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Mahatma Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Born on 2 October 1869, was the primary leader of India’s independence movement and also the architect of a form of non-violent civil disobedience that would influence the world.

A seminal moment in Gandhi’s life occurred days later on June 7, 1893, during a train trip to Pretoria when a white man objected to his presence in the first-class railway compartment, although he had a ticket. Refusing to move to the back of the train, Gandhi was forcibly removed and thrown off the train at a station in Pietermaritzburg. His act of civil disobedience awoke in him a determination to devote himself to fighting the “deep disease of color prejudice.” He vowed that night to “try, if possible, to root out the disease and suffer hardships in the process.” From that night forward, the small, unassuming man would grow into a giant force for civil rights.

We salute and honor Gandhi for fighting injustice through non-violence.

‘First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win’

On this Gandhi Birth Anniversary let us be peaceful in our actions too.


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Smart Card ID applications in SA piloted at banks

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba officially launched a pilot project for Smart Card ID applications at FNB and Standard Bank.

The briefing comes after Minister Malusi Gigaba announced that an agreement had been reached with two banks and the South African Post Office to introduce a system that will allow citizens to walk into their nearest bank and apply for a smart ID card.

President Jacob Zuma had announced the innovation during his State of the Nation Address in February.

eChannel is part of the department’s overall modernisation strategy to move services from paper to digital, a process which will include the cleaning of the population register.

Moloi said FNB and Standard Bank signed an agreement and each provided sites where pilots will be rolled out.

Applications for smart ID cards and passports will be processed at the banks and the South African Post Office.

Moloi said further agreements with Nedbank and ABSA were being finalised and that details of pilots with them will soon be initiated.

Moloi was then called upon to answer tough questions from Members of Parliament (MPs), most of whom asked him if taking the services to banks will not result in longer queues.

Some questions also touched on the security of the Home Affairs database system and whether it will still be secured and protected from hackers.

Moloi said eChannel deals with long queues as customers have an option to first submit an on-line application to enter their personal details digitally before walking into a bank, post office or Home Affairs office to complete their applications.

“After capturing your biographic details on eChannel, you then come to the bank to capture your fingerprints to verify that you are the person you claim to be,” he said.

He said while a risk assessment has been done on the system to protect it from identity theft, it remains an on-going process.

“We are employing the best hackers to come attempt to hack the eChannel system to ensure that our system is secure,” he said.

Moloi said the objective of rolling out the system is to ensure that the department replaces 38 million green bar-coded ID books, a process the department expects to take up to eight years. IMG_9900.JPG

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Samsung Partners with eNCA to bring News on Demand

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 29 September, 2015 Samsung Electronics South Africa has partnered with leading African news provider, eNCA, to bring its Smart TV users video news on demand via a purpose-built eNCA Smart TV app – the first of its kind in Africa.

Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics SA, says, “As a company that thrives on developing the most innovative solutions to enrich our consumers’ lives, we are excited to launch South Africa’s first video-rich TV news app. With progressively more connected technologies available in the market, consumers can access content across a variety of mediums. Our partnership with eNCA brings two market leaders together to give Samsung Smart TV owners a new way to consume news. The app means they can actively select the stories they want to learn more about, at their convenience.”

The app has been designed with the Smart TV platform in mind, and the user’s experience was a key consideration. The interface is simple and clean for ease of navigation, which is done through the TV remote. The news inserts on the app complement those featured on the eNCA website, and the app’s emphasis is on video stories supported by minimal text for a rich visual experience. Users can access the text and images featured on the eNCA website, via the Smart TV app, if they want to supplement the stories with more depth.

Timothy Spira, Online Division: General Manager at eNCA, said “We are proud to deliver South Africa’s first video-rich TV news app in partnership with Samsung. When they approached us to partner in developing and promoting a purpose-built eNCA app, we embraced the opportunity to be present on the leading Smart TV platform in South Africa. We see the Samsung Smart TV as a leading channel that will keep growing in popularity as it combines the large screen experience of TV with the rich interactivity of a connected device.”

The eNCA Smart TV app is the second most popular app among Samsung Smart TV users.

“Samsung is always looking for ways to add value. The eNCA app is innovative and its popularity is proof that it is indeed enriching and enhancing the Smart TV experience. Our consumers are now able to watch the news on their terms – as and when they want to. They can also keep up to date with the latest headlines while watching TV. This service is available by selecting the special eNCA ticker option which runs the latest headlines at the foot of the screen,” concludes Thackrah.

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Indian festival of Ganesh Chaturthi

This vibrant festival honors the birth of the beloved Hindu god, Lord Ganesha, popularly worshiped for his ability to remove obstacles and bring good fortune.


Ganesh Chaturthi falls in late August or early September, depending on the cycle of the moon. In 2015, Ganesh Chaturthi is on September 17. It is celebrated for a few days with the biggest celebration taking place on the last day called Anant Chaturdasi day.
Mostly in the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. One of the best places to experience the festival is in the city of Mumbai. Celebrations take place in a special way at the towering Siddhivinayak temple, located in the central suburb of Prabhadevi, which is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.
An incalculable number of devotees visit the temple to join in prayers and pay their respects to the God during the festival. In addition, around 10,000 statues of Lord Ganesh are displayed at various locations in the city.
The festival begins with the installation of huge elaborately crafted statutes of Ganesha in homes and podiums, which have been especially constructed and beautifully decorated. Artisans put months of effort into making the idols.

On Ananta Chaturdasi (the last day), the statues or idols are paraded through the streets, accompanied by much singing and dancing, and then immersed in the ocean or other bodies of water.

Once a statue of Lord Ganesh is installed, a ceremony is undertaken to invoke his holy presence into the statue. This ritual is called the Pranapratishhtha Puja, during which a number of mantras are recited. Following this a special worship is performed. Offerings of sweets, flowers, rice, coconut, jaggery and coins are made to the God. The statue is also anointed with red chandan powder. Prayers are offered to Lord Ganesha every day during the festival. Temples devoted to Lord Ganesha also organize special events and prayers. Those who have a Ganesha statue in their house treat and care for him as a much loved guest.


Hindus worship idols, or statues, of their gods because it gives them a visible form to pray to. They also recognize that the universe is in a constant state of change. Form eventually gives away to formlessness. However, the energy still remains. The immersion of the statues in the ocean, or other bodies of water, and subsequent destruction of them serves as a reminder of this belief.



The festival is celebrated in a very public manner. Local communities compete with each other to put up the biggest and best Ganesha statue and display. Expect very crowded streets, filled with boisterous devotees, and lots of music.

It is my dearest wish to visit India during this auspicious time just to experience the energy and vibrance in the streets of India. The celebrations here in South Africa is celebrated on a much smaller scale by families at home and at temples.


A video to enjoy of Ganesh Aarti.

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Shared History, a Festival of Teamwork Arts in collaboration with the High Commission of India in South Africa came into existence in 2007, A festival of visual and performing arts, the festival is a unique endeavour platforming the wealth of India’s classical and contemporary cultural heritage including dance, theatre, music, food, film, literature and visual arts.

The Festival of India attempts to provide audiences in South Africa an occasion to engage with the cultural diversity of India’s heritage.
Shared History is a festival that perfectly blends with the festivity and spirit prevailing in the rainbow country – South Africa. The conception of this festival was with a simple aim, i.e. to bring together cultures of two countries that share common histories.

Since its inception, Shared History takes to South Africa a mix of artists and acts varying from Music, Dance, Theatre, Comedy, Wellness and Food. These acts are made more interesting by collaborating with the local artists in South Africa resulting in an enthralling time spread over a period of 2-3 weeks.

This year Shared History is celebrating its 9th successful year. Beginning from the 4th to the 16th of September the festival will take place in 4 cities- Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and Pretoria.

The uniqueness of the festival lies in the successful cultural experiment highlighting the shared bonds between the two countries through performing arts. So don’t miss the dates and come be a part of History in making!

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Twitter: @sharedHistorySA



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Emirates signs deal with America’s Sweetheart amidst its fight for US skies

My Eye on the World:

Jennifer Aniston is Emirates newest brand Ambassador.

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Emirates Airline announced today that is has secured F.R.I.E.N.D.S star Jennifer Aniston as its newest brand ambassador. The actress has reportedly shot a global TV, print and online campaign for the airline in an estimated $5 million deal.

This move by Emirates closely follows rival airline Etihad’s unveiling of Nicole Kidman as its latest brand ambassador, and the parallels between the two strategies can easily be drawn. Both actresses peaked in the late 90s/early 2000s but are still regarded as Hollywood elite. As both UAE based companies push deeper into American territories, celebrity tie-ups like these help them make a splash in the US market where actors are viewed as royalty.

But what real value does adding a face like Aniston’s have to a brand that already enjoys a premium image? In markets where Emirates is already strong such as Europe, Asia, and its home base in the…

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The Men’s Fragrance Bar at Stuttafords

Stuttafords has launched a brand new fragrance concept within their Sandton City store: The Men’s Fragrance Bar.

This is the first of it’s kind in the Stuttafords stores, which allows men to explore male – only fragrances within the comfort of the Menswear department.

Notable guests in attendance included  Miss South Africa, Liesl Laurie and a host of celebs and media.

The Cosmetics Executive of Stuttafords Liz Ferrett is elated with the bar concept saying  “We absolutely love making  men feel uninhibited & comfortable within their metrosexuality; The Men’s fragrance bar is the perfect solution. We’ve created an environment where men can find what scent defines them with confidence with the assistance of our pleasant staff.”  

The trendy new Men’s fragrance Bar features top fragrance brands such as Tom Ford , MontBlanc, Bvlgari, Hugo Boss, Paco Rabanne and other premium brands ensuring  the modern Stuttafords Man has a unique experience and the best selection of fragrances to define themselves with.

The bar is only at Stuttafords Sandton City currently.

Men’s skincare it stocks:  Clinique for men, Clarins Men and  Lab Series



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#PhotoAWeek – World’s Edge, Beachy Head in UK


Beachy Head near Eastbourne is a dramatic and beautiful headline extending 535 feet above sea level. But this area of natural beauty has a darker side. Beachy Head is a well known location for suicide attempts sadly.


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The world’s longest non-stop flight from Dubai to Panama City


Emirates announced its plans to launch services to Panama City, beginning 1st February, 2016. The new service will be the longest non-stop flight in the world (17 hours 35 minutes in the Westbound direction) and will be Emirates’ first gateway destination in Central America.

Service to Panama City, Panama’s capital and largest city by population, will commence with a daily flight operated by a Boeing 777-200LR aircraft. Service to Panama City will operate through Tocumen International Airport (PTY).

Both a vibrant metropolis and gateway to tropical destinations, Panama City is also the economic and financial centre of the country with the major industries.

“Panama City will be our first destination gateway in Central America, providing a convenient option for our passengers travelling from or through our global hub in Dubai and onward to destinations throughout Central America, the Caribbean and the northern part of South America,” said His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group. “We’re also pleased to be the only commercial airline to offer a daily, First Class service to travellers on what will be the world’s longest non-stop flight .”

“This new direct flight between Dubai and Panama City will connect Latin America with the Middle East, Asia and Africa,” explained Eduardo Fonseca Ward, Consul General of the Republic of Panama, in Dubai. “This link will generate a broader global network with countless commercial and cultural opportunities for the two regions. It has been a pleasure to work with the Emirates teams, who have shared the vision of Panama and Dubai as hubs of trade, prosperity and hope.”

Qantas currently holds the mark for its Dallas-Sydney route, a flight that lasts just under 17 hours.  This new route offered by Emirates confirms Dubai’s title of being at forefront of the worlds emerging markets. The Boeing 777-200LR is one of the world’s most technologically advanced aircraft.

I can definitely handle a 17h35 min flight in luxury. How about you ?

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