Mandela’s love of children

first_imgMadiba’s son Thembi died in a car accident at the age of 24 in 1969, when Madiba was on Robben Island.(Image: Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang   CEO and spokesperson, Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory   +27 11 547 5600. RELATED ARTICLES • The women in Madiba’s life • Mandela: childhood heroes and lessons • Nelson Mandela’s words of wisdom • Madiba’s legacy is forever Musa MkalipiFrom the dusty fields of Qunu in Eastern Cape, Nelson Mandela grew to become a wise and admirable man, respected and loved around the world. He is a man of integrity, who is known for his love for children. His influence on a global scale is massive, but just as significant has been his emphasis on the importance of family.Mandela is called the father of the nation perhaps not only for his role in liberating South Africans but also for the love and support he has shown to its children. A father of six himself, he had four children with his first wife, Evelyn Mase, whom he married in 1944. They had two daughters, both named Makaziwe; the first died in infancy and the second was given the same name in honour of her departed sister.They also had two sons, Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969 at the age of 24, and Magkato, who died of an Aids-related illness in 2005. Mandela was deeply affected by the deaths of his sons, the first of whom died while he was in prison. Mandela was not allowed to attend the funeral nor was he given details of the accident. “I received the tragic news on July 16, when the Commanding Officer showed me a telegram which merely reported the bare fact that Thembi had died in a car accident in Cape Town. Immediately upon receiving this report I made efforts to get detailed and accurate information on the accident,” he wrote in a letter dated 19 November 1969.He married his second wife, Winnie Madikizela, in 1958. The couple had two daughters, Zinzi and Zenani. Much of their marriage was spent apart – with Mandela in prison – and he did not see his children grow up. “Not seeing them may be why I’ve developed an obsession with children – I missed seeing any for 27 years. It’s one of the most severe punishments prison life can impose, because children are the most important asset in a country. For them to become that asset, they must receive education and love from their parents. And when you are in jail, you are unable to give those things to your children,” he said in an interview with American talk show host Oprah Winfrey in April 2001.At heart, Mandela is a family man. Passages in his book, Conversations with Myself, for which the foreword was written by American President Barack Obama, are evidence of his yearning for his family. “I love playing and chatting with children … feeding and putting them to bed with a little story, and being away from the family has troubled me throughout my … life. I like relaxing at the house, reading quietly, taking in the sweet smell that comes from the pots, sitting around a table with the family, and taking out my wife and children. When you can no longer enjoy these simple pleasures something valuable is taken away from your life and you feel it in your daily work.”Among many other awards and prizes received since his release from prison and leadership of a democratic South Africa, in 2005 Mandela received the World’s Children’s Prize and in 2009 he was named Decade Child Rights Hero 2009 for his lifelong struggle to free the children of South Africa from apartheid, and for his unwavering support for their rights. The latter was a joint award with Graca Machel, his third and current wife.During his term as president, Mandela gave half his salary to the poor, specifically to children. “I have never cared very much for personal prizes. A person does not become a freedom fighter in the hope of winning awards,” he writes in his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom. In addition, when he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993, he gave part of his $1.2-million (R11.7-million) prize money to help disadvantaged children.Paying it forwardMandela’s work for children continues, despite his retirement from public life and recent illness. Through the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, funds are raised and programmes are initiated to ensure a better future for children. The focus of these efforts is on creating a beneficial environment for the welfare of children. The fund raises money for organisations that work with the country’s children and youth, from birth to 22 years of age from underprivileged surroundings.“Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children,” he wrote in a letter while on Robben Island to his friend Amina Cachalia, an anti-apartheid activist, in 1981.According to the Nedbank Children’s Affinity, which works in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, the fund has given nearly R315-million (US$31-million) to about 1 850 projects supporting children since its launch in 2005. Nedbank is one of South Africa’s big four banks.“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, those who care for and protect our people,” Mandela said in 1995 at the dedication of Qunu and Nkalane schools.He has paid particular attention to Eastern Cape, his home province, arguably the worst affected when it comes to education and educational facilities. It was one of his dreams to have a high school built at his birthplace, Mvezo, a dream that came true when the Mandela School of Science and Technology was built. The school is scheduled to open in January 2014. Not only was the school built in his honour, it also exemplifies his belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.It is also important that children receive the best medical care and with this in mind the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust is raising finances to build a state-of-the-art paediatric academic hospital for children in Southern Africa.Children celebrate Madiba’s birthdayFor a man who is so fond of children, it is no surprise that Mandela would want to celebrate his birthday with them. It has become tradition on his birthday for children to be taken to his home village where they join in the festivities. This year was no exception, as people once more gathered in Qunu to celebrate – even though the great man himself was in hospital in Pretoria at the time.At the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, children were given books to read and they sang happy birthday. Mandela has brought many of the causes he believes in to the fore. 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Microsoft Raises Antitrust Stink About Google Blocking YouTube App

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement dan rowinski Tags:#Android#Google#Microsoft#Windows Phone#YouTube Related Posts center_img Google and Microsoft are at it again over YouTube on Windows Phone.Google has, once again, revoked YouTube access to Microsoft over its app for Windows Phone. Google denied access of the YouTube application programming interface to Windows Phone yesterday after the companies supposedly worked together to build a new version of the app after Google complained that Microsoft was violating YouTube’s terms of service when it published its own YouTube app in May.If you have not been keeping up with this saga, here is how it went down: Microsoft published a YouTube app that it had built for Windows Phone. Microsoft had reversed engineered the YouTube API and built an app that violated certain YouTube developer terms of service, including stripping of pre-roll ads (that help pay YouTube video makers) and allowing downloads of video.Google issued a complaint to Microsoft over the Windows Phone YouTube app and Microsoft agreed to take it down. In a joint statement later in May, Microsoft and Google agreed to work together to build a new app compliant with YouTube’s terms of service:Microsoft and YouTube are working together to update the new YouTube for Windows Phone app to enable compliance with YouTube’s API terms of service, including enabling ads, in the coming weeks. Microsoft will replace the existing YouTube app in Windows Phone Store with the previous version during this time.Earlier this week, Microsoft revealed its “new” YouTube app for Windows Phone. The app showed pre-roll ads based on Google’s ad services and disabled downloads. Yet it still was not up to Google’s snuff.According to a blog post by David Howard, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Microsoft’s Litigation & Antitrust division, Google had asked Microsoft to build the app in HTML5 in the cooperative process. According to Howard, Microsoft thought this request was odd given that neither the iPhone nor Android versions of the YouTube app were built in HTML5. So, Microsoft decided to go ahead and release its non-HTML5 app this week in such a way that was compliant with Google’s previous complaints. Google still found fault with the YouTube for Windows Phone and revoked the API access key to the app, rendering the app useless for end users.“It seems to us that Google’s reasons for blocking our app are manufactured so that we can’t give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting. The roadblocks Google has set up are impossible to overcome, and they know it,” Howard said.A YouTube spokesperson told reporters this week, “Microsoft has not made the browser upgrades necessary to enable a fully-featured YouTube experience, and has instead re-released a YouTube app that violates our Terms of Service.”Request for a detailed response to Microsoft and Howard’s comments from Google have not been returned as of publication of this article.Howard said that Google’s complaints stem around the fact that the app is not built on HTML, do not always serve pre-roll advertisements based on content creator guidelines, is an “inferior product” and how Microsoft brands the YouTube app for Windows Phone.“We think it’s clear that Google just doesn’t want Windows Phone users to have the same experience as Android and Apple users, and that their objections are nothing other than excuses,” Howard said. “Nonetheless, we are committed to giving our users the experience they deserve, and are happy to work with Google to solve any legitimate concerns they may have. In the meantime, we once again request that Google stop blocking our YouTube app.”Microsoft’s Rhetoric, Google’s ReticenceOne important note in Microsoft’s objection is the source of the complaint. The post alleging foul play by Google does not come from the Windows Phone team such as Todd Brix, Microsoft general manager, Windows Phone apps and store team or any of Brix’ cohorts. The complaint comes from Howard, head of Microsoft’s antitrust division.It seems these days that Microsoft’s antitrust division has little to do with protecting, preventing or defending antitrust matters at, you know, Microsoft. The Redmond, Washington-based company has been the ringleader of a global hunt against Google. In the United States and Europe, Microsoft has been the forefront of a group called FairSearch.org that has one and only goal in its existence: to nail Google to the wall for real or perceived unfair business practices.The group has not really had much success against Google in its mission, hitting roadblocks in the courts in both the U.S. and E.U. That hasn’t stopped the rhetoric and accusations from Microsoft, as Howard’s complaint of the new Windows Phone YouTube app shows.For Google’s side, it asked Microsoft to do something and Microsoft did not or was not able to comply. So, Microsoft forged ahead with its own solution and Google put the kibosh on it. Google’s argument is that it will want to protect its content creators and create a product up to its standards. Yet, according to Microsoft, Google has not given Microsoft the resources to perform those goals.Google has said in the past that the reason that it has not created its own YouTube app for Windows Phone (instead leaving development to Microsoft itself) is because of the lack of market share for Windows Phone devices. Google has also taken a similar stance with BlackBerry, whose YouTube app for BlackBerry 10 devices is little more than a shortcut to the mobile Web version of the site. It is hard to tell why Google does not play ball with Microsoft. Usually, Google’s modus operandi is to get as many people using its services across the world in whatever ways possible. Float balloons with free cellular connectivity over remote or underserved areas of the world? Sure! See Project Loon. Build high speed Internet access in certain cities in the U.S.? Google Fiber has you covered. But work with Microsoft in what should be the relatively simple task of creating a standard app for YouTube on the third most used mobile operating system? Well, hold on a second there.The only real explanation is that Google and Microsoft just do not really like each other. Microsoft’s only real reaction to Google is to go after it with antitrust rhetoric in the public realm and the courts. Google just tries to ignore Microsoft while creating products that are subversive to Microsoft’s core business. Will there ever be a compromise? Or will Microsoft use this relatively minor issue of a YouTube app to once again take Google to task in the courts? Time will tell.  Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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