Daily Archives: May 15, 2018

OWC Will Support Sustainable Waters Photography Project in Africa

Photographer Florian Wagner will cross the continent documenting critical water systems.

WOODSTOCK, Illinois, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — OWC®, a leading zero emissions Mac and PC technology company, has announced their support for photojournalist Florian Wagner’s African Waters 360° project. The photo-film mission will see Wagner flying 18,000km via helicopter across ten African countries, capturing 360° panoramic images of diverse African cities located near bodies of water and river systems that are meaningful for ecological balance.

The project will kick off on Friday, May 18th at the Two Oceans Aquarium in Cape Town, South Africa. At the event, Florian Wagner and other environmental collaborators will showcase works that explore how water impacts the human condition in resource-stressed and changing environments.

The goal of Wagner’s African Waters 360° project is to document Africa’s beauty while creating awareness of the need for responsible water policy. The program will also serve as a fundraising project for clean water charities, with a fundraising goal of $250,000.

OWC Founder and CEO Larry O’Connor said, “We are thrilled to support Florian Wagner in this important project. Not only is his work significant from an artistic point of view, but he shares OWC’s commitment to examining the world around us, and finding ways to improve the environment on a local and global scale. We all share in that obligation, and OWC is dedicated to raising funds for organizations that provide local communities with access to clean water and improve the residents’ standard of living. We are happy to continue those efforts through this venture.”

OWC is supporting Wagner and his team with a line of workflow solutions that will ensure the images captured during their excursion remain safe and secure. Professionals and prosumers alike need assurance that the content they create can be backed up without worry, and the OWC Envoy Pro EX (VE) with Thunderbolt 3, OWC Mercury Elite Pro Mini and OWC ThunderBay 4 with Thunderbolt 3 allow Florian’s team to keep their work securely stored. Wagner is a Leica Camera ambassador, and the African Waters 360° project is also supported by Garmin, Yeti, and Leatherman.

The event kick-off on May 18th is open to the public and will feature presentations on water and the environment as well as photographic exhibits, all hosted in the beautiful Two Oceans Aquarium. The event takes place from 6:30 to 9:00pm local time. Tickets can be purchased here.

About Florian Wagner
Florian Wagner is a photographer and helicopter pilot based in Munich, Germany. His work has been featured in such publications as National Geographic, GQ and Focus, and often explores wildlife and the environment. His trek across Africa can be followed at: African Waters 360°.

About OWC
Having served the Apple community worldwide since 1988, OWC has become the reliable manufacturer and upgrade provider of choice for Apple and PC enthusiasts with its extensive catalog of accessories, storage, and memory upgrades for nearly every Mac made in the last decade. Recognized for award-winning customer service, OWC provides extensive U.S.-based technical support for Mac and PC users around the world and comprehensive step-by-step installation and support videos.

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DURBAN– The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation of the South African Police Service (SAPS), better known as the Hawks, have confirmed that a device found inside the mosque in Verulam, north of Durban, KwaZulu-Natal Province, is a bomb.

The device was attached to a cellphone and worshippers who had gathered at the mosque for evening prayers on Sunday had to be evacuated, says KwaZulu-Natal Hawks spokesperson Simphiwe Mhlongo. Experts will analyse what chemicals the bomb is made of.

The Director of the Terrorism Research and Analysis, Jasmine Opperman, believes that what happened at the mosque had nothing to do with extremism.

The device was found Sunday night in the mosque and the Reaction Unit South Africa evacuated several residences in the neighbourhood of the mosque which is the same one which was attacked last week.

On Sunday evening people who were preparing the mosque for evening prayers stumbled on the device.

The incident took place just days after three men stormed the mosque with knives, and slit the throat of Abbas Essop, leaving two others seriously wounded.

Opperman described the mosque incidents as “interesting”.

We have not seen religious tensions leading to violent attacks and that makes this case so interesting or so concerning. If indeed it is the case, it would be unprecedented although I do not believe that there’s extremism involved in this specific attack, said Opperman.

The director further said that this matter needed to be investigated, We need to understand, we need to investigate but we need a comprehensive strategy in which social harmony is being supported.



PRETORIA– South African President Cyril Ramphosa has set up an Inter-Ministerial Committee of Ministers from the Cabinet’s security cluster of departments to probe the latest incidents of violence in KwaZulu-Natal province.

Ramaphosa announced this while addressing supporters of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), in Edendale, Pietermaritzburg, the second largest city in KwaZulu-natal, where he had visited the family of the slain ANC convenor in the Moses Mabhida region, Musawenkosi Mchunu. Ranaphosa is also president of the ANC.

Mchunu was killed on Friday night. His death has sparked renewed fears of further attacks of ANC members.

Outside Mchunu’s house, the top six officials of the ANC were met by angry supporters, calling for, among other things, a postponement of the regional conferences, saying the province remains in a volatile situation.

After three ANC activists killed in three weeks, the attacks have shaken the province. Ramaphosa vowed to take action and said the Ministerial Task Team will report to him by next Monday.

An immediate investigation must happen. They must be immediately arrested and brought to justice. ANC must be united, ANC must be effective, ANC must be strong and we will make sure this death is investigated thoroughly until those who are responsible for the death of our beloved comrade are found, he said.

The leadership also met with the Provincial Task Team and regional structures. Three weeks ago, the NEC gave the go-ahead for regional and provincial conferences to proceed, despite some party members in KZN objecting.

Senior leaders say the incidents are worrying and pose a threat to the stability of the province.

A member of the ANC National Executive Committee (NEC), Zizi Kodwa, said: To what extent these killings are linked to the regional conferences is early to speculate. Law enforcement agencies are dealing with very complex situations about some of these lack of arrests and convictions of these killings which create more complex problems to those that we are already dealing with. But it’s early days to link any killing to a conference at the moment.

Four regions held elective conferences this past weekend. The outcome of these meetings is expected to decide on the way forward.

Another member of the NEC, the party’s highest organ, Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa, said party conferences in KwaZulu-Natal, including regional and a provincial meetings, would continue as planned despite growing calls by some party members to shelve them until after next year’s general election, citing recent killings and alleged irregularities among the reasons.

Molewa said the party is disturbed by the recent killings, but they think putting conferences on hold might exacerbate tension among party members.

In the latest killing in the province, the family of the late ANC Branch Treasurer in the Oshabeni area on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast, Sfiso Cele, is struggling to come to terms with his murder. Intruders stormed into their home last week as Cele and his family were getting ready for the day.

Family spokesperson Thulasizwe Msomi said Cele’s wife and children were forced into a bathroom as the men ransacked the house. Cele was taken to the bedroom and shot dead.