Arcata >> Simply put, the Northern Humboldt Giants 17-and-under American Legion baseball team has dwarfed its competition in the Area One Tournament this week.On Friday, the Giants made quick work of the Redding Tigers, scoring runs early and often while benefitting from another quality outing from their starting pitcher to earn a 9-0 five-inning win and put themselves just one victory away from the championship game.Jacob Smith allowed just three hits — all singles — while striking out six …
Cape Town’s diverse scenery andtop-class facilities make it a prime locationfor international film productions, includingbig budget titles from Hollywood andBollywood.(Image: Rodger Bosch,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com.For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Linton RensburgCape Film Commission media manager+27 82 508 0990RELATED ARTICLES• Hollywood studio for Cape Town• Bollywood yes for Cape Town• Cape Town: Africa’s Hollywood• Film body eyes Garden RouteNicky RehbockAlready a favourite with both Hollywood and Bollywood, Cape Town is set to get a new boost as a prime film location when overseas media hit its shores for the 2010 Fifa World Cup final draw in early December.The draw, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 4 December, will determine the match order for world’s top 32 teams playing in next year’s tournament.The Cape Film Commission (CFC) markets and develops the film industry for the city and greater Western Cape province, and is working hard to ensure foreign media have access to the best technology during the draw and next year’s cup – the first to be contested on African soil.The British Broadcasting Corporation is just one of the major international media organisations that have already started operations in the city.“We have successfully facilitated the presence of the BBC in Cape Town for six weeks before and during the draw, and in 2010 it will broadcast all matches live from its studio in the city,” the CFC said. “This is one of the most significant marketing opportunities for us.”There are also plans for the BBC to broadcast programmes such as BBC Africa and its history channel from Cape Town during the World Cup.This will have positive spinoffs for city, as the broadcaster will partner with local production companies and stay in hotels and guest houses in the region.“Cape Town and the Western Cape has become a global film industry destination and 2010 will be a crucial year during which we will have to up our game as the rest of the world’s eyes will be on us,” said Laurence Mitchell, the commission’s CEO.Africa’s top film spotOver the last decade the city has become an increasingly popular location for high-profile filmmakers, due to its spectacular and varied scenery; and the presence of the CFC, which puts international crews in touch with the right service suppliers and facilities to ensure a smooth production process.According to the CFC, deals were struck to bring seven major film productions, including Hollywood and Bollywood titles, to Cape Town in 2009.The most exciting in this line-up is the film Invictus directed by Oscar-winner Clint Eastwood and starring top Hollywood actors Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.Due for release in December, the film is based on John Carlin’s book The Human Factor: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Changed the World. It tells the story of South Africa’s 1995 Rugby World Cup victory on home turf, when then president Nelson Mandela joined forces with rugby captain Francois Pienaar to help unite black and white South Africans after the fall of apartheid only a year before.Mandela is played by Freeman, whose previous productions include The Dark Knight, Evan Almighty and Lucky Number Slevin, while fellow Oscar-winner Matt Damon – star of The Departed, Ocean’s Thirteen and The Bourne Ultimatum – will play Pienaar.“This is by far the biggest film ever made in Cape Town, with at least 70% of the production process taking place in the city,” the CTC said.Another production in the pipeline is Heaven and Earth featuring the lead star of four James Bond films Pierce Brosnan. The film is a romantic drama set in 1826 when the Cape was still a British colony.Lion of Judah, the first full-length South African film using computer-generated imagery, was also recently made in Cape Town and is set for international release soon.Earlier this year parts of the Bollywood action comedy No Problem were filmed in the city. Prolific Indian director Anees Bazmee also took the stellar cast, including Anil Kapoor of Slumdog Millionaire fame and former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen, to various locations in KwaZulu-Natal.“Laconia is another big budget film being produced locally. It’s based on the sinking of the RMS Laconia by a German submarine off the West Coast of Africa during World War II,” the CFC said.The film is being made by Cape Town-based Two Oceans Production with a budget of more than R60-million (US$8-million). “All the services, suppliers, equipment, materials and back-up crew have been sourced from the city,” Mitchell said.Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton recently arrived in the city to shoot a commercial for a European bank. The piece, made by Cape Town’s Farm Film Productions, was shot over three days in the 4km-long Huguenot Tunnel that runs east towards the scenic Cape Winelands.“This was a huge technical operation that involved helicopters, lifts and a local crew of about 150 people. Having someone of that stature coming here to do a major shoot is great endorsement for the region and South Africa. It shows that international stars have confidence in our production capabilities,” Mitchell said.
11 March 2013 South African President Jacob Zuma has congratulated newly elected Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta and the people of Kenya following the conclusion of peaceful elections in the east African country last week. “President Zuma looks forward to working together with the Kenyan government and the people of Kenya in strengthening bilateral relations which have tangible benefits for our people and in which South Africa and Kenya can learn from one another as we seek to contribute positively to our regional bodies and our continent,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement on the weekend. Speaking in Pretoria on Saturday, Zuma said: “What the people of Kenya have done is what democracy is all about.” The South African government commended Kenya’s Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for engaging the country’s public and political parties in an open, transparent and accountable manner to ensure that it effectively delivered on its mandate. South Africa participated in the observation of the elections under the auspices of the African Union election observer mission and the Commonwealth observer mission. According to the department, the elections were conducted in a peaceful, transparent and credible manner that accorded the people of Kenya the opportunity to express themselves freely at the polls. The department “commended the people of Kenya and the other candidates for the patience and commitment they demonstrated on election day, as well as during the period leading up to the final announcement of the outcome of the elections by the IEBC, to uphold peace and never again allow their country to be wracked by violence.” The South African government was “confident that any of the parties that might have a dispute with the outcome of the general elections will adhere to the Electoral Code of Conduct and their undertaking to follow the required legal avenues that have been put in place for managing such disputes,” the department said. “Since the introduction of multiparty democracy in 1992, the people of Kenya have shown their determination and will to consolidate peace, enhance national reconciliation, strengthen Kenya’s democratic process and lay the foundation for economic and social development.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
Farmers have moved the Bombay High Court against the Nagpur-Mumbai Super Expressway as they are being forced to evict their lands for the project. The farmers claimed that their fundamental rights were being violated.Twelve agriculturists and the Shetkari Sangharsh Samiti, an association of farmers and land owners in Thane district, are opposing the Samrudhhi Expressway project. Around 27 villages in Shahpur taluka and co-operative societies have expressed their objection to the project. The petition challenges the constitutional validity of the provisions of The Maharashtra Highways (Amended) Act, 2016 and the Maharashtra Highways Act, 1955. ‘Illegal methods used’The petition states that the government adopted illegal measures to acquire their land. It claimed that due process of law was not followed and the police force, the paramilitary force and the revenue machinery was used to pressure thousands of land owners to give up their land.The petitions alleges that the proposed project would pass through 155.98 hectares of forest land and the ghat section and it has not received clearance from the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.The plea opposes the compensation given to landowners and farmers affected by the project under the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.A Division Bench will hear the plea on Wednesday.