30 January 2014South Africa’s 20 Years of Freedom celebrations get under way in Gauteng province on Thursday when the live, interactive Building the Legacy: 20 Years of Freedom exhibition opens at the Tshwane Events Centre in Pretoria.One of the biggest exhibitions of its kind undertaken in the country, the exhibition is unique in that it offers the public an interactive view of the last 100 years of South African history since the 1913 Natives’ Land Act was passed.In addition to the 12 truckfuls of artefacts, expo material and props that make up the exhibition, the public will be informed and educated by a team of professional actors and performers who bring the past alive – complete with anecdotes of forced removals and other injustices under apartheid – while highlighting the progress the country has made since 1994.The exhibition builds on the Reversing the Legacy exhibition created last year by the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform to mark the centenary of the 1913 Natives’ Land Act.Chief Land Claims Commissioner Nomfundo Gobodo, speaking to SAnews last week, said the exhibition would give people an opportunity “to walk through the history of South Africa and actually feel like you were there … to experience life [as it was] before colonialisation, during the apartheid era and through the dawn of democracy to where we are currently celebrating Nelson Mandela’s legacy.”“Through this exhibition … we will be showcasing what we’ve achieved since the dawn of democracy in 1994,” Gobodo said. “We know that we still have a lot of work to do ahead of us, but for now we are celebrating our 20th anniversary.”The exhibition runs in Pretoria until 9 February, after which it will travel to other provinces. It runs from 9am to 5pm daily and is free to the public.SAnews.gov.za and SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The continued dip in the ag economy is causing farmers to give pause when it comes to justifying every dollar that is being spent. For many producers in Northwest Ohio that dollar would be well spend on Soybean Cyst Nematode testing, according to DuPont Pioneer Account Manager Chasitie Euler. She gives more details to The Ohio Ag Net’s Ty Higgins in this week’s DuPont Pioneer Field Report.
Pratima Kuikuri and Sanatan Dhara travelled all the way from Hooghly and Purba Bardhaman districts respectively to take part in a farmers’ rally called by All India Kisan Sabha (AIKS), the peasants’ wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), at Kolkata’s Rani Rashmoni Avenue.Both Ms. Kuikuri and Mr. Dhara have lost someone close to them to “agrarian distress” in the State. Sharing her plight with the gathering, Ms. Kuikuri said: “I have come all the way from Tarakeshwar in Hooghly. My husband was a potato farmer. He had a loan of ₹3 lakh.”Mr. Dhara said his brother Dinobandhu Dhara “killed himself” on May 29, 2015, after his crop, cultivated on 5 acres of land, failed.The rally, organised recently, aimed to highlight the crisis being faced by farmers in the State. Representatives of AIKS brought family members of more than 40 farmers who had killed themselves in the State since 2011 when the Trinamool Congress came to power.Gayatri Malik from Bardhaman and Asha Durlad from Haripal in Hooghly, whose husbands had ended their lives, were also on the stage. “We do not have much education to speak on stage, but we have not got any help from the State,” Ms. Malik said.According to the AIKS, 217 farmers have killed themselves in West Bengal since 2011 due to farm distress. In 2019, as many as 22 farmers ended their lives till August-end, claimed AIKS members.AIKS State secretary Amal Halder said that out of 217 deaths, 150 had been reported in Bardhaman alone. Mr. Halder, a central committee member of the CPI(M), said Bardhaman (both Purba and Paschim) and Hooghly are the worst-affected by agrarian distress.“Do not take your own lives, instead fight against those who are putting you in such a situation. It is better to die fighting, taking a bullet from police than wasting your life in helplessness,” an AIKS leader said while addressing the gathering.‘Multiple reasons’ Dismissing the allegations, West Bengal Agriculture Minister Asish Banerjee said that the CPI(M) and its farmers’ front are spreading lies. “Not a single case of farmer ending their lives due to agrarian distress has come to our notice since the change of government in 2011,” he said. The Minister said multiple reasons such as ailments and family problems have led to farmers’ death, but not agrarian distress.According to data on accidental deaths and people killing themselves in the country, published by the National Crime Records Bureau, in 2015, West Bengal recorded 14,310 deaths, the third highest after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Despite high incidence of farmers taking their own lives, the State government has not admitted agrarian distress as the reason for even a single case.Suicide prevention helpline: 033-24637401/033-24637432; website: www.lifelinefoundation.co.in; e-mail: [email protected]
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