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This Photographer is Suing The SA Government For R2.1 Billion Over His Photo of Nelson Mandela

Photographer Shaun Harris sues the South African government's communication agency over a photo of Mandela taken in 1999.

Photographer Shaun Harris is suing South Africa's Government Communication Information System (GCIS) for using his image of the late struggle hero, Nelson Mandela, without proper copyright clearance, City Press reports.


The GCIS reportedly used the image as the official photo at Mandela's funeral. They had bought some rights for the image. The infringement started when the image was sent out for public use after Harris and PictureNet's credits were removed. PictureNet used to be Harris' agents.

The case has been going on for three years—it started in 2014 when Harris sued the CGIS for R20 million over the use of the image.

According to City Press, PictureNet recently shared a report with the court which reveals the image was used at least 2.1 million times around the world, and penalized each at R10,000, which totals up to the R2.1 billion (approximately $181 million).

The photo was taken in 1999 when Mandela met former UK prime minister Tony Blair.

Phumla Williams, acting director-general of GCIS, was quoted by the paper as saying, "This case has gone to and fro and he has changed lawyers several times. We asked Harris repeatedly to prove his claims, which he never could."

But after she was told about the new report, she said, "If there is now proof, then we will take it from there."

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

Dying Lagoons Reveal Mexico’s Environmental Racism

In the heart of a traditionally Black and Indigenous use area in Southwest Mexico, decades of environmental destruction now threatens the existence of these communities.

On an early morning in September 2017, in a little fishing village in the Pacific coast of Oaxaca, called Zapotalito, thousands of dead fish floated on the surface of the Chacahua-Pastoría lagoons. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake, which rattled Mexico City on September 19, was felt as far down as Zapotalito, and the very next morning, its Black, Indigenous and poor Mestizo residents, who depend on the area's handful of lagoons for food and commerce, woke up to an awful smell and that terrible scene of floating fish.

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Watch Focalistic & Vigro Deep’s New Music Video For ‘Ke Star’

The 'Lockdown Level 1 anthem' has come to life through fire visuals.

South African artist Focalistic has released a music video to accompany his hit single, "Ke Star" featuring Vigro Deep.

The rising artist continues solidifying his place with his effortless skill of blending his hip-hop roots with a love for amapiano.

South Africans certainly loved it enough to let it into their homes. Social media users quickly began sharing videos of themselves dancing away their lockdown woes to "Ke Star," helping share the track all over the world.

Directed by Steezus in Focalistic's childhood stomping ground, Ga-Rankuwa, Zone 2, the artist mentions: "The video was to try to explain the song in its fullest form and more importantly tell a genuine South African story. We're pushing a movement and there has to be visual representation." He certainly is representing the nation with pride.


Watch the music video for "Ke Star" here.


Focalistic Ke Star (Official Music Video) ft Vigro Deep www.youtube.com

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The 9 Songs You Need to Hear This Week

Featuring Olamide, Nasty C, Davido, Mr Eazi x Nicki Minaj and more.

Every week, we highlight the cream of the crop in music through our best music of the week column.

Here's our round up of the best tracks and music videos that came across our desks, which you can also check out in our Songs You Need to Hear This Week playlists on Spotify and Apple Music.

Follow our SONGS YOU NEED TO HEAR THIS WEEK playlist on Spotify here, Apple Music here and YouTube Music here

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