Banega’s substitute, even more difficult for Monchi

first_imgEver Banega leaves when the season ends in Saudi Arabia and Sevilla removes the market in search of a substitute for guarantees for the Argentine, who has been the best brain of the team de Nervión during five of the last six campaigns. Banega conducted the nervionense orchestra in two of the three Europa Leagues in a row, those of 2015 and 2016, the latter year in which the Blanquirrojo club also played the Cup final.Éver already knew then that he was leaving for Inter Milan, where he only endured a few months before returning to Sánchez Pizjuán. Then came a quarterfinal of the Champions League and another cup final, in 2018. With Ever on the field, a very champion Seville has returned with many finals. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 3, 2020 But Banega leaves again, definitively, and Monchi looks for another man who knows how to handle the tempo with at least a good part of the quality of the rosarino. At home he already has Óliver Torres, who has shown skills as a good organizer, although not so far behind. “I am comfortable in that position, but let no one expect another Banega because I am Óliver. The substitute, yes, is already here at Sevilla,” says the Extremaduran.And in the portfolio is Olympique de Marseille’s Frenchman Maxime López, who has a slightly more defensive profile than Óliver and a youth, 22 years old, who make him a good investment for the future. He only has one contract campaign left in France and he sees the Seville interest with good eyes, which he intends to get out of there for around 8 million euros.last_img read more

Well Poisoner Under Investigation

first_imgShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) The Observer has obtained images from a witness who was on the scene when the poisoner of a Schieffelin community well was arrested.The latest information obtained reports that arrests are being made across Monrovia, from Congo Town to Vai Town, in connection with well poisonings.Our witness said the man caught poisoning the Schieffelin well told the community that about 250 men have been trained around the country to poison drinking water.He added that the water was tested on a dog at the scene, which melted instantly.State radio, ELBC, reports that least 10 people in the Dolostown community have died after drinking water from poisoned wells.The man is reportedly under going investigation by the National Traditional Council of Liberia.More as this story unfolds.last_img read more

Security guard charged for stealing dresses from workplace

first_imgA father of two, who allegedly stole a quantity of dresses from his employer, was on Monday charged for the offence.Lenno AlexanderLenno Alexander, 28, of Lot 317 Crane Housing Scheme, West Coast Demerara, appeared before Magistrate Faith McGusty and denied the charge.It is alleged that on September 7, 2019 at Regent Street, Georgetown, he stole 12 dresses valued at $60,000 property of Sunil Theotia.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris told the court that on the day in question, the defendant was leaving the store where he is employed as a security guard when he was stopped and asked to carry out a search on his bag.The court heard that it was during the search that a few dresses were found. However, after the items were discovered, the owner became suspicious and asked to carry out another search on the defendant’s car, when the remainder of items were discovered in the trunk.The Police was summoned and the guard was arrested. He was released on $40,000 bail.The case will continue on September 23.last_img read more

We are creating something beautiful- Migne

first_img“We are not far from creating something really interesting for Kenya. I think we will create something in this time and we can see that the hope is coming back in the country in terms of football. I hope we can continue in this way,” the tactician said.He added; “Over the five months I have been here, I have seen the players improve a lot and we can only get better. We have not yet qualified because we don’t know what will happen with Sierra Leone, but we are on the way.”Migne was a happy man seeing the huge crowd that turned out at the Kasarani Stadium to watch Stars play Ethiopia and he has now pleaded with the supporters to stick with the team through thick and thin.‘It is very easy when you have victory, you have a lot of funs. But it is more difficuly when you are alone. I hope we keep having a lot of fans for the future because if we want to remain in the high level, we have to be like this,”Harambee Stars fans cheering the team on at the Kasarani Stadium. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I want to say a big thanks to the fans who came out. In the beginning, I challenged them to come and they came. I think we won the game because of the fans. It is important to have the 12th man advantage,” the tactician said.Looking back at the match against Ethiopia, Migne was over the moon with the result especially the three-goal win, having lamented pre-match that his side’s attacking potent was not as strong as he wished.“I am really happy and proud of my players. We had a clean sheet but not only that, I think we developed some good link up play. It was interesting offensively because we were better,” the tactician said.He also lauded the performance of skipper Victor Wanyama for his performance on his second match with him, admitting that coaching the team is made half easy with the Tottenham Hotspur midfielder on the pitch.Harambee Stars skipper Victor Wanyama shares a warm embrace with head coach Sebastien Migne at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“When you have a player like Victor, it is easy to be coach and on the way to victory when you have a player like him, it is better.  He was a real captain; he wanted to take his team to AFCON and he showed that on the field, he took his responsibilities also for the penalty because at 3-0 you kill the game and there is pressure,” the tactician noted.Also catching the tactician’s attention was midfielder Eric Johannah who put up a man of the match performance, playing part in all the three goals. He set up Michael Olunga for the opener before scoring the second and was brought down for Wanyama’s penalty.Migne has revealed that on the eve of the match, he was undecided on who to start between the IF Bromma man and compatriot Ovellah Ochieng, but he says his final decision was vindicated with Johannah’s performance.“Michael (Igendia), a member of my staff did some highlight video to show him what he can improve. He knew he would be on the field and I have full confidence in him. He is talented and I know what he can bring to the team though sometimes he can commit some mistakes and be lazy a bit. Today (Sunda) he was not perfect but almost perfect,” the tactician further stated.Meanwhile, the tactician is pleased with the depth of his squad and he has put all players in the team on notice that only hard work will keep them in the team.Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne with Deputy President William Ruto and Sports PS Kirimi Kaberia at the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMigne says he is pleased that he has a pool of at least 25 players who can consistently perform at the high level, but he says he wants to increase the pool to add more options.“If we are a group with only 11 players we can’t go far. We are not far to have 25 players with a good level, but it’s not finished. The door is always open to come in and go out they (players) need to repeat good performances with their club and with me to remain in the team,” the tactician noted.For his next match, Migne will be without Aboud Omar who will be serving a one match suspension having picked a second yellow card. Winger Aboud Omar does not return until after the Ghana game, that is if Sierra Leone are reinstated in the qualifiers.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach Sebastien Migne walks into the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani ahead of the 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifier against Ethiopia on October 14, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 15 – Kenyans can now dare dream of seeing their football team play at the African Cup of Nations after Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Ethiopia in a Group F qualifier at the Moi Sports Centre Kasarani took Harambee Stars to the cusp of qualification for next year’s showpiece in Cameroon.And head coach Sebastien Migne has pumped in perhaps the biggest injection of confidence saying the team is on its way to creating a beautiful page in Kenyan football history.last_img read more

Court refuses bail to youth charged with aggravated burglary in Letterkenny

first_imgA 17-year-old juvenile has been remanded in custody following an aggravated burglary in Letterkenny.The youth, who cannot be named, was already on bail for previous offences. Falcarragh District Court heard how the young man allegedly broke into the house with an accomplice.A knife was used in the raid during which a handbag and a phone was stolen.Gardai arrested the youth at his home the following morning.Garda Sean Grant objected to bail considering the alleged offence was committed while the youth was already on bail.The boy’s mother and father were present in court.His mother addressed the court and admitted her son did have an issue with alcohol since he was 14 years old.She said he was a completely different person when he wasn’t under the influence of alcohol and most just stayed at home playing his Playstation.She said “He doesn’t understand why he is doing it. When it gets to Letterkenny and gets drink, he gets in trouble.”Solicitor Rory O’Brien said the youth had been in juvenile detention before and it had had a profound effect on him.However, Judge Paul Kelly said he was refusing bail on the grounds that this offence was committed while he was on bail.He was remanded to appear before Letterkenny District Court by videolink next Monday.Court refuses bail to youth charged with aggravated burglary in Letterkenny was last modified: July 21st, 2017 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) Tags:burglarycourtletterkennylast_img read more

When Kyle Lafferty said he’d join ‘massive’ Celtic despite supporting Rangers

first_img I told Rangers to beat Spurs to Luka Modric signing, reveals Ally McCoist fear NO MOR Six years after leaving Rangers, Kyle Lafferty is back at Ibrox having signed from Hearts on a two-year deal.The Northern Ireland international has joined Steven Gerrard’s revolution, become Rangers’ 12th signing of the summer, and he is available to play in this evening’s Europa League play-off clash against Ufa on Russia. 2 LANGUAGE BARRIER Every one of Celtic’s fixtures for the new season in full NOT HAPPY 📝 #RangersFC are today delighted to announce the signing of Kyle Lafferty (@laffk10) on a two-year deal from @JamTarts.➡️ https://t.co/6pRkfUfZ63 pic.twitter.com/VK9uIx8ZoH— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) August 22, 2018In his first spell at Ibrox Lafferty scored 38 goals in 138 matches, helping the Gers win three league titles, two Scottish League Cups, and the Scottish Cup.However, he left Ibrox under a cloud in 2012, refusing the transfer of his contract from the old, liquidated Rangers to the ‘newco’ that was established that summer and started life in the Scottish fourth tier. Later that summer Rangers swooped for Lafferty and won the race for his signature, but when a move to Parkhead appeared on the cards, the then 19-year-old made it clear he’d be well up for moving to such a ‘massive’ club – despite supporting their fierce rivals.“Celtic are a huge club and I’m honoured to be the subject of a bid,” Lafferty said.“Obviously there is a long way to go but I will be talking to my club and my agent. I will also have to have a long chat with my mum and dad.“I grew up supporting Rangers but that won’t stand in my way.“Celtic are massive and the lure of European football is very appealing.” ‘I think it’s careless’ – Gerrard takes aim at Scotland for Jack injury 2 Rangers finally get their man as Liverpool agree to £7m sale His return to Rangers after six years has been well greeted by the majority of the club’s supporters, but there are still a small group of fans who didn’t want a player back who so openly refused to back the club he not only played for, but actually supported. Most read in Scottish footballcenter_img Vinnie Jones: What I would have done to Scott Brown after Old Firm wind-up antics KICK-OFF ‘IT’S ON’ Gerrard launches furious touchline outburst as horror tackle on Barisic sparks chaos kent bound scrap McCoist tells funny Rangers story about Gazza and new Napoli boss Gattuso Lafferty refused to join ‘newco’ when Rangers were liquidated in 2012 Rangers won’t be forced to sell star striker in January, Ibrox chief claims However, Lafferty’s departure six years ago should not have come as a surprise, seeing as even earlier in his career the striker admitted supporting Rangers would not stop him doing all he could to further his career.Back in 2008, Celtic made an offer worth around £2.75million plus Derek Riordan for Lafferty, who had established himself as a key player for Burnley after graduating from the Turf Moor club’s academy. Lafferty was also linked with Liverpool, Manchester City and Blackburn in the summer of 2008 ALMOST last_img read more

CAUGHT IN A TRAP! CHRISTINE’S STUNNING SQUIRREL SNAPS WITH A TWIST!

first_imgRed squirrel caught in bird feeder. Pic By Christine CassidyINISHOWEN photographer Christine Cassidy has shown that not all feeders are squirrel proof….well this one isn’t anyway!The ‘In Touch With The Wild’ photographer is famous, in these parts at least, for her incredible nature pictures.But she didn’t have to go too far for these ones. “They were taken in the garden of a friend’s house in Derry,” she said. “And there was a happy ending.”The Red Squirrel struggles to get away! Pic Christine Cassidy And he’s free…the squirrel back on safe ground> Pic Christine Cassidy   CAUGHT IN A TRAP! CHRISTINE’S STUNNING SQUIRREL SNAPS WITH A TWIST! was last modified: March 24th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:CAUGHT IN A TRAP! CHRISTINE’S STUNNING SQUIRREL SNAPS WITH A TWIST!last_img read more

28 Donegal people killed due to work activity in past decade

first_imgTwenty-eight people in Donegal have lost their lives in workplace accidents in the last ten years, according to the Health and Safety Authority. From 2008 to 2017, Donegal had 28 workplace fatalities, with half of these (14) in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector. Of that 14, there were 6 in fishing and 8 in agriculture.See the table below for yearly work-related fatality figures in the county: 501 people in Ireland were killed in work-related accidents and thousands more badly injured in the 10 year study period. Last year alone, 46 people were killed at work. Six deaths have occurred in the agriculture, forestry and fishing sector already this year.These figures have been highlighted this week ahead of Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland.Saturday April 28th is an important date for everyone with an interest in the safety, health and welfare of people at work. It’s the date every year when trade union and employer groups worldwide, as well as individual organisations, remember those who have been killed or injured in work-related accidents. Colleagues from Congress, Ibec, the Health and Safety Authority and Construction Industry Federation will come together to mark the occasion with a programme of joint awareness raising initiatives.Remember the dead; fight like hell for the living. Congress Executive Council members remind us that Workers’ Memorial Day Ireland is Saturday 28th April #WorkersMemorialDay #IWMD2018 @TheHSA @ibec_irl @CIF_Ireland @EnterInnov pic.twitter.com/szK9p3qNCk— Irish Congress(ICTU) (@irishcongress) April 23, 2018Organisations are being encouraged to take this opportunity to review their approach to safety and health in the workplace and to consider initiatives such as in-house training sessions, toolbox talks or to promote safety through, for example, their websites, social media presence, and displays in offices.Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen TD, whose remit includes workplace safety and health, said that a collaborative approach is vital: “The purpose of Workers’ Memorial Day is to remember accident victims and to collectively reflect on what can be done to prevent future tragedy.“Workplace safety is everyone’s responsibility. Safety conditions are more likely to be improved when employers and employees engage proactively to identify risks in the workplace and the measures needed to eliminate them.  I am calling on all businesses, trade unions, workers and self-employed persons to strive to make their workplaces safer and healthier.”Martin O’Halloran, Chief Executive of the HSA said: “If you average out the number of fatal accidents over the last 10 years, nearly every week one person has died due to work activity. Clearly prevention is the best course of action to take.“Our message to organisations is simple; protect your people, your business and reputation by identifying hazardous activity and putting plans in place to reduce risks. Don’t wait until an accident or near miss occurs, make safety paramount today.” Visit HSA.ie for information on safe and healthy workplace practices.28 Donegal people killed due to work activity in past decade was last modified: May 3rd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:Health and Safety Authoritywork related deathslast_img read more

Paralympic Team SA rocks!

first_img29 September 2004It was a case of saving the best for last as South Africa’s Zanele Situ, who successfully defended the javelin title she won in Sydney four years ago, was awarded the Whang Youn Dai Overcome prize at the close of the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. Situ, who is paralysed from the waist down, won the award – for exemplifying “an exceptional level of determination to overcome adversity through sport” – ahead of 53 other nominees from 34 countries, chosen by the International Paralympic Committee, Chef de Missions of national teams, and the international media.At the final count, South Africa finished thirteenth on the Paralympics medal table, winning 35 medals in total, including 15 golds – three down on the total haul at Sydney, but two up on the gold medals won in in 2000. Oscar, winner!Natalie, Fanie capture gold Natalie du ToitA star of the show for South Africa, and one of the stars of the entire Games, was Natalie du Toit, who won five titles, four of them in world record time.She dominated in the swimming pool, winning freestyle titles at 50 metres, 100 metres and 400 metres – the 50m in a world record 29.52 seconds, and the 400m in a world record 4:28.09.The amputee from Cape Town captured another gold medal, again in world record time, in the 200 metres individual medley, after opening her campaign with a world record victory in the 100 metres butterfly.Du Toit also won silver in the 100 metres backstroke and finished fourth in the 100 metres breaststroke.After receiving a standing ovation from the crowd at the Athens Aquatic Centre, Du Toit declared the Paralympics “an awesome experience”.She warned that her sights are now firmly set on 800 metres – for able-bodied athletes – at the Olympic Games in Beijing. Should she qualify for the 2008 Games, it would be a remarkable achievement – her best time for the event is still 23 seconds off the required qualifying time of 8:38.Multiple medallistsA number of other South Africans also won more than one medal. Teboho Mokgalagadi claimed a sprint double for athletes with cerebral palsy. His victory in the 100 metres came in a world record 13.07 seconds, while his 200 metres win established a Paralympic record of 26.80 seconds.Fanie Lombaard, a giant of a man, competing in his third Paralympic Games, was again a dominant force. He claimed three medals in all, starting early on with a gold medal in the shot put. He then followed that up with another victory in the discus.His third medal, though not a gold, was something of a surprise to the former Blue Bulls rugby player. He claimed third in the javelin, throwing 47.02 metres, despite competing with a spare prosthetic after breaking his competition prosthetic in practice.Double amputee Oscar Pistorius, after an awesome victory in the 200 metres, followed that up with a third place in the 100 metres, despite the fact that he was competing against single amputees. The 17-year-old Pretoria schoolboy ran a time of 11.16 seconds, which was a world record for double amputees.Malcolm Pringle excelled by winning the 800 metres for the third Paralympic Games in succession. His time was a world record 1:58.90. Pringle, who has cerebral palsy, followed that up with a silver medal in the 400 metres on the final day of competition, just one-tenth of a second behind the winner.Wheelchair athlete Ernst van Dyk claimed two silver medals, one in the 1 500 metres, with another second place in the 800 metres, and a third in the 5 000 metres.In the marathon, in which he holds the world record, Van Dyk finished some way off the pace, coming home over 16 minutes behind the winner, Kurt Fearnley of Australia, in eighteenth place. Krige Schabort finished three places ahead of Van Dyk, in fifteenth spot. It was possibly a reflection of the taxing programme Van Dyk had undertaken.The javelin proved to be a very good event for South Africans at the Paralympics. Apart from the aforementioned gold medals of Fanie Lombaard and Zanele Situ, two athletes with cerebral palsy also scored big. Nicholas Newman won gold, while Fabian Michaels captured silver.In the swimming pool, Tadgh Slattery showed that his decision to come out of retirement for the Games was a good one when he captured gold in the 100 metres breaststroke. After his victory, ahead of world record holder Kasper Engel, Slattery, who is deaf and has cerebral palsy, said he was retiring “for good”.Scott Field came agonisingly close to securing gold on three occasions, but had to settle for three silver medals. Those second places came in the 100 metres butterfly, the 400 metres freestyle, and the 100 metres freestyle. He also picked up bronze in the 50 metres freestyle.Philippa Johnson claimed two silver medals in the equestrian competition. First up, she finished second in the equestrian dressage. She followed that up with another second in the individual dressage, competing on a borrowed horse.GoldNatalie du Toit, 100 butterfly, 100 freestyle, 200 IM, 400m freestyle, 50m freestyleFanie Lombaard, shot put, discusMalcolm Pringle, 800mOscar Pistorius, 200mTeboho Mokgalagadi, 100m, 200mNicholas Newman, javelinTadgh Slattery, 100m breaststrokeMichael Louwrens, shot putZanele Situ, javelinSilverScott Field 100, butterfly, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyleErnst van Dyk, 800m 1500m wheelchairNathan Meyer, 200mHilton Langenhoven, long jumpPhillipa Johnson equestrian dressage, individual dressageNatalie du Toit, 100 backstrokeFabian Michaels, javelinErnst van Dyk 800, wheelchairFanie Lombaard, javelinMalcolm Pringle, 400mBronzeBev Mashinini, javelinErnst van Dyk, 5 000m wheelchairDuane Strydom, discusOscar Pistorius, 100mScott Field, 50m freestyleIlse Hayes, cyclingAdriaan Nel, cycling Medal table: the top 15 countries(number of gold, silver, bronze, medals in total)China 63, 46, 32, 141Britain 35, 30, 29, 94Canada 28, 19, 25, 72United States 27, 22, 39, 88Australia 26, 38, 36, 100Ukraine 24, 12, 19, 55Spain 20, 27, 24, 71Germany 19, 28, 32, 79France 18, 26, 30, 74Japan 17, 15, 20, 52Russia 16, 8, 17, 41Czech Republic 16, 8, 7, 31South Africa 15, 13, 7, 35Brazil 14, 12, 7, 33Mexico 14, 10, 10, 34 Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Remembering ‘Uncle Kathy’: Ahmed Kathrada 1929-2017

first_imgFormer Rivonia trialist and anti-apartheid struggle veteran Ahmed Kathrada died today, following a long illness. He was 87. After 1994, Kathrada served as a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of President Nelson Mandela.Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada was a South African anti-apartheid activist, former political prisoner and later a respected politician. A long and illustrious life in public service and for the greater good was highlighted by his friendships with some of South Africa’s greatest leaders, such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu. Kathrada died after a long illness on 28 March 2017. (Image: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation)CD AndersonAffectionately known as Kathy to friends and family, Ahmed Kathrada was born in the small North West town of Schweizer-Reneke on 21 August 1929.His political awakening came early, when he was at the Johannesburg Indian High School. He joined the Young Communist League of South Africa, here he first distributed pamphlets on street corners.Before Kathrada was 18, he was jailed for participating in the South African Indian Congress’s Passive Resistance Campaign. Soon after this, he met ANC leaders Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela for the first time.After briefly studying at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Kathrada was selected to lead a South African youth delegation to the World Federation of Democratic Youth, held in Berlin in 1951. The event broadened his worldview and escalated his political awakening.He took the opportunity to spend time with various communist youth organisations in Hungary and Poland before returning to South Africa to continue his activism.During the late 1950s, Kathrada played an increasingly active role in civil disobedience against the apartheid government, and was a prime mover in the alliance between the ANC and South African Indian Congress. He was arrested, banned and placed under house arrest several times during the decade.In 1962-63, Kathrada escaped house arrest and, with members of the ANC, continued as a covert dissident until his arrest in July 1963 at the ANC refuge, Liliesleaf Farm, in northern Johannesburg. Kathrada was tried alongside Mandela, Sisulu, Govan Mbeki and others, in what infamously became known as the Rivonia Trial. All the accused, including Kathrada, were sentenced to life imprisonment for acts of sabotage against the state. Kathrada spent 26 years in prison – 18 years on Robben Island before he was transferred to Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town.While in prison, he completed his university studies, obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in criminology and history, and Honours in history and African politics. During his lifetime, Kathrada was also awarded four honorary degrees, including from Wits and the University of Missouri in the United States.Sisulu wrote of Kathrada with great affection and respect about their shared time on Robben Island: “Kathy was a tower of strength and a source of inspiration to many prisoners, both young and old.”Kathrada was released in October 1989, less than six months before the ANC was unbanned. He was elected to the organisation’s national executive committee at its first official national conference in 1991. He headed the ANC communications and public relations department until 1994, when he was elected a member of parliament in South Africa’s first democratic government under the country’s first democratically elected president, Nelson Mandela. Kathrada was also a parliamentary counsellor in the Office of the President.He had a close, advisory relationship with Mandela, both during and after his presidency. Forged when the two spent their days in the midst of the anti-apartheid struggle, and strengthened in the quarries of Robben Island, Mandela and Kathrada shared a moral obligation to combat institutionalised racism and inspire the South African people. But the two friends also shared a love of literature, music and nature.Between 1995 and 2006, Kathrada was the chairperson of the Robben Island Museum Council. As someone who had been imprisoned on the island, he fervently campaigned to preserve and share the important and often painful history of the island prison.He officially retired from political life in 1999. Kathrada wrote and compiled several books on his life and the history of the struggle against apartheid. His most profound work was a collection of writings from his time in prison, titled A Simple Freedom, published in 2013.In his lifetime, Kathrada was honoured with numerous awards, both at home and abroad, including the ANC’s Merit Award for dedicated life service to the organisation and country, the Freedom of Johannesburg, a Presidential Order for Meritorious Service (Gold) and India’s Pravasi Bharatiya Samman Award.Photographer Adrian Steirn, who profiled Kathrada for the popular 21 Icons photo series in 2013, spoke admiringly of the struggle stalwart’s humbleness and his love of language. “You’d never think that such a gentle man with so much humility and humour had spent his lifetime in jail. One of the things that struck me was that words and phrases were his companions.”Ahmed Kathrada, in his own wordsHis hope for South Africa“When one can be satisfied that every child goes to bed with a full stomach, gets up smiling, goes to school properly clothed, not to have to walk a great distance to school. When that happens, then only can we be satisfied.”His life in prison“When you have been deprived of freedom of speech for so many years, you never get fed up of talking.”“That’s what one misses most in prison. It’s an artificial society without children and you want to even just hear a child crying. That’s how bad it is and that deprivation was the very worst. Not the food, nothing else. Just the deprivation of engaging with children.”Reconciliation“We have to work together and towards improving the future of our country, but while realising our weaknesses and making use of our strengths.”Forgiveness“We can’t live a life of bitterness, revenge and hatred. As difficult as it may be, we have to forgive.”In 2013, Kathrada delivered a touching eulogy following the death of his friend, Mandela.“Today, mingled with our grief is the enormous pride that one of our own has during your life, and now in your death, united the people of South Africa and the entire world on a scale never experienced before in history. Remarkably, in these last few days, the masses of our people, from whatever walk of life, have demonstrated how very connected they feel to you; how the story of your life is their story and how their story is your story.”The Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, established in 2008, is dedicated to deepening non-racialism in South Africa and the world, and also focuses on developing youth leadership. Former president Kgalema Motlanthe is currently the foundation’s chairperson.Thousands of South Africans pay tribute to the life and work of Ahmed Kathrada on Twitter:#AhmedKathrada Tweets #Kathrada Tweets Kathrada is survived by his wife, former minister of health and public enterprises Barbara Hogan.Source: Ahmed Kathrada Foundation, Wikipedia, South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more