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Soweto artist pays tribute to Madikizela-Mandela
10 April 2018, 4:20 PM

A Soweto artist paid tribute to the late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by painting her picture using smoke from a burning candle.

Anathi Nkanyuza says this is a celebration of Mama Winnie’s life.

Creating art and using technology to assist, Anathi uses flames to leave scorch marks on canvas.

He captures and studies photographs to refine his work, then uses an eraser to remove the scorch marks and creating a piece of art.

His latest project is the canvas of the late Mother of the Nation, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

“The late Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela picture is to commemorate her and celebration of her life as well.”

Quite nervous when he started his new project, Nkanyuza relied on Mam Winnie’s popularity to assist.

“I was quite nervous about it at first since it’s my first time drawing Mama Winnie, but she’s quite like a recognizable face. So, it wasn’t much of a challenge. It’s a popular person. So, I’ve seen her face quite a number of times.”

The artist says Mama Winnie was very inspirational and touched many lives.

“The reason why I created it actually, like is just in commemoration of her life and all the work that she’s done for the country, in fighting for our freedom, the freedom that we have now as the youth of South Africa.”

The late Winnie Madikizela-Mandela will be laid to rest on Saturday.

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Ramaphosa praises Madikizela-Mandela as a true leader
10 April 2018, 3:31 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has praised late stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandela as a true leader who sacrificed her life for the benefit of others.

He was addressing the Madikizela family and residents of Mbhongweni village, the birth place of Madikizela-Mandela outside Mbizana in the Eastern Cape.

Ramaphosa says Madikizela-Mandela endured so much pain for the country to be free.

“We recognise the role and a contribution that Mama Winnie made. Not only to the people of this country but to the struggle to get all of us to be free. Mama Winnie gave a huge contribution, but in that contribution she suffered a great deal. It is difficult to even imagine the suffering that she went through.”

Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to South Africa Ling Songtian says Madikizala-Mandela’s commitment to justice has inspired the world to forge a better life for the poorest of the poor.

He was among the over 70 ambassadors and Heads of Missions that visited the Mandela home in Orlando West, Soweto Tuesday afternoon. The diplomats were paying their respects.


Caster Semenya wins gold medal in 1500m
10 April 2018, 2:34 PM

Caster Semenya has won a gold medal in the 1500m at the Commonwealth Games in Australia on Tuesday. She set a new Games record of 4 m 0.71 s, also her own personal best.

She is also expected to win the 800 metres later this week.

South Africa added three more medals to their tally at the Commonwealth Games. They have now leap-frogged New Zealand into 5th place on the medals table.

South Africa won two medals in the pool on the final night of the swimming competition.

Bradley Tandy won silver in the 50m freestyle, and then joined Calvyn Justus, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh to win bronze in the medley relay.

The squad had their best ever Commonwealth Games, winning 12 medals in all, 6 of them gold.

There were also two fourth places for the team – for Brent Szurdocki in the 1500 freestyle, and for Arno Haasbroek and Andre du Toit in the Queens Prize in shooting.

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Graca Machel defends Madikizela-Mandela’s legacy
9 April 2018, 9:15 PM

Former First Lady Graca Machel says it would have been great for untruths about Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to be cleared while she was alive.

Referring to the late icon as her big sister, Machel spoke at the Nelson Mandela Foundation Memorial for Mama Winnie at Constitution Hill in Johannesburg.

Constitution Hill will open an Exhibition of Mama Winnie on Thursday.

A harrowing account of the treatment endured by women at the old Number Four Women’s Jail, now Constitution Hill

Madikizela Mandela was one of them but many others are forgotten

Former prisoner Cecile Palmer says:”Here I want to challenge the ANC, I want to ask you why do you put weak women at the head of women ministries, it’s time you got serious, lets repair this country, it’s our job.”

Constitution Hill will honour Mama with a photographic exhibition opening on Thursday

Machel pleaded with South Africans, who she says are usually harsh, to understand that Zinzi and Zenani have lost the only parent they knew for most of their lives.

Graca Machel says: “Don’t you think it would have been great for her to have all the untruths which were allowed to live with us about her to be cleared while still amongst us, don’t you think it would be good for mama to hear from all races just to say how unique she is in our history.”

Meanwhile, Grammy Award winning Flutist Wouter Kellerman and the Soweto Gospel Choir, Thandiswa Mazwai, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Film maker Anant Singh all paid their tributes with their music and film.

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E Cape traditional leaders visits Madikizela-Mandela’s family
9 April 2018, 8:10 PM

A week after the passing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela tributes continue to pour in at her Orlando home in Soweto.

Young and old, are all paying their last respects.

A delegation of Eastern Cape Traditional leaders also visited the family led by the delegation from the Amampondo tribe.

Previously some traditional leaders had called for Madikizela-Mandela to be buried in the Eastern Cape.

But provincial chair of Contralesa, Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana says they will respect the families’ wishes that she to be buried in Johannesburg.

Meanwhile, players from two Soweto soccer giants, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, have visited Winnie’s house on Monday afternoon to pay their respects.

The captains of both teams laid wreaths outside the house before making their way in a marquee where they signed a condolence book.

On Monday, memorial services were held around the country in honour of the struggle icon.

On Tuesday another memorial service will be held at her birthplace in Bizana, Eastern Cape.

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