Invited guestsHe acknowledged Liberia’s role in the fight for freedom for South Africa and extended President Jacob Zuma’s warm greetings to the Government and people of Liberia.The Ambassador also extended appreciation to the Government of Liberia for the ongoing rebuilding process that has tackled roads and reconstruction of the Mount Coffee Dam.On behalf of the Liberian government, Deputy Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin said the Liberia-South Africa bilateral relation has been fruitful over the years, especially with the introduction of visa in Liberia which he said relieved people of hardships when they want to travel to South Africa.Mr. Shoniyin also acknowledged South Africa’s role in the area of health and expressed his wish for such to continue as Liberia strives towards rebuilding its health sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Moodley giving his keynote addressSouth African Ambassador to Liberia Vanapalan Punjanathan Moodley says his country’s progress after 23 years as an independent nation is attributed to her philosophy of togetherness.Making the statement in his keynote speech during the celebration of South Africa’s National Day on April 27, 2017, Ambassador Moodley said since the country gained independence in 1994 through efforts exerted by President Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC), the country has held together without racial discrimination, sexism, religious discrimination, and other social vices.South Africa got its independence in 1994 following years of racial discrimination against which ANC stalwarts Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo and African countries, including Liberia, and their international friends, fought for decades. Mandela spent 27 years in prison and later became the country’s first black President, serving one term.The racial discrimination, known as Apartheid, was perpetrated by the white minority. It met its end with the help of the seventh and last President of the regime, Fredrick W. de Klerk, who reigned from 1989 to 1994.Ambassador Moodley said freedom does not come automatically, but takes the sacrifice of a few to bring a great change to many, and recalled the roles of Mandela and the ANC leader Oliver Tambo and said it was through these great men that South Africa is what it is today.Quoting former President Mandela, Amb. Moodley said, “We understand it is said that there is no easy road to freedom. We know it well that none of us acting alone can achieve success. We must therefore act together as a united people for national reconciliation, for nation building, for the birth of a new world. Let there be justice for all. Let there be peace for all. Let there be work, bread, water and salt for all. Never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one another….”The Ambassador said: “The essence of democracy is to have participation of all citizens, equal freedom and economic benefit and freedom for all and this has made South Africa to better up itself.”However, he admitted that despite this trend of democratic achievement, land ownership in South Africa is still a serious challenge.
Morgan Schneiderlin went close with a header The 170th Manchester derby ended goalless at Old Trafford, a result that was enough to send City back into the Premier League’s top spot above Arsenal on goal difference.It was a hard-fought contest with plenty of intriguing individual battles and few notable chances, and with United just two points behind their local rivals and the Gunners, it means both Manchester clubs remain firmly in the title race.The Red Devils came closest to breaking the deadlock, as Morgan Schneiderlin headed a good chance wide in the second half, while Jesse Lingard hit the crossbar in the closing stages of the game.Chris Smalling and Nicolas Otamendi also came close to winning it, but a point apiece was a fair reflection of a competitive contest.Anthony Martial and Kevin De Bruyne stole the headlines for their respective clubs in Europe in midweek, but the duo were ineffective in this crunch match as Martial was pushed out on the left, with Wayne Rooney in the central striker’s role, while De Bruyne often mis-placed passes.The hosts made just one change from their midweek draw in the Champions League at CSKA Moscow, with Juan Mata coming back into the side in place of Jesse Lingard, as Louis van Gaal preferred Antonio Valencia at right-back ahead of Matteo Darmian.City were again without star players Sergio Aguero and David Silva, while captain Vincent Kompany was handed a return to the side, with Aleksandar Kolarov and Fernando coming in, and Pablo Zabaleta, Eliaquim Mangala and Jesus Navas dropping out. There were few notable chances in the first half, as United bossed the midfield battle. For City, Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho showed good early combination play but there was no end product as the England attacker had a shot that was deflected wide.Yaya Toure was at the heart of the visitors’ build up play, but the Ivorian midfielder could not produce the decisive quality the Citizens have grown to rely on in recent years.Toure got on the end of a De Bruyne corner before the interval, rising highest in the box, but he could not head on target, before the same combination play saw Toure miss the best chance of the half.Belgian attacker De Bruyne picked him out on the edge of the box and Toure did not connect with the ball as he would have liked and his shot looped wide.The Red Devils started the second half on the front foot and they had a penalty claim, with referee Mark Clattenburg quick to dismiss captain Rooney’s appeal when Ander Herrera appeared to be caught on the right-hand side of the box by Sterling. From the resulting corner, United saw a chance go begging. Schneiderlin was found at the far post, on the edge of the six yard box, but his header across goal went past the post. City’s intention to take away a point was made clear with 14 minutes left, when Toure was replaced by defender Martin Demichelis. Navas then had a tame effort saved by De Gea, before Lingard had the best chance of the second half at the other end. The ball was played over the top and Lingard’s outstretched foot poked the ball over Hart’s head and it hit the upright five minutes from time.Kolarov floated a superb in-swinging free-kick from the left in the final stages of the game and Otamendi, the highest scoring defender in La Liga last season, was inches away from stabbing it home. The gamecame to life in the closing stages as the ball moved quickly to the other end, with Hart showing lightning reactions to get down low to stop Smalling’s low strike, but both teams had to content themselves with a clean sheet and a point from a tricky fixture. 1