Remembering Zakes Mokae, South African actor 1934 – 2009

first_imgCD AndersonActor Zakes Mokae was a true South African journeyman in the world of theatre, film and television. Before his death on 11 September 2009, Mokae was renowned as a masterful character actor, building an impressive repertoire that included screen time with some of Hollywood’s biggest stars, including Dustin Hoffman, Marlon Brando and Richard Dreyfuss.Zakes Mokae in 1986. Credit Ruby Washington/The New York Times pic.twitter.com/zyYOzxfIYD— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Long before his diverse Hollywood career, Mokae, who was born in Johannesburg in 1934, started out as a young saxophonist in Trevor Huddleston’s Jazz Band, alongside a young Hugh Masekela and Jonas Gwangwa. After meeting playwright Athol Fugard in the late 1950s, the two co-founded the radical multiracial theatre group, The Rehearsal Room.Zakes Mokae, Athol Fugard in Blood Knot in 1985 Yale Repertory Theatre pic.twitter.com/5cABBIUPU9— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae featured prominently in many of Fugard’s productions, including The Bloodknot and, later, in the acclaimed “Master Harold”…and the Boys.After reprising his role in The Bloodknot in London in 1963, where the London Times described Mokae as “a (phenomenal performer) with hair-trigger nervous energy”, he was barred from returning to South Africa by the apartheid government, because of his involvement in the controversial anti- apartheid film Dilemma.Mokae lived in London for the remainder of the decade, working as a clerk with other South African exiles, including Thabo Mbeki, at Abbey Life Insurance, headed by South African lawyer and anti-apartheid activist Joel Joffe.At the same time, his first significant international film role was in The Comedians, alongside Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. He also starred opposite Julie Christie and Dirk Bogarde in the 1965 hit film Darling.Mokae also acted in a number of British television series as an extra and bit- part player.Zakes Mokae, James Earl Jones and Ruby Dee in Athol Fugard’s “Boesman & Lena”, 1970. Via @nypl_lpa pic.twitter.com/yehA2gEeFO— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He continued his theatre work in the United States over the next two decades, firstly in Fugard’s Boesman and Lena alongside a young James Earl Jones, and later in the Broadway production of “Master Harold”…and the Boys, opposite Danny Glover, for which he earned a Tony Award in 1982. Mokae later reprised the role in the film version of the play, alongside Matthew Broderick (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off) in 1985.Athol Fugard, Danny Glover, Lonny Price, Zakes Mokae Original 1982 Broadway cast “Master Harold and the Boys” pic.twitter.com/P6GrndiGlg— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016During a very productive international career, Mokae acted primarily in television and film, including numerous guest roles in series such as Starsky and Hutch, Roots: The Next Generation, Knight Rider and A Different World. During the 1990s and early 2000s, he also guest starred in The X-Files, The West Wing and Oz.Zakes Mokae in the 1989 anti-apartheid drama A Dry White Season pic.twitter.com/Uo80r1cZ7T— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016Mokae also starred in the cult classic horror films Body Parts and Dust Devil, as well as more serious anti-apartheid dramas A Dry White Season and Cry Freedom.Playing predominating African character parts, such as royalty, wise men and politicians, Mokae lent a worldly authenticity and method gravitas to his various roles, using the opportunities to break the perceptions of Hollywood’s often clichéd dramatic tropes about Africans, most notably in his star-turn in an episode of the US political drama The West Wing.As President Nimbala, Mokae presents a very realistic portrayal of an African statesman. Nimbala is an eloquent yet steadfast African leader who challenges the American political system’s ham-fisted approach to aiding developing nations, in particular the HIV/Aids crisis.Mokae also acted in and directed various Shakespearean theatre productions in the US and Canada, including Othello and Macbeth.Before returning to South Africa in the mid-1990s, he earned another Tony nomination for his lead role in The Song of Jacob Zulu, an apartheid- era musical drama featuring the music of Ladysmith Black Mambazo.Zakes Mokae in the 1993 musical drama The Song of Jacob Zulu pic.twitter.com/76mOUvyTDp— CD Anderson (@bizarrojerri) September 15, 2016He spent the last years of his life between Las Vegas, where he was the artistic director of the Nevada Shakespeare Company, and Cape Town, where he worked with emerging actors and playwrights in developing authentic South African stories for stage and screen.Diagnosed with both advanced Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Mokae and his wife Madelyn returned to the US for medical treatment until his death there in 2009.He had hoped to spend the remaining years in his country of birth, with Madelyn saying after his death that, despite the ravages of the two diseases, it had always been his dream to live “under freedom (in South Africa) and have some memory of it”.Mokae is survived by a daughter and three grandchildren.Source: WikipediaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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National Child Protection Week – “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward.”

first_imgThe Minister of the Department of Social Development, Ms Susan Shabangu, led the launch of the National Child Protection Week (CPW) campaign on Sunday 27 May 2018 in Pretoria, Gauteng. This year’s theme for the week-long campaign is: “Let Us All Protect Children to Move South Africa Forward.”It is of great importance that every person takes up the responsibility daily to protect children and play their part in contributing to a South Africa where all its citizens can live in safety, peace and harmony. Children need special protection because they are among the most vulnerable members of society. They are dependent on others – their parents and families – for care and protection.Great things are done by a series of small things brought together, therefore, each person can participate in the CPW campaign by educating themselves and sharing with others The Bill of Rights in the Constitution Section 28 which states the rights that every child has;Every child has the right –a) to a name and a nationality from birth;b) to family care or parental care, or to appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;c) to basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services and social services;d) to be protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse or degradation;e) to be protected from exploitative labour practices;f) not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that –i) are inappropriate for a person of that child’s age; orii) place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;g) not to be detained except as a measure of last resort, in which case, in addition to the rights a child enjoys under sections 12 and 35, the child may be detained only for the shortest appropriate period of time, and has the right to be –i) kept separately from detained persons over the age of 18 years; andii) treated in a manner, and kept in conditions, that take account of the child’s age;h) to have a legal practitioner assigned to the child by the state, and at state expense, in civil proceedings affecting the child, if substantial injustice would otherwise result; andi) not to be used directly in armed conflict, and to be protected in times of armed conflict.2. A child’s best interests are of paramount importance in every matter concerning the child.3. In this section, “child” means a person under the age of 18 years.The CPW campaign was initiated in 1997 to raise awareness about the need for communities to protect children from abuse, neglect, exploitation and other forms of violence and ill-treatment.Let us be reminded by the words of Nelson Mandela, in his speech at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane Schools in June 1995 when he said; “our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth who care for and protect our people”.Share how you are Playing Your Part and protecting children in your home, school and community @PlayYourPartSA #Getinvolved #Bethelegacylast_img read more

Magnolia defense holds San Miguel to lowest scoring quarter in PBA Finals history

first_imgMOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—There’s an old adage in basketball that says defense wins championships.That cliché could ring true anew for Magnolia on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Hotshots, known for their vaunted defense, smothered defending champion San Miguel Beer to just five points in the second quarter in Game 7 of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.The Beermen’s five-point second period tied the all-time lowest scoring quarter in a PBA Finals game, as per the league’s chief statistician Fidel Mangonon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMagnolia is leading San Miguel, 38-25, at the break as of posting.The Hotshots held the Beermen to just 32 percent from the field after two quarters. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Despite flaunting the most talented roster in the league led by reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel shot just 15 percent from the floor in the second period with only Fajardo and Arwind Santos able to make baskets in the dreadful quarter.Magnolia big man Ian Sangalang had 13 points to lead all scorers at the half.Fajardo and Santos have nine each for San Miguel, whose four-year reign in the All-Filipino conference is in jeopardy.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIES Meralco fills hole in the middle with addition of Raymond Almazan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

13 days agoMan Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacements

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Bryan Robson: Wrong to sell without replacementsby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Bryan Robson says Ole Gunnar ­Solskjaer’s squad lack leading stars.Robson insists the club made “a mistake” by clearing out big names, including Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez, without replacing them.He told the Mirror: “I think Man U’s only mistake so far is allowing too many experienced players to go.“Because we have had quite a lot of injuries at this stage of the season, they have left themselves a little bit short. That is why they are where they are.“Lukaku (to Inter), Sanchez (Inter – loan), Ander Herrera (PSG – loan), Chris Smalling (Roma – loan). These are very experienced players. In this situation, rather than kids, you need those types of ­experienced players to steady it.“People talk about ­leaders and every club needs them. Whether it is a ­centre-midfielder or a dominant centre-half, you need a leader to ­organise on the pitch. Man U are looking for that type of player.” last_img read more

FS1’s Colin Cowherd On Controversial 2007 Sean Taylor Comments: “I Wish I Could Do That Over Again”

first_imgFS1's Colin Cowherd.With today’s launch of his new show Speak For Yourself, Colin Cowherd is poised to become one of the most important figures at Fox Sports 1, as it continues to shift to fit network president Jamie Horowitz’s infamous “embrace debate” strategy. The Washington Post‘s Rick Maese wrote a profile on Cowherd, where he admits his desire to be loved by viewers, and apologizes for one of his most notable on-air gaffes. After the death of former Miami Hurricanes and NFL superstar Sean Taylor, Cowherd blamed the victim, citing “23 years of bad judgment” as a reason for his death.Cowherd went on air and said, “Sometimes you’ve got stains, stuff so deep it never ever leaves. . . . And if you have bad judgment for 23 years of your life, even if you clean it up, your judgment doesn’t get great overnight.”He’s not proud of that today.“I just ad-libbed it. I think I was just too harsh,” he said. “That’s one of those, ‘Dammit, you know, I wish I could really take that back.’ . . . I wish I could do that over again, and I feel bad. But in my life, I can’t. It’s there. It’s somewhere archived. It’s just part of my biography, part of my archive. But I look at it now, I wish I could reel it back in. . . .“I probably should’ve scaled it back. I didn’t, and I paid a price. It made people very angry.”This was perhaps the worst of Cowherd’s many controversial stances, but it is far from his only one. Cowherd has long held a bizarre grudge against Washington Wizards point guard John Wall, after he did his signature dance before his first NBA game. Wall’s former college coach John Calipari has asked Cowherd to walk it back, but even after Wall won this year’s NBA Community Assist Award, Cowherd has not. Before leaving ESPN for FOX, Cowherd was suspended after asserting that Dominican baseball players are not well-educated.We don’t expect Cowherd to change much, especially as he expands to even more formats at FOX. That is a lot of time to fill, and like him or not, Cowherd is an expert at doing just that. [The Washington Post]MORE FROM COLLEGE SPUN:The 10 Most Aggressive Fan Bases In CFBIn Photos: Golfer Paige SpiranacESPN Makes Decision On Dick Vitalelast_img read more

Clean your water bottle study finds bacteria in water storage containers

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Researchers studying higher rates of gastrointestinal illness in Inuit communities have a message for all Canadians: wash your water bottles and storage containers.“People don’t really think about it,” said Sherilee Harper, co-author of the study recently published in the journal “Environmental Science and Pollution Research.”“You know, it’s just water going into the container so you don’t think to clean it regularly. I have to tell you, after we did the study I certainly clean my water bottle more often than I did before.”The University of Guelph research team took samples from drinking water stored in 104 containers at 76 homes in the tiny Inuit community of Rigolet in Labrador. It has a population of around 300.The water had typically come from one of several treated dispensing units installed by the province in areas with high-risk water systems. Those units include reverse osmosis and ultraviolet light for purification.But more than one-quarter of the home samples first taken in Rigolet in 2014 tested positive for bacteria suggesting fecal contamination, said lead researcher Carlee Wright.Those rates of contamination jumped 13 times higher when smaller containers or “dippers” were used to scoop out water for drinking.“Water that would have been initially clean when they collected it from the station can get recontaminated if the containers themselves are not clean,” Wright said.“We tested stored water from almost all the households in Rigolet and found that about a quarter of them had indicator bacteria in them which indicates possible fecal contamination.”Such contagions may help explain higher rates of reported cases of vomiting, diarrhea and other illnesses linked to longer term health effects such as bowel disease, Wright said.“We did find rates of enteric illness or acute gastrointestinal illness to be over 2.4 cases per person per year,” she said of Rigolet.That’s two to six times the rate for similar illnesses in other parts of Canada and countries such as the U.S., Chile, Argentina, Cuba, China, Poland and Italy, said Harper.Rigolet resident Charlie Flowers said he and his family had always blamed such bouts on a stomach bug “or some food not agreeing with us.”“It didn’t even occur to us that the water we were drinking could be the culprit.”Flowers, 34, has lived in the Rigolet area all his life. He said his family uses tap water for cleaning but prefers water from the community dispensing unit for drinking and cooking.“From time to time when we’re out on the land, or when the water dispensing unit is shut down for repairs, we will collect water from brooks, melted snow, homemade wells or even store-bought water,” he said in an email exchange.“We prefer the taste of the water from the dispensing unit to that of the tap water, as it has a clearer colour and doesn’t have the chlorine taste that tap water does.”Flowers first raised the question of whether storing water collected from the dispensing unit, installed in 2014, could pose health risks.Wright said that query helped launch the study, which was very much a community effort. Public education is key, she stressed.Posters went up in Rigolet once the results were in urging residents to wash containers and dippers in a bleach solution to be thoroughly rinsed out after. Stickers were offered for storage containers as a reminder to clean them once a month or more.Wright said the results are relevant far beyond Inuit and other remote communities.“If you have a water cooler in your house or a water pitcher in your fridge, I think these same sorts of principles and messages about cleaning containers, they still apply to everyone.”Follow @suebailey on Twitter.last_img read more