Hopeville: a journey of restoration

first_imgFather and son beside the ruined pool. Mayor Gumede (Desmond Dube) and hismistress Fikile (Terry Pheto). Amos and Themba survey the sparkling waters of the renovated community pool. (Images: Curious Pictures) MEDIA CONTACTS • Harriet GavshonMD, Curious Pictures+27 11 726 2828 RELATED ARTICLES • SA film shines at Zanzibar festival • SA sci-fi satire huge hit in US • SA film wins at Tribeca • Top honours for SA movie• New Afrikaans film a hitJanine ErasmusNew South African film Hopeville, due to hit the cinema circuit on 3 September 2010, spreads the message that even one person, when they have the courage to take action, can make a big difference in many lives.Shot in Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga province, and featuring a stellar cast of local actors, Hopeville is directed by John Trengrove and produced by Curious Pictures, with music by producer/composer Murray Anderson.The film will open at 13 Nu Metro and 20 Ster-Kinekor theatres countrywide, as well as a handful of independent cinemas.A new startAmos, a reformed alcoholic, is a man looking for a new start. When he arrives in the fictional town of Hopeville with his estranged son, who has been put into the custody of his father after his mother dies unexpectedly, he faces a tough battle with corrupt officials and an apathetic community.As part of his custody agreement, Amos has promised to encourage his son’s promising swimming career, but the pool in Hopeville contains only garbage and stagnant puddles of water.Amos decides to clean it up for his son’s sake, and the project soon captures the attention and goodwill of the community, who begin to pitch in.The mayor, however, is not pleased because he and his cronies have decided to build a liquor store on the land, and Amos faces fierce resistance, intimidation and threats. He is going to need all his courage, and the support of the residents, if he is to complete the restoration of the pool.A restrained, dignified performance by lead actor Themba Ndaba (Generations) as Amos contrasts with the over-the-top bad guy portrayals of local comedian Desmond Dube (Hotel Rwanda) as the corrupt mayor, and audience favourite Fana Makoena (Generations) as his shady sidekick.“Amos’s journey will touch a lot of people, as we see somebody trying to put things right,” said Ndaba.Others in the cast include Terry Pheto of Oscar-winning Tsotsi fame, Nat Singo (Beat the Drum) as Amos’s son Themba, Jonathan Pienaar (The Lab), and the ever-popular Leleti Khumalo (Invictus, Cry, the Beloved Country).Hopeville tackles contemporary issues of great relevance to South Africans, such as service delivery, social and moral values, crime and corruption, and the relationships of family and friends.Television spin-offHopeville was inspired by the 2009 television series of the same name, also produced by Curious Pictures. The series producers considered more than 70 locations before settling on the scenic town of Waterval Boven, sitting on the very edge of the escarpment between the high- and low-lying areas of Mpumalanga.The town is popular for fly-fishing, rock-climbing and hiking, and features a number of historical and national monument sites dating back to the days of the Nederlandsche Zuid-Afrikaansch Spoorweg-Maatschappij, which operated in the late 19th century.The film’s cast is largely the same as that of the series, as is the story.NGO Heartlines, in partnership with SABC Education, commissioned the series as part of its work of using television and film to help South Africans strive towards the values of humility, compassion, responsibility, perseverance, and other positive goals, in their lives.The six-episode series aired for the first time in March 2009, and was re-broadcast in September that year. In late September it took top honours in the Drama and Mini-series catewgory at the Rose d’Or, a prestigious international festival featuring the best in entertainment television. The competition takes place every year in Lucerne, Switzerland.Hopeville was one of 110 shows which made it through to the competition round, out of 515 entries submitted. Previous winners of the top prize, the Golden Rose, include The Muppet Show (1977), Mr Bean (1990), Little Britain (2005) and The Eternity Man (2009).“What I love about Heartlines’ work is that they allow us to talk about social issues, which opens up dialogues between different people,” said Jonathan Pienaar, who plays Fred Palmer in the series and film.Beautifully filmed and deftly acted, Hopeville will leave audiences inspired to imitate Amos’s actions and do some good in their communities, even if it is something small, without waiting for someone else to step in.last_img read more

Zuma in Burundi to cement ties

first_imgAgriculture is the backbone ofBurundi’s economy.(Image: Five Prime) President Jacob Zuma is leading thedelegation to Burundi.(Image: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Clayson MonyelaSpokespersonInternational Relations and Cooperation+27 82 884 5974RELATED ARTICLES• Talks to launch African trade bloc• New bridge to boost African trade• Burundian men empower women• SADC free trade area launchedBongani NkosiBurundi’s exports to South Africa amounted to almost R150-million (US$20.9-million) in 2010, and President Jacob Zuma’s state visit to the East African country could further strengthen this trade relationship.Zuma’s visit, scheduled for 11 and 12 August 2011, is meant to pave the way for improved trade and political relations between the two countries. He’s meeting his counterpart Pierre Nkurunziza, among other economic role-players.Over the next few years South Africa is also hoping to increase its exports to Burundi, which were worth just over R65-million ($9.1-million) in 2010.Two memoranda of understanding, on agriculture and livestock trade, as well as economic and technical cooperation, will be signed during the visit.Cooperation in higher education and defence also stands to be bolstered by agreements that will be signed in Bujumbura, Burundi’s capital.Zuma’s delegation includes government ministers from the departments of International Relations and Cooperation, Higher Education and Training, Defence and Military Veterans and Trade and Industry. A forum is scheduled for business people to “explore investment and trade opportunities between the two countries”.Burundi’s major export partners are currently located outside the African continent. Up to 50.4% of its exports went to European Union countries in 2010, while Pakistan received 9.2% of the country’s products.China and the US are also major import and export partners.With an economy largely driven by agriculture, Burundi enjoys profitable trade with its neighbouring countries, thanks to a free trade agreement in the East African Community (EAC) bloc. Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda, all EAC members, are its African partners alongside Zambia, Egypt and South Africa.South Africa was Burundi’s 12th largest trade partner in 2010, after cooperation took knock during the previous year.“Trade statistics between the two countries declined in 2009, but are currently on the rise again,” said Clayson Monyela, spokesperson of the International Relations and Cooperation department.In the top-15 bracket, South Africa has four African economies among its major partners: Nigeria, Angola, Zambia and Mozambique. The country has expressed interest in helping improve intra-African trade in the coming years.Monyela said Zuma’s visit comes “within the context of consolidating the African agenda”.Political ties between SA, Burundi South Africa, largely seen as the continent’s economic superpower, is credited with playing a key role in ending Burundi’s crippling civil war.Besides facilitating negotiations led by Zuma, during his time as deputy president, the South African government deployed almost 300 peacekeepers to Burundi in 2001 when the ethnicity-based conflict was at its peak.Former President Nelson Mandela initiated mediation efforts in the country in 1999. He became a mediator himself under the auspices of the African Union, then the Organisation of African Unity.The countries have enjoyed “close relations” since the facilitation of peace negotiations, said Zuma’s spokesperson Mac Maharaj.“South Africa believes the time has come to work more closely with Burundi in the country’s post-conflict reconstruction and development, and use the existing relations to promote cooperation …” added Maharaj.Zuma’s visit will further cement political ties between the countries, which bodes well for ongoing negotiations for a new trade bloc between East and Southern African countries.“South Africa regards Burundi as a country with great economic potential in the East African community region as well as an important partner for trade and investment,” said Monyela.“Against the backdrop of strengthened political relations, it is expected that trade cooperation between the two countries will grow to greater heights.”last_img read more

Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez

first_img‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 16: Gennady Golovkin reacts after his fight with Canelo Alvarez was called a draw during their WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight championionship bout at T-Mobile Arena on September 16, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPLONDON — Billy Joe Saunders remained on course to challenge either Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez after Saunders defended his WBO middleweight title with a unanimous points decision over American Willie Monroe Jr. on Saturday.The 28-year-old Saunders, (25-0, 12 knockouts) was fighting for the first time under new trainer Dominic Ingle. He received scores of 117-111, 115-114, 117-112 from the three ringside judges.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Monroe’s record fell to 21-3, with six knockouts.Promising heavyweight Daniel Dubois had earlier earned his fifth victory from five when stopping A.J. Carter in only 48 seconds. Carter required oxygen and was immediately sent to hospital, having been knocked down three times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship Saunders had been tipped to face the winner of the Las Vegas fight, but Golovkin retained his middleweight titles Saturday night, fighting to a 12-round draw with Alvarez in a brutal battle that ended with both fighters holding their hands aloft in victory. There is already talk of a rematch.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin fight to a brutal draw; rematch to comeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn London, it was Saunders’ superior sharpness and intent as much as his skills that secured his latest victory. Leading with the jab and also succeeding to Monroe’s body, Saunders began with a typically fast pace and faced little more than jabs in return.In the third round an accurate right uppercut hurt his challenger, and it was only when a cut opened by the bridge of his nose following an accidental clash of heads in the fourth that the American temporarily fought with greater belief.last_img read more

Video: Oklahoma State’s LeBryan Nash Slammed Home One Of The Best Dunks Of The Year vs. Texas

first_imgLeBryan Nash throws down nasty dunk vs. Texas.Add LeBryan Nash to the list of players who have slammed home a basket that should be considered for the mythical dunk of the year award. During Oklahoma State’s game against Texas in Austin, the Cowboys’ forward basically dunked over Longhorn guard DeMarcus Holland. Check it out: This angle makes it even more impressive:Oklahoma State and Texas are currently in the second half of their contest. The game is being televised on the Longhorn Network.last_img

Vine: R.J. Hunter’s Cold-Blooded Three-Pointer Stunned No. 3 Seed Baylor

first_imgR.J. Hunter hits huge three vs. Baylor.Georgia State, the No. 14 seed in the West Region, just ended the game on a 13-0 run to shock No. 3 seed Baylor, 57-56. Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter, the son of GSU head coach Ron Hunter, hit the game-winning three-pointer from way downtown with 2.8 seconds remaining.Hunter struggled much of the day, scoring just two points in the first half. His dad coached the whole game in a rolling stool after tearing his left achilles tendon celebrating the team’s Sun Belt Conference championship last week.This is what happened to Ron Hunter when R.J. made his game-winner. March Madness is amazing.last_img

Healthcare Delivery to be Improved Through the Use of Technology

first_img In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice. In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology. Story Highlights In the next couple of weeks, the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology will be launching a pilot initiative that will enhance healthcare delivery across the island through the use of technology.Dubbed eCare, the initiative is being implemented in collaboration with the Universal Service Fund (USF) and the Diabetes Association of Jamaica.This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley, during his contribution to the 2018/19 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.eCare will allow a patient to, through the use of technology, interact with their doctor for consultation and advice, without having to leave home to visit a clinic or medical practice.It will facilitate video conferencing between doctor and patient, along with affording the medical professional the convenience of sending prescriptions to the patient’s pharmacy of choice.Dr. Wheatley said the eCare pilot will have a phased introduction at select health centres, adding that 5,000 persons will be selected to be part of the pilot, with their data to be analysed as part of the evaluation process before the nationwide launch of the programme.“I believe that eCare is a game changer, as it will revolutionise the way in whichdoctors and their patients collaborate to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and heart disease,” he said.He said doctors and their clinical support staff will receive training in the use of the technology and how the technology can assist them in assessing specific parameters such as blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels.Dr. Wheatley said through eCare, technology will be used to cut the long waiting queues at public health centres; reduce overcrowding at these facilities; better manage the incidence of NCDs; realise tremendous cost savings and contribute to a healthy society; and put power into the hands of patients to better manage their own health.last_img read more

House behind police tape on the citys east side

first_img The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton The scene at a home in the 8600 block of 76th St. on Saturday. Photo by Chris Newton A fourth police vehicle arrived a short time later, and an officer was seen exiting the vehicle wearing forensic coveralls.Officers at the scene declined to comment about the nature of their investigation, but when asked, the on-duty watch commander with the Fort St. John RCMP this afternoon said that police were working on issuing a release.The watch commander was also not able to speak to the incident, saying that the investigation is ongoing.Comments on a post in a local Facebook group allege that three men entered the home brandishing a firearm, shooting and injuring a woman and fatally wounding a dog. Those allegations have not been confirmed.This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Mounties are investigating an incident that took place at a home on the city’s east side earlier today.At around 1:30 on Saturday afternoon, three RCMP vehicles were seen parked outside of a mobile home in the 8600-block of 76th Street, while the home itself was behind police tape.The home appeared to be quite dilapidated, with two windows in the home’s front room seen to be wide open with the windows’ blinds knocked askew, while the front porch and entrance stairs appeared to have collapsed. It is not known if the damaged occurred during the incident.last_img read more

Winners of the Peace Country Open and 2019 Ladies Open

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The annual Peace Country Open took place at the Lake Point Golf & Country Club.Saturday, July 13th and Sunday, July 14th, 2019The following are the winners of the 2019 Petron Communications Peace Country Open; Mens: Ritch HoskerSeniors: Gene DanylukLadies: Ann SawyerLake Point Golf & Country Club presents the 2019 Ladies Open.The one-day tournament is a two-person best-ball event.The event takes place Saturday, July 20th, 2019 and includes 18 holes of golf, dinner, and prizes, at $50 per member, $80 per non-member.Deadline to enter the event is Thursday, July 18th, 2019Call the Pro shop at 250-785-5566 ext. 1 for more information and to register.last_img

Fort St John RCMP investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are currently investigating suspicious deaths involving livestock.According to RCMP, on September 22, they received a report of a bull that was found dead and missing its genitals.RCMP say it is unknown when the bull had died, but significant time had passed before it was reported. Then on October 1, RCMP received a report of a horse that was found dead, also missing its genitals.In both instances, the RCMP attended to investigate but were unable to determine a cause of death.Police say there is no indication they died due to predators and it is unclear whether the two events are related but both are considered suspicious in nature.The B.C. RCMP Livestock Section has been contacted for consultation.If you have any information regarding these incidents or if you see any suspicious activity, you are being asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more