Justice MalalaSouth Africa has not had the best of years. We’ve had power cuts and we’ve had xenophobic attacks. We’ve had all sorts of upheavals and sometimes, in conversation and in our media, one would think that we have nothing still to inspire us.Yet we do. Again and again I am amazed at how much we have given to the world, and how proud we should be for these gifts. For example, as I write this, the world is both mourning Miriam Makeba and celebrating her life, a remarkable life of commitment, activism – and the most beautiful and haunting art.The world over, many are mourning with us the gifts that a remarkable South African has given to the world. I cannot tell you how many foreigners I have met who knew only two things about South Africa – The Click Song and the committed woman behind it, and Nelson Mandela.Many of these people found themselves at marches to protest against apartheid after being moved by the words uttered by these two icons.November has been a remarkable month for the world. Barack Obama, a young man who has wowed the world and restored people’s faith in politics, was voted in overwhelmingly as president of the most powerful country in the world.But what is inspiring is that were it not for the inspiration that Obama received from our own country, he may have gone on to become a rich lawyer (he is a Harvard Law School graduate after all) and never entered politics.Obama told the South African Institute for International Affairs on his visit to South Africa in 2006 that he was inspired by a group of exiled African National Congress (ANC) members to go into politics.Writer Peter Fabricius records that Obama said at the South African Institute of Race Relations meeting that “people often ask me how I got involved in politics”.“I tell them I was not born into a political family; I was not active in student government in high school. But when I was in college there was one issue that moved me for the first time in my life to become politically active. The issue was apartheid. And, as a young college student, I became deeply involved with the divestment movement in the US.“I remember meeting a group of ANC leaders, hearing of their struggles for freedom and their leader Nelson Mandela.”Fabricius writes that Obama then described how Mahatma Gandhi began his quest for India’s independence in South Africa, which inspired Martin Luther King, whose civil rights movement, in turn, helped move South Africans such the ANC’s leaders to act against apartheid.“It is likely that I would not be here today speaking to you as a United States senator had I not met with those ANC members,” he said.Today, everywhere one goes, the election of Obama is being spoken of in terms that are likened to Mandela’s release from prison in 1990 after 27 years of incarceration. Many see in Obama the qualities, the transcendence over race and bitterness, that Mandela embodied. His election unleashed that same emotion in people across the world: the world is capable of surpassing its everyday, mediocre, standards.“This is America’s Mandela moment!” shouted US consul general for South Africa Alberta Mayberry to a reporter – while watching the Obama victory on television – when it became reality.Mayberry told reporters that there was an extraordinary poignancy in experiencing the election of America’s first black president while in Nelson Mandela’s country.And it is true.Way back in 2004, an unknown Barack Obama stood up at the Democratic National Convention and gave a speech that, within four years, would catapult him to the presidency of the US.“My presence on this stage is pretty unlikely,” he said. “I stand here knowing that my story is part of the larger American story… and that, in no other country on earth, is my story even possible.”None of us in South Africa even had an inkling that a young man was making history across the Atlantic. But we identified with this sentiment, because we had heard before from the lips of Mandela.“I have 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 had said from the dock during the Rivonia Trial in 1964.That country that Mandela yearned for is the same dispensation that Obama was talking about when he spoke of his own American dream.A lot of people and countries now claim Obama as their own. He cannot belong to everyone. He is an American president. But it is a deeply comforting thought that we, too, had a small part in giving the world such an outstanding leader.Justice Malala is an award-winning former newspaper editor, and is now general manager of Avusa’s stable of 56 magazines. He writes weekly columns for The Times newspaper and Financial Mail magazine, as well as a monthly media and politics column for Empire magazine. He is the resident political analyst for independent television channel e.tv and has consulted extensively for financial institutions on South African political risk. Malala was also an executive producer on Hard Copy I and II, a ground-breaking television series on SABC 3. Hard Copy I won the Golden Horn Award for best television series. Malala’s work has been published internationally in the Wall Street Journal, The Guardian, Financial Times, The Independent, Forbes, Institutional Investor, The Age and The Observer.
What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Related Posts The happy greeters at the Apple Store always make me feel welcome, though never special. Maybe they should. After all, if I start to add it all up, I spend a fortune on Apple gear. I suspect I’m not alone among the Apple faithful in that.Apple is the richest tech company in the world. Though nearly all their money comes from hardware — and in highly competitive markets, such as smartphones and laptops — Apple profit margins are at a shockingly high 38%. The company has long commanded a premium from its customers.That premium is starting to hit me hard.That’s not just because of Apple’s higher prices, but also because so many of their products are deliberately complementary. Apple CEO Tim Cook has claimed that Apple “embraces” product cannibalization, but that assertion rings hollow to me. On Apple’s most recent earnings call, Cook boldly stated:I see cannibalization as a huge opportunity for us. Our core philosophy is to never fear cannibalization. If we don’t do it, someone else will. We know that iPhone has cannibalized some of our iPod business. That doesn’t worry us. We know that iPad will cannibalize some Macs. But that’s not a concern. Cook isn’t lying. Better that Apple cannibalize its own products than someone else does. The problem, of course — if that’s what this can be called — is that iPhone, for example, doesn’t replace my iPad. Which doesn’t replace my MacBook. Apple product innovation isn’t about cannabilization so much as extension, making it more attractive for me to replace someone else’s product with a shiny new Apple device.For good or ill, I seem to fall for it every time.At work I use my MacBook Pro. I use my iPod while at the gym. I use my iPhone for calls, texting, video recording, a quick game. At night, I turn on the Apple TV and stream the latest blockbuster. I lay in bed with my iPad, reading, surfing. Each of these pricey devices works best for specific uses. This is a core part of their design – and Apple strategy.The iPad has not and likely never will replace my iPhone. Nor will it ever replace my laptop, which will never replace my Apple TV, which has never even met my iPod. Add it all up and Apple should treat me like Kim Kardashian.Don’t believe me? This is my Apple spend for the past 12 months:MacBook Pro (13-inch: 2.6GHz with Retina display): $1699AppleCare Extended Warranty Coverage: $249Software and Apps: $500* Time Capsule (2TB Storage): $299iPad Mini (32GB, WiFi only): $429Smart Cover: $39iPad Apps and Media: $200 iPhone 5 (16GB): $649AppleCare Extended Warranty Coverage: $99iPhone Apps and Content: $300Mophie Juice Pack: $80Car Charger: $35Apple TV: $99Programs and Movies: $150 iPod Shuffle: $49Add it all up and Apple cost me… $4,876. Oh my God. Is that right?That doesn’t even include my wife’s iPhone, nor our older MacBook, nor tax, nor any shipping costs. Nor does it include the cost of voice and cellular data service for my iPhone, nor the cost of WiFi when I need to turn my iPhone into a hotspot to support my MacBook or iPad. All that accounts for at least an additional $1,000 per year.I also didn’t include the cost of any accessories, speakers or complimentary products, except the Mophie battery pack, which is a must in my line of work, and the car charger.Although, to be fair, there is one product that Apple cannibilized. I did not buy Apple’s sleek new and very expensive iMac. No need. I already have a three-year-old iMac that, in fact, was rendered useless by my new MacBook Pro. Which, if I haven’t said already, is a thing of beauty.I shudder to think what will happens if and when Apple comes out with that “iWatch.” After all, that certainly isn’t going to replace any other Apple product, except perhaps my iPod Shuffle. Will it really cost only $49? I doubt it. I may need to take on a second job.What about you? How much have you spent on Apple products in the past year? *NOTE: All software, content, games and apps spending is estimated.Apple Store image courtesy of Shutterstock brian s hall Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPhone read more
A complete shutdown is being observed in Kashmir Valley on Friday in the wake of killing of two local militants and two civilians in the Pulwama encounter on Thursday.Several separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were placed under house arrest.A Hurriyat spokesman said the police disallowed the Mirwaiz to step out of his Srinagar residence. The Mirwaiz was scheduled to address the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid.All shops, schools, petrol pumps and offices were shut since the morning. A shutdown call was jointly issued by separatist leaders.The strike call also impacted the inter-state railway services as the authorities suspended the services for security reasons.Meanwhile, tension prevailed in restive Pulwama as extra forces were deployed to prevent protests. Four people, including two Lashkar-e-Toiba militants and two civilians, were killed in the encounter on Thursday.In north Kashmir’s Bandipora, hundreds of locals attended the funeral prayers of slain Hizbul Mujahideen Mushtaq Seer, who was killed in a brief encounter in the district on Thursday evening. read more
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Eager to recover from NU loss, Lady Warriors vent ire on Lady Falcons again Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations But the telling bit boiled down to Phoenix’s defensive might. Alas’ wards outshined NorthPort in blocks, 5-3, and steals, 11-7, a bid to keep their loss count to just a single game.“It’s because of our defense that we won the game,” he added.And while Alas could heave a sigh of relief, it will only be brief with the Fuel Masters facing Alaska, the team he formerly served, on Friday at MOA Arena.The FuelMasters will stake their 6-1 record, which is the second-best in the Philippine Cup.“This was hard,” he said of the cardiac game with NorthPort. “But Friday’s harder. That’s for sure.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES That couldn’t be truer when the FuelMasters returned to action and survived NorthPort, 98-96, Wednesday night in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup at Araneta Coliseum.“Our defensive character has been improving,” Alas told reporters in the post-game presser. “We’ve always believed that it’s our offense that pulls us through. But this is the fourth time we won through our stops.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesMatthew Wright and Justin Chua came through for Phoenix, tallying 22 and 19 points, respectively.The Batang Pier, meanwhile, drew commendable scoring performances from Moala Tautuaa and Sean Anthony, who combined for 42 markers. View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ NorthPort, on the other hand, dropped to 2-3. It faces Meralco next.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine football chief SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte For the longest time, Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas has pointed to his team’s defense as biggest factor to their string of victories.ADVERTISEMENT read more