Showjumping in Soweto

first_img15 February 2005Meet Enos Mosotho Mafokate, South Africa’s first black show jumper.There’s nothing fancy about him, despite being first black person in the country to have broken into the white-dominated sport of showjumping.Born in the sprawling township of Alexandra 61 years ago, Mafokate fell in love with horses when his family moved to Rivonia in the early 1950s, then a commercial farming area.Mafokate, who is dressed in an unassuming cap, a blue work shirt and jeans, remembers landing a three-month contract with John Walker, a farm owner, to earn a few pennies.“Many white people used to come and have picnics at the farm, especially during the December holidays, and I would look after their horses for them while they enjoyed themselves”, Mafokate says. “That’s when my love for horses blossomed.”When other kids were playing games, Mafokate would pretend to be riding a horse, unaffectedly prancing about the homestead. He would also ride the family donkeys and go carting to the shops, which were some distance from home.Mafokate made friends with Walker’s son, who taught him “a thing or two” about horse riding. “That’s when we started a good friendship, despite the racial and political furore of the times.”As fate would have it, Mafokate’s home was destroyed to make way for the Woodmead Golf Course in the late 1950s, and his family moved back to Alexandra.From stable hand to showjumperThe removal had a positive effect for Mafokate, however, as most people who used the golf course rode their horses there. And Mafokate, who had landed a job manning the course’s gate, found himself with a job that he loved – tending to the horses for patrons for five pennies a day.In 1961 the 17-year-old got a job in Bryanston as a stable hand for a Springbok showjumper. He became a top groom, looking after the horses for two Springbok showjumpers.“I got my first chance at competitive showjumping in 1962 when the people I was working for decided to give us black people a chance in showjumping”, Mafokate recalls. “I competed against other blacks because we were not allowed to compete against whites. I came first in that competition, wearing an overall.”The following year, his riding having improved “tremendously”, Mafokate won a riding competition at Inanda Country Base. He was “ecstatic”. But his showjumping career came to an abrupt end in 1964 because of “political problems”.More than a decade later, in 1975, things took a turn for the better when “some white people decided to ignore politics” and some discriminatory laws were scrapped, says Mafokate. He and 16 other grooms were enrolled at Marist Brothers College, the only school that allowed blacks to compete in the white-dominated sport.The subsequent years were successful ones for Mafokate. He came second in the Rothmans Derby in 1976 and won the championship at the Constantia Show Grounds in Cape Town in 1977 and 1978.“I was the first black member of the Transvaal Horse Society, which is based at Kyalami. I was also the first black rider in 127 years to compete in the Pietermaritzburg Royal Agricultural Horse Show in 1978. My colleagues and I were now being called black riders, not grooms. We had attained recognition.”International honoursInternational doors opened for Mafokate when David Broome, the British rider, spotted him in Cape Town in 1980 and suggested he compete in Britain. A sponsor was found and Mafokate became the first showjumper in 20 years to compete outside South Africa.Out of 31 riders, he came fifth at the Wembley Royal International Horse Show. His dream to achieve honours overseas had come true.His riding career was almost shattered, however, when Machine Gun, a horse from Zimbabwe, kicked him, breaking his arm. But he was determined to carry on riding, and he went on to win the Rothmans Derby in Sandton.In 1992 Mafokate went to Barcelona to attend the Olympic Games as part of a development team. “The event was quite an experience for me, and my best moment was seeing my picture splashed on the front page of The Star newspaper back home.”Showjumping in SowetoToday Mafokate runs a riding school in Soweto, a long-held dream, which he opened in 1990. “I was fortunate to get sponsorship to do sports management in Belgium in 1997. The course, which ran for two weeks, empowered me with vital knowledge on how to run sports. I currently have 15 students. Two juniors, two adults and the rest are children ranging from four to seven years.”He decided to give riding lessons when he discovered how badly animals were being treated in Soweto, especially by children. His mission is to send a message to people that animals deserve to be loved, not abused.He gives lessons for free at the People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals (PDSA) centre in Mofolo South. Four of his students have entered riding competitions in Cape Town, and “people were impressed by their performance”.One of his students is Kabelo Arthur Mafokate, his 14-year-old grandson. Kabelo, says Mafokate fondly, has “a quick eye for horse riding”, a quality he says is essential in showjumping. “Last year he was the overall winner of the Soweto Classic Oliver Tambo Showjumping trophy in the children’s category. I am very proud of him.”But not all members of Mafokate’s family have horse riding in their blood. He is the father of Arthur Mafokate, South Africa’s kwaito king, and the late kwaito singer Makhendlas.He also heads the PDSA centre’s horse unit, where he makes sure that horses, especially the carthorses that deliver coal in Soweto, are not diseased and wear proper horseshoes. Owners bring their horses for regular check-ups, he says.There are plans to develop horse riding in Soweto. Mafokate, with the City of Johannesburg, is planning to establish an equestrian centre in Rockville, Soweto.“The centre will comprise stables, a club house and a restaurant”, he says. “The development is still at the ‘idea stage’, but the site is available. We are also planning a horse riding show on 16 June this year at Kyalami to raise funds for the construction of the centre.”It is almost 4pm and time for Mafokate to feed his beloved horses. He has 11, including his favourite showjumper, Was Salmy. His latest acquisition is Thaba Zimbi, a stallion he recently bought from a farmer who wanted to dispose of the bad-tempered horse.“I tamed him in two days”, Mafokate says proudly. “If I had been given a chance, I would have tamed a lion to behave like a dog. Horses are in my blood.”Source: City of Johannesburg Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

SA judge appointed UN rights chief

first_imgShe cited the establishment of the Human Rights Council, where she said member states now subscribed to the notion of accountability, monitoring and peer reviews, as an example of the dramatic change that has taken place globally in the human rights field. At the same time, Pillay acknowledged that she would have to operate in a different manner in her new post compared to her previous work on criminal tribunals, even though she said there were close links between the two activities. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a statement on Monday that he was “gratified” that his nomination of Pillay had been endorsed by the UN General Assembly. Professor Frans Viljoen, director of the South African Centre for Human Rights, said in a statement earlier this month that Pillay’s nomination was “especially significant to Africa, a continent which is most often under international scrutiny for the human rights compliance of its leaders.” An activist attorney under apartheid, Pillay has served as a judge on the International Criminal Court based in The Hague in the Netherlands since 2003. Prior to that, she served as both judge and president on the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, which she joined in 1995. Ban’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said earlier this month that Ban was committed to ensuring that human rights remained high on the UN’s agenda, and was “determined to fully support Ms Pillay in carrying out her work, including with increased resources, as approved by the General Assembly.” In an interview with UN Radio on Tuesday, Pillay said she came to her work with a personal understanding of human rights violations, based on her experience of living in South Africa during apartheid. “I subscribe to this new system of international criminal justice – which we have only very recently, for the past 15 years – as a strong signal that … anyone, whether a head of state or a militia leader, will be held accountable and punished.” Personal understanding of discrimination Judge Pillay, Viljoen said, “not only has the experience, but also embodies humility and human rights. She brings with her a tenacity and resolute spirit.” According to the Foundation, the tribuanal’s decision defining rape as an institutionalised weapon of war and a crime of genocide “was a breakthrough for the international women’s movement”. In 2003, Pillay was awarded the Human Rights Prize of the US-based Peter Gruber Foundation for her “courageous leadership in advancing women’s human rights” while working on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Humility and tenacity “This ruling enabled all Robben Island prisoners, including former President Nelson Mandela, to have access to lawyers, which previously had been denied them,” Viljoen said. “The application also exposed the appalling conditions actually prevailing on Robben Island at the time”. 30 July 2008 “I think I come with a real understanding of what it’s like to have your human rights violated and to have it violated for a very long time without any justice in sight, and the apartheid struggle taught that.” SAinfo reporter and BuaNews In 1967, Pillay became the first woman in what was then Natal province to open a law practice. As senior partner in the firm, she represented many opponents of apartheid, and handled precedent-setting cases establishing the effects of solitary confinement, the right of political prisoners to due process, and the family violence syndrome as a defense. South African judge Navanethem Pillay has been appointed as the new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. In 1973, Pillay made a successful application against commanding officer of the prison on Robben Island, establishing that political prisoners held on the island had rights and privileges. Pillay’s nomination, Ban said in a statement last month, was made at the end of a “clear and rigorous” selection process which included consultations with UN member states, international non-governmental organisations and human rights organisations. “The criminal trials have the power to punish; the High Commissioner has to find various approaches of persuasion, of strong talk, or to develop civil society organizations to meet the source of the violations,” she said. Instituted in 1993, the High Commissioner for Human Rights is the highest UN office dealing with human rights. Pillay succeeds Canadian Louise Arbour, who completed her five-year term on 30 June.last_img read more

How To Make The World Safer For Email

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Guest author Jeremy LaTrasse is the CEO and co-founder of Message Bus, and was a co-founder of Twitter.30 years ago a Digital Equipment Corporation rep sent the first piece of spam. In 2013, the problem of spam has become an epidemic with severe if often unseen consequences. We now live in a world filled with digital messaging abuse; according to security giant Symantec, 65.9% of all email is spam!These days, the vast majority of that spam is caught and filtered before it reaches end-users’ inboxes. But it’s still out there, gumming up the works of the Internet and wasting huge amounts of network bandwidth as well as compute power and storage. And still enough gets through to make the practice worthwhile for the spammmers.The threats faced by everyone who gets email vary wildly from penny stock ads and offshore pharma spam to phishing emails and virus-laden attachments. Socially engineered email content leveraging relevant and timely news are hardest to spot. A classic example is tax-time emails that claim to come from the IRS (despite the IRS stating it will never contact anyone by email).Malicious content and links are hidden behind innocent URL shortners (such as Bit.ly, Ow.ly etc.) and hyperlinked text make detection of bad links particularly challenging. And compromised social media accounts may be the most effective ways to spread abuse and malware because we trust our friends and family.A Question Of TrustYet trust is required for effective communication, especially when identity is involved. How can you, as an email recipient, trust that you are who you claim you are and that the message you are sending me is not malicious?The answer comes in the form of email authentication technologies that help establish identity. These technologies present evidence establishing where the message came from and who sent it.The email industry’s leading organizations and thinkers have been working on ways of stopping fraudulent email for years. The most recent innovation, DMARC (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance) is helping email services like Yahoo, Gmail and Hotmail quickly determine the legitimacy of incoming messages. For DMARC to be successful, though, both senders and receivers need to come to the table; recently Twitter announced that it would sign all of its outbound email with DMARC.DMARC’s rapid adoption by the receiver side of the email world (ISPs and mailbox providers) has resulted in nearly 60% of the world’s inboxes secured using DMARC technology in the first year alone. Much of the technologies actively establishing trust and identity are invisible to the end recipient, but Hotmail users might have seen a little green Shield icon in their inboxes – this seal informs recipients that Hotmail has taken an extra step to ascertain the identity of the sender.Despite the email industry’s best efforts, however, fighting spam still requires the cooperation of the people and organizations who send and receive emails.(Mass) Email Senders Have A ResponsibilitySenders of legitimate email must take steps to ensure message security and protect their customers and their brand:Ensure all messages pass SPF (sender policy framework) and DKIM (domain keys identified mail) authentication.Publish a “reject” DMARC policy with reporting enabled.Scan the Internet for “cousin” domains, domains that may be mis-spellings of a legitimate message/corporate domain and have those taken down. (These are often a source of malware and spam aimed at unsuspecting recipients.) Protecting the brand’s integrity also protects customers, everything is connected. Respect existing acceptable use policies and terms of service as they’re published by ISPs and mailbox providers.Stay familiar with the data privacy laws in the countries where they do business; ensure that all messages and messaging practices follow applicable regulations defining privacy and data security.5 Ways To Protect YourselfAnd regular email users also have to take steps to protect themselves:Use different passwords for different logins.Never share personally identifiable information (passwords, social security numbers, bank accounts, etc.) via email: Your bank will never email you and ask you to confirm your bank account number or the password you use to log into your account. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you don’t know who sent it, delete it. If it was important, they’ll send it again.Your operating system will update itself if you allow it to; usually you just have to agree once and it’ll happen forever after. Look for email personalization in messages. Marketers leverage first name/last name, and other information you’ve shared with them when setting up an account to help identify them as legitimate senders.Image courtesy of Shutterstock. Tags:#email jeremy latrassecenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowlast_img read more

Just 2 games in, Cruz proving to be a perfect fit for TNT

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s only been two games, but Jericho Cruz looks like he has found a new home in TNT.After having a solid debut for the KaTropa last Wednesday, the 27-year-old was at it again, this time punishing the Phoenix defense on his way to 17 points, three rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block in a 118-97 victory for the last quarterfinals slot.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re just having fun,” he shared. “We help each other up, we’re pushing each other. Especially kuya Jayson who is vocal to us. All I want is to help the team because I’m really happy to be here right now.”Cruz also acknowledged that it’s not just all fun and games especially with a quarterfinal duel against San Miguel set on Tuesday.“As we all know, San Miguel is the number one team right now, especially if it’s in the all-Filipino because nobody can guard June Mar (Fajardo),” he said. “But for us, we’ll just gonna help each other out. We’re just excited to play, try to put up a show, and help the team win.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Castro, TNT unfazed ahead of quarters duel vs top seed SMB It was a perfect encore just days after he posted 17 points, four assists, three rebounds, and two steals in a 101-75 blowout of NLEX.And Cruz only has one man to thank for his early success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just want to thank coach Nash for giving me all the trust. That’s big for me because without him, I wouldn’t be in this position right now,” he said.Cruz has put his past behind him as he moved forward from the mid-conference trade that saw him go from Rain or Shine to TNT. And in his two-week stay, the former Adamson guard has made strides joining his new backcourt partners like Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and RR Garcia. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

10 months agoReal Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibaly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid competing with Man Utd for Napoli defender Koulibalyby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid are competing with Manchester United for Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly.United have eyed the Napoli defender since the summer, with former manager Jose Mourinho viewing him as the man to fix his leaky defence, and they made a world-record bid for him.But Il Mattino says they could face a serious rival for his signature.Koulibaly has grown into one of the finest defenders on the continent over the last season and a half.And that has led to Real eyeing him as a potential January addition as they look to recover from their shaky start to the season.Napoli are believed to be willing to accept a bid of around £90million for the Senegalese star. last_img read more

Baseball Is For The Youths

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code FiveThirtyEight This past week brought a series of impressive feats from baseball phenoms. Pete Alonso set a record for home runs hit by a National League rookie. Rookie Aristides Aquino hit his 11th home run in just 17 career games, becoming the first player since at least 1900 to do so. And Yankee infielder Gleyber Torres set a record for the most homers since 1969 against a single team when he hit his 13th home run of the season against the Baltimore Orioles. On the show, we break down this era of unprecedented dominance by the young players of MLB.Looking ahead to the start of the 2019 college football season — which kicks off this weekend — we’ll preview which teams to watch for and make our own championship predictions.To round out this all-youth episode, we dive into the Little League World Series and the players whose names suggest that they are destined for greatness.What we’re looking at this week:Neil’s piece on youths in baseball.Forbes breaks down the college football rankings.The joys of Little League World Series fandom from The Ringer. read more

Pochettino confident Spurs can compete with top sides

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is certain that his team have proved themselves against the top sides, despite losing their last match 3-1 against Manchester CityThe Argentine’s side hosted the newly-crowned Premier League champions at Wembley on Saturday and were defeated 3-1 in a convincing display from City.The result marked their first league defeat in 14 matches, since their last meeting with City back in December. But Pochettino was nevertheless positive about Spurs’ prospects.“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” said Pochettino, according to Football365.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit.“We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City – the best team in England.“That is why I am not concerned about the future. Yes it was 20 minutes where we were really poor but I am not worried because I think the team competed really well.”last_img read more