Remembering music muse in all his glory

first_imgFriends and family of the late stage legend, Salie Daniels. Pictured, at back, from left, are Nur Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams.In the middle are Zenobia Daniels, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. In front is Terry Fortune. Shiny shoes, an impeccable dress sense, good humour and humility, these are just a few of the things stage legend Salie Daniels is remembered for.Mr Daniels’ life was a musical journey and it will be celebrated in a show produced by his daughter Zenobia Daniels, from Rocklands.Tribute to The Kat will be staged at the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone and Rockwell Theatre in Green Point later this month.Mr Daniels, who died in 1999, was the star of the original Kat and the Kings musical production and the show was based on his memories. He was also an original member of The Rockets.He had a unique baritone voice and always used jokes and songs to remind his family and friends to look on the light side of life.“He had a deep bassy Lindt chocolatey sound, which no one could replicate,” reminisced friend and fellow performer, Terry Fortune.Athlone News met Ms Daniels and some of her father’s most dear friends, star performers Mr Fortune, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. They all described him as a legend and said he was more humble than anyone else they knew.With his striking blue eyes and a smile on his face, he would request a cup of tea by song, recalled Ms Abrahams.Mr Vardien and Mr Hector were both a few years younger than Mr Daniels but said once they reached their 20s, it was no longer “uncle” or “Boeta Salie”, rather “ons is tjommies”.Mr Hector said he was just a young boy when he met Mr Daniels at the Star bioscope in District Six in the 1950s.The Rockets released the original song Enchantment in 1957.“Salie them use to sing harmonies.“They liked, encouraged and empowered me to perform,” he said.Mr Vardien said Mr Daniels was his mentor.“He was like a radio.“We use to say ‘gooi ’* nommer’. He’ll sing a song and tell us what to sing,” he said.“Hy maak soema sy eie tricks. He knew how to play music, his instrument was his voice,” said Mr Vardien.Mr Daniels was also in David Kramer and the late Taliep Petersen’s original District Six, the musical in 1987; Fairyland in 1990, and Klop Klop in 1996.He received the FNB Vita National Theatre Award for performer of the year in musical theatre as Kat Diamond in the 1995 production, Kat and the Kings. They toured South Africa, performed at the Tricycle Theatre in Kilburn in 1997 and at the Vaudeville Theatre of West End, both in London, the following year. His final performances abroad were at the Cort Theatre of Broadway, in New York City. Mr Daniels won a Laurence Olivier Award in London in 1998 and when he returned to Cape Town, he was diagnosed with bone cancer.On the eve of Mr Daniels’ death, he received the first arts, culture and heritage award, in recognition of his outstanding achievement and contribution to the performing arts, from the national Department of Arts and Culture in 1999. He died at Groote Schuur Hospital in July 27 that year.Ms Daniels said she has inherited the best traits of her father and mother, Zubeida Daniels. Her parents use to perform together, with her father singing and her mother dancing. “There was always a jovial vibe in our home,” she said.Mr Daniels was born in District Six, moved to Kensington, then to Lentegeur and finally settled in Rocklands.“He was a real special person, who brought a lot of life and emotion to his characters,” said Ms Daniels.For the Tribute to The Kat show, the Rockets of the 1950s will be brought back to life by five young entertainers from Mitchell’s Plain, Salt River and Gugulethu. The show will also star Mr Vardien; The A2 duo who sing songs by Peaches and Herb; as well as Edwil Meyer who does cover versions of Lady Morgana songs.* Tribute to The Kat will be staged at the Joseph Stone Auditorium, corner of Protea Street and Klipfontein Road, Athlone, on Friday September 23, at 8pm; and the Rockwell Theatre, 32 Prestwich Street, Green Point, on Saturday September 24, at 8pm.Tickets cost R120 if you pre-book and R150 at the door.For more information call Ms Daniels on 061 167 0135, SMS 074 185 2971, 082 896 0136 or visit the Facebook page Zeeproductions5. Friends and family of the late stage legend, Salie Daniels. Pictured, at back, from left, are Nur Abrahams and Loukmaan Adams.In the middle are Zenobia Daniels, Terry Hector, Niesha Abrahams and Giempie Vardien. In front is Terry Fortune. 1 of 2last_img read more


ABI reveals new code for third-party capture

first_imgThe Association of British Insurers (ABI) has finally unveiled its new voluntary code of conduct for members dealing with RTA victims.The representative body had promised last year to produce a re-drawn set of principles after civil just reforms placed more emphasis on third-party capture, where claimants are tied into settlements by their insurance company.The ABI said its new code, signed by 15 leading insurance firms, will ensure the interests of customers with a personal injury claim are protected.Under the code, insurers will:Ensure policyholders are made aware of their options when choosing a lawyer, including any links the insurer may have with them;Emphasise the customer’s right to choose their own legal representative;Not apply, or use firms who may apply, pressure such as cold-calling on customers to claim;Not share personal information with a third party if they have said they would not pursue a claim;Ensure that any third parties recommended to handle a claim will not increase legal costs for at-fault insurer.Paul Evans, chairman of ABI’s general insurance council management committee, said: ‘Insurers campaigned over many years for much-needed reforms to the civil justice system, and remain committed to paying fair compensation to genuinely injured claimants as quickly as possible.‘This code – which insurers initiated and drafted – helps to ensure that both the letter and the spirit of these reforms are embedded into the insurance industry’s everyday practice.’The code was prompted by the government’s decision to slash fixed claimant costs for low-value RTA claims from £1,200 to £500 last April.That increased the likelihood of claimants being left without legal representation, though the government shied away from raising the small claims court limit later that year – a move that would have taken lawyers out of the low-value process altogether.When he made that decision, justice secretary Chris Grayling also pledged to end insurers’ practice of ‘making offers to settle claims without requiring medical reports’.The insurance lobby will hope this latest move will satisfy the government that it can self-police without the need for legislation.The ABI added that its new code should ‘strike the right balance’ between customers’ legal rights and their ability to file a claim within a system that does not encourage speculative and exaggerated claims.John Spencer, vice-president of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, said the code is ‘broadly welcome’ in its aspiration.’For instance, encouraging ABI members not to add unnecessary cost to the process is vital. However, it will not provide a substitute for the absolute imperative for the injured person to be independently represented. This fundamental requirement is missing from the code.’Signatories to the new code are Admiral and its sister companies (Diamond, Elephant and Bell), Ageas, Allianz, Aviv, AXA, Co-operative Insurance, Covea Insurance, Direct Line Group, Ecclesiastical, Esure, LV, NFU Mutual, RSA, Skyfire Insurance Company Limited and Tradex Insurance Company.The full code can be found at the ABI website.last_img read more


Greater public awareness drives rise in sexual offences prosecutions

first_imgThe government has cited greater public focus as a possible driving factor behind the rise in the number of people sentenced for sexual offences.Latest Ministry of Justice statistics show that 7,100 people were sentenced for sexual offences in the year ending June 2016, up from 4,800 a decade ago.The number of defendants prosecuted for sexual offences jumped by 1,000 since the year ending June 2015.The report states that the increase could be related to improved reporting and recording, as well as increased public focus.A rise in the average custodial sentence length over the past decade has, in part, been attributed to the average custodial sentence length for sexual offences increasing by 21 months since 2006.The report states that more people are being sentenced for sexual offences, and the sentences are getting longer.In September the Crown Prosecution Service said it was prosecuting and convicting a record number of rape, domestic abuse, sexual offences and child abuse cases.Its annual Violence against Women and Girls report showed that rape, domestic abuse and sexual offences now account for nearly a fifth of the CPS’s total caseload.The ministry’s report states that the number of individuals (including companies) who have been dealt with formally by the criminal justice system in England and Wales has been declining since 2007, reaching a record low of 1.7 million in the 12 months ending June 2016.Offenders dealt with for indictable offences with no criminal history were more likely to go to court and be convicted as they were to receive a caution.Persistent offenders (those with eight or more convictions or cautions) have on average 24 previous sanctions.There were 211,000 persistent offenders in the year ending June 2016, accounting for more than five million crimes.last_img read more


Solanke Dumps Liverpool for Bournemouth

first_imgBournemouth have signed England striker Dominic Solanke from Liverpool for £19 million.Solanke, 21, had been due to join Crystal Palace on loan earlier this week but the deal fell through because of fitness concerns.Bournemouth are about to allow forwardJermain Defoe to join Scottish Premiership side Rangers. It is understood Solanke cannot move to the Cherries on loan under Premier League regulations.Bournemouth are also set to sign Reds right-back Nathaniel Clyne on loan until the end of the season.Solanke, a former England youth international who has one senior cap against Brazil in 2017, joined Liverpool from Chelsea in 2017 after his contract at Stamford Bridge ended.The two clubs eventually came to an agreement over the fee, which had been due to be set by a tribunal.He did not make a first-team appearance for the Premier League leaders this season and was ruled out of recent matches because of a muscle problem.The Under-20 World Cup winner made 21 appearances last season, 16 of which were from the bench, scoring one goal.He never made a senior league appearance in three years at Chelsea, spending the 2015-16 season on loan at Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, where he scored seven goals in 25 Eredivisie appearances.Relatedlast_img read more