Ray Maota The outdoor gym at Petrus MolefePark – which is a partnership betweenGreen Outdoor Gyms and Joburg CityParks – cost R260 000 (US$35 000). The gym has 10 sets of equipmentwhich can accommodate 20 peopleat a time, and an aerobics section.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Tim HoginsGreen Outdoor Gyms+27 11 438 7500 / +27 82 048 97 98RELATED ARTICLES• Joburg’s Xtreme Parks wins gold• Makeover for Soweto park• Brazil health plan adapted for SA• Rural health gets R9m boostThe war against the bulge is on for residents of Dlamini and surrounding areas in Soweto as they now have an outdoor gym which they don’t have to pay a premium to use.The Petrus Molefe Eco-Park in Dlamini is a 700m2 space that showcases the work of Joburg City Parks, whose extreme makeovers convert disused pieces of land into fully fledged green recreational facilities, usually in a matter of hours.Oscar Oliphant, a senior manager at City Parks, explains: “South Africa has the second most obese people in the world and the problem will only get bigger if ignored.”The extreme park is the sixth to be built by City Parks under the Greening Joburg initiative. The others are in Diepkloof, Protea Glen, Claremont, Wilgeheuwel and Pimville.No expense for your healthThe gym is a partnership between Green Outdoor Gyms and City Parks, and cost R260 000 (US$35 000) to build.Tim Hogins, from Green Outdoor Gyms, says: “The gym has 10 sets of equipment which can accommodate 20 people at a time and the equipment cannot be stolen because it is mounted to the ground in concrete. And it is weather-proof.”The outdoor environment-friendly gym is a first of its kind in South Africa and will give all Sowetans a chance to shape up at their convenience.Khehla Nkosi, who doubles as security and fitness instructor at the gym, says: “In the morning around 6am you can find about 40 people training, midday about 15, and in the afternoon about 30.”Nkosi adds that even the old ladies from the neighbourhood have taken to the gym and turn up for almost 20 minutes a day of supervised training.Simon Moyaba, from Chiawelo, about five minutes’ drive from Dlamini, says: “I used to train at the gym at Grace Bible Church which is further from my house than here and we had to pay to use it. Now I just come here and park my car and train.”He adds that although it does get full, there is a courtesy among users and there have never been quarrels for the machine.The gym also has an aerobics section.Significance of the parkMolefe was believed to be the first Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) soldier to die in the liberation struggle against apartheid in South Africa. The MK was the military wing of the African National Congress, the ruling party in South Africa today.On a mission to bomb the Bantu Administration offices in Dube, in Soweto, the device exploded prematurely, killing Molefe and severely injuring his MK cell member, Benjamin Ramotse.This incident happened on 16 December 1961, the night the MK was officially established.Ramotse was later smuggled out of the country to conduct ANC activities in exile, but was captured and sent to Robben Island for 15 years. He was released in 1985 and died a year later.The MK carried out 22 bombings of civilian, military, industrial and infrastructural sites during the liberation struggle.Former Rivonia Trial accused and neighbour, Andrew Mlangeni, said at the opening of the park: “Molefe had worked as a truck driver. He was a trade union organiser and served on the executive of the Dube Advisory Board.“He was one of the very few comrades to own a car at that time and always volunteered his Zephyr Zodiac for organisational work.”Most MK soldiers were not trained and had to make their own bombs, which was dangerous. “This was a risky process and these homemade bombs were not always very reliable,” said Mlangeni.Remembering the events of the day, Johanna Ramotse, said: “I was at home when I heard a loud explosion. I never imagined the blast had anything to do with my husband.“When we arrived at the scene near the Bantu Administration offices, I saw a body covered, and on inspection, found that it was Molefe. My husband had already been rushed to hospital.”Molly Mokoena, the acting City of Joburg mayor at the time of the opening, said: “Residents of this community lived in abject poverty, with no amenities such as electricity, piped water or flushing toilets. The fact that we can open this beautiful park, in this now developed area, is due to the sacrifices of people like Molefe and Ramotse.”
The African wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered carnivore and there are less than 450 left in the country (image: Flikr-schenfeld)If counting African wild dogs in the Kruger sounds like a fantastic adventure, then join the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and South African National Parks Honorary Rangers’s sixth wild dog and fourth cheetah photographic survey.Launched on 24 September, Heritage Day, in Kruger National Park, the survey runs from 24 September 2014 to 24 June 2015.“By launching this project on Heritage Day we are celebrating both the African wild dog and the cheetah as key components of South Africa’s natural heritage,” said Kelly Marnewick, the EWT’s carnivore conservation programme manager.Louis Lemmer, SANParks Honorary Rangers national chairperson, asked visitors to the Kruger to “become involved as citizen scientists and help ensure the conservation of these iconic animals”.The African wild dog is South Africa’s most endangered carnivore and there are less than 450 left in the country. Cheetahs are classified as vulnerable with less than 1000 remaining in South Africa.“The Kruger National Park is a conservation stronghold for both species and is home to the largest protected population of cheetahs and wild dogs in South Africa.” said Marnewick.PLAY YOUR PART AND WIN!Each cheetah and wild dog has a unique coat pattern. Photographs from the survey will be used to identify each animal and provide a population estimate. The 2004 photographic survey estimated there were around 151 wild dogs and about 412 cheetahs in the Kruger National Park.It is important to know how many of the animals there are to make sure they survive in adequate numbers.To participate in the survey, enthusiastic conservationists can submit photographs or videos of any cheetahs or African wild dogs spotted in the Kruger National Park between 24 September 2014 and 24 June 2015 to the following:Email: [email protected]: @EWTcensusFacebook: EWTcensusEntrants stand the chance to win a number of prizes, including:One Nikon D7100 + 18-140mm lens;A Nikon D3100 + 18-55mm DX for the best children’s entry (under 18);Two stays in the Kruger National Park including accommodation and conservation fees for two persons for three nights mid-week, excluding Friday and Saturday nights, outside school holidays; andPainted Wolf wine hampers.Ideally the side view of both sides of the animal needs to be seen in the photographs, but any photographs are helpful.All entries must be submitted with a name, country, email, phone number, and age. Entrants must send only one entry per entry method.For the children’s category (under 18) entrants must provide the date of sighting, location, and the total number of animals in a groupFor more information on the survey, visit the Endangered Wildlife Trust, or South African National Parks.
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Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations James had 27 points and 12 assists, and Brandon Ingram scored 29 points for Los Angeles. They entered the night three games out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.But the Lakers struggled throughout to keep pace with the Pelicans, who led most of the game and by as many as 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesReserve forward Cheick Diallo, now in his third season out of Kansas, had one of the better games of his career. He was perfect on eight shots from the field and tied a season high with 18 points. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and twice blocked Ingram near the rim.James was greeted by a mixture of cheers and boos by a crowd that included a conspicuous number of fans wearing Lakers purple and gold. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants But the boos that rained down on the court when James handled the ball left little doubt that New Orleans fans are convinced that James played a role in Davis’ decision to ask for a trade in late January, only months after Davis fired his previous representation and signed with James’ agent, Rich Paul.James has denied having any influence over Paul’s dealings with Davis, which would represent a violation of the NBA’s tampering rules.The Pelicans had the flexibility to sit a healthy Davis against the Lakers because they were playing for the second time in two nights, were at home and not on national television.“If you’re looking along the lines of having any significance because we’re playing the Lakers that had nothing to do with it,” New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said before the game. “If we were playing the Baltimore Claws we would sit him out that game too, OK?“It gives us an opportunity to minimize the minutes that he’s going to be playing and as a team we think that’s best for our franchise right now.”ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers aggressively tried to acquire Davis before the Feb. 7 trade deadline. New Orleans, however, was uninterested in dealing Davis before this offseason, when more teams, including Boston, are expected to be in position to make stronger trade offers.While Davis spent the game on the bench wearing a dark suit, the players in uniform for New Orleans lit up the scoreboard and filled the stat sheet against a Lakers team needing a strong finish to the regular season to make the playoffs.TIP-INSLakers: Committed 23 turnovers, leading to 23 Pelicans points. … Shot 54.3 percent (44 of 81), including 10 of 29 (34.5 percent) from 3-point range. … Kyle Kuzma scored 16 points and JaVale McGee had 10. … Lakers reserves scored 24 points combined.Pelicans: Shot 52.1 percent (50 of 96), including 15 of 40 from 3-point range. .. Reserve guard Ian Clark had 17 points and Elfrid Payton scored 14, one night after he scored 15 in his return from a right ankle sprain that sidelined him nine games. … Pelicans reserves combined for 42 points.UP NEXTLakers: At Memphis on Monday night.Pelicans: Host Philadelphia on Monday night. New Orleans Pelicans forward Cheick Diallo (13) celebrates a score next to Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and guard Lance Stephenson (6) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)NEW ORLEANS — Jrue Holiday hit five 3-pointers and scored 27 points while Anthony Davis watched from the bench, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 128-115 on Saturday night.Former Laker Julius Randle had 24 points for the Pelicans, who looked in sync and motivated as they slowed LeBron James and the Lakers’ push to qualify for the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Lionel Messi hits 50th hat trick to give Barca 4-2 win at Sevilla Urgent reply from Philippine football chief PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments