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Human factor: The woman behind Tiger Woods comeback

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The case of Tiger Woods, a man who did not only loose a home and love (Elin Nordegren), but also lost belongings to the broken marriage, spend 45 days in a clinic for sex addiction took to drinking, had surgery four times in four years, became addicted to a drug that was predicted during treatment of the back surgery, arrested for scandals is a situation that tells you that “the downfall of a man is not the end of his life.”

He even became a write-off by all that loved and trusted him, slipped out of the world’s first 1100 Golfers by rating, but unexpectedly staged a come-back after eleven (11) years major drought at the Masters, win a fifth Masters “Green Jacket” with 15th major title and got back to number 6 in the world establishes the fact that “it is not over until it is over”

Behind such man however, there is always a force, both divine and human force each with their different functions. Apart from the divine force behind the Rave of the moment, Tiger Woods, Erica Herman is being hailed as Tiger Woods’ ‘saviour’ after the golfing great broke an 11-year major drought.

Woods’ return to the top of his game has coincided with a much settled period in his personal life, though Herman works in the restaurant industry and formerly managed Woods’ pop-up eatery, The Woods, in Florida but have been dating since late 2017, first seen together as a couple at that year’s Presidents Cup.

She was at the Tour Championship to celebrate Woods’ first PGA Tour win for five years in September and celebrated the end of another drought in Augusta on Sunday, having been in attendance for the duration of the tournament.

“After 11 years without a major title, the couple’s public kiss cemented Erica as troubled Tiger’s saviour.”

Many believe he’s got Herman to thank.

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Rwanda ban Burundi,s music star ahead of annual festival

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Burundian musician Jean Pierre Nimbona, popularly known as Kidum, has told the BBC he is confused by Rwanda’s decision to ban him from playing at the upcoming Kigali Jazz Fusion festival.

Kidum is one of Burundi’s biggest music stars and has performed in Rwanda for the past 16 years.

But a police official phoned the musician’s manager to warn that he would only be allowed to make private visits to Rwanda.

“[My manager was told] Kidum is not supposed to perform, tell him to leave. If he comes for private visits fine, but no performances,” the musician told BBC’s Focus on Africa radio programme.

The mayor of Rwanda’s capital said that in this instance permission had not been sought from the authorities for him to perform at the festival in Kigali.

Kidum was a leading peace activist during Burundi’s civil war between 1993 and 2003 and used his songs to call for reconciliation.

The 44-year-old musician said he had never had problems with Rwandan authorities until recently when three of his shows were cancelled at the last minute – including one in December 2018.

That month Burundi had banned Meddy, a musician who is half-Burundian, half-Rwandan, from performing in the main city of Bujumbura.

Kidum said he was unsure if the diplomatic tensions between Burundi and Rwanda had influenced his ban.

“I don’t know, I don’t have any evidence about that. And if there was politics, I’m not a player in politics, I’m just a freelance musician based in Nairobi,” he said.

He said he would not challenge the ban: “There’s nothing I can do, I just wait until maybe the decision is changed some day.

“It’s similar to a family house and you are denied entry… so you just have to wait maybe until the head of the family decides otherwise.”

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Zimbawe’s doctor goes missing after masterminding strike

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Fearless Zimbabwe’s minister of health has called on the government to address insecurity lapses that has lead to the disappearance Peter Magombeyi, the head of a doctor’s union, who disappeared on Saturday.

Fears are rising over the fate of Zimbabwe medical doctor Dr Peter Magombeyi after he sent a message to say he had been abducted in that country by unknown persons – apparently for demanding a “living wage”.

An AFP report earlier on Sunday quoted the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctor’s Association (ZHDA) as saying Magombeyi had not been heard from since he sent a WhatsApp message on Saturday night saying he had been “kidnapped by three men”.

Zimbabwe doctors, who earn a miserly equivalent of about R3 000 are on strike to press for better wages, equipment and medicines in state hospitals.

The ZHDA has reportedly accused state security forces of abducting the doctor because of his role in organising work stoppages.

This week some doctors said the death of deposed Robert Mugabe, 95, in a Singapore hospital on 6 September was an indication of how bad health services in Zimbabwe

“Dr Magombeyi’s crime is only to ask for a living wage for his profession. This is a reflection of the troubles born out of refusal to implement Political Reforms.”

The Zimbabwe government led by Emmerson Mnangagwa has not publicly commented on the doctor’s disappearance

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