Louis Oosthuizen became the fourth South African to win the Open Championship at St Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July. (Image: http://louis57oosthuizen.com ) Louis Oosthuizen beat some of the world’s top golfers to become the fourth South African to win the British Open at St Andrews, Scotland, on 18 July 2010. Oosthuizen, 27, took the lead with a birdie at the seventh hole early on 16 July, the second day of the oldest golfing championship.This was his second victory outside South Africa, with his first being in March 2010 at the Open de Andalucia de Golf in Málaga, Spain. The win has catapulted Oosthuizen from 54th to 15th in the world rankings.Speaking to the media after the tournament, he said: “It’s just unbelievable, just amazing. It’s probably going to hit me tomorrow or the week after. To win an Open championship is special, but to win it here at St Andrews is something you dream about.”He thanked his parents and fellow South African golfing champ Ernie Els for the support they had given him throughout his career. Oosthuizen joined Els’s golf foundation at the age of 17.Els, who won the British Open in 2002, said: “It would be difficult to find anybody in the world who is more proud of him right now. Long before anybody had heard of him, I thought that he was going to be an exceptional player.”At the 18th hole, Oosthuizen sank a short par putt to win the tournament. He took off his cap in response to the roaring applause from the crowd, and then hugged his caddie, Zack Rasego.“It felt so good, it was an unbelievable experience,” said Rasego. “He played so well the whole week and I have always had a belief that he is going to make it. He has been very good this whole week, he behaved well, he deserves it.”After being presented with the coveted Claret Jug, Oosthuizen wished former South African president Nelson Mandela a happy birthday. He said that when he walked up to the 18th hole, he was thinking of the celebrated statesman, who turned 92 on the same day.“It felt a bit special out there. What he’s done for our country is unbelievable. I would like to take this opportunity to say happy birthday to Mr Nelson Mandela back in South Africa,” Oosthuizen said.Rasego echoed his sentiments: “It’s a proud moment for us, especially with the old man’s birthday and winning today on his birthday at St Andrews – it’s unbelievable, I’m really excited.” Keeping coolOosthuizen started the second day of the competition with partner Paul Casey, from the UK, hot on his heels from tee-off. However, at the eighth hole Oosthuizen three-putted for a bogey – while Casey had to take a penalty drop after hitting his tee shot into a bush. He wound up with a triple-bogey seven.The South African was four shots ahead of Casey when the pair teed off on the 12th hole on the third day.“It was actually very tight until the 12th,” Oosthuizen said. I’m proud of the way I held my nerves. I knew that I could throw a big lead away.”He said he believed he had played well throughout the competition, but his biggest goal was to stay cool.“It felt unbelievable walking down to the 17th and coming down the 18th. He was calm and played really well,” said Rasego.Showing true sportsmanship, Casey also congratulated Oosthuizen for the way he handled the pressure: “That was an unbelievable performance,” he said. “He was very calm, played wonderful golf.”
12 December 2013The life of Nelson Mandela was celebrated with dignity, joy and tears by tens of thousands of South Africans at the Cape Town stadium in Green Point on Wednesday night.In a spirit of remembrance and celebration, formalities were set aside as artists and the city’s leaders paid tribute to Mandela, who passed away last Thursday at the age of 95.“Nelson Mandela: A Life Celebrated” was a free event organised as part of the City of Cape Town’s commemorative programme. The city laid on free public transport, making it possible for people from all corners of the city to come together to remember Mandela.The mood of the crowd was one of joyful togetherness as they stood side by side to mourn the man who set them free. “The Mandela Magic at work one last time – his Cape Town farewell last night,” said author Tim Butcher, who attended the event with his family.Praise songsHelen Zille, the leader of the Democratic Alliance and the premier of the Western Cape, sang praise songs about Madiba in isiXhosa. She told of how she had just returned from the state ceremony for Mandela in Pretoria, where the former president’s body has been lying in state.She said his face was at peace, “a face that must symbolise both in its physical features and its spiritual features everything that we must become as nation”. She said Mandela’s familiar smile “must have masked such a deep pain over a vast number of years, when he sacrificed to bring us freedom and to bring us a constitution that defends us today”.Zille said she had flown in from Pretoria over Robben Island, seeing Cape Town as Mandela must have seen it. “It was a powerful sight.”Johnny Clegg paid a heartfelt tribute to Mandela with Asimbonanga, a song he wrote in the dark days of apartheid. The crowd, on its feet, sang and cried along with him.Justice and dignity“The spirit of the New South Africa may have had its origins in Madiba but it lives in all of us,” Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said. “And because of that, we cannot let that spirit die with him. He showed us what reconciliation meant; he showed us what we needed to become.“In mourning him, we celebrate his values of justice, dignity, respect, human rights and reconciliation,” she said. “In our celebration of them, these values live and thrive once more.”The Bala Brothers also brought the crowd to their feet – where they remained for the rest of the night – with their rousing rendition of Miriam Makeba’s Pata Pata. Paying tribute to the country that determinedly breaks stereotypes, they sang in Afrikaans.National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said it had been a long walk to freedom for South Africa, but that “the journey was not over yet”.Never forgetSinger and Aids activist Annie Lennox, who is also an ambassador for the charity 46664, used her bongo drum to convey a powerful message to “stop the violence”. Banging out slam poetry, she got the crowd chanting about safe sex and getting tested.Also paying tribute was rugby player Francois Pienaar, former captain of the Springboks, who described Mandela as “our spiritual coach and our captain”. Recalling the World Cup in 1999 when he led Springboks to team victory, Pienaar said, “For the first time ever, we were all champions together. I will never forget how proud Madiba was, and his beautiful smile.”Marius Fransman, Deputy Minister of International Relations and Co-operation and the chair of the ANC in the Western Cape, said Mandela was the country’s role model: “We all ask what we want our children to be like. We want them to be like Madiba.”The event was well organised, with the city relying on many of the procedures it used when it successfully hosted the 2010 World Cup. The “fan walk” from the station through the city centre to the stadium was renamed the “remembrance walk”.“Madiba’s Cape Town celebration has got to be one of the highlights of my life,” said photographer Jackie Murray. “Never before have I experienced such intense, unified joy, sorrow and elation as this. We sang, we danced, we cried, we screamed our hearts out. Lucky the stadium doesn’t have a roof, because we would have blasted it right off up into our beautiful African skies!”A few thousand people also gathered at the Grand Parade, where the event was broadcast on big screens.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest AP (Automated Production Systems) is launching advanced new heating, feeding and ventilation equipment used in pork production.VariFlame variable rate heaterVariFlame is the industry’s first modulating heater that can work with any control system in the world. It seamlessly synchronizes and adjusts with the temperature curves set in the controller to maintain desired room temperature.Brian Rieck, AP product manager, said VariFlame connected to AP’s EDGE™ controller also provides remote access, giving producers control of their heaters and many other inputs from a single system. “Producers can access diagnostics and adjust barn settings remotely from any web-enabled device,” he said.Other unique features of VariFlame connected to EDGE include:LED temperature probes, which provide flexibility to not only operate the heater, but also control curtains, fans and other equipment.Stir-fan mode, which allows producers to continue circulating air through the heater without turning on the burner as the animals grow and the heater is no longer needed. “This additional circulation of air is ideal for maintaining optimal and uniform environmental conditions,” Rieck said. “It also provides an alternative use for the heater so it’s not sitting idle during the warm months.”Exercise mode, which allows EDGE to automatically turn on the heater at scheduled times to ensure it fires up correctly and remains in good working order.Other features available on all VariFlame models support improved performance, durability and ease of use. For example, Rieck noted that most variable rate heaters range from 65,000 to 250,000 BTUs. “VariFlame has an extended range, from 55,000 to 250,000 BTUs, which not only allows the heater to run longer, but also provides improved heat distribution and humidity control,” he said. “Even while operating at lower BTUs, the burner maintains consistent ignition reliability and flame stability.”He added that VariFlame is the industry’s first all-stainless steel heater, making it the most durable and corrosion-resistant heater on the market. Easier maintenance is another benefit, since VariFlame is the first heater featuring a single, easy-to-remove door that allows producers to easily access all serviceable parts from a single location. In addition, every aspect of the heater can be serviced using a single tool – a ¼ inch nut driver.HI2LO™ Wet/Dry FeederAP’s new HI2LO Wet/Dry Feeder is the only feeder on the market that has individualized trough space and nipples, allowing each hog to mix its optimal feed-to-water ratio. It is also the first feeder with double adjustment capabilities, enabling producers to adjust the shelf height and feed gate as pigs grow bigger. “HI2LO is the only wet/dry feeder tailored to serve the individual feeding preferences of your hogs,” said Rieck.Other features include:Built-in weep holes for each individual trough space to eliminate flooding potential.“A” shaped shelf design and built-in agitator to help prevent feed clogging.Built-in hopper extension, allowing up to 450 pounds of feed capacity on the three hole feeder without paying for additional add-ons.Auto-flow control nipples to regulate water flow, regardless of barn water pressure.Positive pressure ventilation AP is also introducing a positive pressure ventilation system to help keep viruses out of a barn. Air is pushed into a building, instead of pulling it out, which is the case with negative pressure ventilation systems. The benefit of positive pressure is that barns don’t have to be completely sealed for the highest level of protection against viruses. This ventilation style slightly pressurizes the building, forcing inside air out through any crack or joint.These new technologies debuted at the 2016 World Pork Expo June 8-10 in Des Moines. For more information, producers can contact their local AP dealer or visit www.automatedproduction.com.