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Anna Regina vendors peeved over Town Council’s move

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first_img— Mayor say Council needs organised market area conducive to vendingScores of vendors plying their trade along the Anna Regina road shoulders in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) are now without a means to earn a living due to the ‘careless and senseless’ act of the Anna Regina Town Council.Vendor Sattie NarineStalls dismantled by the CouncilAffected vendorsMany persons, especially single parents, are now clueless where they should vend or what they should do as a means of survival.The vendors’ stalls were dismantled by a team from the Anna Regina Town Council on Wednesday morning and most of their materials are presently impounded; the vendors are required to pay a fee of $2000 to collect the items impounded by the Council.Those affected – included fruit, vegetable, fish and clothing vendors – had erected temporary make-shift stalls that used tarpaulin for shelter. In the eyes of the Council; however, those stalls were permanent and as such all were dismantled, rendering the vendors jobless.Among those severely affected are Sattie Narine, a single mother from Capoey village; and Krishna Narine, a father of six from Somerset. Their stalls were completely destroyed on Thursday by the Council.The vendors related that when they visited the market area on Thursday, they discovered that there were no tables, chairs or anything on the area where they usually vend. Added to that, intense rain also affected others from vending since the Council confiscated many of their sheds from the stalls.Last Wednesday, Narine’s stall was dismantled by the team and ever since she has not been earning a living. Although several reports were made to the Minister of Communities and the Anna Regina Town Council, nothing has been done.Narine had explained earlier that her stall cost $300,000 to construct and it was not a permanent one. She however said that the Council on Thursday completely dismantled the structure, damaging her tables and carrying away her chairs. As such, she could not earn money.She is now unemployed and is losing thousands of dollars daily. The single mother labelled the Council’s act is “discriminatory” and called for immediate intervention from higher authorities.Krishna Narine who vends in close proximity explained that he too felt discriminated against. He discovered his stalls and some structures missing when he visited the market area on Thursday morning. He said what the Council is doing is very “unfair” at a time when the region’s economy is struggling. Narine explained that he has been vending for almost 28 years and has never faced such injustice. He is also out of business and is currently incurring additional expenses due to the exercise conducted by the Council. He is now forced to remain home since he cannot vend.Other vendors have also vented their disgust. They have opined that the coalition Government is taking bread out of their mouths, saying “this is what we do for a living, there is not space for us to sell, they want to make Guyana clean so how are we going to provide for our families? Who will give us money and pay our bill? Selling is we living.”Region Two’s Regional Executive Officer, Rupert Hopkinson, has commenced planting palm trees along the road shoulders. Palm trees along with permanent fences are now seen along the road side instead of vendors.Meanwhile, the Anna Regina Town Council has come in for much criticism since the entire situation commenced. The Councillors had decided to have all vendors vend inside the market since, according to them, there is enough space.The Mayor of the Town, Rabindranauth Mohan, explained that while the Council is not against vending, there must be some sort of decency and order. Mohan said that if one should drive through Anna Regina they would notice all shapes and sizes of stalls and this, he said, is not sending a good message about the Town.He said too that the Council is calling for is a well-organised market area conducive to vending. He explained that currently, there are vendors occupying more than 20 feet of space and only paying a fee of G$400.The mayor further noted that what the Council wishes to see is vendors paying a fee based on the space that is occupied.When asked if there will be any consideration for vendors, Mohan said it was the Council’s decision and permanent structures erected on the road shoulders are illegal.last_img
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Four arrested in Valentine’s Day shooting

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first_imgVAN NUYS – One adult and three juvenile gang members wanted for allegedly killing a rival who was tagging a wall in February were arrested this week, police said. Adan Espinoza, 18, of Van Nuys was already in custody on an unrelated charge when homicide detectives arrested him Tuesday for his part in the Feb. 14 shooting death of Albert Chim, 23. Detectives also arrested three juveniles Thursday in connection with the homicide, Los Angeles police Detective James Nuttall said. The juveniles’ names were not released. Nuttall said Espinoza is a member of the Wicked Players tagging crew gang and that Chim, a member of the Valerio Street gang, was crossing out graffiti and replacing it with his own when he was shot in the 7200 block of Lennox Avenue. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set!last_img
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‘A fine player, manager and a great character’ – Howard Kendall tributes

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first_img Howard Kendall was an extremely popular figure 1 The world of football is in mourning after the passing of Everton’s greatest ever manager, Howard Kendall.Aged 69, the ex Everton, Birmingham and Preston midfielder oversaw Everton’s most successful era as manager in the ’80s. Here, talkSPORT takes a look at a select few of many tributes on social media.last_img
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‘I needed contact lenses!’ Stoke boss gives his London Stadium view

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first_img1 Stoke City boss Mark Hughes Stoke City boss Mark Hughes has insisted West Ham’s controversial move to the London Stadium will all work out in the end.The Potters left east London with a share of spoils following a tough 1-1 draw, with both managers admitting the pitch was tough to play on.But, despite various criticisms of the moves to a stadium designed to hold athletics meetings, Hughes believes the Hammers will get things right at their new home.He said: “Maybe the pitch is a little bit slow; whether that’s by design I don’t know. It didn’t help with our good passing and tempo and how we want to play. I would imagine West Ham feel the same. They also want to get it down and play.“Clearly it’s not a football-specific stadium. I had to put contact lenses in to see to the far side. It’s a fantastic opportunity: some people don’t like change but it’s a fantastic stadium, they will be fine.“It was a great finish by Bojan. I’m pleased the referee [Andre Marriner] allowed it to stand. The referee was going to give the penalty, I think. It was a great finish.”last_img
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MADNESS! Manchester City pay record £175,000 for 13-YEAR-OLD

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first_img Manchester City's training ground Manchester City have continued their drive to recruit the best young talent in world football by paying a record amount for a 13-year-old.City have signed Finley Burns from Southend United, with The Times reporting the deal is worth an initial £175,000 and could eventually rise to £250,000.The highly-rated youngster was also being eyed by Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal after impressing for Southend’s Under-16 side.Liverpool are claimed to have made an official approach for the defender, but City won the race after offering the League One side a staggering deal.The £175,000 fee is unprecedented for a player of Burns’ age and, according to The Times, almost £150,000 more than they are obliged to pay under the terms of the Elite Player Performance Plan.Burns has already moved to the north west with his family to join up with City’s academy, and the club are convinced they have landed a star of the future. 1last_img
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Bristol City 1-2 Wolves: Visitors ten points clear at top of Championship

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first_img1 Ryan Bennett headed an injury-time winner to put Wolves ten points clear at the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at Bristol City that saw both sides finish with 10 men.The substitute pounced to convert a Barry Douglas free-kick from the right and send the Wanderers fans behind the goal into ecstasy at the end of an action-packed game.Wolves had skipper Danny Batth red-carded for a 14th-minute challenge on Hordur Magnusson, sliding in with studs raised 35 yards from City’s goal.Four minutes later visiting boss Nuno Espirito Santo was sent to the stands by referee Peter Bankes, apparently for words spoken to the fourth official.Bobby Reid fired City in front with his 13th goal of the season on 53 minutes, a low shot from twelve yards from Jamie Paterson’s pass, and all seemed to be going well for Lee Johnson’s men.But it became ten against ten on 64 mnutes when City goalkeeper Frank Fielding was rightly sent off for bringing down Matt Doherty and preventing a clear scoring chance.The hosts sent on Luke Steele to replace Fielding between the posts but his first job was to pick the ball out of the net when beaten by a well struck Douglas free-kick from 25 yards.Wolves looked the more likely winners in the closing stages, but left it so late as both teams committed to attack.City almost took a sixth-minute lead when Paterson’s glancing header from Magnusson’s cross was brilliantly saved by John Ruddy, who had to make another smart save to keep out Reid’s close-range shot with only nine minutes on the clock.Batth’s dismissal was followed by a quick substitution as Nuno sent on defender Bennett for striker Leo Bonatini.Then the Wolves boss received his marching orders after showing his annoyance at a free-kick on the edge of the box being awarded instead of a penalty for a foul by Aden Flint on Diogo Jota.The free-kick saw Douglas curl his shot against the post and at that point Wanderers could have been forgiven for thinking it was not their day.But the ten men defended with excellent organisation and tenacity for the rest of the first half, giving City precious few sights of goal.With that in mind, Johnson sprang a surprise at the start of the second period, switching big centre-back Flint up front alongside Reid.It was Reid who broke the deadlock, ending a slick passing move involving Josh Brownhill and Paterson with a clinical finish.But Wolves refused to buckle and Fielding’s rash charge from his line to halt Doherty’s run onto an Ivan Cavaleiro pass saw Douglas level.Flint resumed his defensive duties and Wolves began to exert pressure, with substitute Cavaleiro twice going close before Bennett had the final say. The late goal sparked jubilant scenes for the league leaders last_img
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Dow enters uncharted territory

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first_imgNEW YORK – Wall Street resumed its fourth-quarter rally Thursday, pushing the Dow Jones industrials index to its first close above 12,400 after a series of strong company earnings and a drop in unemployment claims revived investors’ confidence in the economy. The market, which stalled earlier this week on interest rate and economic concerns, was reinvigorated by robust quarterly profits from Bear Stearns Cos., Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. and Costco Wholesale Corp., as well as healthy outlooks from Citigroup Inc. and Honeywell International. Wall Street was also boosted by the Labor Department’s report that the number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits plunged for a second straight week. The data suggested that the U.S. economy won’t cool as quickly as some investors feared. “As far as I can tell, consumers keep spending as long as unemployment is low,” said Ed Peters, chief investment officer at PanAgora Asset Management Inc. The stock market had been moving cautiously over the past week, inching up and then pulling back after the Federal Reserve left interest rates steady Tuesday and offered no hints that it might start lowering them. But Thursday’s positive corporate and economic news sparked a resumption of stock buying, extending the Dow’s upward climb. The Dow reached record territory past 12,000 for the first time in nearly seven years this fall. “We’re in that Santa Claus rally time, and there’s nothing to stop it today,” said Arthur Hogan, chief market analyst at Jefferies & Co. He said the market seems to be looking past rising fuel prices. Though stocks have bounced back, the economic picture remains mixed, analysts said. “There have been a few good earnings coming out, in addition to energy stocks rising because of oil,” Peters said. “But it’s also against the backdrop of bond yields rising and energy prices going up, which is negative for everybody … The market seems to be largely ignoring the very real possibility of another interest rate hike instead of a cut.” Investors will be closely watching Friday’s release of consumer price figures for November, which could provide clues to the Fed’s plan for next year. The tech sector got a boost from Ciena Corp.’s robust profits and a forecast by Advanced Micro Devices Inc. of cost savings from its acquisition of ATI Technologies. Ciena, which makes equipment for fiber-optic communication networks, rose $2.87, or 11.5 percent, to $27.83, and Advanced Micro gained $2.54, or 12.6 percent, to $22.71. Investors were also cheered by Costco, which said late Thursday that its profit in the latest quarter rose 10 percent. The nation’s largest wholesale club operator rose 97 cents, to $54.11. Bear Stearns climbed $4.07, or 2.6 percent, to $159.96 on its strong financial results. Lehman Brothers slipped 29 cents, to $76.08, as investors were slightly disappointed that the firm did not produce record fourth-quarter profits, as its rivals Bear Stearns and Goldman Sachs Group Inc. did. Goldman reported its results Tuesday. Meanwhile, Citigroup rose 79 cents, to $53.11, after the largest U.S. financial institution’s chief executive unveiled plans to improve profitability in 2007. Diversified manufacturer Honeywell rose 83 cents, or 2 percent, to $42.69, after saying it expects a 5 percent rise in sales and double-digit earnings growth next year. The Russell 2000 index of smaller companies was up 5.47, or 0.69 percent, at 794.22. Advancing issues outnumbered decliners by about 2 to 1 on the New York Stock Exchange, where consolidated volume came to 2.75 billion shares, compared with 2.59 billion Wednesday.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You're all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Airline stocks were pummeled by rising oil prices, after the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries said it is keeping its oil production target stable for now, but making cuts in February. Overall, though, the stock market was unfazed by the possibility of higher fuel prices dampening consumer spending and hiking companies’ materials costs. The Dow rose 99.26, or 0.81 percent, to a new closing record of 12,416.76, after hitting a new trading high of 12,431.26 earlier in the session. The Dow, which last hit a record close of 12,342.56 on Nov. 17, is up 16 percent this year. Broader stock indicators also rose sharply. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 12.28, or 0.87 percent, to a six-year record of 1,425.49, after reaching a six-year trading high of 1,427.23. The technology-laden Nasdaq composite index rose 21.44, or 0.88 percent, to 2,453.85. Bond prices fell again Thursday, with the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note rising to 4.60 percent from 4.58 percent late Wednesday. The dollar rose against other major currencies, while gold prices slipped. Oil prices shot higher after the OPEC announcement. Crude oil for January soared $1.14 to settle at $62.51 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. last_img
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#AskIt – So How ‘Bout Those Hurricanes?

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first_img Yes No View Results  Loading ...The poll is live here and on Twitter. We’ll have your results next week. Share This!It’s Wednesday again, and time for another Ask It. There’s been one thing on our minds for the last week. Hurricanes. For the last two years, Disney has closed the parks and cancelled cruises due to hurricanes (Irma this year, Matthew last year).So we’re asking you:Are you rethinking your plans to schedule your vacation during hurricane season?last_img
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How Microsoft’s Surface Event Captured My Attention

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first_imgWhen I heard Microsoft was holding a Surface event today, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would a new device be announced? Feature improvements to the existing line of Surface products? Who knew? There wasn’t a lot of info I could find online to give me any indication. I don’t have any Surface devices. But I’ve been tempted, especially after reading my friend Brad Colbow’s review of the Surface Pro 4 earlier this year.So at 10am this morning, I opened up a browser tab to watch the livestream.And within the first two minutes, I was captivated. Microsoft kicked off the event with a video focused on accessibility for users and developers. For anyone who’s been reading my blog posts for a while, you know that learning about and helping others to learn about accessibility is a top priority for me. Two hours later, when the Microsoft event finished, you would have seen a stunned look on my face. Followed by me trying to figure out if my annual budget for hardware had a spare $2,999.What Microsoft AnnouncedAfter the video was shown, I have to admit. I thought the event started out slowly. Presentations seemed a bit more scripted than I liked.But Microsoft presenters captured my attention when they announced the creative features in the next Windows 10 upgrade. And they kept my attention as device updates were announced. Along with one amazing new PC. Here’s what I learned.Windows 10 Creators UpdateExpected in spring 2017, the Windows 10 Creators Update is a free upgrade for all Windows 10 users. The update will include many new features and enhancements, including 3D capabilities in some of Microsoft’s most popular applications (the PowerPoint demo was impressive!).The Microsoft Paint application that has been around forever will be updated to Paint 3D. Microsoft Paint gets a huge 3D overhaul https://t.co/Aq9NvUJirK pic.twitter.com/COARYBeJh4— Gizmodo (@Gizmodo) October 26, 2016Paint 3D features include:Ability to create and manipulate 3D objectsScan a 3D object with a phoneMix 2D and 3D objectsPrint 3D objects and share to FacebookThe new My People feature, which will display next to the System Tray, allows you to quickly email, chat, or share with your closest friends. Without having to open up each application to send a message or attach a file. "Our goal is to make sharing on Windows as fast and easy as possible" #MicrosoftEvent pic.twitter.com/EJ6ObQr4ku— Trusted Reviews 📱💻 🎮 (@trustedreviews) October 26, 2016Surface Book i7Where the Microsoft Surface event got really interesting for me was when Panos Panay, Microsoft’s Corporate VP of Devices, took the stage to announce the new Surface Book i7. According to Panos, Surface Book has the highest satisfaction among all Windows or Mac products. #MicrosoftEvent— Deborah Edwards-Onoro (@redcrew) October 26, 2016And he did it in a way that built up the excitement for the product, showing a slick video of the updated laptop/tablet. Available for pre-order from Microsoft for $2,399, the new Surface Book is the most powerful Surface Book ever. With two times as much graphics, performance is doubled. (And their graphics are three times more than the highest end MacBook Pro 13). In addition, the new Surface Book has:Intel Core i7Larger battery with 16 hours of battery lifeRedesigned thermalsSecond fanThe new Surface Book i7 launches in November 2016. Surface StudioThis was the announcement everyone seemed to be waiting for. And boy did it exceed expectations! The new Surface Studio, an all-in-one computer, offers a stunningly thin 28-inch touchscreen display that turns your desk into a studio. The Surface Studio features a 1TB or 2TB drive, 8GB to 32GB of memory, Windows 10 Pro, with a Surface Pen, Surface Keyboard, and Surface Mouse. One of the most interesting features are the arms that hold the display in place; they’re designed with an articulating hinge for easy adjustment. Want to use the touchscreen upright? Sure thing. Prefer to draw on the touchscreen like a drafting table? Move the touchscreen to an angle you prefer (it looked like it can moved to about a 20 degree angle). Up close with the new surface studio in the showcase #microsoftevent pic.twitter.com/mtMZR11MIz— Mary Jo Foley (@maryjofoley) October 26, 2016While the Surface Studio works with pen or touch, what took my breath away was the new Surface Dial, a different kind of input device.The Surface Dial can work onscreen or offscreen, allowing you to use both hands in your designs. It’s a round-shaped object that reminds me of a hockey puck. When the Surface Dial is placed on the screen, it opens up a menu with different options (dependent on what application you’re using). The demo in the Surface Studio video showed a radial color palette menu that allowed the designer to draw a rainbow of colors across the screen. ConclusionToday’s Microsoft Surface event has me excited about Microsoft products! I can’t wait to get my hands on a Surface Studio to try it out, how about you? With today's #MicrosoftEvent, the company is now more innovative than Apple. Ponder that thought. Incredible turn around.— Jonah Emery 🙈🙉🙊 (@JonahEmery) October 26, 2016Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading...RelatedPart 2: Create Inclusive Design Experiences with Accessibility at a Glance VideosWhen I discovered Microsoft's Accessibility at a Glance video series on YouTube last summer, I was excited to share the news of their videos. Each short video (around two minutes) is captioned and offers specific ways to create more accessible Websites Web applications Presentations Videos Microsoft Word documents I highlighted…In "Accessibility"Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: May 5, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn the importance of informed consent for your user research, find a one-day virtual web accessibility conference, discover how to design a custom apartment and have a 3D printer create it, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each…In "Web design & development links"Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development News: March 3, 2017In this week’s web design and development resources roundup, you’ll learn about six new useful guides for user research methods, learn why automated accessibility tools may not be the first tool of choice for an audit, find a slew of resources for learning CSS Grid, and more. 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A towering cultural icon

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first_imgThe massive cooling towers are receivinga bright and colourful makeover.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) “The Suncatcher” by the late Father FransClaerhout, a Bloemfontein-based RomanCatholic priest, is one of the subjects shownin large scale and glorious colour.(Image: MaOblata Bloemfontein) The Soweto towers are a popular culturaldestination, and one that is also soughtafter by crazy thrill-seeking visitors.(Image: Soweto Towers )Janine ErasmusBloemfontein, the City of Roses, is looking even more cheerful these days. The city’s cooling towers are receiving a facelift and will soon be covered in vibrant home-grown artwork, courtesy of First National Bank (FNB), one of the country’s major banking groups. FNB is a major sponsor of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and in line with its sponsorship of the much-anticipated event, is transforming the skyline of one of the host cities.Bloemfontein, also known as Mangaung (place of the cheetahs), is a city rich in cultural heritage and has played a significant role in South Africa’s growth as a nation. Many of the city’s most acclaimed citizens and distinctive features will be immortalised in the gigantic works of art that are soon to completely clothe the vast surfaces of the cooling towers.Two of the four towers, which belong to a currently decommissioned power station, will carry FNB’s 2010 Fifa World Cup branding. The other two will take on a bright and colourful depiction of the area’s heritage and are expected to become a source of community pride.Sieg Maier, who heads up FNB’s Free State division, said that the company is proud of its investment. “The physical and psychological landscape of Bloemfontein will be transformed into a more positive and vibrant place that beams with hope,”The artworks are reproduced on canvas – about 12 800m2 of it – and the wraps weigh between 700 and 900kg each. The project, which is not yet complete, is expected to consume 12 000l of paint, while the artistic team will take about 720 hours each to complete their sections. Each tower is 60m high with a circumference of 120m at the bottom and 70m at the top.A city of pioneersBloemfontein is something of a pioneering city, and its residents are responsible for many notable milestones and inventions both at home and abroad. Among them are Olympians Ryk Neethling, a member of the first South African swimming team to win a gold medal, and record-breaker Zola Budd, who was the first Olympic athlete to run barefoot.The significance of the city goes back much further than that, though, and the area abounds with rock art paintings that show the lifestyle of the San people, its first inhabitants. Later the city, after its establishment in 1912, became an important military base with both an army and air force presence. The Rooivalk (Afrikaans for “red kestrel”), South Africa’s attack helicopter, is based at Bloemspruit air force base.Bloemfontein is renowned as a centre of learning and literature, as well as science and engineering. J.R.R. Tolkien, renowned author of The Lord of the Rings, was born in Bloemfontein in 1892. The city is the judicial capital of South Africa, and the country’s current ruling party, the African National Congress, was founded in Bloemfontein in 1912.In 1955 the first parking meter in Africa was installed in the city, and later Fred Brownell, who went to school in Bloemfontein and became the State Herald, was the principal designer of the new South African flag. The flag made its début on 10 May 1994 at Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president, and is the only six-coloured national flag in the world.There are two international astronomical observatories within the city limits – the Boyden Observatory and the Lamont-Hussey Observatory, which is now a cultural venue known as the Observatory Theatre. While the latter was still in operation it housed the imposing 27-inch Lamont refractor which at one time was the largest refractor in the southern hemisphere.Soweto towersIn 2003 FNB performed a similar feat on the cooling towers of the mothballed Orlando power in Soweto. The two towers can be seen for miles around and have become cultural landmarks in the area. A number of contemporary artists lent their talents to the initiative, which is now an important tourist attraction in the area.Not only conventional, but also adventure tourists are keen to visit the site, because the Soweto towers have been transformed into a popular vertical adventure centre. The centre, which opened in July 2008, boasts a 100m-high viewing platform at the top of the west tower with a 360 degree view of Soweto. The platform leads to a power swing and a tandem swing, both of which allow thrill-seekers to plunge downwards for 40m and then swing between the two towers – either alone or with a friend. The towers are also used for base jumping, rap jumping and abseiling.FNB commissioned a mural that would depict slices of life in Soweto. Notable features, in much larger-than-life size, are a smiling Nelson Mandela, who lived in Soweto’s Vilakazi Street, famous singer Yvonne Chaka Chaka, the Madonna and child, which is a symbol of Soweto’s Regina Mundi Catholic church, a football stadium, a female vendor selling her wares, taxis, and many other iconic images of the bustling township.The other tower bears the FNB branding. The mural, which took six months to complete, is said to be the largest in Southern Africa – but soon it will have competition.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Useful linksMangaung local municipalityFNBSoweto towersBloemfontein towerslast_img
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