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Converse – Wall of Clash

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Winter14 All Star collection unleashed through explosion of creative self-expression

This month Converse announces the launch of SNEAKERS CLASH – a series of vibrant and colourful moments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, designed to disrupt and clash against a grey world – kicking off in Amsterdam on Saturday, the 22nd of February. Continue reading Converse – Wall of Clash

Barack Obama’s brilliant speech for Madiba Memorial

To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests – it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other.  To the people of South Africa – people of every race and walk of life – the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us.  His struggle was your struggle.  His triumph was your triumph.  Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.

It is hard to eulogize any man – to capture in words not just the facts and the dates that make a life, but the essential truth of a person – their private joys and sorrows; the quiet moments and unique qualities that illuminate someone’s soul.  How much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation toward justice, and in the process moved billions around the world.

Born during World War I, far from the corridors of power, a boy raised herding cattle and tutored by elders of his Thembu tribe – Madiba would emerge as the last great liberator of the 20th century.  Like Gandhi, he would lead a resistance movement – a movement that at its start held little prospect of success.  Like King, he would give potent voice to the claims of the oppressed, and the moral necessity of racial justice.  He would endure a brutal imprisonment that began in the time of Kennedy and Khrushchev, and reached the final days of the Cold War.  Emerging from prison, without force of arms, he would – like Lincoln – hold his country together when it threatened to break apart.  Like America’s founding fathers, he would erect a constitutional order to preserve freedom for future generations – a commitment to democracy and rule of law ratified not only by his election, but by his willingness to step down from power.

Given the sweep of his life, and the adoration that he so rightly earned, it is tempting then to remember Nelson Mandela as an icon, smiling and serene, detached from the tawdry affairs of lesser men.  But Madiba himself strongly resisted such a lifeless portrait. Instead, he insisted on sharing with us his doubts and fears; his miscalculations along with his victories.  “I’m not a saint,” he said, “unless you think of a saint as a sinner who keeps on trying.”

It was precisely because he could admit to imperfection – because he could be so full of good humor, even mischief, despite the heavy burdens he carried – that we loved him so.  He was not a bust made of marble; he was a man of flesh and blood – a son and husband, a father and a friend.  That is why we learned so much from him; that is why we can learn from him still.  For nothing he achieved was inevitable.  In the arc of his life, we see a man who earned his place in history through struggle and shrewdness; persistence and faith.  He tells us what’s possible not just in the pages of dusty history books, but in our own lives as well.

Mandela showed us the power of action; of taking risks on behalf of our ideals.  Perhaps Madiba was right that he inherited, “a proud rebelliousness, a stubborn sense of fairness” from his father. Certainly he shared with millions of black and colored South Africans the anger born of, “a thousand slights, a thousand indignities, a thousand unremembered moments…a desire to fight the system that imprisoned my people.”

But like other early giants of the ANC – the Sisulus and Tambos – Madiba disciplined his anger; and channeled his desire to fight into organization, and platforms, and strategies for action, so men and women could stand-up for their dignity.  Moreover, he accepted the consequences of his actions, knowing that standing up to powerful interests and injustice carries a price.  “I have fought against white domination and I have fought against black domination,” he said at his 1964 trial.  “I’ve cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.  It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.  But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Mandela taught us the power of action, but also ideas; the importance of reason and arguments; the need to study not only those you agree with, but those who you don’t.  He understood that ideas cannot be contained by prison walls, or extinguished by a sniper’s bullet.  He turned his trial into an indictment of apartheid because of his eloquence and passion, but also his training as an advocate. He used decades in prison to sharpen his arguments, but also to spread his thirst for knowledge to others in the movement.  And he learned the language and customs of his oppressor so that one day he might better convey to them how their own freedom depended upon his.

Mandela demonstrated that action and ideas are not enough; no matter how right, they must be chiseled into laws and institutions.  He was practical, testing his beliefs against the hard surface of circumstance and history.  On core principles he was unyielding, which is why he could rebuff offers of conditional release, reminding the Apartheid regime that, “prisoners cannot enter into contracts.”  But as he showed in painstaking negotiations to transfer power and draft new laws, he was not afraid to compromise for the sake of a larger goal.  And because he was not only a leader of a movement, but a skillful politician, the Constitution that emerged was worthy of this multiracial democracy; true to his vision of laws that protect minority as well as majority rights, and the precious freedoms of every South African.

Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit.  There is a word in South Africa- Ubuntu – that describes his greatest gift: his recognition that we are all bound together in ways that can be invisible to the eye; that there is a oneness to humanity; that we achieve ourselves by sharing ourselves with others, and caring for those around us.  We can never know how much of this was innate in him, or how much of was shaped and burnished in a dark, solitary cell.  But we remember the gestures, large and small – introducing his jailors as honored guests at his inauguration; taking the pitch in a Springbok uniform; turning his family’s heartbreak into a call to confront HIV/AIDS – that revealed the depth of his empathy and understanding.  He not only embodied Ubuntu; he taught millions to find that truth within themselves.  It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well; to show that you must trust others so that they may trust you; to teach that reconciliation is not a matter of ignoring a cruel past, but a means of confronting it with inclusion, generosity and truth. He changed laws, but also hearts.

For the people of South Africa, for those he inspired around the globe – Madiba’s passing is rightly a time of mourning, and a time to celebrate his heroic life.  But I believe it should also prompt in each of us a time for self-reflection. With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance, we must ask:  how well have I applied his lessons in my own life?

It is a question I ask myself – as a man and as a President.  We know that like South Africa, the United States had to overcome centuries of racial subjugation.  As was true here, it took the sacrifice of countless people – known and unknown – to see the dawn of a new day.  Michelle and I are the beneficiaries of that struggle.  But in America and South Africa, and countries around the globe, we cannot allow our progress to cloud the fact that our work is not done.  The struggles that follow the victory of formal equality and universal franchise may not be as filled with drama and moral clarity as those that came before, but they are no less important.  For around the world today, we still see children suffering from hunger, and disease; run-down schools, and few prospects for the future.  Around the world today, men and women are still imprisoned for their political beliefs; and are still persecuted for what they look like, or how they worship, or who they love.

We, too, must act on behalf of justice.  We, too, must act on behalf of peace.  There are too many of us who happily embrace Madiba’s legacy of racial reconciliation, but passionately resist even modest reforms that would challenge chronic poverty and growing inequality.  There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with Madiba’s struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people.  And there are too many of us who stand on the sidelines, comfortable in complacency or cynicism when our voices must be heard.

The questions we face today – how to promote equality and justice; to uphold freedom and human rights; to end conflict and sectarian war – do not have easy answers.  But there were no easy answers in front of that child in Qunu.  Nelson Mandela reminds us that it always seems impossible until it is done.  South Africa shows us that is true.  South Africa shows us we can change.  We can choose to live in a world defined not by our differences, but by our common hopes.  We can choose a world defined not by conflict, but by peace and justice and opportunity.

We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again.  But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own.  Over thirty years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land.  It stirred something in me.  It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today.  And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better.  He speaks to what is best inside us.  After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves.  And when the night grows dark, when injustice weighs heavy on our hearts, or our best laid plans seem beyond our reach – think of Madiba, and the words that brought him comfort within the four walls of a cell:

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate:

I am the captain of my soul.

What a great soul it was.  We will miss him deeply.  May God bless the memory of Nelson Mandela.  May God bless the people of South Africa.

Madiba moves on

Well, it would be pretty irresponsible of us not to post something on former SA president, Nelson ‘Madiba’ Mandela today.
So heres some more info to fill your news feed.

South African President Jacob Zuma announced in a nationally televised address the passing of anti-apartheid activist, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. President Zuma disclosed that the respected statesman died around 8:50PM South African Standard Time (SAST) on the 5th of December 2013. He was 95.

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Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (Xhosa pronunciation: [xo?li??a?a man?de?la]) (18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who was imprisoned and then became a politician who served as President of South Africafrom 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.

2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Champs

2013 UCI MTB and Trials World Champs

There are now only six days to go before the biggest and most prestigious mountain bike event of the year takes place in Pietermaritzburg. Final preparations are being made to the event site and the courses are all ready to be ridden by the world’s best.

The event is bound to be world class and is situated at an amazing venue, Cascades which has been the venue for 3 x UCI MTB World Cup events already. This 12 hectare piece of land boasts competition ready Cross Country and Downhill courses that were all utilized at the previous editions of the MTB World Cup events as well as the new Cross County Eliminator and Trials competition venues. 

The Burry Stander Memorial Garden has been added to the venue, this will be dedicated at a short ceremony on Thursday 29th August at 4.30pm.

Event Website

For more comprehensive information about the event and the linked entities, the official event website is now live and fully operational and can be viewed at www.mtbworldchamps.co.za.

Tickets

Ticket must be booked for Friday 30 August, Saturday 31 August and Sunday 1 September. Admission on all other days of competition is free. Book your tickets online here

PACKAGE PRICE INCLUDES
Single Entry (Online) R 80 + vendor service fee 1 x Entry
Single Entry (At Event) R 110.00 1 x Entry
Family Pack, 1 Day Package (Online) R 350 + vendor service fee 4 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 1 Day Package (At Event) R 400.00 4 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 2 day Package (Online) R 690 + vendor service fee 8 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 2 day Package (At Event) R 780.00 8 x Entry
2 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 3 day Package (Online) R 1000 + vendor service fee 12 x Entry
3 x Event Programme
Family Pack, 3 day Package (At Event) R 1100.00 12 x Entry
3 x Event Programme
Single Entry, 3 Day Deluxe Package (Online Only) R 1000 + vendor service fee 3 x Entry
1 x Event Programme
3 x VIP Pass*
Single entry, 1 day VIP Ticket* R550,00 One day
Single entry, 2 day VIP Ticket* R825,00 Two day
*This includes entrance to the venue and access to the VIP tent/the assigned area free lunch  from 12-2 and free snacks all day.   VIP tent is located at the bottom of the downhill track, near the XC track and finish line.To purchase a VIP ticket, you must contact CRA World Events at chris@craevents.comwww.craevents.com or call 031 570 7500.

COMICS CHOICE AWARDS 2013 NOMINEES ANNOUNCED

A ventriloquist, a woman, a doctor and a couple of Goliaths walk into a bar…

Sound like the start of a bad joke? It’s not – they’re all nominees in The 3rd Annual South African Comic’s Choice Awards™ (CCA’s).

South Africa’s comedians have voted, and the nominees in each category have been selected. Now winning a prestigious Waldo is no longer a dream, but a one in four chance for each nominee.

And the nominees are…!

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The Savanna Newcomer Award, Loyiso Madinga, Eureka Nkese, Schalk Bezuidenhout, Kagiso Mokgadi

The BlackBerry® Breakthrough Act Award, Deep Fried Man, Mpho Popps Modikoane, Donovan Goliath, Jason Goliath

The Comic’s Choice Comic Of The Year Award, Trevor Noah, Loyiso Gola, Tumi Morake, Riaad Moosa

The Times Comic’s Pen Award, Chester Missing, Loyiso Gola, Kagiso Lediga, Rob van Vuuren

The nominees were announced (to cheers and applause) by previous winners Sifiso Nene, Dillan Oliphant, Joe Parker and Alyn Adams, who entertained everyone at the press event by doing a few minutes of stand-up. 2011 winner Deep Fried Man had the room in hysterics with his trademark “stand-up comedy with a guitar”.

While the nominees were voted for by their comedic peers, there is still one funnyman (or woman) who will be selected by the public’s vote in the Savanna Audience Choice category.

Voting in this category only stays open until 8pm on 20 August 2013 and you could WIN a VIP experience to the Awards if you SMS your favourite comedian’s unique code to 38374. You can vote 20 times (if you can’t choose just one favourite comedian!).

Vote for one of these four…!

The Savanna Audience Choice Award:

Mashabela Galane – Unique code – 1197

Sifiso Nene – Unique code 1187

Thapelo TIPS Seemise – Unique code 1150

Khanyisa Bunu – Unique code 1209

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The sixth – and final – Waldo is awarded to the Lifetime Achievement recipient on the spot! Beloved ‘cousin’ Barry Hilton was the recipient with the highest number of votes in this special category for comedians with 25 years’ experience.

The Lifetime Achievement recipient is always ‘honoured’ at a special night at Parker’s a few weeks before the event.

Join a panel of ‘Grill Masters’ as they tear Barry a new one at ‘The Grilling of a Lifetime, where he’ll be subjected to comedic insults, praise and downright abuse! Pop down to Parker’s at 8pm on Tuesday 13 August or book your tickets in advance from the venue to avoid disappointment.

The formal award ceremony takes place at The Teatro at Montecasino on 24 August 2013, in association with The Times, Mzansi Magic and Kaya FM.

Limited tickets are available to public, so book now through Computicket.

Event Information:
Event Info: www.comicschoice.co.za
Email: info@comicschoice.co.za
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sa.comics.choice.awards
Twitter: @ComicsChoice: #CCA2013
Tickets: Computicket (www.computicket.co.za) from R230 to R270.

Billy Talent returns to South Africa

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Having headlined OppiKoppi in 2010, Hilltop Live are proud to announce that Billy Talent will be returning to South Africa for two shows only.

After the success of their previous tour to South Africa, Canadian melodic punk rockers, Billy Talent, wanted to play at the OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast Festival but due to their touring schedule, the dates did not work out. The band jumped at the opportunity to be part of another event just shortly after.

On Friday 23 August 2013 Cape Town’s City Hall Auditorium, will be rocked like never before as the first concert of the band’s 2 leg tour. Fans of the band can purchase tickets to meet the band as well as limited edition tour merchandise at the concert.

The Pretoria Botanical Gardens will host a picnic like no other.  The Post aKOPPPIlyptic Punk Picnic takes place on Saturday afternoon, where Billy Talent fans can expect the band to get on stage as the sun sets over the Capital City. Just to add to that, OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast attendees can look forward to a number of new benefits including a R100 discount when purchasing their Post aKOPPIlyptic Punk Picnic ticket, being able to purchase the official OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast merchandise (if they didn’t get round to doing so at the festival), as well as being reunited with lost phones, keys, personalities and even names that were left behind in the OppiKoppi dust at the OppiKoppi Lost and Found desk.

Billy Talent are currently touring as part of the Van’s Warped Tour USA, before traveling to Europe to headline three festivals as part of their promotion of the new album,  “Dead Silence” (2012), the bands fourth studio album, which features the single, “Viking Death March”. The video for the single, shows 100,00 fans singing along to the song, and is testament to the loyalty of the band’s fans around the world.

Tour dates

 Date: 24 August 2013

Venue: Pretoria Botanic Gardens

Tickets: R450 without an OppiKoppi 2013 wrist band or R350 with a valid 2013 OppiKoppi Bewilderbeast wristband.  Show goers will be checked for the band at the gate. www.plankton.mobi

Date: 23 August 2013

Venue: City Hall Auditorium, Cape Town

Tickets: R350 Tickets available from www.plankton.mobi

 

Hilltop Live Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hilltoplive?fref=ts

OppiKoppi Official Website: www.oppikoppi.co.za

Billy Talent Official Website: www.billytalent.com

Viking Death March Official Youtube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRFCMM3bra8

Deftones in South Africa – It’s Official

So we heard this rumour floating around earlier this week. and Fuck me we are stoked it wasnt just a rumour. announced by the Oppi crew a few minutes ago:

Something solid for a Friday: May we have a full national salute please for Deftones. First time ever in South Africa and proud new addition to our dust bowl rock celebration (PS: you can now take the rest of the day off. Go listen to their tunes. LOUD).

Damn straight, Deftones loaded, volume up.

For those of you slow kids out there, Yellowcard is the other international band that was announced earlier on in the planning stages…. find their shit, listen to it, buy your oppi ticket. rad!

for more info click over to:
https://www.facebook.com/oppikoppifestival
http://www.oppikoppi.co.za/
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The Flaming Lips & Bon Iver – Ashes In The Air

The Flaming Lips & Bon Iver – Ashes In The Air

So Wednesdays are pretty messed up, they have always been that middle of the week limbo. Who could think it could get any weirder, right…
Iv been proven wrong.

Pretty damn trippy, with respect to each of the individual artists at question here.

If you suffer from photosensitivity, fear of genetalia, and scenes with meatgrinders similar to the scenes in “Pink Floyds – The Wall” then check out one of our other posts.

The Flaming Lips & Bon Iver – Ashes In The Air from Delo Creative on Vimeo.

With that out of the way, enjoy the downhill to the weekend !

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Tom Hewitt’s Story – Surfing with Street Kids

Not quite our usual content, but some might say even more important. An awesome story and a great way to lift up someones spirit. For those that surf, the words of Tom ring true, it is an escape from everything when you are in the water.
Hopefully Tom’s story inspires more to make a difference and help someone less fortunate. Whether it be with surfing or any other outlet.

For more information click over to http://tomhewitt.org/

“Tom Hewitt MBE is committed to a”global popular movement around the rights and potential of street children.” He has worked “in the field” with street children for over 20 years. He and his wife, Bulelwa, founded Umthombo Street Children in Durban, South Africa in 2004.