Nelson Mandela, 100 years celebration

This video from the Netherlands says about itself:

The honorary doctorate of Nelson Mandela

29 May 2018

2018 will mark the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), former President of South Africa. Mandela received an honorary doctorate from Leiden University in 1999. The then Rector Magnificus Willem Wagenaar honoured Mandela as ‘a true defender of freedom’. We celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela by organising a lecture on 1 June 2018. More information here.


African porcupine outwits seven lions

This video from Kruger National Park South Africa says about itself:

10 April 2018

If I told you 7 male lions were after prey, you’d think that the prey is long gone… This porcupine definitely has luck and experience on its side to be able to teach 7 male lions a lesson!

Hennie Bekker (36), Director at Private Kruger Safaris, caught this action on camera. He told “We headed out in a South Easterly direction from Lower Sabie and at first there was only general game. We spotted a jackal hanging around close to the vehicle and then suddenly heard a rattling sound. We looked around to see where the sound was coming from and noticed 7 young lions trying to corner a porcupine.

I was very eager to see what was going on as I have spent a lot of time in the Kruger Park and rarely ever encountered a porcupine, so to see the lions interacting with the porcupine was definitely exciting. It was astounding to see how all these lions were unable to get the upper hand on the porcupine, as the porcupine cleverly kept his back towards them at all times. After a few good minutes, the lions gave up as they realised they were not getting anywhere and the game was over! The lions then moved on to drink water and walked off into the darkness and the porcupine lived to see another amazing day in Kruger”.

African young leopard bad at tree climbing

This video says about itself:

21 January 2018

Clumsy Leopard Cub Fails at Tree Climbing and walks away embarrassed ….

Leopard mom watches her cub trying to climb in a small tree (called the Magic Gwarri Tree/ Qwarri Bush) when the incident happened 🙂

One can clearly see the embarrassment of the cub as he walks away.

Greater Kruger National Park. “This particular video were filmed in Sabi Sands, while staying at Kirkmans Kamp” – Video Contributor, David Westerman

South African elephant’s compassion while crossing road

This video from South Africa says about itself:

27 December 2017

Kruger National Park, South Africa

This video is regarding a heartfelt moment between 2 young elephants.

As the herd was crossing the road, one young elephant struggled (way at the back of the herd) to get up an embankment. His mate, who just got up the embankment, saw this and waited for his mate at first. As he approached the struggling mate to help him up, the mate managed to get up and on the road himself. Amazing how close relationships elephants have 🙂

“It was a very large herd, I have no idea how many elephants had already crossed the road before we saw them. I didn’t start videoing straight away as I was driving and very slowly, approaching them to a safe distance, I then took a few photo’s before switching to video. We were on the S3 road between Paul Kruger Gate and Numbi Gate, (before the road junction for Numbi/Phabeni gates). I just wish I had got both of the young elephants together sooner, did you see how the second one curled up his trunk then shook his head as if to say “No, I’m not coming” or “No, I don’t need your help” – video owner/taker, Brian Edge.

You need to watch and listen to the first part of the video to appreciate the last part 🙂

South African lions drink tourists’ drinks

This video from South Africa says about itself:

Lions join tourists for sundowner drinks!

21 November 2017

Shortly after setting up for a break from their safari, these lions showed up and thought it would be fun to join the tourists for their sundowner drinks. Amazing sighting! The lions actually stayed there and the guests had to go back the next day to collect their belongings (and what was left of the drinks). This was not filmed in South Africa’s Kruger National Park but at Nambiti Game Reserve in Natal.

South African musician Hugh Masekela, RIP

This music video says about itself:

Hugh Masekela – Bring Him Back Home (Nelson Mandela) from Paul Simon’s “Graceland – The African Concert” (Zimbabwe, 1987)

I decided to upload this extract of the concert in order to dispose it in decent audio and video quality online, as it is my firm belief that its inspiring edge and indelible political meaning exceed the concept of copyright infringement protection. It is never too late for more people from all over the world to become or get more familiar with the great man Nelson Mandela (18/08/1918 – 5/12/2013) and his troubled yet glorious life, and this song is a bright example of his enormous influence to the people. Therefore, I communicate this performance via the internet as a token of appreciation to both Nelson Mandela and
Hugh Masekela.

More information about the song is here.

From the BBC today:

Hugh Masekela, South African jazz trumpeter, dies

Legendary jazz trumpeter Hugh Masekela, a leading figure in the struggle to end apartheid and “the father of South African jazz”, has died aged 78.

In a statement, his family said he had “passed peacefully” in Johannesburg “after a protracted and courageous battle with prostate cancer”.

Masekela gained global recognition with his distinctive Afro-Jazz sound and hits such as Soweto Blues.

The 1977 song became synonymous with the anti-apartheid movement.

In a statement, South African President Jacob Zuma said Masekela’s death was “an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large”.

Zuma continued: “His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten.”

Born in the South African town of Witbank in 1939, Masekela was inspired to learn the trumpet after seeing Kirk Douglas play Bix Beiderbecke in the 1950 film Young Man with a Horn.

He persuaded one of his teachers – the anti-apartheid crusader Father Trevor Huddleston – to buy him an instrument, promising to stay out of trouble in return.

In 1960, aged 21, he left South Africa to begin what would be 30 years in exile from the land of his birth.

Under the tutelage of Dizzy Gillespie and Louis Armstrong, he was encouraged to develop his own unique style.

In 1967, he performed at the Monterey Pop Festival alongside Janis Joplin, Otis Redding, Ravi Shankar, The Who and Jimi Hendrix.

The following year, his instrumental single Grazing in the Grass topped the charts in the US and became a worldwide hit.

Masekela returned to South Africa in 1990 following the release of Nelson Mandela, whose freedom he had called for in his 1986 anthem Bring Home Nelson Mandela.

In June 2010, he performed at both the opening concert of the Fifa World Cup and the tournament’s opening ceremony in Soweto’s Soccer City.

In their statement, Masekela’s family described him as “a loving father, brother, grandfather and friend” who would be “forever in our hearts”.

“Hugh’s global and activist contribution to and participation in the areas of music, theatre and the arts in general is contained in the minds and memory of millions across six continents”, it continued.

“We are blessed and grateful to be part of a life and ever-expanding legacy of love, sharing and vanguard creativity that spans the time and space of six decades.”

Details of memorial and burial services, the family said, would be released “in due course”.

South African musician Loyiso Bala was among many to mark his death on Twitter.

Death South Africa liberation movement pays tribute to Hugh Masekela: here.

HUGH RAMOPOLO MASEKELA, born on April 4, 1939 in KwaGuqa township in South Africa, died last Saturday of prostate cancer in Johannesburg. Known as Bra Hugh, the rasping sound of his trumpet echoed that of political action and his voice carried the courage of the people in South Africa, even though he and many like him who protested and sang on international stages against the apartheid government were banished into exile and their music banned: here.

Margaret Thatcher supported South African apartheid

This 2013 video from the USA says about itself:

The History Of The Right Wing Rejecting Mandela

Remember it was Ronald Reagan that placed Nelson Mandela and the ANC on the terrorist list. Former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher also described Mandela’s ANC as a “typical terrorist organization” in 1987, refusing to impose sanctions on South Africa’s apartheid regime. President Ronald Reagan did as well.

In 1986, former Vice President Dick Cheney, then a congressman, voted along with 179 other members of the House, (all conservatives), against a non-binding resolution to recognize the ANC and call on the South African government to release Mandela from prison. The measure finally passed, but not before a veto attempt by Reagan.

In 2000, Cheney maintained that he’d cast the correct vote. Democrats in the Senate initially tried to pass the Anti-Apartheid Act in September 1985, but could not overcome a Republican filibuster. President Ronald Reagan viewed the act as an intrusion on his authority to conduct foreign policy and issued his own set of sanctions, though Democrats considered these to be “watered down and ineffective”.

The bill was re-introduced in 1986 and brought up for a vote despite Republican efforts to block it in order to give President Reagan’s sanctions time to work. It initially passed unexpectedly in the House in June 1986 after Republicans agreed to a voice vote in the hopes that the bill would die later on in the process, thus ending any possibility of sanctions. President Reagan publicly opposed the bill and it was viewed as too extreme to pass in the Republican-controlled Senate.

In August 1986, the Senate passed a version of the Anti-Apartheid Act with weaker sanctions by a margin of 84-14. Democratic leaders in the House agreed to accept the weaker Senate version of the bill in order for it to have sufficient bipartisan support to avert a possible veto. Reagan vetoed the compromised bill on September 26, calling it “economic warfare” and alleging that it would mostly hurt the impoverished black majority and lead to more civil strife. He again offered to impose sanctions via executive order, while also working with Senate Republicans on concessions to avoid them overriding his veto.

Reagan’s veto was attacked harshly by anti-Apartheid leaders like Desmond Tutu who said Reagan would be “judged harshly by history”. In the week leading up to the subsequent vote, President Reagan enlisted South African foreign minister Pik Botha to call Republicans on the fence, though this was seen to backfire.

Contrast that with this.

Twenty years before that on May 5, 1960, JFK addressed in detail how American foreign policy should be conducted towards African nations, in support of modern African nationalism by saying that “For we, too, founded a new nation on revolt from colonial rule“.

From daily The Independent in Britain today:

Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a ‘whites-only state’, says UK’s former chief diplomat

Former head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir Patrick Wright, makes the explosive claims in his diary

Shehab Khan

Margaret Thatcher believed South Africa should be a “whites-only state”, it has been reported.

The former head of the Diplomatic Service, Sir Patrick Wright, has made a number of explosive claims in his account of the former Prime Minister’s time in office.

Sir Patrick also said that Ms Thatcher “loathed” Germans and wanted to “push” Vietnamese boat people into the sea.

Extracts from his diaries have been published in the Mail on Sunday and include claims that Ms Thatcher expressed a desire for a “pre-1910” South Africa.

In the diary entry, Sir Patrick writes the conversation took place over a lunch he was invited to with Ms Thatcher. “She opened the conversation by thrusting a newspaper cutting about Oliver Tambo [ANC president] in front of us, saying that it proved that we should not be talking to him… She continued to express her views about a return to pre-1910 South Africa, with a white mini-state partitioned from their neighbouring black states.”

When Sir Patrick questioned the desire and said it would be an extension of apartheid, he said “she barked: ‘Do you have no concern for our strategic interests?’”

Sir Patrick also claimed that Ms Thatcher was “at her worst” during the Vietnamese boat people crisis in 1989.

… Ms Thatcher’s attitude on foreign matters reportedly led her foreign secretary Douglas Hurd to remark: “Cabinet now consists of three items: parliamentary affairs; home affairs; and xenophobia”, the diary says.