THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) League Round of 16 is set to begin in the first week of August.The Scotiabank CONCACAF League crowns a champion from among a field of 16 qualified club teams from Central America and the Caribbean. The pairings for the Round of 16 of the premier edition of CONCACAF’s newest club competition were revealed at a draw in Miami last month.First-leg matches of the Round of 16 are scheduled to be played August 1-3, and will begin in Central America with action featuring Chorrillo FC (PAN) v CD Honduras Progreso (HON) and Santos de Guapiles FC (CRC) v San Juan Jabloteh (TRI).The Scotiabank CONCACAF League kicks off across eight countries in Central America and the Caribbean.The next evening CD Plaza Amador (PAN) will travel to Jamaica to face Portmore United FC (JAM), followed by CD Aguila (SLV) v Real Esteli FC (NCA) and Platense FC (HON) v Alianza FC (SLV).The first-leg matches will be completed on Thursday night, with matches in Trinidad & Tobago, Nicaragua and Honduras. Central FC (TRI) will host Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN), CD Walter Ferretti (NCA) will face the Belmopan Bandits (BLZ) and CD Olimpia (HON) will take on LD Alajuelense (CRC), in a Central American ‘Clásico’..The second-leg Round of 16 matches will be played the following week, August 8-10, beginning with San Juan Jabloteh (TRI) vs. Santos de Guapiles FC (CRC), Real Esteli FC (NCA) vs CD Aguila (SLV) and Alianza FC (SLV) vs Platense FC (HON).Play will continue Wednesday night with CD Plaza Amador (PAN) v Portmore United FC (JAM) and CD Honduras Progreso (HON) vs Chorrillo FC (PAN). The final three matches of the Round of 16, will see Central FC (TRI) at Deportivo Arabe Unido (PAN), Belmopan Bandits (BLZ) at home vs CD Walter Ferretti (NCA) and LD Alajuelense (CRC) vs CD Olimpia (HON), in San Jose, Costa Rica.The range of dates for the first leg quarterfinals, to be played among the eight Round of 16 winners is August 15-17. The second-leg quarterfinals are scheduled for August 22-24.The championship home-and-away final of the Scotiabank CONCACAF League is scheduled for October. The tournament champions earn a ticket to join 15 additional club qualifiers from across the region including Canada, Mexico and the United States, in the revamped Scotiabank CONCACAF Champions League.The next edition of the Champions League will be played from February to April.
Share on: WhatsApp “Our first goal was to qualify from the mini-league and the boys did that. Congratulations to them.”Cisse preferred not to dwell on the last Cameroon-Senegal clash — the 2002 final won 3-2 on penalties by the Indomitable Lions after 120 goalless minutes in Bamako.The Senegal coach captained his country that evening and failed to convert a penalty in the shootout.“I suspected that final would come up in the media,” said Cisse, “but 2002 is in the past.“Most of our squad in Gabon were quite young then. Even if they do remember the final, it would be a vague recollection.”Cameroon boasted stars in 2002 like Rigobert Song, now deceased Marc-Vivien Foe and Samuel Eto’o, while El Hadji Diouf was the best known Senegalese.Cameroon have no stars now, rather a team of emerging internationals led by France-based goal poacher Benjamin Moukandjo who are dedicated to working for each other.“We have young players hungry to play and keen to win,” said Belgian coach Hugo Broos. “Now that we have reached the quarter-finals, anything can happen.”Senegal do have current stars, most notably Liverpool attacker Sadio Mane. He has already scored twice in Gabon having finished third in the 2016 African Footballer of the Year poll.Cameroon and Senegal kick off at 2000 local time (1900 GMT), three hours after Burkina Faso and Tunisia launch the two-day quarter-finals schedule in Libreville.Burkina Faso held Cameroon and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang-led Gabon before comfortably disposing of Guinea-Bissau to surprisingly top Group A.After wasting many scoring chances in a 2-0 defeat by Senegal, Tunisia beat Algeria 2-1 and Zimbabwe 4-2 to finish Group B runners-up under vastly experienced Polish coach Henryk Kasperczak.Leading Tunisia scorer Naim Sliti says his team play “beautiful football” and the four-goal 37-minute destruction of Zimbabwe was clinical finishing at its best.But physically imposing Burkina Faso, boasting experienced campaigners like Bakary Kone, Charles Kabore and Prejuce Nakoulma, are likely to prove stubborn opponents. Africa Cup of Nations quartersSaturdayBurkina Faso v Tunisia 7pm; Senegal v Cameroon 10pmLibreville, Gabon | AFP | Senegal coach Aliou Cisse insists Africa Cup of Nations opponents Cameroon are favourites to win the eagerly-awaited quarter-final in Franceville on Saturday.Pundits beg to differ, though, making the Senegalese Teranga Lions favourites not only to reach the semi-finals, but to go on and win the competition for the first time.Senegal impressed when winning Franceville-based Group B, defeating Tunisia and Zimbabwe by 2-0 scorelines before starting with 10 reserves in a 2-2 draw against Algeria.Cameroon came second in Libreville-based Group A, drawing 1-1 with Burkina Faso, edging Guinea-Bissau 2-1 and holding Gabon in a 0-0 stalemate, a result which eliminated the 2017 hosts.Cisse sounded like a Cameroon praise-singer as he spoke ahead of the last-eight showdown, the fourth meeting between the countries in the Cup of Nations with the Indomitable Lions holding a 2-1 advantage.“Cameroon are the favourites,” he stressed. “They have won the Cup of Nations four times while Senegal have never won it. So, if there has to be a favourite, it must be Cameroon.“The Indomitable Lions have great players and an experienced coach. I and my team are very honoured to meet them.”As to being tournament favourites, former national team star and captain Cisse was having none of that either.“How can we be favourites when you have the likes of Ghana, Morocco and the Democratic Republic of Congo still in contention?“Ghana were finalists in the last tournament, Morocco have impressed and DR Congo exhibit tremendous potential.“For me, reaching the quarter-finals was a huge relief as Senegal have not been to the knockout stage since 2006 in Egypt.
Work Out WorldThe WOW name is a recognizable brand, according to Anthony Miscia who manages the Red Bank studio on Broad Street, but each site is individually owned. The Red Bank and Tinton Falls locations are owned by the Roma family who have a commitment to fitness.Lauren Cascio is Red Bank’s head trainer and has a philosophy that stresses “variety” in an exercise program. “We want clients to enjoy the experience,” she says, “and one way to help do that and keep the interested and moving toward fitness and weight goals, is to be sure there are not doing the same thing every visit.”Cascio says a well-rounded fitness program includes one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer, group classes in programs like pilates, yoga or kick boxing (offered at the Tinton Falls location), and working out on your own. “I help clients develop a varied program that works for them,” she says, “that focuses on their main interests and goals.”WOW’s Red Bank facility, with aerobic machines overlooking the Navesink River, has a studio feel but includes 30 state-of-the art aerobic and kinesis machines and thousands of pounds of free weights.30 West Front St., Red Bank www.workoutworld.com By Art PetrosemoloIt’s that time of year when just about everyone is thinking, “How can I lose the extra weight I put on over the holidays?” Or, for some, there is the New Year’s resolution to eat better and exercise on a regular basis.In the two river area, there is no shortage of gyms, personal trainers, health clubs, and the like, all looking to help you meet your weight loss and fitness goals. But more often than not, and the professionals at these fitness centers will attest, most individuals may start a program with good intentions but give up when they don’t see instant results.Getting fit and staying fit isn’t easy and if you don’t believe it, don’t start, the professionals say. First, be sure your doctor agrees with you starting a fitness program; then do your research on options, check your diet, talk to the professionals at fitness centers, and yoga and pilates studios and make a plan.I had a close sailing friend who always said before we started out on a long cruise, “Plan the sail; sail the plan… and we’ll get to our destination safely.” The same goes with fitness. You need a plan, a goal, and a means to achieve success and then the persistence and fortitude to succeed. Here are some local fitness locations that will give you some options to help you succeed this year.Brahma YogaLisa Aquino has turned her passion for yoga into a business at Brahma Yoga. For the past eight years, her Sea Bright yoga studio and spa has been catering to adults and children with yoga classes for all levels. Brahma Yoga also runs a 200-hour training program for yoga instructors.Yoga is a no burn out, stress reducing series of exercises that children as young as three can start to help their balance and focus. “Yoga also works for teens, adults and senior citizens to help fitness, balance and reduce stress,” Aquino says. ”As an added benefit, regular yoga participants find they sleep better too.”Classes are 90 minutes and taught by certified instructors. There is a warm-up, build-up, back down, relaxation and meditation segment to each class. There are 20 yoga instructors at the site and Brahma specializes in yoga.“We also have a holistic spa,” Aquino says, “and do massage therapy and a number of other treatments. Being close to the beach we are quite busy in the summer with many vacationing yoga enthusiasts looking for a studio when they are here at the Jersey Shore.”1050 Ocean Ave., Sea Bright www.brahmayoga.comAtlantic Club Fitness Director Diane Karpus says Atlantic Club members love group exercises. With more than 100 classes each week, all open to members as part of their membership fee, there is something for everyone. “Members enjoy the family feeling that comes with exercising with friends in a group setting,” Diane says.But there is a lot more than group programs at the Atlantic Club. The younger (10 years old) of a two-site fitness operation, Atlantic Club Red Bank is no sleepy sister to the larger Manasquan site. The club has hundreds of visits a day by men and women for one-on-one sessions with one of the three dozen personal trainers, workouts on state-of-the-art aerobic and strength equipment that is updated regularly, group classes, fitness swimming or water aerobics.Members are given a fitness evaluation and plan as well as complimentary three month assessments whether they chose to work with a personal trainer or exercise by themselves.The Atlantic Club is an adults-only facility but does provide childcare on site for moms and dads who need someone to keep their children active while they exercise or enjoy the services at the club’s Milagro Spa. The club has a children’s swim team that meets Sunday evenings and occasional short-term programs for teens.Also, on-site at the Atlantic Club is Crest Physical Therapy for orthopedic and sports rehabilitation. The Atlantic Club supports the program with certified post-rehab trainers to help patients continue rehabilitation.325 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.theatlanticclub.comCommunity YMCAFor years, although there were always small boutique work-out facilities in the area, your option in the two rivers communities to join a full service facility was the Community Y in Red Bank. Linda Ambis is the executive director of the Maple Avenue location. Today, she points out, with the commercializing of fitness and wellness it has become an industry unto itself and there are dozens of focused facilities or larger health club/fitness centers to choose from.“We recognize the growth in the industry in the past 10 years,” Linda says, “ and have adjusted to meet the needs of our existing members and, at the same time, attract new individual members and families.” The Community Y is big, 60,000 square feet, and open weekdays 17 hours a day to accommodate hundreds of visits.One of the things that sets the Y apart is its family focus. They have programs for children as young as three months (mommy and me aquatics) to senior citizens with every age group in-between covered too.The Maple Avenue location has undergone a major renovation in the past year with updates to its lobby, childcare area, fitness studios, Teen Zone and pools. The Teen Zone on the first floor is popular with youngsters who have access to a personalized, interactive fitness location with floor supervision.Like other large fitness centers, the Y offers classes on land and in the water that run the gamut from cardio, strength, yoga, pilates, cycling to water aerobics.The Y also offers the largest aquatics program in the area – taught by certified Y and Red Cross instructors – with aquatic fitness sessions for adults and swim lessons for children from three months right up to nationally ranked competitive teams.“New Y members get a wellness orientation with a plan customized for them,” Linda says, “and it is based on their interests and goals with the hope it will keep them motivated.” Wellness coaches help individuals with equipment and exercises between, or in lieu of, personal training sessions.The Y staff encourages family participation and helps members find programs that will interest their children or other family members. The popular after school “fit kid,” program, for example, combines 30 minutes of strength and 30 minutes of cardio training. Childcare is available.“I encourage members to set realistic goals for fitness,” Linda says, “and then to break them down into small bites and to celebrate successes. And above all,” she concludes, “try new things and have fun in the process.”166 Maple Ave., Red Bank www.cymca.orgMike Duffy Personal Training“For many people, a fitness program isn’t going to happen without help,” says Mike Duffy. “Goals are easier to reach with individual help and motivation.”Duffy, who has a degree in exercise science and 28 years in the business, has two locations with the Oakhurst operation running for 13 years while the Little Silver site is five years old. Carol Ann, Mike’s wife, handles the phones and appointments while keeping Mike and the other nine personal trainers with clients.“What sets us apart,” he says, “is our concern with personal nutrition and how we include it as part of our training program.”Clients sign up for three or six month time periods with two sessions each week with their personal trainer. A specific program is designed by Duffy and his staff to meet individuals’ fitness goals and each session lasts 60 minutes. They also have trainers certified in post-rehab training to help individuals continue their road to full recovery from injuries, operations and initial rehabilitation.Duffy’s runs the popular “Boot Camp” programs for adults five days a week with a 5 a.m. and evening session. After school Boot Camps for children 8-12 also are popular.147 Markham Pl., Little Silver www.mikeduffyspt.comLA BoxingAccording to Kristina Caswell, who works the front desk at LA Boxing and also works out at the club, there is no other workout that lets you burn 800-1,200 calories in an hour.“All our instructors have fight (boxing, kick boxing or mixed martial arts) experience,” Kristina says, “and they run intense group sessions.” There are classes all day at LA Boxing’s Shrewsbury location with class size up to 20 men and women.“It is a challenge,” says Jay Connelly, a lawyer who owns the Shrewsbury and Marlboro facilities with partners, “as the instructors constantly change-up the workout to keep you on your toes with cardio, strength and toning exercises.”One of the reason individuals enroll at LA Boxing is they get tired of the traditional workouts using treadmills and other exercise machines. They are looking for a new challenge.Clients usually do a one-hour workout, twice a week, Connelly says. It will include a warm-up, shadow boxing, work on the heavy bag, core workout and a cool down, stretch segment.“Yes you can get into the ring,” Kristina says, “if you are a member of one of our fight groups or through personal one-on-one training with one of our personal trainers and yes it is a rush.”150 Shrewsbury Plaza, Shrewsbury www.laboxing.com/shrewsbury
Welcome to the official Nelson Mandela 85th Birthday Message Book, page 1Nelson Mandela turned 85 on 18 July 2003 – and you, and you, and you … sent him 17 842 birthday messages via the official Mandela 85th Birthday website.A selection of your messages has been published in this Book. See the box on the right for the full list of pages.I love you Mandela, I hope that you have a lovely day and see many, many more Birthdays. You are a special person to all of us, we love you.Blake Bennett (8 yrs old)Lenasia, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy Birthday! Love you to bits. Thanks for being South Africa’s greatest asset.The Mercury – editor and staffDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaHappy Birthday Madiba, We wish you peace, good health and happiness. Thank you for the past 85 years, and may you be blessed with many more.James SoutheyWorcester, Western Cape, South AfricaDear Tata, Words cannot express our happiness when we join you in the celebration of your 85th birthday. To us in the Northern Cape Department of Health you a mirror that we always have to look at it to gauge our commitment to the cause that Bambatha, Moroka, Sol Platjie, Kotane, Luthuli, Dadoo, Slovo and Mokaba fought for for so many years. Like the late Enoch Sontonga said in his prayer song Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrica we implore the Almighty to give you power so that you can continue to guide those blinded by racism and greed. Like you said “never and never again shall our people travel long distances to receive basic health care services” we are commiting ourselves in your name that “never and never again will our people have to suffer because of preventable diseases”. Tata Madiba, to you happy birthday and progressive 85 years is befitting.Thabo Poka LekhuSpokesman, Ministry of Health, Kimberley, Northern CapeHappy Birthday! Here’s to another 85. Pity you’re no longer president.The Independent on Saturday – editor and staffDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaYou have been an inspiration to all of us to strive to be better South Africans by working towards a better life for all. May you enjoy your special day in full knowledge that you have played your role and there are many more South Africans who are prepared to continue your work because they have been inspired by you. Happy birthday Tata Madiba. Thulani KunenePalm Springs, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday Tata Mandela. May you see many more years.Lucas MarungaJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWishing you the best for your birthday and the year ahead. May there be many more.Sharon VennJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaDear Madiba, I hope you have a wonderful birthday and many more to come. Thank you for being my inspiration!Sunelle FoucheCape Town, South AfricaHappy birthday Nelson. Best wishes.Beatrice JordaanPolokwane, Limpopo, South AfricaDear Mr Mandela. Happy birthday. Have a great day. May God watch over you for years to come. Thank you for being you. Thank you for the great work you have done for our country and are still doing. Your love for your people has no end. We love you Madiba.Charles OberholzerPretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaDankie vir die wonderlike voorbeeld wat u aan ons almal stel. Baie verwarde Afrikaners is deur moelike tye gerus gestel en gemotiveer deur u. Geluk met die groot 85! Ons drink ‘n dop op jou…Elsje EloffKempton Park, Gauteng, South AfricaWords cannot describe how blessed this generation is to have lived during the times of the icon like you. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to this country. South Africa is blessed to have you. O gole Tata, o gole o be o fete le tlou .Re a go rata, Modimo a go tshegofatse.Kego MokgoroSunnyside, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday to you, Tata.Thami NogabeBloemfontein, Free State, South AfricaKokwana Madiba ha tinyungubisa hi wena , u hi lwerile u kondza u hlula namutlha hi chuxekile hikokwalaho ka wena – kula u ringana na ndlopfu .Tsundzuka NkunaWaterval Township, Limpopo, South AfricaCongratulations on your 85th birthday. Thank you for all the years of unselfish service to our beautiful land and for leading by example. Lank lewe Madiba!Andre VosJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaMay you have the time of your life on Friday 18.07.2003. Happy birthday.M E van WykUniversity of the North, Limpopo, South AfricaTata you fought my battle for humanity long before I arrived on this earth. And therefore I too want to say plenty more thank you’s and happy birthday(s).Ivan VogtPotchefstroom, North West, South AfricaTo a wonderful man who has done great things for this wonderful country. Madiba, wishing you well on this special day! May all your successors follow in your footsteps!Ronel JessenJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaUyisibonelo esihle kithina bantu abasakhulayo. Ukhule uze ukhokhobe.Nonkululeko XuluEmpangeni, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaNi ku navelela siku lerinene kokwani wa Africa Dzonga.Matimba MahangeEdenvale, Gauteng, South AfricaDear, Mr. Mandela, my best wishes to you on your birthday from Germany. Every time I hear or read of Nelson Mandela I am so happy about the development of the Person Nelson Mandela and YOUR Country South Africa. I am not able to describe what I feel in such moments – deeply impressed. I send you my best wishes and thank you for giving me and the whole mankind hope and confidence for the future. Deeply grateful.Jens MelleGermanyHappy birthday, Sir. You made everything so much easier for us. Thank you. I love you.Fuad HendricksBosmont, Gauteng, South AfricaThank you for being a true hero. Thank you for a free South Africa. Happy birthday! God bless!Lois GeldenhuysPretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaYou gave us hope. Your struggle and thoughts changed the world for ever. HAPPY BIRTHDAY. GOD BLESS YOU.CassienBeijing, ChinaHappy birthday Madiba. May GOD bless you to see many more. Lots of love.Candice PetersenObservatory, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday Madiba. You are the greatest of all and we wish you a Happy Long Life Rolihlahla, Happy Birthday Tata!Vuyiswa MabindaMbekweni, Western Cape, South AfricaHappy birthday Madiba. Have a wonderful day. God Bless.Suzanne Ferreira and familyBrackenfell, Western Cape, South AfricaThank you for the gifts you have given us and continue to give us each day. I wish you long life in this land you have helped to rebuild. God bless you.Anston BosmanCape Town, Western Cape, South Africa Happy birthday Tata, you have fought like a true soldier. May the Lord look after you for us.Amandla.Sarah Molokoane-NakediBloemfontein, Free State, South AfricaBab’ uMadiba. It’s indeed a great pleasure to share this special time with you. You are a tower of strength and insight. If the world can have more people like you, it indeed would be a much better place. South Africa is here today, much to your efforts in a team and as a leader. Happy Birthday.Lucky P. Khumalo (de Coomza)Pretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaThrough all the 21 years of my life I have not found a man of true wisdom and passion like you. You have been my role model ever since I began to understand politics and I want to wish you the best one and that may the Lord richly Bless you Sir. You deserve nothing but the best. I admire youNtokozo KhumaloPietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaMay God be with you on your special day and all the other days still to come, happy birthday Madiba!Lizelle FaberCenturion, Gauteng, South AfricaWe thank you for everything which you have done for us as a nation. Happy birthday.Nomcebo NzimandePolokwane, Limpopo, South AfricaMay your day be filled with joy and blessings. Congratulations.Lynn van NiekerkJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday Tata Madiba. I wish you a pleasant birthday.Job MatlebjanePolokwane, Limpopo, South AfricaThe radiance of your personality has touched the lives of many. A face instantly recognised throughout the world has earned the respect it so richly deserves. You have changed the course of history to make the world a safer place to live in. Long live, our Madiba, long live! God’s mercy and endless blessings be upon you. May you be a guidance and inspiration for all. We love you and pray for your health, happiness and all that your heart desires.Mahmood Cassim and family.Johannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaWe join the world in celebrating a life well lived. We thank you for what you are still doing for SA and the rest of mankind. Long live. Happy returns dear father.Mpolokeng Makhari and family.Pretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday Tata wethu. We wish you many more!Phakamisa BevuDaveyton, Gauteng, South AfricaHappy birthday Mandela. May God bless you all the days of your life. We love you stacks and stacks.Mala PillayPhoenix, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaCongratulations on your 85th birthday!KrisAntwerp, BelgiumDumela Ntate Mandela, wishing you God’s blessings for the years to come. You are a living example that age does not mean you stop growing and enriching the lives of other people- my children always remind me of your words when you retired as President of SA, when you said you wanted to read to your grandchildren. We wish you many years to do just that. O gole gole!!!Christel Lorato HermannMafikeng, North West, South AfricaHappy birthday Madiba, you are and will always be a legend for many more centuries, may your years ahead be filled with good health, strength and happiness. Love you.Neesa ChinCape Town, Western Cape, South AfricaHappy birthday Madiba. Your greatness and kindness are the best presents South Africans have ever received!Carin SwartGrahamstown, Eastern Cape, South AfricaWe wish you the best for your birthday. May God add more years to your life. O gole o gole tlou e be moshemanyana.Jenniffer and Edwin MaileDwarsloop, Limpopo, South AfricaAll young South Africans join millions of our people in appreciating the role you have played in our country and the world at large. We will always look up to you, your boldness and selflessness will always guide us. Long live Madiba, the people’s hero.ANC Youth LeagueBloemfontein, Free State, South AfricaHave a wonderful one. Thuthuka njalo.Lindiwe NdebeleJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaSimple music can make you sing, simple hug makes you feel better, simple things can make you happy. Hope my simple “Happy Birthday” will make you smile.Rene DamonsRandburg, Gauteng, South AfricaA great Toussaint of our time. We of the younger generation shall be always grateful to God for having walked in your image Madiba. We have in many ways been touched by the generosity of your spirit. Mpilo nde Tata.Chris N QiqimanaPretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaDear Mr Mandela this comes to you with me and my family’s very best wishes on this your 85th Birthday. May you have many more healthy, happy years ahead! Fond regards.Cheryl, Craig and Vicky JohnsonFlorida, Gauteng, South Africa Happy birthday nkosi yama khosi. Have a great day.Jaguars Rugby ClubDurban, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaMay you have a very happy birthday. I wish you many more. You are a true legend.Nomahlubi HadebeInchanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaHappy Birthday Mandela I wish that you live a much longer time and enjoy your day. With lots of love. I love you.Nomfundo NtuliUmlazi, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaThe nation will always respect and adore you for being the best leader ever. Hope you always stay as cherished. Happy 85th Birthday.Madiba, Halala!Nosipho DlaminiImbali, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaThe tears that well up in my eyes each time your name is mentioned tells me how much love and respect we have for you! May the Almighty Allah (God) grant you a long, happy and peaceful life. Respectfully, your sonBhaai CassimJohannesburg, Gauteng, South AfricaDear Madiba. You are a father, hero and my role model. I have learned two important aspects of life from you, Revenge does not work and secondly we must learn to forgive, irrespective of the harm that the other person did to you, Happy 85th birthday and may the Almighty God richly bless you.Sello Peter BaloyiPretoria, Valhalla, South AfricaDear Mr. Mandela. When I lived in Cape Town in 1996, I took a course in healing with 8 South African women from different backgrounds. We all agreed that we liked living in a country where the citizens could love the president. Thank you for being the kind of leader and human being the world can look up to. Best wishes for a wonderful 85th birthday. Also, happy anniversary. I share that date with you; it will be 22 years of marriage for me this year. With much love.Sheryl SturgesWashington DC, USAMadiba omhle, fafa olude, gokra lamagokra eyaphula intsimbi yocalulo ibingenophulwa nangubani, ndinga nam ndingalandela ekhondweni lakho, ngoba ndilapha kungenxa ye misebenzi yakho ukhule ke, Diba omhle ungakhokhobi, ngoba sisafuna ukuyihamba nawe lendlela kude sifike kwimpumelelo yanaphakade.Landelwa MpitiCape Town, Western Cape, South AfricaSo long Tata o mkhulu, MADIBA. May your day be filled with vigour for us to draw an inspiration. Imbued as an African son for the emancipation of Africa. Halala, Tata, Halala.Tebogo Makube, Thabang Lepati and Andile MahlanguKwa Thema, SpringsDear Madiba, what an honour to share a birthday with such a wonderful person! Happy birthday and may you still have many happy years!Margo HeneganPort Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South AfricaHappy Birthday Madiba. You have been an inspiration to me my whole life. Meeting you was the most fulfilling moment of my life. I wish you the best for the following year and the years to come. My daughter is now 8 months old and I know that it is because of you that she will have a safer, better future. God Bless you. I wish you endless happiness and love.Anuka BaijooPietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaWe wish you a wonderful birthday and many more to come.Sun CouriersDurban, South AfricaMadiba, have a great day as your life personifies what a true patriot will do under the most trying circumstances. May your life be an example to the rest of Africa. You were at the apex and relinquished power with no fuss. May you live for the next 20 years.Geoff and Jean DevereuxFairland, Johannesburg, South AfricaDear Madiba, you are an absolute inspiration for everyone all over the world. The way you conduct yourself simply captivates everyone irrespective of colour, nationality or culture. When I look at you I do not see a person, I see a country rich in culture, history, diversity and a beacon of strength. Let the world know there is only one Madiba and we all love him. Even though I have not met you, your strength and love radiates throughout the world. Go Well Dad, Father of our land.Saras ReddyPinetown, South AfricaOn behalf of me and my family, I would like to wish you a very happy birthday.Merlin NaickerRichards Bay, South AfricaTata Madiba, Happy Birthday and I wish you have many more to come. We love you; now please don’t forget that!!!!!!!TasneemPretoria, South AfricaTata, it’s with great joy that I wish you a happy and blessed 85th birthday. you are indeed a great father to us all.Jennifer VergeerMorningsideOur Dearest Madiba , I wish you Love, Peace and Happiness on your very special day.Justine LaceyJohannesburg, South AfricaTata Madiba, you are an icon to others, a great leader to others, a father to others, a grandfather to others, a comforter to others, a glimmer of hope to others, a source of strength to others. However, to me you are a Saint and all of the above. Happy Birthday, Tata.NickyPretoria, South AfricaWishing you a happy birthday. May you see many more. God bless and keep you well.Pete GopaulsinghIsipingo, Durban, South AfricaYou are an inspiration to me, Madiba, and you represent Hope for mankind.Dr. Martin B. MgangiraSouth End, Port Elizabeth, South AfricaHope you have a fantastic day. You are the greatest!!Santa FalknerPretoria, South AfricaMay you have a wonderful birthday and may God continue to bless you.Jody MarinusCape Town, South AfricaMkhulu Madiba ndoda yamadoda uliqhawe ndoda ngiyakuhlonipha futhi nomhlaba wonke uyakuhlonipha. Uliqhawe Tata, ube nosuku lokuzalwa oluyintokozo. Happy birthday Madiba. Indodana, Nhlanhla.Nhlanhla MaphalalaSecunda, Mpumalanga, South AfricaOn the Planet Earth, there very few individuals like you. You are a leader of the leaders, you are God’s wonderful tool to free the South Africa Nation. Without you South Africa was going to be involved in a civil war, but you managed to promote peace and stability, which is something to the whole world right now. Ntatemoholo Nelson, you are a star who is here to brighten the dark life of poor little children, the lives of South Africans,lives of Africans, and the lives of everyone who is living on this planet. When one talks of a Hero, that’s you; not only of South Africa but of the world, Hero. May God keep you for a long, long time so that we can continue drink from your river of humanity, peace , strong leadership with no compromise for self interests, but of standing still and focusing on what is good for the nation. Ntatemoholo may you see many, many more years to come. “HAPPY BIRTHDAY”.Paseka NkhoesaClermont, Durban, South AfricaDear Mr Mandela, we at the Joint Senior Command and Staff Program wish you a Happy Birthday and hope that your dreams still come true.South African National War College Senior Staff Course 2003Pretoria, South AfricaHow magnificence, humility, courage and love can be combined in one man is a treasure I (and all South Africans) am proud to acknowledge and accept. You are a wonderful person. Happy Birthday Madiba! Have a beautiful day!Avril McMahonCape Town, South AfricaHappy birthday to a great man. Have a wonderful birthday.Delene CapeWestville, Natal, South Africa“Diba, Yemyem” I am honoured to have lived and seen you changing South Africa to be a beautiful rainbow nation. I will take this treasure and gift that you gave us as South Africans and tell of it to my children and great grandchildren. May God grant you all your wishes. Ukhule kodwa ungakhokhobi Diba. Happy Birthday.Phumeza TshipanaJwaneng, BotswanaThe spirits of all the revolutionaries and freedom fighters of this world smile blessings upon you. Happy birthday, MadibaDr. Mags, Peris and SanushkaDurban, South AfricaBeloved Madiba, Patron Saint of Democracy, for the entire,,world, I thank Almighty God for gracing the world with you. May The Almighty Bless You Now and Forever. Thank you for the great inspiration that you are to all of us. Thank You for being there in my life time. I am sorry for the pain that you endured on my behalf. I thank you for your forgiveness, love, wisdom and understanding.John KalidasSunnyside, Pretoria, Gauteng, South AfricaKhula Tata ungakhokhobi wanga uThixo wobaw’omkhulu anganawe kuba sisafuna amava kuwe nkonde yakokwethu.Kulo mbele ubhonxileyo sisafuna kwanya.ndikunqwenelela amathamsanqa neentsikelelo kwimihla yokuphila kwakho.Enkosi Nonkululo BaleleMaclear, South Africa
16 May 2012 South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum (Angloplat) has launched the prototype of the first fuel cell powered underground locomotive, in a bid to demonstrate the viability of platinum-based fuel cells as an alternative energy source while helping the country meet its energy and job creation challenges. Anglo American CEO Cynthia Carroll, speaking at last week’s launch, described the event as “a leap forward for fuel cells. “The platinum-based hydrogen fuel cells, used to power the locomotive we are unveiling today, offer one of the most exciting opportunities for South Africa in the green economy,” Carroll said. “At Anglo American, we believe that with platinum at its heart, a South African fuel cell industry would support the country’s drive for jobs and help to meet its energy challenges.” According to Angloplat, hydrogen-powered fuel cell locomotives are more economical and environmentally friendly than traditional rail transport, being powered by a cleaner and more secure energy source. A fuel cell is essentially a gas battery that produces electricity as long as it is fed with hydrogen gas. The fuel cells provide availablity 24-7, and there is no need to change or recharge the battery it replaces, which means less downtime and increased productivity. “These innovative locomotives will provide us with an opportunity to mine platinum in a more economic, energy-secure and environmentally benign manner,” said Angloplat CEO Neville Nicolau. “The locomotives will not require any electricity from the grid to function, and will not emit noxious gases.” The locomotive was developed in collaboration with Vehicle Projects, Trident South Africa, and Battery Electric. The partnership will construct five fuel cell locomotives which will be tested for underground use at one of Angloplat’s mines, after which they will be integrated into the company’s mining operations. According to Angloplat, fuel cell technology is a strategic emerging industry, and the locomotive project is part of the company’s collaboration with South African government and technology partners to explore the potential of fuel cells, with an eye to the industrialisation and beneficiation of platinum group metals (PGMs). “This collaborative work is intended to enable the development of a local fuel cell manufacturing, distribution, marketing and servicing industry which will be globally competitive,” Angloplat said. SAinfo reporter