first_img26 January 2016South African music duo Mafikizolo was in the Swiss town of Davos on Saturday night to perform at the gala dinner to mark the closing of the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) gathering.Theo Kgosinkwe and Nhlanhla Nciza were invited by the founder and executive chairman of WEF, Klaus Schwab, after he saw their performance at the WEF Africa regional meeting in June 2015, which took place in Cape Town.Arts and culture is a critical vehicle through which the spirit of South Africa’s national brand is conveyed within the country and beyond its borders. As such the role of arts and culture in building national cohesion and the economy is recognised in the National Development Plan.Mafikizolo’s sound is a fusion of Afro-pop, kwela, and marabi mixed with a little trance and house.The group released its debut self-titled album in 1997, followed by Music Revolution in 1999. However, it was the 2013 album, Reunited, that got the South African music industry buzzing. It scooped numerous accolades, including three Metro FM awards, four South African Music Awards (Sama) and two MTV Africa trophies.Watch the video of Happiness, the song that earned Mafikizolo a Best Collaboration Sama.Watch the video of Khona, the song that won four Samas, including Best Selling Full-Track Download.last_img read more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We are still hanging in there. I can relate to the folks who are watching their crops go backwards in slow motion. We have had a few rare dry days here. You don’t realize how much you appreciate sunshine until you have a year like this.The weed pressure that is coming is the most important thing we are watching right now. We were lucky and got the vast majority of the corn sprayed before it turned wet but we haven’t really sprayed any beans yet. It is pretty obvious which fields need sprayed and in a hurry. Even though ground conditions are not ideal, given the forecast we are going to spray some beans today in the most desperate fields. The grasses are really starting to come and the giant ragweed is pretty obvious.The way this business works is that the years when the crops are getting beat up you have to invest more money in them just to preserve what you have when you know you are getting less of a gross dollar coming in at the end of the season. It looks like it will be one of those years. We have to bump up our herbicide rate and change our program to take care of some of these weeds that are bigger.Average isn’t quite what it seems to be. The mind has a way of remembering all of the wonderful years and forgetting the horrible ones. With that in mind, I would say we are looking at below average crops here, but I did do some traveling and I am very thankful for what we’ve got verses what I’ve seen.We didn’t have any prevented planting, but I saw some prevented planting field and I saw some fields where they wish it was prevented planting. We are born and bred to plant a crop, but the advice we have been given in the past is to run the numbers and take the emotion out of it. I objected to that advice, but it is the best thing to do and then you hope you never have to do it again.last_img read more

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday shunted out the District Magistrate and the Superintendent of Police of Sonbhadra, besides ordering action against 13 other officials after they were indicted in an inquiry into the killing of 10 Gond tribals last month over a land dispute.‘FIRs against guilty’ Addressing a press conference at his residence, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said FIRs will be registered against several police and administration officials for alleged irregularities and members of the Adarsh Krishi Sahkari Samiti, Umbha, on charges of land grabbing. The disputed land in Umbha and Saphi villages will also be transferred back and registered in the name of the gram sabha, he said, while announcing that a Special Investigation Team will look into the matter. Mr. Adityanath said departmental proceedings have been initiated against Sonbhadra District Magistrate Ankit Kumar Agrawal and Superintendent of Police Salman Taj Patil for taking “one-sided decision” against the villagers. Directives have been issued to attach Mr. Agrawal and Mr. Patil to the Personnel Department and the DGP Headquarters, respectively, he said. S. Ramalingam has been made the new District Magistrate of Sonbhadra, while Prabhakar Chaudhary is the new Superintendent of Police, officials said. “The entire matter will be probed by an SIT. The SIT will be headed by DIG SIT J. Ravindra Gaud and will have Additional SP Amrita Mishra along with three inspectors. DG SIT R.P. Singh will be monitoring the work of the SIT,” the Chief Minister said. He said another team will be set up under Additional Chief Secretary (Revenue) Renuka Kumar to look into the issue of land grabbing by “fake” societies in the last 60-70 years in Mirzapur and Sonbhadra.‘No action on report’ “Fake societies in Sonbhadra and Mirzapur have grabbed more than one lakh acre of land. In 1972, the then Chief Minister Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna had constituted a probe committee under Mangaldev Visharad. However, no action was taken as a number of Congress leaders were involved,” Mr. Adityanath said.last_img read more