QPR v Huddersfield line-ups: Redknapp opts for change

first_imgQPR boss Harry Redknapp has opted to play with a second striker against Huddersfield, with Andy Johnson handed a starting place. QPR: Green, Simpson, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto, O’Neil, Henry, Carroll, Kranjcar, Austin, Johnson.Subs: Murphy; Onuoha, Traore, Diakite, Phillips, Zamora, Wright-Phillips.Huddersfield:Smithies; Clayton, Hammill, Smith, Dixon, Norwood, Wells, Wallace, Hogg, Ward, Gerard.Subs: Bennett, Woods, Gobern, Lolley, Scannell, Vaughan, Holmes.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Composers get their own awards

first_imgComposers are often the unsung heroes of music, but now they are to be recognised through the newly launched Wawela Awards.(Image: stock.xchng) The Wawela Awards aim to not only recognise composing accomplishments, but also to boost the careers of those honoured.(Image: Samro)MEDIA CONTACTS • JT Communications+27 11 788 7632Janine ErasmusSouth African composers who have succeeded in the fiercely competitive international market will be recognised in a new awards programme called Wawela (Zulu, meaning “go beyond”).The initiative is driven by the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (Samro), which is responsible for upholding and administering the rights of music composers in the region. This covers performing, mechanical and needletime rights.The Wawela Awards are the first in South Africa to acknowledge composers for international success. The ceremony takes place in Johannesburg on 28 June.South Africa’s music performers have shone overseas since the days of Four Jacks and a Jill, Jonathan Butler and Miriam Makeba and more recently, Johnny Clegg, Seether, Tree63, the late Lucky Dube and Johannes Kerkorrel, Just Jinger and FreshlyGround, among many others.The composer is an essential part of this hit-making machine. Local composers too have made it big overseas, from 1980s protest song Weeping, written by Dan Heymann and covered by Josh Groban and the Soweto Gospel Choir, among others, to Enoch Sontonga who penned Nkosi Sikele’ iAfrika and Grammy winner Trevor Rabin, now an internationally renowned film composer, to the Zulu refrain Mbube, composed in 1939 by Solomon Linda and made famous internationally as The Lion Sleeps Tonight – and also the subject of a high-profile lawsuit over unpaid royalties. In fact, it all starts with the composer.Now it’s the turn of these quiet geniuses to get the recognition they deserve.“I think the awards are something that Samro should have introduced years ago,” says bassist/composer Concord Nkabinde, a veteran of the local and international music scene. “Composers are never honoured properly and in a focused way. I also hope that these awards will be meaningful and will give support to the recipients, which will encourage other members as well.”The awards are open to all Samro members whose work has received global exposure between 1 January and 31 December 2011.“The composer of a hit song may not be the famous face we all know, the one who usually gets the recognition,” says Samro deputy CEO Sipho Dlamini. “This is an opportunity to give recognition to the person you don’t know.”Dlamini explains that, because winners are selected according to data gathered from collecting societies in overseas markets, the earliest eligible music will be that dating back to 2011. The data will be used to decide the winners in certain categories, based on sales and airplay overseas, while other winners will be chosen on merit.“Organisations such as Samro collect data throughout the year from radio stations, television channels, entertainment venues, live performances, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, and so on – anywhere music is played publicly. This tells us what song was played how many times, and where. Overseas collecting organisations such as Cisac, PRS in the UK and Ascap in the US do the same for their countries but they only share their data with us once it has all been processed, and this can take a while.”Sometimes data has to be verified, Dlamini says, for instance when the title can refer to more than one piece and clarification is needed. This adds to the time taken to process the information.“We don’t yet have all the overseas data for 2012.”How does it work?Samro members must send in their entries via the Wawela website, with accompanying motivation such as a flyer for a festival, a YouTube video or a radio station’s chart, to help the organisation track down the data for the entry.Any composer may enter, and entries will be judged by people who are experts in the genre, be it folk, classical, gospel, Afrikaans or mbaqanga. The judges are all independent, says Dlamini, and not working for Samro – this will lend credibility to the process.“We’re getting the best musical minds in the country involved, across the genres,” he says.Winners will receive the usual certificates or trophies, but will gain priceless exposure through global distribution of a publication featuring all the winners.“This will go to all collecting societies on every continent, as well as all our embassies,” says Dlamini, “and the winners will start to become known as experts in their field. Then if someone is looking for a classical South African composer to work on a soundtrack, for example, they will know where to look. This will bring the composer more work, more business and more recognition.”Lifetime achievement winners will enter into the Samro Hall of Fame.“In this way we hope to add more value to the award than a mere trophy on a shelf,” says Dlamini.“As South African composers and artists we are not operating in isolation to the rest of the world, although we are often bombarded by international awards and their ceremonies. I think it is only fit for us to internationally make known those who are honoured in our country,” says Nkabinde.He adds that because it can be difficult for local artists to break through to overseas markets, exposure to international Industries and to other composers and artists could have a massive impact.“Not only will it draw attention to the recipients but to South African composers and the Industry as a whole.”Because the awards are open only to Samro members, the public isn’t directly involved in the nomination process. However, if they know a composer they can encourage him or her to go to the website and enter.last_img read more

South Africa’s Public Protector: a quick guide

first_img18 March 2014 As Public Protector Thuli Madonsela prepares to release a final report on an investigation into allegations of maladministration in relation to President Jacob Zuma’s residence in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal, we take a look at the office of the Public Protector, how it works and what it investigates.What is the Public Protector? The Public Protector was set up in terms of South Africa’s Constitution to investigate complaints against state agencies or officials. It is one of the country’s “Chapter Nine institutions”, established after the Constitution came into effect in February 1997 in order to safeguard human rights and democracy. Others include the SA Human Rights Commission, the Commission for Gender Equality, and the Auditor-General. With a role similar to that of the “ombudsman” in other democracies, South Africa’s more descriptively named Public Protector is a state institution that has the power to investigate alleged or suspected government misconduct, to issue reports and recommend remedial action. The Public Protector is subject only to the Constitution and the law and is independent of government and any political party. Anyone can complain to the Public Protector, and no person or organ of state may interfere with the functioning of its office. It cannot, however, investigate the judicial functions of courts or the private sector. The Public Protector has been described as a referee, tasked with looking at all sides of a problem. If the complaint is justified, a solution is put forward, which may include recommending changes to the system. The Public Protector can also report a matter to Parliament, which will then debate the matter and see to it that the Protector’s recommendations are followed. On average, the office of the Public Protector receives about 15 000 complaints a year. It takes from a couple hours to three months to resolve a single case, depending on its nature.Who is the Public Protector? The Public Protector is appointed by the President on the recommendation of the National Assembly in terms of the Constitution for a non-renewable period of seven years. Advocate Thulisile Madonsela is South Africa’s third Public Protector. She was appointed by President Zuma in 2009, after being recommended for the position by a special parliamentary committee. “She will need to ensure that this office continues to be accessible to ordinary citizens and undertakes its work without fear or favour,” Zuma said at the time of her appointment. Madonsela took over from Advocate Lawrence Mushwana, who is now the chair of the Human Rights Commission. South Africa’s first Public Protector was Advocate Selby Baqwa, who served from 1995 to 2002. He is now a High Court judge.What does the Public Protector investigate? The Public Protector investigates alleged misconduct involving the state. This includes public officials at all levels, from central and provincial government to state departments and local authorities. Some notable decisions by South Africa’s Public Protector include: Bheki Cele was fired as South Africa’s police chief in 2011 after an inquiry into allegations of misconduct in relation to the procurement of office headquarters for the SA Police Service. The Public Protector’s report found that the lease agreements were unlawful, invalid and “fatally flawed”.In 2006, the Public Protector cleared then Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka after she used an air force plane to fly with her family and friends to the United Arab Emirates for a holiday. “It cannot be found that the deputy president acted improperly or that she failed to act in good faith,” the Public Protector said in a report at the time. “She was entitled, as anyone else in her similar position and status, to take her family, a friend and the children of her private secretary with her to the UAE and no one therefore benefited improperly from the trip.”Following an investigation in 2004, 40 Members of Parliament were found to have illegally used parliamentary travel vouchers worth R18-million for their personal use.Also in 2004, an investigation into claims that Ekurhuleni metro police chief Robert McBride was unsuitable for his post found that the appointment was proper, given that then national police commissioner Jackie Selebi had “waived the requirements that McBride had to be a member of the Metro police, and in respect of training”. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Jaish militant killed in Anantnag encounter

first_imgSecurity forces killed a Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant in an operation in a forest area of Anantnag on Saturday.A police official said the security forces established contact with armed militants in Nowgam area of Verninag, “who opened fire”.“The body of a militant was recovered from the encounter site. A combing operation is on in the forest area,” said the police.The slain militant was a local and was identified as Iqbal Ahmad of Panzath, Dooru. Ahmad was associated with the JeM, said the police.Mobile Internet was suspended in parts of Anantnag as a precautionary measure.last_img read more