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Premier photo award for Goldblatt

Premier photo award for Goldblatt

first_img9 March 2006South African David Goldblatt has been named the recipient of the 2006 Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, the most important photographic prize in the world.The award, announced on Wednesday, comes with US$70 000 (about R420 000) and a gold medal. It will be presented at a ceremony in Goteborg, Sweden in November. A new exhibition of Goldblatt’s work, curated and organised by the Hasselblad Centre, will open at the same time.“David Goldblatt’s work is a life-long observation of the social and political developments within South African society,” the foundation says in its citation for the award.“His interest in the violent history of his country, and his awareness of the symbolic significance of architecture, form an extraordinary statement both personal and sociopolitical.“His acute historical and political perception provides a sense of the texture of daily life, and an important piece of missing information regarding life under apartheid in South Africa.”Major achievementsThe 26-year-old Hasselblad award is presented to “a photographer recognised for major achievements” – someone who has made a pioneering achievement in photography, who has had a decisive impact on younger photographers, or who has implemented internationally significant photographic projects.Every year, the foundation’s board of directors appoints an award committee of nationally and internationally prominent experts in photography. The committee nominates three candidates, and the final decision is made by the board.Goldblatt photographed South Africa for over 50 years, “exploring with a critical view the context in which evolve both the life of its people and the construction of its landscape,” the Hasselblad Foundation says.His photographs have been exhibited in Europe, the US, Australia and South Africa, and form part of collections in world-class museums such as the South African National Gallery, the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the New York Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona.“For Goldblatt, photography is an instrument that allows him to analyze the social and cultural structures of his country, making possible to sketch a documented and testimonial journey of the evolution of colonialism and apartheid,” the foundation says.Tolerance and antiracismDavid Goldblatt was born in 1930 in Randfontein near Johannesburg in South Africa, the son of Lithuanian parents who fled the persecution of Jews in the late 1800s. His parents were middle-class and moderately orthodox, and raised their children with an emphasis on tolerance and antiracism.His interest in photography began when he was at Krugersdorp High School, and continued while he studied commerce at university. He dreamed of becoming a magazine photographer. As a young man, he admired the great days of magazines such as Life, Look and Picture Post. After his father’s death in 1963 he sold the family business and took up photography full-time.Goldblatt is not so much interested in events, in the news, as he is in the observation of conditions in the society before they emerge in the form of events.“Behind each one of Goldblatt’s images there are several stories, most of them related to vital questions, which affect in a direct or tangential way the values by which the country moved and moves,” the foundation says.“Throughout his career, Goldblatt has been searching for a photograph that would discover, probe, reveal or clarify some of these values.”Silence of observation and analysisIn one of his first publications, On the Mines (1973), Goldblatt portrayed his environment, the people that lived near him, in his community, and who worked in the mines. At the height of apartheid, he published Some Afrikaners Photographed (1975), in which he explored the values of Afrikaner nationalist culture.In the early 1970s Goldblatt photographed the townships Soweto, Transkei and Pageview, analysing daily life under apartheid. “Little by little, the cartography of the different social and political realities of the country took on a very personal shape,” the foundation says, “in agreement with his particular way of conceiving the social use of photography; which avoided the stridency of protest to focus on the silence of observation and analysis.”In the 1980s Goldblatt photographed migrant workers on their daily bus ride from the apartheid “homeland” of KwaNdebele to Pretoria and back. Many of them travelled eight hours every day to get to work and return home.Images of packed and sleeping bodies on the bus, with faces worn by tiredness, were published in 1989 with the title The Transported of KwaNdebele. The book reveals the almost banal daily evil of apartheid, under which black people in supposedly independent tribal homelands, which were anything but independent, had to endure great hardship in going to the “white” cities to earn a living.The meaning of buildings“One of the most outstanding features of the work of Goldblatt is his ability to discover the plights of a society by observing its constructions and its landscape,” the foundation says.Over his career, Goldblatt has travelled South Africa, photographing the architecture that reveals the ideology of its purpose and creators. His images of houses, governmental buildings, public housing, churches, monuments, ornamental elements and settlements all reveal the historical values of South African society.Since 1999 Goldblatt has examined the various aspects of the post-apartheid society in colour photography.“His renewed interest in the elements of the construction of the South African landscape that reveal the complexities of this country continues to be the driving force of his work,” the Hasselblad Foundation says.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

Malaysia Airlines Business Class Review

first_imgWhen I first stepped foot on Malaysia airlines flight MH124 to Kuala Lumpur from Perth my heart sank, seeing an almost empty plane broke my heart as I’m a big advocate for Malaysia Airlines and the contributions they have made to the aviation world.  What has happened this year could have happened to any airline (and indeed has) but why Malaysia Airlines have had the two tragic incidents is a mystery that may forever go unsolved.  Thankfully, the flight home was completely full and after two days at Malaysia Airlines headquarters watching the steps this airline is taking to rebuild it was a great sight to see.  But enough of that, my main priority for being on the flight was to review Malaysia Airlines very popular Business Class and to sample their signature dish, the peanut satay.In flight entertainmentMalaysia Airlines doesn’t hand out the noise cancelling headsets until after takeoff and they collect them again 30 minutes before landing so when you’re offered a paper before takeoff I suggest you take it because a good hour of the flight will be spent with no in flight entertainment. The actual screen is large and clear however when the lights are on and the sun is out it was a little difficult to see on the window seat. There is an excellent choice of movies and TV shows available and being that Australia is one of Malaysia Airlines most important markets – our tastes were definitely catered for.Food and Beverage serviceBusiness Class passengers are offered the standard pre departure welcome drink upon boarding and not long after takeoff another drink is offered from the full beverage selection available as well as a hot towel. The menu featuring three main meal options had something for everyone but I noticed on the flight from KL that a lot of passengers had taken advantage of the Malaysia Airlines Chef On Call service. Business Class passenger can go online 24 hours before their flight and pre select their meal/s from some 20 selections rather than the three offered on board. Whilst I enjoyed the menu onboard the flight, upon having a look at the online menu for Chef On Call I would definitely recommend this service as the meals being served looked and smelt even better than that offered from the onboard menu. One thing I noticed about Malaysia Airline’s main courses versus other airlines was the serving size. They were amongst the most generous I had experienced and of a high quality too -no padding out with onion here. The actual service delivery was exemplary and I was impressed considering the short flight time. To have a full Business Class cabin served and cleared within 90 minutes on both flights demonstrates the efficiency and skill of the staff onboard. The cabin crew on both flights were nothing short of excellent. Prior to the meal, another hot towel is given and then the tables were lain with white linen cloths and meals served on china with stainless steel cutlery, china mugs for tea and linen napkins. The appetizer for the flight to KL was of course the signature satay sticks served with peanut sauce and they were every bit as good as I had anticipated. Soft meat, chunky peanut sauce and a little cucumber to add to the mix as well as the option to have seconds and thirds if you wished! The picture really sells this signature dish much better than any words ever could and next week I will share with you exactly what goes in to making these satay sticks – all 26000 of them a day!Seat and amenitiesThe Business Class seat on the A330 was quite hard and at best reclined to an angled flat bed of approximately 160 degrees which I just slipped down. There were plenty of other recline options available to get comfy but lying flat was not one of them. This seat however needs to be put into perspective – I was only on a short flight, long haul flights feature completely flat lie flat beds with a mattress and duvet. The blankets on the flight were my biggest disappointment – they were what would I would expect in economy and with no spares available on the flight home I froze (admittedly I feel the cold more than most). Pillows were of a decent size and eyeshades and earplugs are available upon request – there is no amenity kit offered as such on these flights however on the flights over 7 hours there is an amenity kit on every seat. In the Business Class bathroom, toothbrush and toothpaste packs were available as well as aftershave, shavers, moisturiser lotion and mouthwash.Final WordOverall my Business Class experience was excellent and with important fundamentals such as service and food ticking all the boxes there’s not a lot to complain about. I would love to see those blankets upgraded and gate to gate in flight entertainment offered but other than that it’s a competitively priced, high class business product and one that I would highly recommend.EmailTwitterlast_img read more

Minibus therapy takes life skills counselling on the road

Minibus therapy takes life skills counselling on the road

first_imgInnovative psychologist Banetsi Mphunga campaigns to break the stigma around mental health issues and take the anxiety out of therapy using a minibus taxi as a mobile treatment clinic in Cape Town townships.The people’s psychologist Banetsi Mphunga and his Volkswagen Caravelle minibus from which he offers free therapy sessions to people in Khayelitsha and further afield. (Image: Twitter)CD AndersonWhile Mphunga still maintains an office-bound practice at the Township Parents and Children Counselling Centre in Khayelitsha, the majority of his time is spent on the road, driving a minibus mobile clinic that offers free counselling sessions and life skills guidance to young people in the area.He started the idea in 2015, inspired by his work in youth development programmes. He had noticed that a lot of the youth he spoke to were too afraid to discuss their problems in a formal counselling session, in an unfamiliar environment.In the informal, more relaxed interior of the minibus, patients didn’t need to feel intimidated or claustrophobic, Mphunga told the Daily Vox website.He calls his facility an “emotional ambulance”, and while most cases he deals with are relaxed and constructive, there are times when he is called into action quickly and aggressively: more often than not when drugs and physical abuse are involved.He sees his ultimate aim as a people’s therapist to end the drug and alcohol cycle that is the starting-point of many mental health issues in young people.And he will go anywhere, at any time of the day, to fulfil that promise. “What I hope for them, is to show them despite whatever situation they have been going through, they can still make it,” Mphunga told the Daily Vox.While his work is focused primarily in Khayelitsha, the mobile clinic – a second-hand Volkswagen Caravelle with tinted windows to secure confidentiality – enables him to spread his work to surrounding areas, particularly in the rural farming areas in towns as far as Robertson and Malmesbury.It also allows him to meet teachers, priests and community leaders on their home turf, and offer advice on how to identify and best resolve issues such as depression, anxiety and anti-social behaviour in children.Mphunga also offers trauma counselling for the elderly, a section of the community often forgotten when it comes to mental health. Most of the time, old people just want someone to talk to and listen to their problems, Mphunga says, but sometimes there are more serious unresolved issues that can be addressed in sessions.Community response to Mphunga’s minibus therapy has been positive. While he understands he may not be able to cover all the bases for effective long-term therapy, he is confident that making people comfortable with the idea of talking about their problems in a spacious, non-threatening environment will help them seek out more regular, more effective counselling.He is currently crowdfunding for ongoing maintenance improvements for his minibus, as well as raising funds for youth-oriented development programmes in his community, through a GoFundMe page, which you can visit here. Source: News24, Daily Vox, The Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Community child care workers ‘filling a huge gap’

Community child care workers ‘filling a huge gap’

first_img3 June 2014The Isibindi outreach programme, which deploys trained community-based child and youth care workers to provide support and protection to vulnerable children and families across South Africa, helped nearly 90 000 children in its first year of operation, says the Department of Social Development.The Isibindi (“courage”) programme, aimed at children affected by HIV/Aids and other socio-economic challenges, was conceptualised by Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini and rolled out for the first time in the 2013/14 financial year.Dlamini said on Monday that the model exists to ensure that orphaned and vulnerable children can enjoy a quality of life similar to children who grow up in a “normal” household.“We don’t want any children to be negatively affected by factors not of their own doing,” Dlamini said in a statement. “Our aim is to ensure that they have access to all the rights and privileges enjoyed by children whose parents are still alive or able to care for them. We want them to have food, access to education and health care, and all other basic needs.”Through the initiative, trained child and youth care workers are sent to identified households to help children with tasks such as preparing meals, completing their homework, getting ready for school and registering for social grants, and to give them advice, reassurance and comfort when they need it.The department said the positive effects of the programme could already be seen. “While orphaned and vulnerable children who received no care often dropped out of school or received low grades, 76% of children who received support from the Isibindi model passed their matric in 2013.”During the 2013/14 financial year, almost 3 000 child and youth care workers received training in order to be deployed in households where they were needed across the country. It is envisaged that 10 000 child and youth care workers will have been trained under the programme by 2017.To help them cope with the difficult conditions they often encounter in these households, the care workers receive individual and group counselling from clinical psychologists.South Africa is currently celebrating Child Protection Week, an annual campaign to promote the safety, well-being, care and protection of children.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

London Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga wins match, sets Olympic record for longest set

first_imgThe longest set in Olympic history was played on Tuesday when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round of men’s singles tennis at London Olympics. The fifth-seeded Tsonga of France leaped and roared when he won his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic of Canada congratulated Tsonga with a smile.The previous record was 30 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent 16-14 in the third set to win the bronze medal.last_img

Petron thumps F2 Logistics for 2nd straight PSL All-Filipino crown

Petron thumps F2 Logistics for 2nd straight PSL All-Filipino crown

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MANILA, Philippines—Petron blitzed to a second straight title after pummelling F2 Logistics, 25-22, 26-24, 25-23, in Game 3 of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Finals Thursday at Filoil Flying V Center.ADVERTISEMENT The Blaze Spikers then sealed the winning point when the Cargo Movers were called with a double contact violation that ended a long rally.Cruz-Behag and Ara Galang had 10 points apiece to lead the Cargo Movers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ The Blaze Spikers also won their fourth league title breaking their tie with the Cargo Movers, who has three, with the most championships.Aiza Maizo-Pontillas paced Petron with 13 points while Bernadeth Pons added 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefPetron and F2 were engaged in a tit-for-tat for much of the third set with the Blaze Spikers unable to create much leeway throughout, until Bernadeth Pons bounced off her attack off of Cha Cruz-Behag to give her team a 22-18 lead.F2, however, got within striking distance once more when Mika Reyes’ service error made it a one-point game at 23-22. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments ‘Why fix it if it’s not broken’: No trade talks for Magnolia after PBA title run Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’last_img read more

Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

Edmonton police say girl who was subject of Amber Alert found safe

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police say officers took a suspect into custody 20 minutes after issuing an Amber Alert Friday that a teenage girl had been forcibly abducted by a man who could be armed and dangerous.The 14-year-old girl was found unharmed and was being interviewed by child protection officers.Police said that a 47-year-man was being held at police headquarters as part of an investigation into an alleged abduction.The man’s name was not released, but earlier Friday police identified the suspect as Jacques Sennesael.According to police, students from a school told a police officer about a suspicious man talking to a girl around 3 p.m.There were also reports that the man had a gun and forced the girl into a car.Police said they then issued the Amber Alert.A few minutes later police said they got a phone call from a witness who reported the direction the car was driving in.Police said it was that tip that allowed officers to quickly find the girl and the suspect.There was no word on charges.last_img read more

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

First Nation school reopens after mould removed educational consultant fired

first_imgSakastew School in Mathias Colomb First Nation has reopened after mould treatment.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA northern Manitoba First Nation has reopened a school that was closed after fears about toxic, black mould.The chief and council of Mathias Colomb also terminated the contract of the educational consultant who closed the school, and disbanded the education authority that hired him, APTN News has learned.“They forced me out,” said Guy Dumas, who shared the notice of Feb. 19 termination he received via email with APTN.“It’s just because I spoke up, but I have no regrets.”READ the email terminating Guy Dumas.Dumas, who is a band member but lives off reserve, was a director of education consultant for the Mathias Colomb Education Authority when he shuttered Sakastew School on Dec. 4 after learning about black and green mould in two rooms and maybe more.He linked the discovery with what he said were high numbers of children missing classes due to health issues.“They disbanded the Pukatawagan board of education, too,” Dumas said of band leadership.“Board members are elected by the people (but) they are putting in their own people.”Guy Dumas shared this photo from when he worked inside Sakastew School.A band councillor confirmed over the phone the kindergarten to Grade 12 school was reopened Feb. 25.But she declined to do an interview with APTN, saying she had a meeting.Dumas questioned whether the school should have re-opened.He said he has since learned about physical and mental dangers associated with mould and hoped the school’s closure spurred parents to educate themselves about the impact on their children.“They intend to keep the brown building I was closing down open,” he said of council.“Mould is mould, they say.”No one from the band’s administration has spoken publicly since APTN first reported the school was closed.Dumas hired a company from Winnipeg, about 800 kilometres southeast of the Cree community, to remove mould from the school.READ the motion disbanding the education board.A spokesperson for Indigenous Services Canada confirmed Monday those mould “remediation efforts at the school are now complete.‎“The First Nation has informed us that the school reopened on February 25, 2019 and students are back in class,” the department added in an email.Dumas also wondered whether the band council had the power to disband the education board, which it did with a motion ending the board’s mandate effective Feb. 21.Indigenous Services was checking into that [email protected]@katmartelast_img read more