After breaking his leg in Sweden and cancelling a string of European tour dates, including Glastonbury, Dave Grohl returned to the stage for a July 4th throwdown at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C. While the Foo Fighters frontman still can’t put weight on his leg, that didn’t stop him from performing in a full-on throne for the epic show.Dave Grohl Breaks Leg At Show In Sweden, Keeps PlayingGrohl & co. were the headliners of a massive July 4th celebration that also featured sets from Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., Heart, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, LL Cool J ft. DJ Z-Trip, and Trouble Funk. But we really know you want to see Dave Grohl on the throne, so check out some clips below:
Northern Stage has recently embarked on The Campaign for Northern Stage, a $9 million plan to build a new theater on the site of the former Miller Auto Garage on Gates Street in White River Junction, Vermont. Plans call for construction to begin in September 2014 and for the new theater to open in time for the company’s 19th season in the fall of 2015. Janet Miller Haines, Chair of the Board of Directors, stated, “The company has long envisioned a new theater venue for our audiences and artists to convene. I could not be more excited about helping to make this dream come alive.”In September of 2013, Northern Stage began conversations with Bread Loaf Corporation and Theatre Projects Consultants to develop the designs for a new venue. The Campaign for Northern Stage officially began in February of 2014 with the Board of Directors’ vote to move forward with these architectural plans. At that time, they also selected Bread Loaf Corporation as the Design/Build firm and approved a motion to begin fundraising. Since then, 53% of the overall fundraising goal has been pledged, permits and planning approvals are in process with the Town of Hartford, and progress is being made to further the financing and construction of the project.Managing Director Eric Bunge brings expertise and experience to The Campaign’s efforts. Mr. Bunge recently spearheaded a similar project for the Commonweal Theater Company in Lanesboro, Minnesota. “I have witnessed first-hand the transformational effects a project like this can have on an organization, its audience, and region. It is truly an exciting time to be in the Upper Valley and a part of Northern Stage.”“The momentum around this project has been powerful,” stated Artistic Director Carol Dunne. “A new home will allow the company to enhance our artistry, enrich our programs, and become a new work incubator. Northern Stage will grow from a professional theater with regional impact to a regional theater with national impact. ”Northern Stage’s presence in the Upper Valley is due to the support of the region’s businesses, organizations, and people, notably the Briggs family who own the company’s current venue. Janet Miller Haines stated, “Since our founding in 1997, we have enjoyed a wonderful partnership with the Briggs family. The intimacy of the Briggs Opera House has become a hallmark of Northern Stage’s work. We have designed the new theater to honor this tradition.”Cyn Barrette, Co-Chair of the Leadership Committee for The Campaign for Northern Stage stated, “A new home for Northern Stage will transform our patron’s experience and allow us all to appreciate the art in a completely new and exciting way.”With 17,500 gross square footage, the new building will feature:• A bright and visible frontage to welcome patrons and bring new aesthetic vitality to White River Junction.• An intimate and modern 250-seat theater with unobstructed sight-lines and no seat farther than 38 feet from the stage.• Ground floor access with a drop-off area and an easily accessible box office. • A spacious lobby with welcome amenities, including concessions, coat rooms, art on the walls, and ample restroom facilities. • A thrust stage very much like our current stage at the Briggs Opera House. • A comfortable seating arrangement with wide seats and more than 3 feet between rows.• Modern facilities throughout the building including a hearing assist system, an elevator to the second-floor lobby, and accessible seating in both the first row and the last row.• A new rehearsal/classroom for actors and students to explore the craft of theater.• Increased ceiling heights to provide greater flexibility for dramatic use of lighting.• More backstage space and larger doors to allow designers full range of creativity and scope for imagination.• State-of-the-art acoustics and sound systems to ensure every word is heard.Stuart Johnson, Chairman of The Campaign for Northern Stage Building Committee, summed up the purpose of this new theater: “With this project, we are matching a truly world-class theater company with a state-of-the-art facility in order to energize the cultural and economic vitality of our region.”Northern Stage is actively seeking support for this project. For more information, please contact Director of Development Amanda Rafuse at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802.291.9009 x117.Northern Stage is a regional non-profit professional theater that entertains, challenges and involves its audiences with daring and delightful productions. Based in the Upper Valley of the Connecticut River, Northern Stage brings national and area talent together on an intimate stage in diverse classic, contemporary, and new plays and musicals. One of only four independent theaters in the nation that is at least 40 miles from an urban center, exceeds $690,000 in annual ticket revenue, and produces a season of seven months or more, Northern Stage has offered over 100 productions in its 17-year history, and annual attendance is now over 24,000.Photos: An architect’s rendering provided by Breadloaf Architects, Planners and Builders
UK: The first demonstration rail freight service carrying textiles and other consumer goods from China to the UK arrived at the London Eurohub terminal in Barking just after 13.00 on January 18, having left Yiwu Xi station in eastern China’s Zhejiang province on January 1.The inaugural train is expected to be followed by weekly services for three or four months to assess customer demand. The 12 000 km route ran via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany, Belgium and France. The two breaks of gauge between China and Europe’s 1 435 mm standard gauge and the 1 520 mm broad gauge used in the former USSR required transhipment at Dostyk on the China-Kazakhstan border and at Brest on the Belarus-Poland border. A total of 44 40 ft intermodal containers left Yiwu, of which 10 were destined for Duisburg in Germany. The other 34 were transferred in Duisburg to special DB Cargo container wagons which are approved for use in the Channel Tunnel. The 18-day journey time was around half the time required for sea transport, and significantly cheaper than air freight. Future services are expected to be attractive for customers shipping time-sensitive commodities such as clothing to be sold through promotions, and capital-intensive goods such as automotive parts and electronics. The service would also offer a more cost-effective alternative to air freight for consignments which miss a ship’s departure date owing to manufacturing delays but cannot be held back for another vessel.The service was organised by Yiwu Timex Industrial Investment Co, as an extension of the route from China to Duisburg in Germany and Madrid in Spain which it has offered since 2015. The UK is the eighth country and London the 15th city to be added to its European network. Yiwu Timex’s UK agent is One Two Three Logistics, which was supported by Brunel Project Cargo. Train operations were managed by Switzerland-based InterRail Group on behalf of China Railway Corp subsidiary China Railway International Multimodal Transport. InterRail subcontracted Kazakh Railways subsidiary KTZ Express to manage the 1520 mm gauge section of the route, DB Cargo hauled the service from Duisburg to Aachen and DB Cargo UK was responsible for the UK leg.The project supports the Chinese government’s One Belt, One Road trade connectivity initiative to create a modern-day Silk Road. According to DB around 40 000 containers were transported by rail along the routes between China and Europe in 2016, with journey times of between 12 and 16 days. Annual traffic is expected to increase to 100 000 containers by 2020.
Rangers coach Salisu Yusuf says he is confident The Flying Antelopes will continue to improve with every game after his side’s 3-1 win against Abia Warriors on Sunday in a Match Day 16 NPFL encounter in Enugu.A goal from Ibrahim Olawoyin and a brace from Ifeanyi George helped Rangers dismantle hard-fighting Abia Warriors to move out of the relegation zone. Yusuf’s side now has 15 points from 12 matches, with 4 outstanding matches.Read Also: More Worries For Osho, Resurgent Rangers Win Again As Plateau Hit Adamawa For FiveAfter watching his team endure torrid times lately, the Super Eagles coach, who is on a rescue mission at Rangers, could not hide his excitement after the derby win against the Warriors.“I am happy for my team because you can see the confidence and self-belief is coming into the team, everybody is playing without fear and that’s why we have started to get good results,” he said.“And I believe the team will continue to develop game after game. We are really happy and we’ll continue to work hard to see that we have better results in future.”The win against Abia Warriors follows victories over Warri Wolves and FC Ifeanyiubah giving the 7-time NPFL champions three victories on the trot for the first time this season, as their revival continues apace.RelatedNPFL Round-Up: Crowd Violence Rears Ugly Head In Katsina, Enyimba, Akwa Suffer Shock Home LossesJanuary 15, 2020In “NPFl”Mbwas Mangut Set Top Four Target For Rangers (AUDIO)March 17, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Egwim Reveals Source of Motivation Before Comeback From Horrific Injury (AUDIO)April 11, 2019In “NPFl”
Dublin to face Galway in renewal of 2015 edition while the 2016 All-Ireland champions Tipperary take on 2016 league champions Clare This year’s doubleheader expands upon the memorable one-game hurling exhibition on November 22, 2015, when Galway came from behind in an intense, hard-fought battle to register a 50-47 triumph over Dublin in the inaugural AIG Fenway Hurling Classic, which marked the first time hurling was played at the historic home of the Boston Red Sox since 1954. This November, Dublin and Galway will hold a rematch of their 2015 battle followed by a clash of the champions when Tipperary take the pitch to play Clare.“Nearly 28,000 fans packed Fenway Park and experienced firsthand the excitement of when hurling returned to the ballpark for the first time in 61 years in 2015 so we’re really looking forward to bringing the fastest game on grass back for two matches this November,” said Mark Lev, Managing Director of Fenway Sports Management. “We are fortunate to have great partners in AIG, the GPA, the GAA and the City of Boston to help bring this exhilarating sport back to Fenway and proud to play host to one of Ireland’s most traditional sports and further our commitment to bringing unique events and experiences to Boston.”Title sponsor AIG has been an official sponsor to the Dublin GAA since November 2013 and has been committed to raising the profile of hurling and other Gaelic Games to a broader global audience.“AIG in Ireland is delighted to be bringing hurling back to the United States in 2017 after a successful 2015 event,” said Declan O’Rourke, General Manager of AIG Ireland. “Hurling is a unique and wonderful part of our culture, played with great passion and skill for thousands of years. It gives us great pride to share our exciting games at the highest level with the people of Boston again in November. ”Similar to 2015, teams will play a modified version of hurling called “Super 11’s” which reduces the pitch to 11 players and the only way to score is under the crossbar into the net. A goal inside the designated scoring zone is worth three points, while scoring from outside the zone is worth five points.“After an immensely successful event in 2015, we are delighted that hurling is coming back to Boston and Fenway Park” said GPA Chief Executive Officer Dermot Earley. “Playing our games in iconic sports venues like Fenway Park further promotes the growth and interest of our games in the United States and worldwide. Our players are looking forward to a great doubleheader on the pitch at Fenway this November.”In addition to the Hurling Classic, AIG and FSM have teamed up to offer attendees a lively Irish festival complete with Irish food, music and dancing. Additional details about the Irish Festival will be continuously posted at the event website. Furthermore, Aer Lingus has signed on as the Official Airline of the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival and will transport the four teams from Ireland to Boston as well as presenting the stream of the doubleheader in November. For more details on the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival and ticket information, please visit www.redsox.com/hurling.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Dublin will take on Galway while Tipperary will face Clare as the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival returns to Fenway Park on November 19. The announcement was made by Fenway Sports Management (FSM), American International Group (AIG), the Gaelic Players Association (GPA), the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) and the City of Boston today at a special ceremony at the iconic stadium*. It’s the second time in three years that hurling, in the “Super 11’s” format, will be played at the venue. Tickets for the AIG Fenway Hurling Classic and Irish Festival go on sale on Thursday, June 29 at 7am Irish time at www.redsox.com/hurling.
China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Smith’s status still unclear after early exit in TNT loss MOST READ View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer If coach Tim Cone had it his way, he’d love to have legend Robert “Sonny” Jaworski in attendance every Ginebra game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Boy, I just hope he comes every game,” he quipped.Jaworski once again went to the Gin Kings dugout and rallied the troops at halftime. The Gin Kings, though, were already well ahead at halftime, 61-47, and ran away with the 125-101 victory over TNT. Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sonny Jaworski enters the Ginebra dugout at halftime. #PBA2017 pic.twitter.com/5WB15XrDHm— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) June 15, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Cone is hopeful that the players took Jaworski’s words to heart as the Gin Kings seek to force a deciding Game 5 and advance to their third straight Finals appearance.“We needed him to go there and say it on Game 4 and Game 5,” the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor joked. “It’s nice to have him here. Hopefully, he could keep coming. His presence casts a big shadow on the team. He blocks the sun for us. He’s such a huge presence for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Still, Cone cherishes the special attention given to them by the PBA great.“It’s always nice to see Senator Jaworski here. You feel so much better about yourself after that. I think we lost once when he came, but we’ve played well every time he’s come. So yeah, I think it’s great for the fans that he’s here and that they could see him in the flesh, especially the young fans,” he said.For Jaworski’s part, he shared that he didn’t say but he hoped to be the inspiration Ginebra needed to wage back from a 0-2 series deficit in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals.“Nothing really. I just said ‘let’s go, adjust a little on defense” he said.“I think they came prepared, although they got to work more on their defense to really comeback. Honestly, I think they can do more and they can do better especially on defense. It’s just like a round robin on the other side. Meaning, there’s a lack of pressure. If they do that, they can win the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT
By Paul LeckerSports ReporterMarshfield’s Michaelis named to WVC first teamMarshfield senior Caitlin Michaelis was a unanimous first-team selection for the third-straight season, and teammates Ellie Kummer and McKayla Scheuer were second-team picks to the 2014-15 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Basketball Team, as voted on by the conference coaches.Michaelis, who will play collegiately at NCAA Division II Minnesota-Crookston, led Marshfield in scoring at 13.7 points per game, which was tied for fifth in the Valley. She had a league-high 27 3-pointers and led the Tigers in rebounds and assists this season. Her 42 assists were second-best in the conference.“Caitlin did so much for this team this year, leading in every category,” said Marshfield coach Heidi Michaelis, who is Caitlin’s mother. “She is an ultimate competitor and just always cared about one thing, and that was winning games. She was a tremendous leader for us this year. As her mother and coach, I can honestly say I so enjoyed this whole experience.”Scheuer, a junior, tied for seventh in scoring (11.8 ppg) and led the Valley in 3-point shooting percentage (43.1), making 25 of 58 shots from long-range.Kummer, a senior who has signed to play for NAIA Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee next season, was ninth in scoring at 11.4 points per game and third in free-throw percentage (79.3 percent).“Ellie had a tremendous year and proved, especially down the stretch, she could score in bunches,” Heidi Michaelis said. “She competes and works so hard every day and was the best player I’ve ever had at beating kids to a spot to draw charges.“Makayla shot such a high percentage from deep and (I) always was telling her to shoot more. She was highly respected from the outside but was also a player who could finish in the lane with either her right or left hand. I will look for her next year to lead for us, and she’s ready for that challenge as well.”D.C. Everest’s Taylor Hodell, Wausau West’s Jasmin Samz, and Wisconsin Rapids’ Victoria Hansen were unanimous first-team selections. Sarah Werner of Stevens Point also was chosen to the first team. All five first-team selections are seniors.Samz, who led the conference in scoring at 26.8 points per game, was named Player of the Year.Columbus Catholic’s Trad earns All-Cloverbelt East honorMarshfield Columbus Catholic junior Jess Trad was among the six first-team selections to the 2014-15 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division girls basketball team.Trad, a second-team pick last year as a sophomore, led the Dons in scoring, averaging 11.9 points per game.Abby Baierl, a junior for the Dons, was a second-team selection after setting a school-record for made 3-pointers in a season.“Jess is a very dynamic offensive player and has the ability to knock down 3-pointers as well as take the ball to the basket,” Columbus Catholic coach Bryan DeVries said. “Abby is a very complete player who contributes significantly in our press and zone defense as well as being an exceptional shooter.”Owen-Withee senior Stephany Heggemeier was named Player of the Year. She was joined on the first team by Trad; teammate Whitney Baehr, a junior; Loyal senior Missy Benz and sophomore Karsyn Rueth; and Neillsville junior Dani Pfeiffer.Spencer junior Nadia King was an honorable mention choice, the only all-conference pick for the Rockets.Auburndale, Stratford nab All-Marawood South selectionsAuburndale junior Taylor Gotz was selected to the first team of the All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team.All five Auburndale starters and three players from Stratford were among those named to the 2014-15 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball Team.Auburndale junior Taylor Gotz was a first-team selection, while teammates Shannon Yahnke and Paiton Richardson were named to the second team. Allison Linzmeier and Cheyenne Karl earned honorable mention accolades.Gotz and Yahnke each averaged 12 points per game, and Gotz was second in the conference in rebounding at 6.6 per contest.“Taylor always gives great effort with relentless energy and has a great mindset,” Auburndale coach Scott Meidl said. “Shannon was a dominant force inside who has improved throughout her four years on varsity. She has a great attitude and is a leader on and off the court. Paiton’s ability to come off the bench and play like a starter allowed us to continue to be dominant inside throughout the game.”Stratford junior Macie Frueh was a second-team pick, and fellow juniors Tianna Hughes and Savannah Schillinger were honorable mention choices. Frueh was third in the conference in scoring at 13.3 points per game.Marathon’s Emily Kind and Morgan Rachu and Wisconsin Rapids Assumption’s Gena Grundhoffer and Macie Zurfluh were also chosen to the first team. Grundhoffer was named Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring at 20.6 points per game.2014-15 All-Wisconsin Valley Conference Girls Basketball TeamFirst team: *Taylor Hodell, sr., D.C. Everest; *Caitlin Michaelis, sr., Marshfield; *Jasmin Samz, sr., Wausau West; *Victoria Hansen, sr., Wisconsin Rapids; Sarah Warner, sr., Stevens Point. (*Unanimous selection)Second team: Ellie Kummer, sr., Marshfield; Maggie Negaard, fr., Stevens Point; McKayla Scheuer, jr., Marshfield; Mackenzie Mathies, sr., D.C. Everest; Haley Kroll, sr., D.C. Everest; Taylor Petit, fr., D.C. Everest; Abby Bohanski, sr., Stevens Point.Honorable mention: Makayla Pagel, sr., D.C. Everest; Hannah Tipple, sr., D.C. Everest; Mariah Turenne, sr., Merrill; Kendra Lysne, jr., Wisconsin Rapids; Hannah Euting, sr., Wausau East; Jessyka Wiskofske, sr., Wausau West.Player of the Year: Jasmin Samz, Wausau West.2014-15 All-Cloverbelt Conference East Division Girls Basketball TeamFirst team: Jess Trad, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Missy Benz, sr., Loyal; Karsyn Rueth, so., Loyal; Dani Pfeiffer, jr., Neillsville; Stephany Heggemeier, sr., Owen-Withee; Whitney Baehr, jr., Owen-Withee.Second team: Samantha Hayes, jr., Colby; Abby Baierl, jr., Marshfield Columbus Catholic; Devyn Schoonover, jr., Loyal; Taylor Henchen, sr., Neillsville; Chelsea Opelt, sr., Neillsville; Hayley Bunnell, sr., Owen-Withee.Honorable mention: Jenna Jicinsky, jr., Colby; Haylee Geiger, jr., Colby; Makaylen Skabroud, sr., Gilman; Alanna Dix, sr., Granton; Morgan Reinwand, so., Loyal; Jaylen Young, sr., Loyal; Sydney Miller, sr., Neillsville; Nadia King, jr., Spencer.2014-15 All-Marawood Conference South Division Girls Basketball TeamFirst team: *Gena Grundhoffer, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; *Macie Zurfluh, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Taylor Gotz, jr., Auburndale; *Emily Kind, sr., Marathon; Morgan Rachu, jr., Marathon. (*unanimous selection)Second team: Shannon Yahnke, sr., Auburndale; Paiton Richardson, jr., Auburndale; Natasha Hanke, jr., Marathon; Caitlin Deaton, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Macie Frueh, jr., Stratford.Honorable mention: Autumn Linzmeier, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Olivia Skibba, jr., Wisconsin Rapids Assumption; Cheyenne Karl, sr., Auburndale; Allison Linzmeier, jr., Auburndale; Julia Anderson, jr., Marathon; Olivia Meurette, jr., Marathon; Lauren Fech, so., Wausau Newman Catholic; Laura Beilke, sr., Wausau Newman Catholic; Hannah Kloehn, jr., Northland Lutheran; Rebeka Edelburg, jr., Northland Lutheran; Jenna Hughes, jr., Pittsville; Kari Beckman, sr., Pittsville; Tianna Hughes, jr., Stratford; Savannah Schillinger, jr., Stratford.Player of the Year: Gena Grundhoffer, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption.Coach of the Year: Jeff Schneider, Marathon.
The Print Media South Africa Awards Committee, South African National Editors’ Forum and Nieman Society of Southern Africa are now accepting nominations for the 2010 Nat Nakasa Award for Media Integrity.Named for Nat Nakasa, a prominent and respected South African journalist and writer who died in exile, this annual award recognises any media practitioner – journalist, editor, manager or owner – who has: shown integrity and reported fearlessly displayed a commitment to serve the people of South Africa strived tenaciously to maintain a publication or other medium despite insurmountable obstacles resisted any censorship shown courage in making information available to the South African public and/or any combination of the above.The award is open to all journalists from all media platforms: community, regional and national newspapers, magazines and online. Nominations close on 28 May 2010.Previous winners of the award are, however, not eligible for entry. The winner will receive R20 000 in prize money and a certificate.Past winners of the Nat Nakasa Award 1998 – Jon Qwelane 1999 – Mzilikazi wa Africa 2000 – Joint winners: Mathatha Tsedu and Wolfram Zwecker; special mention: Baldwin Ndaba 2001 – Mzilikazi wa Africa (Sunday Times investigations team), Andre Jurgens and Jessica Bezuidenhout 2002 – Justin Arenstein (African Eye News Service); special mention: Elise Tempelhoff (Beeld) and Martin Welz (Noseweek) 2003 – Debbie Yazbek (The Star); special mention: David Macfarlane (Mail & Guardian) 2004 – Buks Viljoen (The Lowvelder) 2005 – Alf Kumalo 2006 – Guy Berger 2007 – Jacques Pauw 2008 – Max du Preez 2009 – Greg MarinovichThe winner will be announced at the Nat Nakasa Award ceremony in Johannesburg on 24 July 2010.Prize Money: R20 000 Deadline: 28 May 2010If you know anybody who fits the definition above, please submit your nomination before 28 May 2010, accompanied by a motivation of 300 words, to:[email protected] to:Second Floor, 7 St Davids St Davids Office Park Parktown Tel: +27 11 484 3624 Fax: +27 11 551 9650For attention: Malesedi Dlamini
Founded in 2008, the Soweto Equestrian Centre is the only one of its kind in Soweto, the biggest township in SA. Enos Mafokate stroking his favourite horse Salmy. Mafokate regards Salmy, 23 years old, as part of his family after their many triumphs together. Sifiso Hlatshwayo and Menzi Buthelezi, holding the saddles they made during the saddler course. (Images: Ray Maota) MEDIA CONTACTS • Enos Mafokate Soweto Equestrian Centre: Founder +27 82 330 7030 RELATED ARTICLES • SA horse goes for glory in Hong Kong• South Africa’s shark whisperer• SA puppet company wins a Tony • Gallery: South Africa’s wildlifeRay Maota“I have a dream that one day a student from the Soweto Equestrian Centre will compete for South Africa in the Olympic Games.”This quote stands out on the homepage of the website for the centre, run by former show jumper, Olympian and horse groomer Enos Mafokate.Mafokate (66) is a man in love with horses. He has achieved what many would have deemed impossible – breaking into a white-dominated sport during the height of apartheid in 1960s’ South Africa.One of the high points of his career came when he was asked to travel to the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, as a member of a South African development team. This marked South Africa’s first participation in the event for over 30 years, because of a decades-long international sporting embargo.Mafokate rode in the official parade and although he didn’t compete, his presence at the Olympics was a huge inspiration to himself and to up-and-coming equestrians.“Horses are my life. They have taken me around the world and have made me the man I am today,” said the sporting pioneer.Introducing children to horse-ridingThe land on which the centre is operated was officially handed over to Mafokate by the City of Johannesburg in 2008, making the establishment – in its current state – four years old.Over 700 children have been introduced to horses and horse riding at the centre, with lessons taking place twice a week: on Fridays and Saturdays.The centre also offers courses in essential equestrian skills like saddlery, grooming and general farrier skills.A total of 19 horses live here, including Jojo; Thabazimbi; Polokwane; Mpho; Sediba; Lady D; London Pride; Fabio; and Mafokate’s favourite, Salmy.“Salmy is 23 years old and is like a part of my family. I don’t ride her competitively anymore,” said Mafokate.He added that when she dies, the centre will have a proper burial with a tombstone for Salmy – because to him she is only a horse by name.Conquering barriersMafokate’s passion for horses was realised in the 1960s when he started participating in the elite sport of show jumping. Accomplished against a backdrop of apartheid South Africa, this was no mean feat.His relationship with horses started in his teen years when he got a job with John Walker, a farm owner in Rivonia, north of Johannesburg.“Many white people used to come and picnic at the farm, especially during the December holidays, and I would look after their horses for them while they enjoyed themselves. That’s when my love for horses blossomed,” said Mafokate.In the late 1950s, Mafokate got a job manning the gates at the Woodmead Golf Course, which allowed him to tend to the patrons’ horses while they played golf.He got his first taste of show jumping as a 16-year-old in 1962, working for a Springbok show jumper as the horses’ groom, and in the same year got his first chance to compete.“The people I was working for decided to give us black people a chance at show jumping,” he recalled.Mafokate could only compete against other black jumpers because regulations at the time barred people of different races from competing against each other.“I came first in that competition – wearing overalls.”A year later Mafokate won a riding competition at the Inanda Country Base in Kyalami.Apartheid was in full effect at this point in his career and he had to shelve his show jumping career until 1975 when, he said, some white people “decided to ignore politics”.Mafokate, along with 16 other grooms, were enrolled at the Marist Brothers College, the only school that allowed black people to compete in the sport.He went on to win the Rothmans Derby in 1976 and the championship at the Constantia Show Grounds in Cape Town in 1977 and 1978, and his future seemed set.“I was the first black member of the Transvaal Horse Society, which was based at Kyalami. I was also the first black rider in 127 years to compete in the Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Horse Show in 1978,” said Mafokate.“My colleagues and I were now being called black riders, not grooms. We had attained recognition.”Meeting Princess AnneMafokate became the first sportsman in South Africa to take part in an international sporting event in 1982, after 20 years of sanctions on South Africa, because of the country’s apartheid policy, forced sportsmen and women into isolation.Out of 31 riders, he came fifth at the London Royal International Horse Show. His highlight of the show was coming within a stone’s throw of the British Royal family.“I saw Queen Elizabeth drive herself in a green Rover; Prince Charles play polo and Princess Diana holding a young Prince William. The highlight, however, was seeing Princess Anne, who I knew loved show jumping,” said Mafokate.Mafokate tried to talk horses with the princess, herself an acclaimed equestrian, but was denied the privilege by a bodyguard. The incident troubled him for years.He had to wait until 2011 to see Princess Anne again when he spoke at an event hosted by UK charity World Horse Welfare (WHW).“I went wet around the mouth when I saw her again,” Mafokate told guests at the event.He and Princess Anne spoke briefly but just as Mafokate was enjoying the conversation, the Princess had to speak to someone else.“She said I’ll see you later, but we never spoke again,” said Mafokate.He said, however, sources told him “when she said she’d see you later she meant it.”Princess Anne visited the Soweto Equestrian Centre in April, during a visit to South Africa to mark her mother’s 60th year on the throne.“I never thought she would come to see my centre. When I asked her why she came, she said ‘I came because you started something which no one ever thought could happen in a black township’.”Graduation dayThe centre, the only one of its kind in Soweto, held a graduation ceremony for horse handling and farrier skills and saddle making on 24 April.In collaboration with Avis Car Hire and WHW, the centre brings in overseas trainers and tools to train students in specialist equestrian techniques.The 10-week course, attended by 20 students, is divided into four modules: two three-week courses and another two that run over two weeks.WHW’s Jim Balfour, who helped with the training on the course, addressed the graduates: “Congratulations to you all. Do not forget about what it took to get this certificate, go out there and conquer.”The students came from different parts of the country, including the Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal.Karin Bothma, a horse inspector with the Carthorse Protection Association in Cape Town, said: “I’ve always loved horses but the farrier and grooming course taught me how to connect better with the horses.” Bothma graduated with several distinctions.Christa Smit, sustainability manager at Avis, said that the company supports the equestrian centre because the course was enterprising and contributed to community upliftment.A fun day for children with disabilitiesFormal training is not all that the centre has to offer. The Moonlight Foundation for children with autism recently held a fun day for children suffering from this developmental disorder of the brain, characterised by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behaviour.Siphokazi Mtshotshisa is the founder of the foundation.“On 2 April it was World Autism Day and we decided to treat the children to a fun day which involved horse riding,” she said. “It’s very therapeutic for them.”The foundation seeks to do away with the stigma of autism in the black community as most people do not understand it and say the child is bewitched or crazy, said Mtshotshisa.
The Columbia municipal prosecutor’s office confirmed Thursday that charges have been filed against former Columbia police chief Ken Burton.Burton was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of driving while intoxicated in the area of Broadway and McBaine Avenue in Columbia.He was released on summons.According to KMIZ, Burton is being charged for driving while intoxicated and failing to stop for a red light.Burton announced last December he was resigning as Columbia police chief, days after he was placed on administrative leave. He had run CPD since 2009.