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Racism has been an integral part of our society since the arrival of African slaves to the Guyana lowlands. It has been aggravated by the arrival of other ethnic groups during colonialism. Guyanese old enough to remember the events of the 1960s will recall the divided state in which our society found itself. The pre-independence violence set the stage for the divided politics of present-day Guyana. Every fair-minded Guyanese knows that the country remains divided and that elections since independence were racial censuses that further revealed our continued racial divide. Not surprisingly, the manifestos/blueprints (or action plans) of every political party pledged to create a united nation by fostering national unity. Only a naïve person would believe that racism, racial hostility and racial discrimination have suddenly disappeared after the election of the APNU/AFC Government.A manifestation of these attitudes was revealed at a recent event in New York when former President Jagdeo briefly addressed a group of Guyanese expatriates. The Guyana Government quickly issued a statement condemning former President Bharrat Jagdeo for his remarks. It should be pointed out that most of the attendees at the reunion were Indians. The Administration took umbrage at Jagdeo’s statements that the Granger Administration is engaged in an “assault on people of Indian origin” and dubbed Jagdeo’s statements as “hateful race baiting and malicious fabrications and falsehoods” and described his statements about discrimination towards Indians as “a complete figment of Mr Jagdeo’s imagination”.As would be expected, the Government continues to position itself as a coalition that has addressed Guyana’s racial divide. The Government statement, widely attributed to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, noted that the coalition was in the process of building a “good life” for all Guyanese. From the perspective of the Government, how dare Jagdeo make such statements against the Government? I am no great fan of the former President. But the over-reaction of the Government did not reflect the reality of Guyanese politics.First, Jagdeo, as leader of the PPP, is simply consolidating his political base. He knows that it is primarily the Indians and the rural-based population that have been traditional supporters of the PPP. He understands that a party cannot reach out to non-traditional supporters unless the base of the party is strengthened. He is simply engaged in politicking. Furthermore, he has made the point that he can back up his statements with evidence, arguing that since he has made similar statements in Guyana, his words should not come as a surprise to anyone. It would help if the Government was not so quick to cuss down the Opposition Leader but provide evidence to dispute Jagdeo’s claims. But this is Guyana, a place where politicians continue to pelt mud. We would expect that Jagdeo would also be more forthcoming with his evidence of discrimination against Indians. Perhaps this would be a good starting point to engage in a discussion about the racial problem that is plaguing this nation.Second, the Government should not be surprised at Jagdeo’s statement. Guyana’s racial problems have not disappeared, contrary to what the coalition Government would like citizens to believe. The creation of a Ministry of Social Cohesion under the stewardship of Amna Ally was an admission that the nation remains divided. Beyond its existence, the Government has nothing of substance to show for any success in this area. But in Guyana, things just keep moving along and all that matters is who control political power. Power-sharing, a clarion call by many in the newly-formed coalition who were once in the Opposition, is now dead on arrival. Commentator David Hinds has already concluded that power-sharing with the PPP is not going to happen under this government, since it is obvious that both the coalition and the PPP have already ruled out this option.If President Granger and his Government hope to bridge the racial gap, he has to address the racial problem frontally and make concrete proposals to do so. This would also mean working with the Opposition. Instead of trying to demean, lecture and belittle the Opposition Leader, the Government should adopt a comprehensive plan that would convince Indians that their leaders are not being persecuted and that the Government is not pursuing discriminatory policies against Indians. Perception is everything.
News that he had also turned down the sports director role raised eyebrows.Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge put out a statement on Wednesday saying the club is “surprised by Philipp Lahm and his advisor” and he had “assumed a joint statement would be made”.Rummenigge stressed “the door will always be open for Philipp at FC Bayern”, but, for now, the 33-year-old plans to walk away from the Bavarian giants, who he joined as an 11-year-old in 1995.The timing of Lahm’s decision is strange, but his hand was forced by magazine Sports Bild, who first broke the news on Tuesday, hours before the Wolfsburg match.“On Friday, Lahm turned Karl-Heinz Rummenigge down, but it is not common to go public with these things before important games and we had Schalke on Saturday,” explained Bayern’s president Uli Hoeness.“On Monday, the supervisory board met (when Lahm told Bayern’s bosses), Tuesday was our next game and we wanted to talk about it some more on Wednesday,” but Sports Bild leaked the news and Lahm went public.– First treble –He will retire as one of the best defenders of his generation, yet was flexible enough to also play in midfield for club and country.He retired from international football after lifting the 2014 World Cup with Germany and made 113 appearances for die Mannschaft.With Bayern, he has won the Bundesliga title seven times, the German Cup six times with more silverware likely to come in May and has been club captain since January 2011.He led them to the 2012/13 Champions League title when they became the first German club to win the treble of European, league and cup titles.With midfielder Xabi Alonso also retiring in June, Lahm’s added departure will leave Bayern short on experience next season, but he explained his reasons.“I see my leadership role the same way as I give my best every day, give my all in training and in every game,” Lahm told reporters.“I believe I am capable of doing that this season, but not after that, so it was clear for me, that I would stop at the end of the season.“We are talking about more than a year and I believe that I am not able to maintain the level that I am used to and my team mates are used to.”Bayern’s Germany centre-back Mats Hummels only learnt of Lahm’s decision in post-game interviews and said: “It’s a pity he won’t be here from this summer. I am surprised, but I respect it. He’ll have his reasons.”Lahm’s decision to turn down the sports director job, vacated by Matthias Sammer last year, caught Hoeness off guard.“I’m just surprised. We did not see there being a rush. The job would have only started on January 1 2018 and he had the job description,” Hoeness told the Funke Media Group.“There were four meetings about it and I can imagine that he will one day work for FC Bayern.”– power struggle? –Sport Bild claim Lahm turned down the job because it did not include a position on Bayern’s board and he wanted to have the same power as Rummenigge and Hoeness.Lahm painted a different picture, not wanting to go from his playing career into a high-profile position at Bayern, even with a break.“There were talks and I decided it isn’t the right time to jump into a job with FC Bayern,” he said.“I won’t go into details, but one thing was clear: I wouldn’t have started immediately, there would have been a small break for me, which I would have needed, so I could have prepared myself.“There is no plan now, the only thing is I will be a private person from this summer. “I can take care of other things and meet other people.“I have been at the club so long, I want to see what the future brings. “No one expected that I would stop and do nothing.” 0Shares0000Philipp Lahm will retire from football in June 2017. PHOTO/GOAL.BERLIN, Germany, Feb 8 – Philipp Lahm caught team-mates and club bosses by surprise when he not only announced he will retire in June but also that he will spurn an offer to fill the vacant sports director role at Bayern.After making his 501st appearance for Bayern in Tuesday’s 1-0 German Cup win over Wolfsburg, Germany’s World Cup winning captain confirmed reports he will stop playing at the end of the season – with a year left on his contract. 0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
targets The idea behind the new format is for more clubs to have the opportunity of playing European football and while the exact number of teams able to qualify is unknown, at least one English side will compete in the play-offs, likely the winners of the Carabao Cup.UEFA will leave it to individual associations to decide the criteria for earning a place.The Premier League will only be allowed one entrant into the Europa Conference League, unlike four in the Champions League and three in the Europa League.Matches will be played on Thursday nights with kick-off times of 5:45pm and 8pm (UK time). LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Winners of the Europa Conference League will qualify for the Europa League Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti LIVE on talkSPORT MK Dons vs Liverpool (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORTManchester United vs Rochdale (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Stoke vs Nottingham Forest (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Sheffield United vs Liverpool (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTQPR vs West Bromwich Albion (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Brighton (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Everton vs Manchester City (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more latest Getty – Contributor 1 Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship UEFA have announced the launch of a new European competition which will be known as the UEFA Europa Conference League.The new tournament will be played alongside the Champions League and Europa League and will be a level below the latter starting in 2021. rookie error BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman statement Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ on target Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff There will be eight groups of four teams and the winners of each go directly into the last 16. The winners of the tournament will qualify for the following season’s Europa League group stages.Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: “The new competition makes Uefa’s club competitions more inclusive than ever before.“There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages.“This competition was born out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association.” stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas The Champions League’s format is staying the same, while the Europa League’s group stage is being reduced from 48 teams to 32 from 2021, meaning all three competitions will have the same number.As with the Europa Conference League, there will be an additional Europa League knockout round played before the round of 16, between teams ranked second in their groups and the third-ranked teams of the Champions League groups. The new early kick-off time of 17:45 will be used for all three, rather than 17:55.
3 3 Howe took charge in 2009 with the club in turmoil Little did they know, the fairytale was only just beginning.The following season saw them promoted to League One, and by 2015, they had won the Championship title and completed their rise to the top tier.Nobody gave them much of a chance in their first season, but then again, nobody really expected Leicester to win the league that year.And now, here we are. The Cherries are an established Premier League force. And yet, victory against United on Saturday would see the Cherries leapfrog their opponents into the Europa League places.Nobody could’ve predicted this back in 2008. Bournemouth began the 2008/09 campaign with minus 17 points after failing to meet the Football League’s terms for exiting administration.Then, with the club’s Football League status in jeopardy, a fresh-faced Eddie Howe took over. They completed their very own ‘Great Escape’ with a 2-1 win over Grimsby Town in their emotionally-charged last home game of the season. Eleven years ago, Man United were the reigning English and European champions and Bournemouth were languishing on minus-three points in League Two.On Saturday lunchtime, the Cherries host the Red Devils – live on talkSPORT – sitting level on points with them in the Premier League.A decade has passed since the south coast club were fighting for their very existence after being handed a 17-point penalty in the fourth-tier of English football. Bournemouth’s fortunes took a dramatic turn as they fought back from the brink of collapse – they began the 2008/09 season on -17 points – to an established Premier League club 3 Ten years ago, Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson were the Premier League and European champions Meanwhile, Manchester United reached new lows this season, falling 15 points adrift of league leaders Liverpool after their worst start to a campaign for 30 years.England’s most decorated football club have gone six seasons without winning the title as their search for success continues in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.As United celebrated their last Champions League triumph, the Football League were threatening to block Bournemouth’s participation in League Two, and as well as a crucial fixture in today’s context, the match at the Vitality is a symbol of just how times can change.Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturday, including Bournemouth vs Manchester United (12:30)
So there you go, that’s what we’re dreaming of. Lots of trips abroad whether with Adventures by Disney or to the parks, some personal victories, and one very romantic idea from James (every other Disney Husband is ON NOTICE). How about you? Talk in the comments or hit us up on Twitter #DisneyBucketList or Facebook. Or share a photo with us on Instagram of you checking something off your list- and don’t forget to hashtag it #DisneyBucketList. Share This!Most theme park fans have a bucket list. Whether it’s hitting every international Disney park or finally experiencing that very expensive meal you’ve always wanted, there’s usually something that brings a wistful look to our eyes. With that in mind, we asked our fabulous blog team: “What’s on your Disney bucket list?”Claire:1. Star Wars Day at Sea. I have yet to do a Disney Cruise, and if I’m going to do it, I’m going to do it right: Lucasfilm panelists, movies shown on a loop, characters galore, amazing cosplay, and delicious food. Coincidentally, all of it happens to be on a majestic cruise ship which in and of itself has amazing perks!2. Tokyo Disneyland/Disney SEA3. A week in the Grand Californian Resort4. Adventures by Disney to Africa5. Eat at Sanaa and finally have that bread about which I’ve heard so much.Photo – Erin FosterSarah:1. An Adventures by Disney European Rhine River Cruise because it stops in four countries and includes amazing port activities2. A stay in a club level suite at the Contemporary Resort3. Take a combination Disneyland/Aulani trip4. Dine with an Imagineer at Hollywood Brown Derby5. Take the Adventures by Disney Backstage Magic tripAngela:My number one bucket list item is to spend a night (or two) in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park in Walt Disney World. Growing up, I was that kid who watched Disney Princess films over…and over…and over. My poor family; I made them listen to me for HOURS as I serenaded them with Disney song after Disney song. There was about a seven-year period where I truly thought I was a Princess. (Of course, being the youngest and only girl of three older brother’s only exacerbated this delusion.) Spending the night in Cinderella Castle would bring me back to my roots and reaffirm my mindset that anyone can be a royal…whether they’re three, or 83.2. Take over for Stacey Aswad, host of “Must Do Disney TV” (I’d even co-host!)3. Complete every behind the scenes tour offered at Walt Disney World4. Visit Tokyo Disneyland5. Go on my first Disney Cruise (The Fantasy)Photo – Laurel StewartDani:1. Polynesian Bungalow. Say what you will about these accomodations, like poorly positioned, view blockers, under serviced, and overpriced, I still want to stay in one, just once. Two or three nights would suffice. I love Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, almost as much as I love Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge. I am very fortunate that I’ve stayed in a Treehouse Villa a few times over the years and recently a three bedroom grand villa at Kidani Village. I desperately want to cross these exotic bungalows off my list.2. Victoria & Albert’s3. Grand I (one) yacht cruise4. Epcot Seas Adventures – DiveQuest5. Eat each meal of the day, in one day, at Epcot’s France Pavilion (brasserie for breakfast, Chef de France for lunch, and Monsieur Paul for dinner).Rikki:1. I’ve done the domestic resort areas – WDW, Disneyland, and Aulani, but my real true wish is to get to every other Disney Resort around the world. My top choice would be Tokyo and Paris, then Shanghai, then Hong Kong. In that order.2. I’ve been lucky enough to take multiple sailings on Disney Cruise Line, but I would love to take one of the reposition cruises. The idea of being able to fully have time to experience what the ships have to offer is huge. You don’t get that opportunity with a trip that has frequent port stops.3. Adventures by Disney. Particularly one of the Backstage Magic ones where I could see some of the classic Disney stuff, like the archives, imaineering, and more.4. I always regretted that when I lived in Missouri I never made the trip to see Marceline. I want to see the area that helped influenced Walt in his passions.5. The Backstage Magic tour. I’ve wanted to see the inner workings of the Walt Disney World theme parks. I find that fascinating.Photo – Sarah GraffamDaisy:First, I have to say in compiling this list I realized my goals are pretty lofty. I’ve been incredibly lucky that I’ve been able to do all the things I’ve done. With that said, the very top of my list is Club 33 in Shanghai. Since it’s the only one left I haven’t visited, I’m very hopeful that someday soon I’ll worm my way into a meal at this exclusive spot. Of course, we still need to visit the park in Shanghai. However, for a bucket list I’m going for broke!1. Shanghai Disneyland with Club 332. After hours event at Tokyo DisneyWhile I’ve been lucky enough to visit Tokyo Disney three times, I still haven’t made it to an after hours event. In Tokyo these events are sold by lottery for special events like Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. Since everything in the Tokyo parks are absolute perfection, I can’t imagine these event are any different. Someday I want to be there to see it for myself!<3. Disneyland / Magic Kingdom Dream SuiteI feel like this is on every good Mouseketeer’s list. Can you imagine anything more incredible than having the privilege to stay inside the park for a night? This isn’t something that can be bought, Disney has to choose you. And frankly, I think that’s part of the dream. That I could do anything Disney would even notice, let alone give them reason to bestow on me such an insane honor. It’s the stuff of pixie dust filled dreams!4. Disney in the snowNow, I’m a Florida girl and you couldn’t pay me to go hang out in snow somewhere. However, the appeal of seeing a Disney park as a winter wonderland has my attention. I’m pretty sure Tokyo and Paris are the only options to make this one a reality. To make it even more complex, the trip would have to be rather last minute to catch the weather right. Still, I have dreams of seeing a Disney park under a blanket of snow one of these days.5. AulaniBelieve it or not, I still haven’t made it to Hawaii. The flight is so long from Florida and there is always somewhere else we can get to more easily. There’s also the fact that I’m not sure what there is to do besides lounge on the beach. Despite that, I’m adding it to the list because I want to be able to say I’ve been everywhere. Besides, there are worse places to go than Hawaii, right? Anywhere that has Duffy has to be pretty great!“I now pronounce you …”James:I feel like I should preface my bucket list selections with a couple of comments. First of all, I fully recognize that the legal authority of a ship captain to perform a binding marriage ceremony is at best unsettled. Furthermore, it is probably worth noting that I am, in fact, already married. As luck would have it, this works out pretty well for me, because what I’d like to do is to be a part of a marriage ceremony while riding the Jungle Cruise performed by a Jungle Cruise skipper. Are Jungle Cruise Skippers “captains?” Can boat captains perform legal marriages in the State of Florida? Who cares?!?!?!? I’m already married, making it purely ceremonial anyway, but what an awesome way to do a vow renewal! When in the ride, you may ask? Well, I can think of now place more fitting than to renew our vows right as we pass THE BACK SIDE OF WATER! It’s the pinnacle of the ride, after all, and the tunnel at the close of the ride would set an interesting mood for a reception.Other, potentially more likely bucket list items:1. An evening in the Cinderella Castle Suite2. Chef’s Table at Victoria & Albert’s3. Keys to the Kingdom Tour (actually had this scheduled and had to cancel)4. As a passholder at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, I’ve always wanted to hit all 6 domestic parks in a day.Tammy:1. Adventures by Disney on a 9-night African safari because a deluxe safari (read – no camping) is a longtime goal. It will also involve some new camera equipment, I’m sure. But that can be addressed at a later date!2. Cruise in the Roy O. Disney Suite on the Disney Fantasy3. Visit all of the Disney parks in Asia4. Stay in a themed suite at the Disneyland Hotel5. Be on the inaugural sailing for both of the new Disney shipsBuzz is rooting for you, Liz.Liz:1. Experience every guided tour at Walt Disney World – Since no one has created an ice cream sandwich eating contest at the Magic Kingdom for me to win yet, I guess I can settle for behind the scenes glimpses of beloved attractions, line skipping privileges, and animal encounters as my top bucket list item in the interim.2. Score 999,999 on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin3. Stay at Wilderness Lodge over Christmas4. Conquer the Kitchen Sink5. Watch IllumiNations from a fireworks cruiseSavannah:1. Visit Tokyo DisneySea. I want to ride Journey to the Center of the Earth, shop til I drop for cute merch, and eat everything, particularly a Chandu Tail and Mike Wazowski Melon Bread.2. Visit Disneyland Paris3. A Disney Cruise with a Double-Dip Castaway Cay Itinerary4. Night at a Polynesian Village Bungalow5. Take the Walk in Walt’s Disneyland Footsteps Guided TourTessa:1. Stay in a VP or Presidential Suite at Walt Disney World, even just for one night, to see how the other half lives, Disney-style.2. Dine in the Snow White/Wishing Well room at Carthay Circle3. Take an international Adventures by Disney trip4. Visit Tokyo and Shanghai Disneylands5. Take a Disney cruiseLaurel:1. An 11-night Southern Carribbean cruise on the Fantasy in the Walter E. Disney Suite because I can’t get enough of concierge level on DCL and because it’s a rare itinerary for Disney.2) See the Asian parks3) Eat at the Chef’s Table at Napa Rose4) Run the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon5) Finish my stays in the all the Grand Villas (Old Key West and Grand Floridian, I’m looking at you.)
Share This!DuckTales! Whoo-ooo!Get ready because the Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure is coming to Epcot and will invite Guests to join Scrooge McDuck, Donald, Launchpad, Webby, Huey, Dewey, and Louie in search of priceless treasure. Guests will be able to using the Play Disney Parks mobile app, as they travel around World Showcase discovering exciting mysteries, and maybe even a few thieves, villains and supernatural guardians of ancient artifacts.Disney’s DuckTales World Showcase Adventure appears to be replacing Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure.There’s no official word on when this will be debuting, so stay tuned to the blog for more details.
Marauders improve to 3-3 in WCC WestBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterRICHLAND CENTER — The University of Wisconsin-Marshfield/Wood County men’s basketball team earned a 61-54 victory over UW-Richland on Wednesday night.Josh Hennes scored 20 points, Hunter Busse added 15 points, and Devin Klein had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Marauders.UW-Marshfield/Wood County is now 4-8 overall and 3-3 in the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference West Division. UW-Richland drops to 4-16 and 1-7 in the WCC West.The Marauders host UW-Baraboo on Monday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Marauders 61, Roadrunners 54UW-Marshfield/Wood County 28 33 – 61UW-Richland 25 29 – 54UW-MARSHFIELD/WOOD COUNTY (61): Hunter Busse 4-12 6-6 15, Devin Klein 4-7 3-3 11, Max Opelt 3-12 1-2 7, Sean Zillmer 1-2 0-0 3, Bryce DeSmet 1-7 1-2 3, Kwame Adam 0-0 0-0 0, Juarez 1-1 0-0 2, Josh Hennes 10-16 0-1 20. FG: 24-57. FT: 11-14. 3-pointers: 2-18 (Busse 1-6, Zillmer 1-2, Klein 0-2, DeSmet 0-3, Opelt 0-5). Rebounds: 32 (Klein 11). Assists: 8 (Busse 2, Opelt 2, Hennes 2). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-8, 3-3 WCC West.UW-RICHLAND (54): Brian Wilder 9-23 2-2 20, Tyler Olson 1-8 0-0 3, Gavin Nedland 2-8 0-0 4, Derrick Crawley 6-15 2-3 17, Diondre Howard 3-5 2-2 8, Paul Dekker 1-6 0-0 2, Kyle Doty 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Watts 0-1 0-0 0. FG: 22-66. FT: 6-7. 3-pointers: 4-23 (Crawley 3-8, Olson 1-4, Howard 0-1, Nedland 0-1, Wilder 0-5, Decker 0-4). Rebounds: 40 (Howard 10). Assists: 9 (Wilder 5). Turnovers: 10. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: none. Record: 4-16, 1-7 WCC West.
Laduma has designed a range of Xhosa-inspired knitwear. (image: Laduma Ngxokolo) MEDIA CONTACTS • Laduma NgxokoloFounder of Maxhosa By Laduma+27 78 366 2111 RELATED ARTICLES • Conquering the NY fashion world • SA’s Angoras give diabetics relief • Not just a fluffy face • EC entrepreneurs in spotlight Wilma den HartighWhen Laduma Ngxokolo, a textile graduate from the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU), decided to create a range of men’s knitwear as part of a research project for his studies, he had no idea his love of knitting would cause such a stir in the fashion industry.“It feels like a dream some days,” Ngxokolo says when asked how it feels to go from being a student to an internationally acclaimed men’s knitwear designer.Ngxokolo’s distinctive pure kid mohair and Merino wool jerseys celebrate traditional Xhosa heritage and have put the spotlight on South African design talent.The fashion world first took notice of Ngxokolo’s designs when he entered an international competition initiated by the Society of Dyes and Colourists.He won the national leg of the competition, earning him a trip to London, some money and the Veronica Bell Trophy.He then went on to compete against eight other countries and, much to his surprise, he was named the overall winner.Since then, one of his knitwear pieces was nominated for the 2011 Design Indaba Most Beautiful Objects in South Africa competition.Research project with a difference Although wool and mohair garments have come to be associated with high-end fashion, Ngxokolo’s original intention for the jerseys was far much more practical.“For my BTech research project, I wanted to develop a Xhosa-inspired range of knitwear for amakrwala (Xhosa for new initiates),” he says.In Eastern Cape Xhosa communities, boys between the age of 18 and 23 undergo circumcision as part of a manhood initiation ritual. After initiates return home from initiation school, they are guided through a six-month process where their elders teach them manhood protocol. Xhosa initiates are traditionally called amakrwala during this process.Before amakrwala attend circumcision school, all their old clothes are given away, which symbolises the end of boyhood. Their parents have to buy them new clothing, including high-quality men’s knitwear. This is where Ngxokolo saw a gap in the market.Amakrwala buy imported knitwear brands, but he says these bear no resemblance to Xhosa traditions. For this reason, Ngxokolo wanted to develop knitwear using only traditional Xhosa designs and colours.He says that amakrwala are influenced by urban, western styles and it was important to create contemporary garments that are still in keeping with Xhosa culture. He also wanted to use long-lasting fibres. “One of my main considerations was to use high-quality materials so that the items could be passed down to the next generation,” Ngxokolo adds.Finding design inspirationThe designs and patterns for each jersey are well researched. “I draw inspiration from traditional Xhosa beadwork. I add my own interpretation of each design and then develop the knitting motifs. This makes each jersey distinctive,” he says.The recurring zig-zag, arrow and diamond motifs found in Xhosa beadwork designs are structured geometrically, making them ideal for knitting.There is no sense of mass-production associated with Ngxokolo’s garments. Designing, sourcing of wool, dyeing and production can take up to a month. Once he has found motifs that he likes, he develops computer-aided knitwear designs resembling those of traditional Xhosa beadwork.Colour is important in Xhosa culture and the palette of each jersey is well thought-out.“Orange is one of my favourite colours. I select light, medium and dark colours so that they can be mixed and matched to form exciting colour combinations,” he says. The patterns on each jersey are attractively arranged, using various shades of red, orange, green, brown and even a touch of blue.Natural fibresNgxokolo is a purist and big supporter of using local and natural fibre in fashion. “Consumers are becoming more discerning about what they buy and wear and natural fibres are much more popular these days,” he says.All his jerseys are knitted using only pure wool and mohair from the Eastern Cape. “I enjoy working with mohair and wool because both fibres are durable, breathable and they have good colour fastness.”The Eastern Cape is a leading producer of high-quality wool and mohair, producing the majority of the world’s mohair. The absence of a thriving textile industry means the majority of mohair is exported.Ngxokolo says that in utilising the fibre, he can indirectly contribute to the sustainability of local farmers and small-scale black community farmers.Building a businessThanks to the NMMU incubator initiative, a programme that helps promising graduates turn their creative ideas into viable businesses, Ngxokolo is on his way to building a thriving business.The NMMU Fashion and Textile Department provides him with a rent-free workshop and he is training four apprentice knitters to help with the growing demand for his knitwear. Ngxokolo also hopes to launch a female knitwear range in early 2012.The response to his work has been overwhelming and he says he has his mother to thank for first getting him interested in knitting. “She taught me everything I know,” Ngxokolo says.