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Mandela Day: recognising the power of the individual to change the world

first_imgAs the world took time out on Friday, 18 July to honour Nelson Mandela’s legacy of service on Mandela Day, Brand South Africa focuses on the power of the individual to effect change, and build a cooperative, cohesive society.This month, as South Africa and countries around the world celebrated Mandela Day, there is a greater poignancy as we reflect on the great man’s legacy now that he is no longer with us in person, just in spirit. As we remember his life, his leadership, the sacrifices he made to achieve our freedom and a better future as citizens of this country, and his passion for furthering humanitarian causes, we are encouraged to follow his example and make a difference in the world. As Nelson Mandela said: “What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is the difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead”.He had a vision of social justice and freedom for all, and he made great strides in working to fulfil that vision – today, it is his living legacy to us all and it requires us, as engaged citizens, to play our part in serving our communities and our country and making them better places in which to live and thrive.This year, Mandela Day encouraged us all to become ‘Mandela Changemakers’, citizens of the world who each day do something proactive that can effect positive change that will benefit everyone and the world we live in.Changemakers play their part by giving their personal time to make a change that’s close to their heart or by giving a little of their time to make a difference to the life of someone else. There are so many ways to make a difference and become a Mandela Changemaker; perhaps starting with what you are passionate about and where you know your actions will have a lasting impact.The power of the individualThe concept of recognising the power of the individual to play his/her part, to be the change, and genuinely make a difference to society through voluntary actions and contributions is a continuation of the powerful “Play your Part” campaign promoted by Brand South Africa. The key message behind “Play your Part” is that as caring and responsible citizens, we all need to be more accountable and to play proactive and contributable roles in the development of South Africa as a caring society. The underlying premise of this important campaign is that we all recognise to make positive change happen in the country on the scale that is needed, its starts with the individual, and that individual positive actions, no matter how small or seemingly insignificant, can make the ultimate difference in the societies and communities in which we all live and work. If every individual looks to his/her own conscience and takes accountability for the contributions he/she makes outside of their own family and work lives to their communities and to society as a whole, then real positive change for good can happen.Food, shelter and education for allThis Mandela Day, citizens were asked to play their part and focus on the realisation or restoration of dignity and empowerment through their individual contributions to society.There are a number of key focus areas where citizens can make a difference through their positive actions. The first looks at how we can all help to address one of the biggest challenges here in South Africa and indeed around the world; ensuring food security. All people, at all times, should have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life. This is a crucial social support measure for effective development and growth. We can all play our part in working to achieve food security in the country for those who are most vulnerable by getting involved in community feeding activities, preparing food parcels for the disadvantaged, and working to establish community food gardens so that residents can have the opportunity to work at feeding themselves through their own efforts.Another key challenge that requires us all to play our part is in the field of education and literacy. In a world where knowledge truly is power, education and literacy are the basic building blocks that unlock the gates of opportunity and success for our citizens. As individuals, we can get involved in the drive for literacy, helping our children, our young people, and our adult learners in their reading and learning activities to help them reach their goals. By getting involved and playing our part, we can be part of the solution and help by giving every citizen the chance to fulfil his/her potential and dreams.The challenge of providing adequate shelter and infrastructure for all the country’s citizens is another that requires us all to play our part if we are to see a day when everyone can proudly say they have a place to call home. To achieve this vision, all South Africa’s citizens need to play their part, join together and look to see how their individual skills, talent and resources can be used to build the much needed shelter and infrastructure that will give hope to families and communities around the country.A life lived in serviceFinally, we can all play our part in living Mandela’s legacy by committing ourselves to a life and philosophy of service and volunteerism, giving our time and energy in some small way each day that can make a difference to the lives of others. Volunteerism is a powerful means of encouraging and providing a tangible mechanism for the country’s citizens to engage in activities that tackle developmental, societal and community challenges. It is not prohibitive, it is not exclusive, it recognises that everyone has something they can contribute, whether their time, skills or knowledge through volunteer action, and their combined efforts can be a significant force for achieving peace, development and sustainability. There is no doubt that the practical act of volunteering makes important economic and social contributions to all spheres of society. It not only provides direct support to individual community projects, national development initiatives and environmental programmes, but also has the power to contribute to the building of a more cohesive society by building trust and acknowledging the power of giving back amongst citizens.The Play Your Part campaign empowers every individual in the country to get involved, take a stand and make positive change happen in the communities in which we live and work. If we all take a little time out of our busy daily lives and work schedules to acknowledge the significant challenges that need to be addressed in the country, and take a positive decision to do something about finding solutions to those challenges, then we can all be part of the positive change that needs to happen in our country and act as role models for the rest of the world to follow. We can also become Mandela’s Changemakers and ensure that his legacy is fulfilled and the world becomes a better place as a result of his vision and our action in making it a reality.Although Mandela Day has passed, we are all called on to make everyday a Mandela Day.last_img read more

S-noilite® 24″60CM Wig Long Straight Hair Women Cosplay Party Costume Anime Full Wig : secure and comfortable

first_imgWas impressed by the adjustable areas to help either fitting. Brilliant wig for what i need it for. Good price, came earlier than expected and it doesn’t look horribly fake and works well with heathowever it sheds quite a bit and it doesn’t stay on your head very well, i personally found it too small, but a beanie works well to keep it on tight. I received it very early and i changed the colour last minute but they still sent the one i wanted even though i changed it.secure and comfortableS-noilite® 24″60CM Wig Long Black Straight Hair Women Cosplay Party Costume Anime Full WigUse it year round,whether for cosplay, costume,Halloween,Christmas parties, wedding,daily use or for fun.Material:100% high quality heat resistant synthetic hair,silky and glamour as human hair.Length: Root to tip about 24 inches (60cm) –Weight:appr.250g/8.8oz.Cap Size: Adjustable/Fits most (The best matches ),No pins or tape required.Soft touch, natural looking.Highly durable and long lasting. Can be washed and reusable. I bought this for a halloween party and have actually worn it several times as the quality is so good. Its soft and shiny without looking incredibly fake, the fringe is also a perfect length and the support and tigheneners around the back makes sure for a secure and comfortable fit. Brilliant wig for what i need it for. I bought this for a halloween party and have actually worn it several times as the quality is so good. Its soft and shiny without looking incredibly fake, the fringe is also a perfect length and the support and tigheneners around the back makes sure for a secure and comfortable fit. Was impressed by the adjustable areas to help either fitting. Good price, came earlier than expected and it doesn’t look horribly fake and works well with heathowever it sheds quite a bit and it doesn’t stay on your head very well, i personally found it too small, but a beanie works well to keep it on tight. I received it very early and i changed the colour last minute but they still sent the one i wanted even though i changed it.last_img read more

NCP MLA, former policeman join Sena

first_imgFormer police officer Pradeep Sharma, who resigned form the force last week, also joined the Sena on Friday. The former encounter specialist is likely to contest from Nallasopara Assembly constituency. Meanwhile, when asked about the seat-sharing discussions with the BJP, Mr. Thackeray said “everything has been decided between us”. In a sarcastic remark directed at Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the Shiv Sena chief said, “I will wait for the Chief Minister to prepare a list of Shiv Sena candidates and which seats we can contest. Then I will put that list before the party and we will decide how to move forward.” In 2014, the BJP and Shiv Sena had fought the Assembly elections separately after failing to arrive at a seat-sharing arrangement. The Shiv Sena welcomed another leader from the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) into its fold on Friday. After resigning as MLA in the morning, former NCP State president Bhaskar Jadhav joined the Sena in presence of party chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence, Matoshri, in Mumbai.“I have no grouse with anyone. I was a Sena worker before I joined the NCP. If I have said any objectionable things about Sena or Uddhavji in the past, that was my immaturity and misunderstanding. But since Uddhavji is welcoming me in the party, that means he has a soft corner for me even today,” Mr. Jadhav said. The leader, who was an MLA from Guhagar, left the Sena in 2004 to join the NCP. He has been a minister in successive State governments and a known NCP face in Konkan. last_img read more

Conte happy with selection headache ahead of Barca

first_imgAntonio Conte Conte sees Chelsea selection headache ahead of Barcelona clash Ryan Benson 07:14 2/17/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) giroud-conte-cropped Getty Images Antonio Conte Chelsea v Barcelona Chelsea v Hull City Hull City Chelsea FA Cup Barcelona UEFA Champions League After thrashing Hull City 4-0 in Friday’s FA Cup clash, the Blues boss says he will find it tough to pick a team for their Champions League game Chelsea’s 4-0 win over Hull City in the FA Cup on Friday has given Antonio Conte selection headaches ahead of Barcelona’s Champions League visit.Conte’s side produced an excellent display against the Championship strugglers at Stamford Bridge, Willian stealing the show thanks to a brilliant brace, as Olivier Giroud also impressed with his first goal for the club and a pair of assists.AdChoices广告Pedro got the other goal as Chelsea found themselves 4-0 up by half-time, despite the likes of Eden Hazard and N’Golo Kante being rested. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The comfortable scoreline gave Conte the chance to bring Giroud, Cesc Fabregas and Pedro off in the second half and now he has “doubts” over who to start against Barcelona after several eye-catching performances from his players.”For sure it was a positive night for us because we had the opportunity to rest important players, key players for us,” Conte told reporters.”But at the same time I saw players in good form. To have a lot of doubts before the Barcelona game is important, because I have different options. Now we have three days to decide on them.”While Hazard and Kante will be fit to face Ernesto Valverde’s men, there were concerns over the injured Marcos Alonso and Tiemoue Bakayoko.“Yes, Alonso will be fit,” Conte said when asked about the pair’s availability. “I don’t think Bakayoko [can play], but Alonso is ready to play.”The 3-0 win over West Brom at the weekend saw Chelsea put consecutive defeats past them and Friday’s victory will have further improved their morale.But Conte has urged his players not to lose focus again, with games against Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City on the horizon.”I think we lost two bad games, especially against Watford,” Conte added. “But we played a good game at the end of a busy period.”Now I think again we have confidence, but at the same time, the next two weeks we have to play massive games and we need to be strong.”We need to face the games against Barca, United, City and Crystal Palace in the right way.”last_img read more