Posts Tagged ‘football’

By Amanda Loqo

I use public toilets, schools and public transport. It’s not a luxury life but it brings the sense of UBUNTU. In a taxi you meet almost 30 different people before you reach your destination, there is a culture of greeting everybody as you enter the taxi and freely engaging in conversation, and  say ENKOSI (thank you) driver when about to get off. You find yourself miles away listening to music and everybody is singing along.

I know a white guy from Germany who shared his whiskey with everybody in the taxi, it doesn’t grab an eye any more when a white person takes a taxi to Khayelitsha, especially during the world cup. We were listening to the Bafana Bafana match on radio when they played against France. I was on my way home from work while others where at home or in the stadium with friends and family. I was in a taxi with strangers but it was much fun with everybody cheering for the boys and with the driver one hand on the wheel and other blowing a Vuvuzela. It’s a day to remember. Take a day off and take a taxi to Khayelitsha then we’ll talk again.

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by Warren Radebe

On the 19th June 2010, Herbert and I were amongst the invited media covering the unique event where “basketball meets Football” to coincide with the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The event was held at the Discovery Soccer Park, Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg.

I had a world class experience as a camera man, capturing the arrivals of the world renowned sports men from the NBA such as Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns born in Johannesburg South Africa), and Luc Mbah a Moute (Milwaukee Bucks, Cameroon) and the football for hope legends Patrick Viera (Ex- French National Team, Manchester City).

The experience would have been incomplete without my creativity, I had close-up shots with the Nelson Mandela and the Basket Ball children who had one on one soccer game with the stars. The significant context for the day was making sure that as a Video Journalist for Hillside Digital I form part of the world class media, and despite my six months training I would be able to capture high quality footage.

The most outstanding highlight was when I had to place my cam within the congestion of cameras rushing for a right angle and so I was able to be on right angles for an interview; in one moment I thought I was better than the most camera man who come from BBC and the CNN.

This becomes a training experience prior to the Football for Hope Tournament in Alexandra due to commence in July. I am sure I will be ready for the event and the world media will find me ready and as a best Camera Man.