A life remembered on the stage

first_imgNtsako Mkhabela is a dreamer, a feminist, a playwright and a creative spirit. Her play, By the Apricot Tree, based on her mother’s experiences in prison, is a story of courage and love and forgetting. (Image: Ntsako Mkhabela)• ntsako [email protected] Jane CookNtsako Mkhabela is a dreamer, a feminist, a playwright and a creative spirit. Her play, By the Apricot Tree, based on her mother’s experiences in prison, is a story of courage and love and forgetting.Describing her mother as “crazy, daring and incredibly courageous”, Mkhabela says the play describes the mechanisms her mother used to cope during nearly two years in solitary confinement. “She had to forget,” Mkhabela says simply.Sibongile Mkhabela’s journey has taken her from Soweto’s burning streets during the 1976 student uprisings to chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital. Growing up in Zola, one of the poorest areas in Soweto, Sibongile says she has always had a desire for change. A former student leader, executive member of the Soweto Students’ Representative Council and general secretary of the South African Students’ Movement, she was one of many responsible for driving the students’ march through Soweto on 16 June 1976. That uprising lead to a nationwide revolt.Watch these two inspirational womenInspiration for her playMkhabela is fascinated by the idea of memory. “We live in a country that both lives with and negates the notion that memory is a powerful part of who and what we are. What I like [is] that memory is the act and process of putting back the past in [our] mind as best as possible what we remember or recall. I am fascinated by the omissions, the lapses, the exaggerations, the blind spots that are a natural part of remembering.”Her mother has a notoriously bad memory when it comes to people and places, she says. “After making fun of her I began to realise that she has little memory of the people she grew up with, people she went to school with, and it struck me that there is some degree of will in the act of forgetting. She was intentionally forgetful of some parts of her life. I realise now that one of the things she had to do to survive her almost two years in an isolation cell was to forget – to force forgetfulness on her mind.”Blossoming of the playThe first impulse for By The Apricot Tree was the idea that “everything is, is in relation to everything it is not”. Mkhabela explains: we derive a sense of self from useful external points of reference; the people we love, where we live, how the world see us – everything in the world serves to place you in that world. “So when in isolation you lose sense of self – there is only a brick wall to relate to. Memory becomes the only concrete thing, memory which is both fluid and lives in the imaginary.”The inspiration was to imagine her mother relating only to a wall that gave her no sense of self; she could only be KC, her struggle identity. She could only be tough, rough, hard, and solid. “The play is a two-hander of the hard KC confronted by the soft parts of her self, derived from a self made at home. It is the struggle for survival where you want to keep the soft parts of your from the hard walls. The challenge, too, is for the soft parts of you to fight to live in you, despite the tough situations. How do you keep all the parts of you alive where all you have to hang on to is a fluid sense of self?”She knows how loving her mother is, how dearly she values her family: “I tried to imagine what could have happened that would make her force herself to forget her beloved while in isolation.”The layers of an individual“I think the most humbling thing was for my mother to let me know that I got it. I got what she went through and she appreciated being heard for what she went through,” Mkhabela explains. “I think [that] being a woman, I can tell a story from a perspective most men or historians may not. I did not want to write about the girl arrested for organising the student uprising. I wanted to tell the story of the child of Mozambican parents trying to make a home in a foreign country. I wanted to write about the girl who lost her mother. I wanted to write about a girl giving up on love because a peaceful march she and her mates organised turned unexpectedly violent and changed their lives. I think when you tell that story, you move people. I have been humbled to have moved my mother and fellow comrades.”People say they now want the post-apartheid narrative, adds the playwright. “I think they respond to this story because it is not a politics or history lesson; it is just a story about a girl loved away from herself.”By The Apricot Tree has had a run at the Windybrow Theatre in Hillbrow, at Wits Theatre and at the National Arts Festival. It also earned Mkhabela Wits University’s Percy Tucker Prize for best student director. At each venue, the audience responses were powerful and moving. “I think there is space in South Africa for this kind of story.”She believes stories like this bring true healing because at the end of the day, we all want to know we have been heard and our cries were not to the darkness.Telling her mother’s storyDescribing her mother as an archetypal rock and a very open person, Mkhabela says she is most grateful that her mother allowed her to undress her public image, to unhinge her and reveal her soft inner self. “I think the best thing would not be to tell this big story of a girl who jumps fences, gets beaten up by police and still rises strong.“I wanted to tell her story of being left alone at John Foster [Square] in a room about 20 metres long with a broken leg and a weak chest. I wanted to tell the story of the girl who gets sick whenever she gets cold; if I put that girl in a freezing cell for two years, how did she feel? I think most South Africans who claim to be over the story of apartheid miss the fact that apartheid is an institution that more or less is gone, but the story – that lives in people.“Maybe once we get over the over-inflated politics of hero stories, we can start to tell complex stories that can show how people lived with the beast and how they survived it.”The motherMkhabela says her mother is the magician, the rock, the very best friend, the mother-less girl trying to be as good a mother as she thinks a mother should be. “When I was little, my mother cut my apples so that the seeds in the middle looked like stars. So I thought she had a bit of magic about her. My mother allowed me to dream. Whenever I had a fight, my mother fought with me, sometimes for me, so she has been a hero for me too. When I was very young I realised what had happened to my parents and their sharing of their lives has also taught me the power of empathy.”Sibongile raised dreamers, and also taught her daughter the very important lesson of letting people do for themselves. “The work I do is because my mother taught me that institutions like apartheid are fluid, that the power of people can break them down to dust.“My mother raised a humanist feminist. I love the strength of woman that she demonstrates. I think many girls don’t always see strength in their mothers but mine taught me not to fear my strength, and to only love men who are not afraid of my strength.”Living in the nowMkhabela runs a non-profit organisation called Miyela that works to get youth to recognise the pools of power around them that make it possible for them to change themselves and their communities. It starts educational programmes that use local and basic resources to show how much can be done with very little. The Mzansi Spelling Bee came out of this, promoting the idea of youth who are thinkers and doers.She also writes plays and aims to return to directing at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Therein lies her true passion, in the idea of storytelling. “I am now working on republishing my mother’s book, Open Earth and Black Roses. I am also working on a living history project telling the stories of women who were part of the fight for liberation and imprisoned. It is really exciting stuff; we just have to make the public interested. People think you have an apartheid guilt trip when all you want is to make society more humane by allowing stories to be told so people can heal.”And if that is not enough, Mkhabela is also setting up Random Jam, a line of gourmet jam and biscuits. “There is a lot going on and I like that; that is the only way my mother taught me to live.”last_img read more

Scunci Pin Twirl – Much more secure for thick hair

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I will not intellect as they still do the job quite nicely and oyu canot see them when they are in. . Have tried out some other designs like a french roll which also operates well if you get the angles appropriate.Remaining straightforward, definitely awesome but there is more cost-effective ones out there. Really wonderful and held in spot but sorry to say that i was variety of upset when i found a comparable just one in a pound store with no substantially change. So i bought much more simply because i like them and also as items for my sisters.I have long straight fantastic hair and no abilities with updo’s. This is quite clever and i liked the look.Extremely amazed – holds up my good lengthy hair all day and it would not usually keep in nearly anything.Significantly a lot more protected for thick hair. I have thick hair and these help it to feel substantially far more safe than just working with hundreds of clips. The paint is coming off a bit but you don’t see them once they’re in your hair anyway.I have obtained thick hair greatest suited for thinner hair.last_img read more

Test of mental fortitude as Celtics face elimination

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “This is what (separates) an average team from a great team,” he added, “that if you have the opportunity to be up two games, we’re all ready.”Kyrie Irving led the Celtics with 23 points and 10 assists, but made just seven of 22 shots from the field.Overall, the Celtics made just 37.8 percent of their shots and heard boos from the home field as they left the court.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “It’s win or go home,” said Celtics coach Brad Stevens. “It takes a lot of mental fortitude. It takes a lot of mental toughness. It reveals a lot. I’m looking forward to that challenge.”Once again in their series, the third quarter proved pivotal, with the Bucks outscoring the Celtics 33-23 to turn a 49-47 halftime deficit to an 80-72 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe turnaround came with Antetokounmpo on the bench with his fourth foul for the last eight minutes of the quarter.During that span, the Bucks outscored the Celtics 21-13 and when Antetokounmpo returned in the fourth, the Bucks only pressed the action more. Milwaukee took their biggest lead of the night 91-79 on a driving Eric Bledsoe’s finger-roll finish with 9:05 left to play.Boston closed within five on Al Horford’s driving layup less than two minutes later, but they would get no closer.Antetokounmpo, coming off a 32-point game on Friday, connected on 15 of 22 shots from the field and pulled down 16 rebounds.Bledsoe and Khris Middleton added 13 points apiece and George Hill added 15 points off the bench.“It’s amazing,” Antetokounmpo said. “I think the whole group, the whole team played hard. Everybody was ready, everybody stepped up.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:42PH 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 Anthony Joshua at home in Garden despite never fighting there Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) and teammates, from left to right, Jaylen Brown, Marcus Morris, Jayson Tatum and Gordon Hayward wait for the ball to be put in play by the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series in Boston, Monday, May 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)The Boston Celtics need to be a lot better to avoid elimination against the Milwaukee Bucks.Game 5 is on Thursday (Manila time) in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power gridlast_img read more


first_imgThe NSW Junior State Cup went off without a hitch in Wollongong, with no wild weather or electrical storms…there was simply 277 teams of enthusiastic young Touch players and 777 fine games of Touch. The Manly Sea Eagles were amongst the strongest overall performers, grabbing four of the ten Championship grand finals, as well as one runner-up. Wagga Wagga and Wollongong each claimed two Championships grand final titles, with Parkes and Muswellbrook claiming one each.Wollongong seem to be thriving with the event on their home turf, also claiming three Plate final titles. With Wollongong sides making two Championship and three Plate finals and going on to win all five, the hometown support must surely make a difference in the big matches. The Tamworth Thunder also showed they’re a country region on the improve, especially in the female divisions, finishing second in the Under 14 and Under 18 girls Championship finals and also the Under 18 girls Plate final. The grand finals were all showcases of some of the most promising future Touch players NSW has to offer, with the following results:Championship Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies 1 (6)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Manly Sea Eagles (2) def Parramatta Eels (0)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Wagga Wagga (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Parkes Pumas (13) def Griffith (2)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Manly Sea Eagles (3) def Parramatta Eels (2)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Tamworth Thunder 1 (2)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Muswellbrook Mambas (10) def Penrith Panthers (9)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: Wagga Wagga (13) def Taree (10)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Manly Sea Eagles (9) def Wests Magpies (2)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4)Plate Grand Finals:McCall Cup, Boys Under 10’s: Wollongong Devils (7) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (4)Tirado Cup, Girls Under 10’s: Central Coast Dolphins (13) def Blacktown Broncos (2)Zabielo Cup, Boys Under 12’s: Taree (8) def Penninsula Piranahs (5)Vassallo Cup, Girls Under 12’s: Port Macquarie vs LBM Rangers (to be confirmed)Yiangou Cup, Boys Under 14’s: Wagga Wagga (3) def Nelson Bay Neptunes (0)Taylor Cup, Girls Under 14’s: City of Orange Thunder (5) def Penrith Panthers (3)Wall Cup, Boys Under 16’s: Central Coast Dolphins (5) def Manly Sea Eagles (0)Toohey Cup, Girls Under 16’s: LBM Rangers (6) def Cronulla Sharks (3)Galea Cup, Boys Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (13) def Mudgee Mudcrabs (12)Rose Cup, Girls Under 18’s: Wollongong Devils (9) def Tamworth Thunder (4) All results can be found at www.nswtouch.com.au, photographs were taken by Sporting Images and can be purchased at www.sportingimages.com.aulast_img read more

Indigenous All Stars Claim Inaugural Match

first_imgThe Indigenous All Stars team created history on Friday, winning the inaugural All Stars Touch Football game by one touchdown, 5-4 at Cbus Stadium.The Indigenous All Stars took an early lead before the TFA All Stars hit back to level the game at 4-all with five minutes remaining. Lachlan Pierce gave his side a one touchdown lead with minutes remaining, before solid defence by the Indigenous All Stars stopped the TFA All Stars from forcing the game into a drop-off, with the Indigenous All Stars taking the match, 5-4. Pierce was recognised for his impressive performance, being awarded the Shane Frederiksen Medal, with Indigenous All Stars teammate, Carly Walsh receiving the Bo De La Cruz Medal. Stay tuned to the TFA social media channels for highlights and photos. To read the www.nrl.com match report, please click on the following link: http://www.nrl.com/indigenous-side-too-slick-for-tfa-all-stars/tabid/10874/newsid/83827/default.aspx To watch a replay of the game, please click on the link below:http://www.nrl.com/live-stream-womens-all-stars-and-more/tabid/10874/newsid/83807/default.aspx Related LinksAll Starslast_img read more

Well completion companies report sharp slowdown in fourth quarter activity

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Companies whose services are needed for hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” of oil and gas wells are reporting tough times thanks to a slowdown in drilling in Western Canada in the fourth quarter.Shares in both Trican Well Service Ltd. and Source Energy Services Ltd. trended lower Thursday after the Calgary-based companies reported lower sales in the last three months of 2018.Fracking involves injecting water, sand and chemicals under high pressure to crack tight rock formations deep underground and allow trapped oil and gas to flow into the well to be produced. Trican, whose crews step in after a well is drilled to make it ready for production, reported a fourth-quarter net loss from continuing operations of $159 million (including a $134-million goodwill impairment charge), compared with a net profit of $14 million a year earlier.It says revenue dropped by 40 per cent to $168 million from $280 million in the same period of 2017 as its total job count fell by 30 per cent to 2,054 from 2,909.Source Energy, which supplies the specialized sand used in fracking, reported in an operational update that sales fell by 33 per cent to 373,000 tonnes in the fourth quarter from 557,000 tonnes in the same quarter in 2017.The Petroleum Services Association of Canada said last month it expects 5,600 wells to be drilled in the country this year, down from 6,948 in 2018, due to what it calls deteriorating investor confidence in Canada.last_img read more

City of Dawson Creek optsin on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw

first_imgAccording to the City, the findings from the review has Council concerned about the elevated levels of bacteriological contaminants such as fecal coliforms and E.coli in multiple locations throughout the watershed.As a water purveyor, the City has an on-going legal responsibility to monitor water quality and respond to source water protection concerns.The City has requested that the Province address these water quality concerns by encouraging the adoption of beneficial management practices on both private and crown land. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The City of Dawson Creek has made the decision to opt-in on the Provincial Review of the Kiskatinaw Watershed.Back in December 2018, the Province requested Dawson Creek’s comments on the impacts of direct cattle access in the Kiskatinaw River Watershed to assist with the development of Livestock Watering Regulations.In response to that request, the City’s Watershed Stewardship Program completed a full review of past reports and management plans.last_img read more

IT Dept searches premises of kin of JK exMin Imran Ansari

first_imgSrinagar: The Income Tax Department Thursday carried out searches at five places here, including at the premises of a kin of Imran Reza Ansari, a former minister in the PDP-BJP coalition, for alleged tax evasion, sources said.The searches were carried out against a group which is a “monopolistic wholesale distributer” of pharmaceuticals in the Kashmir Valley, a released issued by the I-T Department said. It was gathered that the group charged huge premium on life saving drugs which were exclusively sourced through it in the Valley and the extra normal profits earned by this modus operandi were used for investment in real estate in Srinagar, as well as for unaccounted expenditure by the promoter’s family not disclosed in their income tax returns, the release said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Sources said Ansari’s sister is married into the family whose premises have been searched. However, the tax officials maintained that searches were carried out on a business family and were in no way connected to Ansari, a politician who switched over to People’s Conference led by Sajad Lone. The I-T department release said the search action has yielded incriminating documents and digital evidence that suggest huge concealment of income by the promoter and his family members. Apparently, Rs 3.08 crore in transactions of two pieces of land in Srinagar has been earned by the group, which has not been disclosed in the returns of income. The digital evidence in the form of hard disc that has been seized, indicates that a part of the sales proceeds, approximating nearly 10 per cent of the turnover are kept outside the books of accounts to suppress profits, it said.last_img read more

Weekly football picks Week 7

Justin Zwick Last week: 1-2 Overall: 15-5 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Arkansas Quinn Pitcock Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Michigan, Arkansas The only game featuring a difference of opinion last week was Michigan State-Michigan. Sparty’s 34-17 victory gave James Laurinaitis, Quinn Pitcock and Zack Meisel 2-1 weeks. Justin Zwick suffered his first losing week of the season, as he returned closer to the pack at 15-5 overall. Laurinaitis and Pitcock trail Zwick by just one game. Senior basketball player Dallas Lauderdale checks in two games off the pace. This week, every participant expects Ohio State to knock off Wisconsin, but opinion is spread out on the other two contests. THIS WEEK’S GAMES No. 1 Ohio State @ No. 18 Wisconsin No. 15 Iowa @ Michigan No. 12 Arkansas @ No. 7 Auburn James Laurinaitis Last week: 2-1 Overall: 14-6 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Dallas Lauderdale Last week: 1-2 Overall: 13-7 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn Zack Meisel Last week: 2-1 Overall: 11-9 Picks: Ohio State, Iowa, Auburn read more

Dortmund chief rules out Pulisic Weigl January exits

first_imgBorussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc announced that Christian Pulisic will remain at the club after January, while also hinting the same for Julian WeiglThe young duo have both been linked with winter moves away from Dortmund amid struggles to gain regular game time under coach Lucien Favre.Weigl, who was previously linked with a switch to Manchester City earlier this year, has fallen behind summer recruit Axel Witsel in the Dortmund midfield pecking order.Meanwhile, ex-USA star Alexi Lalas has urged Pulisic to leave Dortmund in favour of a transfer to a bigger European club.Chelsea and Liverpool have been linked with moves for Pulisic recently, but Dortmund insists the American is going nowhere.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We won’t let any important players, who are indispensable for achieving our sporting goals, leave this winter,” Zorc told Bild.“I’m strongly assuming that Christian (Pulisic) will still be wearing the BVB jersey in February.”Although former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is being tipped to make a January exit after being left out of Dortmund’s 2-0 Champions League win at AS Monaco.The Japan international recently expressed a desire to try his luck at La Liga football before the end of his playing career.last_img read more