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Looking back on South American tennis at Indian Wells

The US used to be the world men’s tennis power when chess players reaped a lot of success at the Grand Slam and Masters 1,000 tournaments, including Indian Wells.

On March 5, 1990, the first Masters in history took place at Indian Wells in the United States. This is also the period to witness the dominance of the flag of tennis when they have 7 male tennis players in the top 10 of the world.

From 1991 to 1997, the Indian Wells men’s singles championship never came out of the United States because of the excellence of names like Jim Courier, Michael Chang or Pete Sampras. Specifically, in 1991, Jim Courier defeated Guy Forget in the final considered to be the best in Indian Wells history.

Meanwhile, Michael Chang won the championship in 1992, 1996 and 1997 when he lost just one set in those three finals. And Pete Sampras ascended the throne at Indian Wells for two consecutive years 1994 and 1995, after successively surpassing Petr Korda and the outrageous rival Andre Agassi.

However, the dominance of South American tennis here also did not last. Between 1998 and 2000, no American player was allowed to play the men’s singles final at Indian Wells. It was not until 2001 that the trophy stayed with the United States after Andre Agassi defeated Pete Sampras 7-6, 7-5, 6-1 in the final (before 2007, matches in the Masters Series took place according to the Final 5 set wins 3).

Since 2001, although the generation of players born in the late 1970s and early 80s are all talented, none of them ascended the throne in the men’s singles. James Blake lost to Roger Federer in the 2006 final. Two years later, Novak Djokovic overtook Mardy Fish and in 2010 Andy Roddick put the racket behind after two checks against Ivan Ljubicic.

Since 2010, South American tennis has continued to go down and the host country players have not achieved good results in the men’s singles. The most prominent name is probably John Isner when in 2012, he passed Novak Djokovic to participate in the final. However, in the final match, Isner proved too immature in front of the express train Roger Federer.

At the 2016 Indian Wells Masters, the highest ranked American tennis player was the No. 11 seed John Isner. Certainly it will be difficult for the host country players to surprise when the tournament has the presence of many big names like Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray but it is still too early to say anything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

South African team stopped early in the Women’s World Cup 2019

Instead of being disappointed, the South African players smiled after losing to Germany 0-4 and became the first team to stop in the group stage of the 2019 Women’s World Cup.

On the evening of June 18, the South African team met Germany in the last match of Group B of the Women’s World Cup 2019. Representatives of African football were empty-handed in the two matches played, so it was imperative to win Germany to raise hopes of going forward .

After 90 minutes, the South Africa team played at 100% strength. But the caste and limited experience compared to Germany made South Africa receive a 0-4 defeat. With this result, South Africa became the first team to stop in the group stage of the Women’s World Cup 2019.

In football, failure always goes hand in hand with sadness. However, the South African girls are happy because they have prepared psychologically to leave. With a 49 position in the FIFA rankings, South Africa’s presence in the 2019 Women’s World Cup finals in France has been a success. Many teams have better physical strength than South Africa but have no opportunity to attend the World Cup because it is located on a more competitive continent.

The Women’s World Cup 2019 is receiving remarkable attention compared to previous tournaments. This is the result of the World Football Confederation’s determination to step up the communication process to make women’s football more attractive. FIFA also doubled the prize money for teams from 15 million euros to 30 million euros. The football fields that organize the match at the 2019 Women’s World Cup welcome more fans. Professional quality also increased.

Germany won South Africa 4-0 in the Women’s World Cup 2019 After a 4-0 victory over South Africa in the final round of the women’s World Cup group stage on June 17, the German girls won the tickets to go ahead with a theory. Apparel.

What you should know about South African Weather and Wildlife (Part 1)

Travelers witness wildlife and experience the great outdoors like never before when flock to South Africa. You can prepare forcertain things, like organizing transport from the airport and getting your vaccinations sorted. But the real threat to travelers is when the local wildlife creeps up on you without warning and the weather turns nasty unexpectedly.

In South Africa the climate can be unpredictable. It is generally warm, dry, and sometimes humid. The biggest weather-related threat typically is rain and involves all of the effects it can have.

For the majority of the country the rainy season occurs during the summer months (from November to March) and it can bring extremely heavy rain. The likelihood of flash flooding is greater when the rain become heavier.

Flooding

In recent years flooding has been a serious issue, with declaration of state of disaster in several provinces by the goverment. Floods can cause significant damage to property and even loss of life, they are nothing to take lightly. In April, 2019, mudslides and floods killed at least 60 people in the wider KwaZulu-Natal province and Durban.

South Africa is home to many lakes, rivers, and winding creeks. During periods of heavy rain, flood nearby roads because these smaller creeks may overflow. This can cause extremely treacherous driving .

You may not want to end up stranded in your vehicle somewhere . If you are out on an excursion pay attention to the weather. If possible, before you leave for a road trip consult with a local for advice on what areas should be avoided because they might be more risky.

Heavy rainfall can also affect surrounding coastal waters, causing tide patterns  and unpredictable waves that can be extremely dangerous for anyone surfing or swimming. Even areas near the coast  and beachescan be hazardous. Take heed if you’re visiting South Africa during the rainy season.

Things you should know before visiting South Africa (Part 2)

4. Open your mind
There are 11 official languages in South Africa, and most of them are indigenous to the country. Around 40% of the population speak either Xhosa or Zulu. Another major language is Afrikaans, a derivative of Dutch, which will find surprisingly easy to follow by northern Europeans. Although almost everywhere you go you can easilly get by with English – which is commonly spoken in all major cities and towns, at government departments, hotels, and banks.
You‘ve ever been nowhere like South Africa. Desmond Tutu, a famous South African, described South Africa by saying that they of many races, cultures, and languages become one nation. They are the Rainbow People of God. In such a diverse country it’s truely important to remain alert to respect the culture and stay safe.
African Impact Sarah Graham says that it’s natural that when offering broad-spectrum advice for travelers, guidebooks will resort to generalization. You will be able to get into all the nooks and crannies of South Africa and venture off the beaten track to feel the rhythm of the people. The people are friendly and warm, and excited to share their culture and stories with you.
5. Great Mobile Phone Coverage
Luckily, mobile phone coverage in South Africa is easy to access and extensive. Purchase a local SIM card from one of the South Africa’s four key telcos: MTN, Vodacom, Cell C and Telkom. When you arrive at the airport you can do this.
In major cities and towns reception and internet speeds are great, but when you head into the wilderness you will lose the ability to connect fast.
Remember that you can only use a local SIM on SIM-unlocked GSM phones. Before you leave check with your mobile network provider in your home country to make sure you can use it on your phone.
You should always buy a SIM card in store at a supermarket, kiosk, or one of the official outlets, never buy off a street seller.
Listen to our podcast if you want to know more about South Africa. We talk about when something goes wrong how World Nomads swings into action, the photographer who survived a deadly snake bite and plus a shark conservation.

Things you should know before visiting South Africa (Part 1)

South Africa is a great place to learn about the past from the harmonies of Ladysmith Black Mambazo to the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Culturally, South Africa have seen some of the most inspiring and engaging political reformations in modern times. It has a unique blend of African and Colonial cultures.

South Africa is a place to heed the advice of those in the know. From knowing the high costs of mobile phone coverage to which car to rent, these are the top tips to make your trip to South Africa as smooth as can be.

  1. Notice Your Location

Always be aware of your surroundings. Africa Adventure Consultants Kent Redding says that no matter how curious you are turn the other way and keep away if you hear or see a mob, angry-sounding demonstration or loud.

Don’t wander around aimlessly, pay attention to where you’re going. Both good and bad neighborhoods are often only one block away from each other in many parts of cities such as Johannesburgand Cape Town.

  1. Don‘t Pack Flashy

Dan Austin says, that you don’t wear expensive clothes or flashy jewelry for South Africa. Don’t flash cash really at any time in the country or when dealing with street vendors. Trade your lensesand  big fancy camera for a smaller point and shoot camera.

Pay attention everywhere you go. You can expect thievesor unwanted attention to be interested in you – especially in these neighborhoods with a bad reputation if you show off expensive items.

  1. Avoid Volunteering Scams

Make sure you book with a reputable organization if you want to volunteer in South Africa. Pick a truly ethical volunteer program if you want to give back to local communities.

At an orphanage where travelers are approached to help a popular scam has popped up. The kids here are made to look extremely poor for getting big donations out of sappy travelers. This is why we believe orphanage visits are actually not helpful.

The state visit of Nigerian President Buhari to South Africa

On Wednesday Mr. Muhammadu Buhari Nigerian President pay a state visit to South Africa after tensions between Africa’s leading economic powerhouses is stirred due to an outburst of xenophobic violence in and around Johannesburg.

The South African authorities look set to reject the demands of Buhari who is expected to push Ramaphosa to pay reparations for the Nigerians impacted by the violence.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and his counterpart struggle to kickstart their stuttering economies. They will on Thursday meet to discuss political cooperation and bolstering trade ties.

But the recent violence targeting foreigners  including Nigerians in South Africa threatens to dominate the talks. In the violence at least 12 people were killed and hundreds of migrant workers repatriated to the country. After some South African companies in Nigeria were targeted by revenge attacks, they were forced to close shop temporarily. The two governments offered “sincere apologies” in a bid to calm the anger and dispatched special envoys to each other’s capitals.

The Abuja’s presidency said Buhari would discuss the welfare of Nigerian, and build harmonious relations with their hosts via finding common grounds during the state visit.

The state visit takes three day was planned in early September before mobs descended on foreign-owned properties in and around Johannesburg.

Buhari was crowned as President a second term in February, is looking to boost Nigeria’s  agricultural and mining sectors and diversify Nigeria’s economy away from oil. South Africa could prove a key partner in doing so.

But, he has been blocking the flow of goods from neighbouring Nigeramaking and  Benin protectionist moves and ordering increased restrictions on food imports, athough in July he wil sign up to a milestone African free trade agreement.

Buhari’s state visit appears unlikely to radically strengthen relations between the two sides despite incentives to improve ties.

Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 4)

Nelson Mandela is the pride of South Africans

Nelson Mandela continued the struggle against Apartheid, which forced Congress to ratify the law to abolish the brutal decree that existed for more than a century in this country (June 1991).

In July 1991, Nelson Mandela was elected Chairman of ANC and on May 10, 1994, after winning the first democratic election in South Africa, he became President of the Leather. The first color President of the Rainbow country.

Happy ending

Although the model of the era, known and respected by the world, Nelson Mandela was still a humble, polite and lovely person.

In his private life, Nelson was unlucky. He married for the first time in 1944 and had 4 children. The marriage ended in 1957 because he spent too little time with his family. In the midst of a fierce struggle for national liberation, Nelson met and married Winnie Madikizela in June 1958. Two daughters Zenani Mandela (1959) and Zindziswa Mandela (1960) were born.

When Nelson went to prison, his family life was completely ruined. He was very grateful to his wife who carried on her family and raised her children even though she herself was wanted and imprisoned. However, due to differences in awareness in some issues, in March 1996, Nelson and his wife divorced.

His last mate was Graca Simbine, the widow of President Mozambique. This is the beautiful love affair of two people in special places in modern African history.

Mr. Mandela always said that living with Graca Machel is a great happiness for both of them

When Graca’s first husband died in a plane crash in 1986, while struggling with misery to continue living in the terrible prison on Robben Island, Nelson wrote lines to comfort the widow of the President that he admires. Mrs. Graca replied. So began a correspondence between the two people who tied their lives to the fight against injustice. Happy smiled to Nelson on his 80th birthday: “I feel that living with her is a great happiness for both of us.”

Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 4)

“I’m not a saint”

Shortly after the inauguration, President Nelson Mandela faced the risk of a new spiral of violence stemming from black hatred, the indispensable product of apartheid racism.

Nelson Mandela always thought that it was impossible to build a nation out of anger and violence. “We are fighting for progress in a way and towards an outcome that helps ensure that all people, whether white or black, become winners,” he said. With a generous heart, he promoted racial reconciliation, through negotiations to promote the democratic process in South Africa, creating a model for the adoption of political solutions to resolve conflicts. .

Madiba (Nelson’s affectionate name) was ordinary and simple, which made him a “popular great man” with the erudite knowledge of an academic, a basis to ensure peace and national reconciliation, avoiding the bloody civil war between people of color and ethnicity on this painful land. The way he chose to leave office is also very special. In African history, very few leaders want to leave office. Nelson Mandela decided to set a precedent for everyone to follow.

After leaving the presidency, Nelson Mandela continues to play an active role in many social organizations for human rights, fighting poverty and inequality. One of his main concerns is the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Responding to his honors as a saint of South Africa, Nelson asserted: “I have never, even the most remote aspect, thought of myself as a saint or tried to become a saint. I am just a normal person, due to special circumstances, I become a leader. ”

Nelson Mandela’s influence and great personality transcend national borders. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1993) and from 1999, the United Nations announced his birthday (July 18) every year to be called the “Mandela Day” to remember his contribution to the freedom of the world.

Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 3)

Despite being treated harshly in various prison camps (he was locked up in the Atlantic Island Robben cell for 18 years out of 27 years in prison), Nelson Mandela still retains the temperament of a soldier who dare to commit to the great cause. Nelson has repeatedly denied the release of the government. That is why his reputation is growing in the hearts of South Africans despite the Apartheid government’s use of all means to prevent the spread of images and documents about him. After all, the harsh judgment of the authorities to destroy his will to fight has become ineffective.

In February 1990, after more than 10,000 days of imprisonment, Nelson was released at the age of 71. Emerging in the sky of South Africa as a great hope, right after the moment of watching the vast sky, he captured hands on the work of building freedom, mending the division in the heart of the nation. In his memoirs, he wrote: “When I stepped out of prison, my mission was to free both oppressed and oppressive people. Some people say that mission is complete. But I know it’s not. The truth is we don’t have freedom yet; we have merely gained the freedom to choose free and unrestrained lives. We have not yet taken the last steps of the journey but are only the first step on a long and difficult journey. To be free, it is not simply to remove the chains of a human being, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The real challenge to our belief in freedom has only just begun. ”

“Thousands of ineffective injustices awaken in me indignation that demands to fight against the brutal political system that imprisoned my nation. It is impossible to remember the specific day I began to devote myself to the cause of my national liberation, my people, for me, to engage in that struggle was simple, because I could not do otherwise.”

Nelson Mandela – Symbol of freedom and equality (Part 2)

In 1947, Nelson was elected to the Standing and directly served as Secretary of the Transvaal Union. It was his first public title at the African National Congress (ANC), the leader of the national liberation struggle movement to gain freedom and equality for South Africans.

In the white election of 1948, Daniel Malan’s National Party with Apartheid won the election. Under Malan’s iron hand, a series of bizarre laws serving the worst and bloodiest racist policy in civilized human history have been issued. ANC organized a non-violent protest movement, calling on all strikers, MITs to protest. In 1952, Nelson opened a lawyer’s office to defend the poor as well as participate in peaceful opposition activities. But in 1956 Nelson and 150 others were arrested with treason. Thanks to the defense of the lawyer, troubled for 5 years, the defendants were acquitted.

When the path of non-violent struggle was banned, the ANC leadership decided to establish an “armed wing” but an “independent organization” under the administration of the ANC. In November 1961, Nelson Mandela became the leader of the armed wing MK, using force in his struggle.

In early 1962, Nelson secretly toured a series of countries: Tanzania, Sudan, Ethiopie, Egypt, Algeria, Ghinea, Senagal and England to expand relations and enlist support in politics, economy and training military for MK. Upon returning home (August 1962), he was arrested on charges of inciting unrest and leaving South Africa illegally, sentenced to five years in prison. In June 1964, Nelson was sentenced to life hardship for “planning to destroy the state”. In court, Nelson Mandela was stunned: “I devoted my life to the South African people’s struggle. I upheld the ideal of democracy and free society in which all people equally live together in the same conditions and abilities. It is an ideal that I take for living and hope to achieve. But if I need, I will also sacrifice for that ideal. “