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‘Life of a Legend’ coin series honours Mandela

first_imgThe South African Mint Company has launched a limited edition coin set, the first in a series of coins dubbed “Life of a Legend” that will be issued over the next 12 years in honour of the life and work of Nelson Mandela.“Nelson Mandela’s contribution to South Africa’s democracy and to the world at large is well known,” SA Mint Company chairman and Deputy Reserve Bank governor Francois Groepe said at the launch at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg in March.“He is our nation’s foremost symbol of reconciliation. Now, the South African Mint proudly honours ‘The Life of a Legend: Nelson Mandela’ with the legal tender Protea coin series.”Three coins in the series will be released each April for the next 12 years: a stirling silver R1 coin), a one-tenth-of-an-ounce pure gold R5 coin, and a one-ounce pure gold R25 coin.The coins will depict various aspects of Mandela’s life, starting with his early childhood in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.Images inspired by Mandela’s boyhood in Qunu – including his beloved stick-fighting – feature on the reverse of the pure gold R25 coin, with the quote: “It was in that village near Umtata that I spent the happiest years of my boyhood and whence I trace my earliest memories.”After the death of his father in 1930, Mandela’s mother took him to the “Great Place” in Mqhekezweni to be raised by Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting king of the Thembu people.The arrival of Mandela and his mother is portrayed on the reverse of the pure silver R1 coin, with the quote: “In that moment of beholding Jongintaba and his court I felt like a sapling pulled root and branch from the earth and flung into the centre of a stream whose strong current I could not resist.”Depicted on the pure gold R5 coin is the silhouette of a child with a quote taken from the launch of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund on 8 May 1995: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”Being part of the SA Mint’s Protea coin set, the commemorative Mandela series depicts South Africa’s national flower, the King Protea, on the obverse of each coin. For the inaugural set, the flowers frame an older Madiba in one of his trademark silk shirts.Tumi Tsehlo, managing director of the SA Mint Company, said at the launch: “The South African Mint Company is one of the foremost preservers of South Africa’s heritage. Through our coins, South Africa’s stories are told time and time again. By creating this unique series of coins to honour one of Africa’s great fathers, we are paying our respects and venerating a great legacy.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

South Africans come to the aid of refugees

first_img14 July 2015The KwaZulu-Natal family who opened their farm to 143 displaced foreigners last week has thanked the South Africans who heeded their call for assistance.“A farmer from Gauteng heard about this and drove all the way down with a bakkie full of potatoes. He didn’t even know our address, he just stopped in Cato Ridge and asked about us. How awesome is that?” said Rae Wartnaby, 47.“There was another lady who came and spoke to one of the refugees who stands at the gate and she discovered that his passion is playing guitar. She left and came back with a guitar for him.“People have been really awesome,” said Wartnaby, who together with her husband Andrew, 47, opened their Hope Farm in Killarney Valley to people left destitute by xenophobic attacks.The couple said they had taken in the displaced foreigners because they had heard the eThekwini Municipality had closed down the last remaining xenophobia camp in Chatsworth.A place of refugeShocked that the families had been arrested for illegally occupying the camp, and children separated from their parents, the Wartnabys offered their home to the refugees. The families, most of whom are from Democratic Republic of Congo and Burundi, said they did not want to live in South Africa anymore because of the xenophobic violence.On Friday, the family and their guests met lawyers and mediators. “The team have started taking down everybody’s story. So everybody has, or will get, a chance to speak to mediators.”Wartnaby said the United Nations did not visit her home on Friday, as had been anticipated.Shelter and medical careHer husband said he hoped this story showed that South Africans did care.“People have been coming here to spend time to get to know the foreigners and find out some of the stories. We and our guests are extremely grateful because we couldn’t have done it on our own,” Wartnaby said.She added that they had received a lot of food donations from various organisations.“Gift of the Givers have assisted us with disaster relief items. We received a marquee from the Islamic Relief South Africa; they were kind enough to leave it until Tuesday [tomorrow] because we are expecting to have a permanent marquee that will be up for the next few weeks.“We have another tent that was donated by a really sweet couple. What happened is that Doctors Without Borders came in and there was a couple following them and when they got in they asked us if we would like the tent and we said ‘yes’.“So they put the tent up and Doctors Without Borders have been able to have a space to work and speak to people privately. It’s amazing.” The outreach organisation had promised to return.“At the moment if anyone gets ill then we use our own medical GP who has been awesome in seeing people,” she said.Many ordinary South Africans have also committed to helping the family. Stan Goodenough and his wife Mary from Howick said they had donated a tent they were not using. “We saw the story and we were touched by it,” they said.Catherine Taylor, who is the director of BackaBuddy, a fundraising organisation based in Cape Town, said she would be looking at ways to help the family. “We assist organisations and people to raise funds through peer-funding. What we are going to do is set up a page online and we are hoping that people will see it and come forward so that we can assist the family at the farm.”Shahnaaz Paruk from Islamic Relief South Africa said when the organisation heard about the story it had a marquee delivered as a temporary shelter. “There was a request for hygiene packs as well as some groceries. We try to alleviate poverty and assist migrants in whichever way we can.”Source: News24Wirelast_img read more

Why Samsung Is Cloning Google Play On Its Smartphones

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Android#entertainment#Google#Samsung dan rowinski Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … But what content does do is sell devices. The best thing that Apple ever did with the iPhone was create the App Store and open up iTunes so music and movies could be downloaded to people’s smartphones. You could argue that the App Store/iTunes has been responsible for selling more Apple devices than any other force combined. This fact is not lost on Samsung.Yet, Samsung is a little bit different from Apple. Its product portfolio is broader, especially when you factor in that it makes televisions (which are some of the best available). Samsung is not just looking to sell smartphones, it wants users to go down the full profile and own a Samsung tablet, computer and TV.That, Samsung’s director of product marketing Ryan Biden tells me, is the biggest push for Samsung Hub.“Hub is really intended for people that own multiple Samsung devices,” Biden said. “It now allows us to deliver content to other devices from Samsung.”That is why Samsung has baked in “screen-mirroring” into its recent Galaxy devices. Through Wi-Fi Direct, you can broadcast what is on your phone to your Samsung TV or vice versa. Apple can do this in a limited fashion with its Apple TV box and AirPlay but that then creates three devices – TV, smartphone, box – Samsung can do it with two. The kicker? It has to be two Samsung devices. Biden downplays the fact that, just by its very existence, Samsung Hub battles Google Play. In Samsung’s mind, they are for two very different use cases for a media store. That may not exactly be the case though. Google’s Android runs on smartphones and tablets and it has Google TV, where Android has been fitted for the big screen. Samsung has even made some of its Smart TVs with Google TV integration. So, the differences that Biden cites may not be as far apart as Samsung likes to think. By putting its own media content store next to Google Play on its new Galaxy S4 smartphones, Samsung is essentially turning all of its users into beta testers that could determine the future of the Android operating system.Think about it. Apple has iTunes. Android has Google Play. Amazon has its own Video On Demand with music and books. BlackBerry as its App World and Microsoft has its Windows Phone Marketplace. What do all of these companies have in common? To a certain extent, they all make their own operating systems, have application stores and sell content such as books, movies, music and television shows through their own proprietary channels. Where, exactly, does Samsung fit into this equation? With the release of the new Galaxy S4 flagship, Samsung has taken all of its media “hubs” and consolidated it all into one Samsung Hub that sells books, movies, television shows, games, apps and music. Samsung Hub comes preloaded on all new Galaxy devices and is pushed front and center with a widget on a home screen panel on its devices. Samsung is a little bit of a misnomer in this equation. It is not like Apple, which makes its own operating system. It uses Google’s Android. By juxtaposing its Media Hub next to Google Play, Samsung is basically asking users to make a choice. Where will you get your content? From us or from Google?What is Samsung’s goal here? Is it preparing to fork Google’s Android operating system and go it alone? With Media Hub, Samsung may be turning users into millions of “beta testers.” If people end up using Media Hub for their content and apps instead of Google Play, Samsung may see reason to fork Android and go it alone. If not, Samsung can try to create its own hub of content that runs across all of its devices, just as Sony tried (and failed at) a couple years ago.This… is a little awkward.Samsung Hub Tense Relations Between Samsung & Google?Much was made earlier this year about how Samsung has grown so dominant in the Android ecosystem that it has become a threat to Google. In certain ways this is true, in many ways it is not. The hinge of the argument is that Samsung could fairly easily strip out all of Google’s services from Galaxy devices and serve similar services up itself. So, no more Gmail, Chrome, Google Play and so forth. Google executives have reportedly acknowledged that Samsung, while being its biggest Android ally, is also a cause of anxiety. It would not take much for Samsung to fork the open source kernel of Android and go it alone. Google would then lose out of the all-important user data and profiles that are the core of its advertising business strategy through mobile.Samsung already makes many of its own alternatives to Google’s offerings through its TouchWiz interface. Samsung has its own email app and browser. Galaxy smartphones come loaded with dual apps for almost every core function – one from Samsung and one from Google. Usually, the Samsung ones are inferior.And now there is Hub.Hub Next To Google PlayWhy do these mobile operating system makers put content in their app stores? Really, the profit margins are not great as companies like Apple, Google and Amazon have to license the content from the creators (movie studios, record labels etc.) and barely eke any money out of it for themselves.  The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more