BROOKLYN BUYERJoseph Tsai, the executive vice president of the Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company, has agreed to purchase a 49 percent stake of the Nets from Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov , with the option to become controlling owner in four years, a person with knowledge of the details told The Associated Press on Friday. Prokhorov, who bought the team in 2010 and oversaw its move from New Jersey to Brooklyn, will eventually become the minority owner, retaining 20 percent of the franchise after Tsai takes control in 2021. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. 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MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It was important because obviously it was our first win, but I think the most important thing in all of these three losses, we stick together,” center Enes Kanter said. “We stick together in every practice, we practice really hard and then tonight it was all about defense and we did a great job.”D’Angelo Russell returned from a one-game absence with 15 points for the Nets, who looked nothing like the team that beat Eastern Conference champion Cleveland two nights earlier.They came in averaging 121.2 points and had reached 110 in each of their first five games, but shot just 40.5 percent from the field against their city rivals.“They were the more energetic team,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They were the more physical team. They were denying us left and right. We couldn’t handle their pressure. We were lethargic and we paid for it.”Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek gave veteran Jarrett Jack his first start at point guard and he responded with eight points, seven rebounds and five assists. Ntilikina, who has been injured for much of the time since former president Phil Jackson made him the No. 8 overall draft pick, then picked up the backup minutes and played well.ADVERTISEMENT “It was great. We had a great game and I think the fans liked it,” Ntilikina said.Kristaps Porzingis had 30 points and nine rebounds, and Ntilikina finished with nine points as the Knicks became the last team in the league to get a win this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThey did it with a surprisingly strong defensive effort that shut down the NBA’s highest-scoring team, holding the Nets about 35 points below their average.New York blew it open with a 25-6 run in the third quarter that turned a three-point lead into a 72-50 cushion and coasted from there after three straight losses that followed a winless preseason. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

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10 months agoBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinner

first_imgBrighton winger Locadia delighted to prove matchwinnerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton winger Jurgen Locadia was delighted to prove the matchwinner for victory over Everton.The Dutchman claimed his second goal in two games.He said, “It’s crazy, I’ve gone from not playing every game to then scoring two games in a row. I’m very happy and proud and I want to thank everybody for reaching this moment.“We started well in the first half and also began the second half well too. Everton created a lot of chances, and they almost scored, but I feel that we deserved the win today.“For the goal, I saw the ball deflect off an Everton player and it was a clear goal in my opinion, but the referee had his doubts. In the end, he gave it.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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10 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new striker

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson: I’d welcome new strikerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has opened the door to signing a new striker in January.Hodgson was asked about his market plans after victory over Wolves.He said, “We’ve got a man coming back we hope. Benteke trains with us tomorrow and obviously he’ll be fully back with us in the course of the next week. If he gets match fit then that will be to an extent a new signing this year because we’ve hardly seen him.“If there are other players that the club can bring in, I certainly won’t be averse to that because we have a very small squad and we haven’t had a lot to back us up at the minute. We’re on the lookout of course and the chairman and technical director are anxious to do what they can to give me and my coaching staff more support, but it’s not easy certainly when you have limited transfer resources.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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a month agoLiverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldo

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool defender Van Dijk: I belong on the dais with Messi and Ronaldoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk insists any individual awards “won’t change me”.Van Dijk won UEFA’s Player of the Year at the end of last month, being awarded the title ahead of football greats Lionel Messi, of Barcelona, and Juventus striker Cristiano Ronaldo.After helping Liverpool win the Champions League last season and finish runners up to Manchester City in the Premier League title race, Van Dijk is also up for FIFA’s The Best gong. And again among the nominees are Messi and Ronaldo.Van Dijk, who also won last season’s PFA Player of the Year, told Algemeen Dagblad: “Whatever comes out, it won’t change me.“Look, you can’t compare me as a football player with (Lionel) Messi or (Cristiano) Ronaldo. I think the only thing you can try is to compare the impact we have had on our teams. And even that is very difficult.”I am especially pleased that there is appreciation for defenders. That we are being looked at differently. And that there can be a reward for all the dirty work that has been done.”Van Dijk is quick to highlight the contribution of teammates to his success – both with Liverpool and The Netherlands. The defender, who kicked off his career with Willem II ten years ago, admits the individual recognition is reliant on winning trophies with his team.He added, “This is thanks to the boys from Liverpool and Oranje. You really only win these prizes if you have achieved success together.”No matter what happens, Van Dijk insists he will accept the title proudly should he win The Best trophy.He explained: “Do I deserve it? What I think is that we have had a fantastic year. We were also able to win the Super Cup back in August. It just feels great. A defender does not often win individual prizes. I think Fabio Cannavaro was the last in 2006. Maybe it is time for a defender again.”- updated September 23 last_img read more

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14 days agoSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Everton

first_imgSampdoria defender Julian Chabot scouted by Evertonby Carlos Volcano14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSampdoria defender Julian Chabot is being watched by Everton.TMW says Everton had scouts posted at the Estadio Nuevo Arcangel in Cordova, where they checked on Chabot in action for Germany U21 against Spain. The defender was outstanding in the friendly, outshining Spain star Dani Olmo, of Dinamo Zagreb.Chabot only moved to Samp in May from Groningen for €3.7m.The defender is viewed at Samp as a long-term centre-half. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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4-Star WR Equanimeous St. Brown Spoke 3 Languages During His Announcement To Notre Dame

first_imgA general view of Notre Dame's football field.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 25: A general view of the opening kick-off between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on September 25, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 37-14. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Anaheim (Calif.) Servite four-star wide receiver Equanimeous St. Brown committed to Notre Dame this afternoon, and he showed off being trilingual in the process of doing it. St. Brown’s mother is from Germany, and he spent time attending school in France. He began his announcement and made his commitment in English, but dropped some German and French in between.Here’s St. Brown thanking his mother in German: So St. Brown speaks three languages, his father is a former Mr. World and Mr. Universe bodybuilder and his name is derived from the word equanimity, meaning “mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation.” Oh, and he has younger brothers named Osiris and Amon-Ra. He just may be the Most Interesting Recruit In The World.last_img read more

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