Fur den Golfenthusiasten ist Sudafrika ein wunderbares Ziel – und das ist nicht ubertrieben. Das Land bietet ein ideales Klima auf den Fairways unter der strahlenden afrikanischen Sonne und Golfer habe die Qual der Wahl.Wenn Sie die Herausforderung eines Kustenparcours lieben, gibt es eine atemberaubende Auswahl; Wenn Sie gern in großerer Hohenlage spielen, wo der Ball gleich so viel weiter fliegt, gibt es eine ebenso gute Auswahl.Der wahrscheinlich beruhmteste Golfplatz Sudafrikas ist der Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, das Zuhause des Nedbank Golfturniers, welches den hochstdotierten 1. Preis aller Turniere der Welt bietet.Jedoch gibt es viele andere Weltklasseplatze, welche beide Besonderheiten aufweisen, sowohl die Europaische PGA Tour als auch die lokale Sonnenschein Tour und einen Reichtum von ausgezeichneten Platzen außerdem.Sudafrika hat eine Anzahl hochkaratiger Golfer hervorgebracht, einschließlich Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Ernie Els und Retief Goosen und Trevor Immelman, alles Turniergewinner und sobald Sie einige Platze erlebt haben, die wir anbieten, werden Sie verstehen warum.Planen Sie Ihre Golfsafari also schon jetzt!Sudafrikas Top 10 PlatzeLeopard CreekVon der Golf Digest USA (2005) als bester Platz Sudafrikas und Nummer 25 der Welt außerhalb der USA bewertet, liegt Leopard Creek an der Grenze zum weltberuhmten Kruger Nationalpark. Gary Player´s Entwurf bezog die naturliche Umgebung ein, das Zuhause von Afrikas “großen Funf” – Lowe, Leopard, Elefant, Rhinozeros und Buffel – und uber 200 Vogelarten, wahrend die Spieler mittels innovativer Architektur- und Landschaftsbaumethoden geschutzt bleiben.Gary Player Country ClubDer Gastgeber des Nedbank Turniers, Gary Player Country Club in Sun City in der Nord West Provinz, hat 2 Holes, die sich auf der Golf Online Liste der 500 besten Golfholes im Jahr 2005 platziert haben: Das 520 m neunte Hole Par 5 und das 402 m achtzehnte Hole Par 4. Golf Liste USA (2005) setzte den Platz auf Nummer 29 in der Welt außerhalb der USA.Wild Coast Country ClubEntworfen von dem weltrberumten Robert Trent Jones, prasentiert sich der Platz wunderschon vor dem Hintergrund des Indischen Ozeans – aber ist eine Strafe fur diejenigen, die sich in die Wildnis verirren. Das Vorzeige-Hole des Clubs ist das 13. Par 3, welches mit nur 146 Meter eine wirkliche Herausforderung darstellt und in die 500 besten Holes von Golf Online aufgenommen wurde.Fancourt Hotel, Country Club und Golf EstateAuf dem umwerfenden Fancourt Hotel, Country Club und Golfanwesen im malerischen Sud-Kap gelegen, waren die Golfplatze bei Fancourt 2003 Gastgeber eines unvergesslichen Presidents Cup Aufschlages zwischen den USA und dem internationalen Team, wie auch bei der Eroffnung des Women’s World Cup of Golf im Jahr 2005. An 59. Stelle in der Welt außerhalb der USA in der Golf Liste USA im Jahr 2005 gefuhrt, ist der Platz einzigartig in Sudafrika. Gary Player’s Plan benotigte ein Konstruktionswunder, um ihn zusammenzusetzen – mit uber 700.000 Kubikmetern Erde, die bewegt werden mußten, um einen typischen Links-Platz zu kreieren, wo vorher ein flaches Stuck Land war.Durban Country ClubDieser Platz hat mehr sudafrikanische Meisterschaften ausgerichtet als irgendein anderer im Land, die Liste der Gewinner beinhaltet Namen wie Gary Player, Bobby Locke, Bob Charles, Ernie Els und Tim Clark. Auf einem von hohen Dunen umgebenen alten Sumpfland gebaut, verschmilzt der Platz mit seiner Umgebung entlang der Kustenlinie unweit des Indischen Ozeans. 2005 bewertete Golf Digest USA bewertet den Platz mit der Position 62 in der Welt außerhalb der USA, wobei 3 Holes in den Golf Online Top 500 aufgenommen wurden.Arabella Country ClubArabella Country Club ist seit 2003 Gastgeber des Nelson Mandela Invitational und zieht einige der weltbesten Golfer zum Westkap. Angrenzend and die großte Lagune Sudafrikas bietet der Platz – mit dem neunten, siebzehnten und achzehnten Hole parallel zum Wasser – sowohl eine wunderbare Herausforderung als auch eine auffallige Landschaft. Entworfen von dem einheimischen Top-Architekten Pete Matkovich wurde der Platz auf Nummer 100 in der Welt außerhalb der USA vom Golf Digest USA (2005) gelistet.Glendower Golf ClubIm Jahr 1937 erbaut, gewann der Johannesburg´s Glendower Golf Club fruh an Bedeutung als Gastgeber des Transvaal Open nach nur 2-jahrigem Bestehen. Der Gewinner war Bobby Locke mit einem damaligen Weltrekord-Score von 265. Seit der Zeit war dieser Platz dreimal Gastgeber des South African Open und hat große Veranderungen durchlebt. Baume, Wasserhindernisse – bei 11 Lochern – und Bunker sind reichlich vorhanden. Das Vorzeige-Hole 10. Par 4 wurde in Golf Onlines 500 besten Holes der Welt in 2005 einbezogen.George Golf ClubDer malerische, hugelige Platz nicht weit von Fancourt auf der schonen Garden Route des Westkaps ist vollgepackt mit Baumen. Das Vorzeige-Hole, das siebzehnte, das letzte der vier Par 3, war eines der Golf Online´s 500 besten Holes der Welt in 2005.Pecanwood Golf and Country Club EstateAn der Grenze zum Hartebeespoort Darn in der North West Provinz, ist der von Jack Nicklaus entworfene Pecanwood Golf and Country Club Estate vor dem Hintergrund der schonen Magaliesberg Berge gestellt. Golf Digest wahlte ihn zum schonsten neuen Golfplatz des Jahres bei seiner Eroffnung im Jahr 1998.River Club Golf CourseDer sehr exklusive River Club Golf Course in Sandton, Johannesburg wird wegen seiner immer makellosen Bedingungen sehr hoch bewertet. Leider haben nur Mitglieder und deren Gaste Zugang zu dieser malerischen Anlage.SAinfo reporter
Prof Alice Walker, who’s currently in SouthAfrica to deliver the annual Steve BikoMemorial Lecture, is best known for heraward-winning novel The Colour Purple.(Image: Nicky Rehbock) Portraits of individuals who have deliveredpast lectures hang in hall of fame at theSteve Biko Foundation in Johannesburg.Artworks of former presidents NelsonMandela and Thabo Mbeki are amongthem.(Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS • Steve Biko Foundation +27 11 403 0310RELATED ARTICLES• Biko’s legacy lives on • Canada, asylum and the sprinkler salesman• Food security starts at home • South African literatureNicky RehbockProf Alice Walker has arrived in South Africa to deliver the 11th annual lecture honouring the late Stephen Bantu Biko, an anti-apartheid activist and leader who founded the Black Consciousness Movement.Walker, best known for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Colour Purple, was invited to the country by the Steve Biko Foundation, which was set up in his memory. Biko died while in police custody on 12 September 1977.“The Steve Biko Foundation is honoured to be hosting Professor Alice Walker on her first visit to South Africa. In short, she embodies everything that Bantu Stephen Biko stood for during his life,” said Nkosinathi Biko, CEO of the foundation, and son of Stephen.This will be the first time the lecture is delivered by someone from outside Africa, and only the second time it’s been delivered by a woman – the first being Dr Mamphela Ramphele, an internationally respected South African activist, academic, author, businesswoman and medical doctor. Ramphele and Biko had two children, although he was married to someone else at the time.“It’s because of Professor Walker’s eloquent articulation of the link between identity, activism and social change that the foundation asked her to deliver the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture this year,” said the younger Biko.The lecture will take place at the University of Cape Town on 9 September 2010 and is titled Coming to see you since I was five years old: An American Poet’s Connection to the South African soul.According to the foundation, the Steve Biko Memorial Lecture was initiated to examine the relationship between individuals and society, to explore triumphs over inequality, and to speak to challenges and opportunities facing people of African descent.Ties that bindWhen asked at a recent press conference what South Africans can expect from the lecture, Walker said: “You perhaps know my poem, Expect Nothing – Live Frugally on Surprise. I prefer to be spontaneous and live in the moment.”Although this response is cryptic, the author did disclose that she would “address issues of my life and how Steve Biko and I are definitely sister and brother in our love for people”.She added, “For me this journey is an exploration of how close I feel to Steve Biko in his legacy of caring.”Walker explained that her link with Biko is based on a “determination to always tell the truth” and the fact that both lived during times of intense political turmoil in the mid-1960s and 1970s.“Biko lived in dangerous places – and so did I. In the 1960s I was living in Mississippi state, after graduating from college in New York city, and I was trying to bring literacy to people who had little or none. There were fire-bombings, and people were lynched and killed. It was bloody and dangerous in the way that South Africans lived for a very long time during apartheid.“I will talk about the legacy of Steve Biko and connect our struggles, the paths we’ve crossed and the desire for freedom and growth.“It boils down to humanity – Biko had a joy of life. It’s my love, respect and admiration for Stephen Biko that drew me here to South Africa.”At the conference a member of the press asked Walker how it felt to be the first non-African to deliver the lecture. “I take the long view in that there are no non-Africans,” she said.“Everyone has been inspired by his life over the decades. There are places where I feel called to because of sincere work, and I am honoured to go wherever that may be.“I love Biko’s fearlessness. He was someone with such integrity – he was a whole being. He fought for his existence with the very last of his energy.“In this love of people and hope for humanity’s advancement we must acknowledge we have it all within us – it’s just a matter of how we use it,” she added.Warrior for peaceWalker is also a poet, short-story writer, essayist, anthologist, teacher, editor, publisher and activist, with a deep interest in race and gender. She was born in 1944 in Georgia, US.She’s a self-described “daughter of rural peasantry”, growing up in the American south in the wake of the Great Depression of the 1930s.After completing high school in 1961 she became involved in the civil rights movement, taking depositions from black Americans who had been evicted from their homes for attempting to register to vote.Published in 1982, The Colour Purple focuses on the struggle of black American women in rural Georgia in the first half of the 20th century, particularly the life of Celie, who writes a series of unburdening letters to God after being repeatedly raped and beaten by her father.The book became a bestseller and was soon made into a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Spielberg. The stellar cast included Oprah Winfrey as well as Hollywood greats like Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. In 2005 it was adapted into a Broadway musical play.The Colour Purple won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1983, making Walker the first black American woman to receive such an honour.Her writings have been have been translated into more than 24 languages and her books have sold over 10-million copies.
6 May 2014 Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Lechesa Tsenoli will represent South Africa at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa summit in Abuja, Nigeria this week, the Presidency announced on Monday. Over 900 international leaders from business, government, civil society and academia will gather in Nigeria’s capital from Wednesday through Friday to discuss structural reforms and investments that can help sustain the continent’s growth while creating jobs and prosperity. Jabu Mabuza, chairman of South African electricity parastatal Telkom, is one of seven co-chairs of the summit. Brand South Africa will also run a programme at the summit, including hosting a dialogue in partnership with CNBC Africa on Wednesday. “Africa has remained at the centre of our foreign policy,” President Jacob Zuma said in a statement. “We have also prioritised the promotion of regional economic integration, infrastructure development, intra-African trade and sustainable development in the continent. “The World Economic Forum is an important platform to take this agenda forward, especially as it enables Africa to interact with the world to promote growth and development.” Gordhan noted that the Abuja summit was taking place against the backdrop of a much improved outlook for economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa. “In its most recent regional economic outlook, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa will pick up from 4.9 percent in 2013 to 5.5 percent this year, an acceleration which the IMF ascribed to improved prospects in a large number of countries in the region,” Gordhan said. Elsie Kanza, the World Economic Forum’s Africa director, said in a WEF statement on Monday that Africa’s continued progress “depends fundamentally on the ability of its leaders to take the bold decisions necessary to transform the region’s economy and society. “By bringing together leaders from politics, business and civil society, we hope the meeting will offer an environment where such decisions can be catalysed, and where commitment and creativity can be drawn on to build a future fit for all Africans.” SAinfo reporter
Dr Glenda Gray, the pioneering medical researcher, who specialises in the search for a vaccine for HIV/Aids, is the only South African to be selected as one of Time magazine’s prestigious 100 most influential people in 2017.Dr Glenda Gray, selected as one of 2017’s Most Influential people by Time magazine, is a pioneering medical researcher dedicated to finding an HIV vaccine. Gray has been at the forefront of HIV/Aids treatment and advocacy in South Africa for more than 30 years. (Image: South African Medical Research Council)CD AndersonDr Glenda Gray joins previous South African Time100ers such as comedian Trevor Noah, former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and tech entrepreneur Elon Musk. This year’s list includes US presidential adviser Ivanka Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin, humanitarian Melinda Gates and singer Kendrick Lamar.Gray is the president and CEO of the South African Medical Research Council (SMRC), and also leads a group of internationally acclaimed medical researchers giving hope to people living with HIV/Aids. Its landmark contribution is the development and implementation of a pioneering HIV vaccine efficacy trial that has been running over the past seven years.This programme seeks to develop an effective and affordable HIV vaccine regimen in South Africa that, if successful, could be the first HIV vaccine to be licensed globally.Speaking to News24 about her work, Gray says: “I [believe] if we find a solution to HIV, we will find it in South Africa. As a county we have come a long way with many breakthroughs over the years.”In the Time profile, editor Siobhan O’Conner calls Gray a dedicated and passionate pioneer, and highlights her research that led to a dramatic drop in mother-to-child HIV transmission and babies born with the virus — from 600,000 a year to 150,000. Part of Gray’s leadership in ongoing research and medical trials is the development of an early infant inoculation system.“[Gray’s] ongoing HIV vaccine study is the largest of its kind ever conducted in South Africa, and with it, Gray is once again doing her part to make sure that the science of HIV — and the conversation around it — never stops evolving,” writes O’Conner.The doctor’s courageous drive and fearlessness in questioning the status quo was, according to her official SMRC biography, developed by her tireless work in fighting against apartheid. During the 1980s Gray was at the forefront of calling for the desegregation of the country’s hospitals and allowing access to medical treatment for all South Africans. After 1994, Gray worked closely with Nelson Mandela’s first democratic government in tackling the growing HIV/Aids problem.She founded South Africa’s first perinatal HIV clinic in 1993, offering testing and counselling facilities for pregnant women in townships. The clinic, together with the University of the Witwatersrand, was also at the forefront of HIV/Aids research. Later, Gray campaigned vigorously for cost-effective HIV treatments for developing countries.In 2001, Gray and others helped to form the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), which fought tirelessly for the distribution of treatment to HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa. In 2002, alongside her colleague Dr James McIntyre, she received the Nelson Mandela Health and Human Rights Award for their research. In presenting the award to Gray and her team, Mandela recognised that “beyond doubt and argument” that giving drugs to pregnant women was central to the fight against HIV/Aids.In 2003, Gray and McIntyre were honoured with a Heroes in Medicine Award by the International Association of Physicians in Aids Care.She was also awarded South Africa’s highest national honour, the Order of Mapungubwe (Silver) in 2013 for both her activism during apartheid and her pioneering medical research.While the work of the TAC with the South African government has enabled more than 2 million South Africans with HIV/Aids to receive treatment, Gray has refocused her research efforts on developing effective vaccines for the virus, particular for enabling infected mothers to be able to breastfeed infants. Her current work is focusing on developing a vaccine that works for adults and children.“Once we find a vaccine that works, and we put it to infants, I would have completed my cycle, my journey,” she said. “I want to be part of that team that finds an HIV vaccine. I believe we will find it.”Regarding the Time 100 honour, Gray paid tribute to those around her who had been part of the trailblazing work, telling News24 on 21 April 2017: “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for my team and the people I work with. So, it’s not just about me, I happen to represent a team that very much deserves this as much as I do… we can’t rest. We will find a solution. I might symbolise hope and passion, but it is the hard work of a whole team of people that will ultimately make a difference.”For a full timeline of the life and work of Dr Glenda Gray, read this 2014 profile.Source: News24, South African Medical Research Council, Wikipedia Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
Poland’s Adrian Edward Zielinski has won the gold medal in weightlifting men’s 85kg category with a total of 385kg. Zielinski, 23, standing in the third place with the snatch of 174kg, showed off his strength in clean-and-jerk with the final attempt of 211kg to take the gold away from 19-year-old Russian Apti Aukhadov, by virtue of his lighter bodyweight, as both athletes totalled 385kg.”I was sure I was going to get a medal. But in the last lift I felt a second strength so I just decided to go for it,” said Zielinski on his last lift.Zielinski won the world title in 2010 with 383kg and this year’s Polish championships with an outstanding total of 395kg. However, he did this in the 94kg category, weighing about 5kg above his usual limit.The night was not for event favourites. Iranian lifter Kianoush Rostami, 2011 world champion, who lifted 399kg total in the national team trials, managed only the first attempt of snatch and clean-and jerk, took the bronze medal with 380kg in total.Chinese lifter Lu Yong, defending Olympic champion, led in snatch with 178kg but was unable to stay in top gear and eliminated for three no-lifts in clean-and-jerk.Other pre-competition favourites who failed to register a total included Andrei Rybakou of Belarus, Olympic silver medallist in 2004 and 2008, and Asian champion Sourab Moradi of Iran, neither of whom managed to complete a successful snatch attempt.Earlier in the Excel arena, Kazakhstan weightlifter Svetlana Podobedova won the gold medal in women’s 75kg category with a total of 291kg. Russian lifter Natalya Zabolotnaya won the silver and Belarus lifter Iryna Kulesha bagged the bronze.advertisement
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jahlil Okafor helps Pelicans stun Rockets in 1st game since Anthony Davis’ trade demand FILE – Jon Jones looks prior to a Light Heavyweight titlebout against Alexander Gustafsson of Sweden during the UFC 232 event inside The Forum on December 29, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jones defeated Gustafsson by KO. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPReigning UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones was given a one-fight license Tuesday by the Nevada State Athletic Commission to compete against Anthony Smith at UFC 235 in March.After more than three hours, officials granted the rare license but attached several conditions for Jones if he wants another bout in Nevada.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ View comments Now his future depends on staying clean outside the Octagon as well as how he performs inside it.“This is on you. It’s on your shoulders,” commissioner Anthony Marnell told Jones. “I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof is in the pudding.“I’m happy you are back here. You will always be treated with respect here and I wanted to make sure that you understood that. Welcome back to Nevada and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”The US Anti-Doping Agency, in a statement, said it found the samples in Jones’s positive tests to be residual based on amounts and said they provided no chance of performance enhancement.“We agree with and support the NSAC decision today to license Jon Jones to fight in Nevada and while USADA does not have jurisdiction over the licensing, we appreciate being able to collaborate with the NSAC to ensure a fair outcome,” USADA said.ADVERTISEMENT The 31-year-old American will be required to be drug tested at least twice a month until UFC 235, then comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule for the remainder of 2019 in order to fight in Nevada again.Jones tested positive for trace amounts of a long-term metabolite of the anabolic steroid Turinabol multiple times in 2018, then tested negative in four consecutive drug tests from September to November before another positive test last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThat prompted UFC to move its December 29 show from Nevada, which would not license him after the positive, to California, where Jones was allowed to fight on short notice with extra drug testing, as California officials concluded the new positive tests and others with trace amounts before the fight were from a 2017 violation for which he had served a 15-month suspension.Jones, a three-time banned fighter, recaptured his title with a third-round stoppage of Alexander Gustafsson. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting