Students linked to South Africa reflect on leader

first_imgNews of Nelson Mandela’s death spread worldwide last Thursday night, and senior South African native Bertie Nel said the loss of the nation’s former leader was an event “we were never really prepared for.” Nel said South Africans anticipated Mandela’s death, but it didn’t take away the pain of the loss. After speaking with his family back home, they told him the country was mourning collectively. While Mandela’s presidency ended in 1999, his impact on South Africa is lasting, Nel said. “If it weren’t for him, a lot of what’s going on in South Africa wouldn’t be possible. He was the big instigator of [ending apartheid] and making sure that everyone had equal opportunity,” Nel said. “Regardless of who you are, regardless of white or black, it’s very important that everyone have the same opportunity and [Mandela] brought that to South Africa. “Back home they call him ‘tata’ and that’s the word for father. I think that’s very fitting. Everyone saw him as the father, ‘tata.’”  Saint Mary’s sophomore Emily Rojas studied in South Africa this semester but had returned to the United States when she learned of Mandela’s death. She said a friend still in the country called her and asked her if she had heard the news. “I said ‘no,’ and she said ‘Well, Nelson Mandela passed,’” Rojas said. “There was a pause from both ends, and she said the country is in a standstill and from TV to people in the streets, you can feel the sadness, the mourning. “It was something that really hit home. It hurt because he was like a father, a figure you could look up to, because he spoke so much about having people of different races, different nations come together and be unified.” Nel said while it would be amazing to be back home for the ceremony commemorating Mandela’s life at FNB Stadium near Soweto on Tuesday, he still feels he is able to pay his respects from afar. “Everyone knows who Mandela is and I think tomorrow’s ceremony is going to attract so many viewers from across the world,” Nel said. “Everyone around the world revered him and knew that what he did was good for South Africa.” Nel said he thinks Mandela’s actions inspired people around the world to stand up for their beliefs and accomplish good work. “He was a great man. He did a lot for South Africa,” Nel said. “I don’t think we would be where we are without him and we are very lucky to have a man of that caliber in South Africa.” Rojas said she believes Mandela’s legacy will continue to motivate the whole world to take action. “Beyond the country, I think he impacted the world,” she said. “[Everyone] should become educated on what he did because [he taught] that we dignify every individual despite the fact they are Afrikaan or Zulu, from whatever part of the world, and I think that is something the country itself embraces. The people who really took what he said, it helped themselves shape into who they are.” Rojas said being in South Africa taught her more about Mandela’s legacy than anything she read before the trip. “[I realized] how much he shaped and molded the country, and I don’t think that his legacy is going to end,” Rojas said. “This is just the beginning toward a more unified nation, and that was his vision.” Nel said there are many positives things that can come from Mandela’s life, but he believes is forgiveness is the most important. “The biggest positive that I think anyone can take of [his life] is his ability to forgive people,” Nel said. “Yeah they put him in prison for 27 years, but as soon as he got out of it he forgave. He never held a grudge, and that’s just amazing that he was able to turn around like that.” Nel said that remembering Mandela’s life is important and while many are saddened by his death, it should move people to take action. “It’s now time for the rest of the world to step up and follow his example and do good in the world,” he said. Contact Haleigh Ehmsen at [email protected]last_img read more

WICB & The Dominica Cricket Association rates the island’s first test match as ‘impressive’

first_img Share Share 78 Views   no discussions NewsSports WICB & The Dominica Cricket Association rates the island’s first test match as ‘impressive’ by: – July 12, 2011 Tweet Share Section of the crowd at the Clem John & Kelleb Laurent Stand at the Windsor Park Sports Stadium on July 10th, 2011 A top official of The West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) has given Dominica great commendations, after the island successfully hosted its first international test match from July 6th to 10th.President of the WICB, Mr Julian Hunte said that although the game was marred by rain during its early stages, this did not diminish the fun and excitement of the five-day test match.Hunte said that the WICB was very pleased to see that Dominicans and cricket fans attended in large numbers to support both teams.“I want to say a big thank you to the masses that came out at this lovely stadium. This shows that people here love their cricket, and this is very good for the development of the sport here on this beautiful island,” says Hunte.Meanwhile, the President of the Dominica Cricket Association (DCA), Mr. Emmanuel Nanthan is of the view that the successful hosting of this test will secure other international games for Dominica.“Dominica is one of the newest venues for test cricket, and I can assure you that this crowd seen here today will speak for itself. We have said to the selectors that Dominica can do it, and this we have proved to them, without a doubt,” says Nanthan.Darren Sammy said, at the end of a day when West Indies came out with their heads held high. “As you saw, the crowd, who are very understanding, treated the drawn result as a win for us because we got out there and fought,”Sammy said he was happy with the result, though he was a touch surprised that the Indians shut shop early.“With 15 overs to go and 86 runs required, and considering the calibre of players they have like Dhoni and guys who can hit the ball, I thought they would it give it a go, being one-up. But I guess with my ploy to have Devendra Bishoo bowl in the rough, they didn’t fancy their chances of going after him. I am quite happy with the result. Starting the first innings, with one of our main bowlers Ravi Rampaul down, the way the guys stuck at it, we showed a lot of character. And the batting came good in the very last innings of the series … it helped us salvage a draw. So well done to the team,” Sammy concluded. Sharing is caring! The match ended in a draw with India winning the series 1 – 0.Shivnarine Chanderpaul was named man of the match while India’s Ishant Sharma was named as the man of the series.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more