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SATURDAY – 08 MAY 2010




President Jacob Zuma extends condolences after Nigerian President's death
Values of Freedom Charter apply today: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
Orascom news bites into MTN
Consultant off to Canada climate change summit


Leaders criticise African coalition Governments at World Economic Forum
Independence of Swaziland's Elections Commission
Malawi Court Annuls controversial election of opposition Chief
12 Million Voters Enroll for Kenya Referendum Vote


Gauteng ANC Chairman Paul Mashatile retains his position
Cosatu fails Western Cape premier Zille's administration
Nationalisation of mines on ANC Agenda: ANCYL Leader Malema
I won't be muzzled, says a defiant Malema


President Zuma deserves credit after first year: Business Unity South Africa (BUSA)
Johannesburg Stock Exchange skids as Greek concerns weigh
Sci-Bono wins National Science Communication Award
South Africa's first high-speed train to open ahead of World Cup
Land claims commission should note ruling: AGRI SA


Defence and Military Veterans Minister Sisulu overwhelmed by positive response to
National Service proposal
North Korea in Harare for cup build-up "creating problems": Police National
Commissioner General Cele


City calls on Government Departments to clean up
South Africa Rift Valley Fever deaths rise to 17

Thousands queue in Cape Town to see World Cup trophy
World Cup: 'Brutal review needed'
Germans say 'nein' to cup – travel agents
Kulula takes the mickey out of Brits
$420 million in total up for grabs for winning Cup teams


Rugby: Bulls crowned 2010 Vodacom Cup champs


Netshitenze's appointment a significant portent, by Janet Smith
Afrika-skurke se dag kom, deur André le Roux
Fans set for uniquely South Africa 2010 experience by Sameer Naik
Needed: The media's own Malema by Guy Berger


Pay up! Pay up! And pay the game!
Bravo, Baloyi




President Jacob Zuma extends condolences after Nigerian President's death
(, 20100507/, 20100508) - President
Jacob Zuma on Friday extended his condolences to the family of Nigerian President
Umaru Yar'Adua. "I had learnt with shock and sadness of the news of the passing
away of my brother, President Yar'Adua and on behalf of the government and the
people of South Africa, wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to
the family and relatives of President Yar'Adua, the government and people of this
great African nation, Nigeria, as well as the broader ECOWAS (Economic
Community Of West African States) community," said Zuma in a statement released
by the department of international relations and cooperation (DIRCO). "Our thoughts
and prayers are with the Nigerian people as you grieve the loss of an outstanding
son of the soil," said Zuma. Yar'Adua died on Thursday, at the age of 58, after a
long illness, almost three months after his vice president Goodluck Ebele Jonathan
took control of the country. Zuma said he agreed with Jonathan that Nigeria has lost
the jewel of its crown. Saul Molobi, chief director of public diplomacy for the DIRCO,
said during his presidency, Yar'Adua played a seminal role in the reconstruction and
development of Nigeria with the sole purpose of reclaiming Nigeria's role in the
community of nations. "It is South Africa's wish that the leadership of Nigeria will do
everything in its powers to ensure that this beautiful African country forge ahead with
its vision of making Africa and the world a better place to leave in," he said.

Values of Freedom Charter apply today: Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe
(, 20100507/, 20100508) - The progress
of South Africa as a democracy should be measured against the values embodied in
the Freedom Charter, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.
Motlanthe was at Liliesleaf Farm, in Rivonia, to receive the historic document and
hand it over to the department of arts and culture. "Today we witness the
homecoming of an iconic manifesto of our people," he said. "Progress, or lack
thereof, is measured against the values embodied in the Freedom Charter. It is ironic
that today we celebrate the Freedom Charter, which has literally shaped and inspired
the struggle for democracy." The Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955 by leaders
from African National Congress, the Congress of Democrats, the SA Council of
Trade Unions (Sactu) the SA Indian Congress and the Coloured People's
Organisation, which made up the Congress Alliance. Several copies were printed to
be signed by each of the Congress Alliance leaders, but they had to do so while in
hiding to avoid suspicion which meant some leaders had to wait for up to five years
before receiving their copies. While many of the signed copies were taken by
apartheid police, the then Sactu president, Leon Levy, preserved his by smuggling it
out of the country with a visiting British actor. It was brought back to South Africa
after democracy the 1990s. Levy had signed an agreement with the auction house
Bonhams, which placed it in the Everard Read Gallery, in Johannesburg, after his
death. The National Archives and Liliesleaf Trust intervened in learning that
Bonhams had recently signed an agreement to put the Freedom Charter up for
auction in London. The copy was purchased for around UK60,000, Liliesleaf Trust
chief executive officer Nic Wolpe said on Friday. Arts and Culture Minister Lulu
Xingwana described the Freedom Charter as the most historic document ever
produced in the country and vowed to tighten gaps in legislation to protect South
Africa's heritage. "Current legislation relies on good intentions and expects that we're
dealing with people with good intentions," she said. "We will redraft the legislation to
reflect reality, as often we are not dealing with people with good intentions."

Orascom news bites into MTN (, /, 20100507)
- Shares of MTN Group fell 2% in early trade on Friday after Algeria's finance
minister said the goverment was prepared to buy all of Orascom Telecom's Algerian
unit. Algeria's official news agency quoted Karim Djoudi on Thursday as saying the
government was ready to buy 100% of the mobile phone operator. Egypt's Orascom
is in negotiations to sell some or all of its assets to MTN, a deal that could make the
South African firm the world's third-largest mobile phone operator. But Algeria is
blocking the sale of Orascom's Algerian arm, Djezzy, citing a law which it says gives
it the right of first refusal on a 51 stake in the company if it comes up for sale.
Analysts have said that without Djezzy, which would give MTN a much-needed
foothold in lucrative northern Africa, MTN might walk away from the deal.

Consultant off to Canada climate change summit (,
20100507) - Environmentalist Refilwe Mokobodi will leave for Canada today to
represent South Africa at the 2010 G8/G20 Youth Summit. The summit takes place
in Vancouver from tomorrow to Wednesday. Mokobodi, 26, will be South Africa's
minister of environmental affairs at the summit, where he will make a presentation on
the country's stance on climate change and other environmental issues. Mokobodi,
an environmental consultant for M2 Environmental Connections, was selected to
represent the country after he had written to summit organisers expressing his
passion for environmental issues. He is one of South Africa's five delegates who
include Tribute Mboweni, an environmentalist based in Cape Town. "It really feels
good. I am happy be to be part of the summit and to represent close to 46 million
people at such an august event. I am passionate about environmental issues. "I
founded the South African Environment Association for students while I was doing
my degree in environmental studies at the University of Limpopo," said Mokobodi.
The environmental management honours student at Unisa said he was looking
forward to sharing ideas with youth from other countries at the summit, where
environmental issues such as climate change were expected to take centre stage.
Mokobodi said he would explain the stance South Africa took on climate change at
the UN Copenhagen Climate Change Conference when he delivered his paper on
Monday. "South Africa is arguing for a climate regime based on the recognition that
solving the climate problem will only be possible if it is undertaken within the context
of developing countries' priority of achieving poverty eradication and promoting
sustainable development," said Mokobodi, who hails from Moletji near Polokwane.
Mokobodi said he was concerned about South Africa in terms of environmental
awareness and felt not much was being done to conscientise citizens on climate
change and its impact on their lives. "I am not an expert, but I can say that we face a
lot of environmental challenges. For example, the country doesn't have enough
water and we should be creating awareness about it. We have serious air pollution in
areas such as Witbank and not much is said about it. I have heard little about
educating the country about the environment. I only read on the internet about some
project that the government is running about environment. This means people in
rural areas and townships are not aware of such. I think the government should go
out and make its presence felt on environmental issues," said Mokobodi. Mokobodi
also represented South Africa at an environmental conference in Germany in 2008.
His trip and participation is sponsored by the Office of the Premier of Limpopo and
the Department of Environment Affairs. He hopes to share his experiences with the
country upon his return.


Leaders criticise African coalition Governments at World Economic Forum
(, 20100507) - African leaders on Friday criticised the formation of
coalition governments on the continent following flawed or disputed elections. Two
African countries -- Kenya and Zimbabwe -- are now ruled by power-sharing
governments following contested polls which also sparked political crises. Kenyan
Prime Minister Raila Odinga -- named to the post in a 2008 deal with President Mwai
Kibaki whom he accused of rigging his re-election the previous year -- said their
agreement should not be replicated. "The Kenyan example is not a model to be
followed. It is a compromise that has been reached as a result of a crisis," Odinga
said during the World Economic Forum on Africa being held in Dar es Salaam. "It is
not an example for Africa to follow. Zimbabwe followed because it was seen that the
incumbent has lost and refuses to leave power (and) there is a danger of
disintegration of the state," he added. South African President Jacob Zuma -- whose
predecessor negotiated the Zimbabwe deal -- defended the agreement, but said lack
of implementation was undermining it. "It is the only route to peace and stability in
Zimbabwe," Zuma said. "The problem is at the level of implementation. You cannot
have an agreement and not implement it." On Thursday, Zimbabwe's Prime Minister
Morgan Tsvangirai said he would not agree to a coalition government again, terming
it a "very painful exercise." "Would I do this again? I don't think so. I think it is a bad
precedent," he explained. Kenya's Odinga blamed the African Union of failing to
instill democracy in its 53 member states. "It is also the ineffectiveness of the African
Union to take the lead and a firm stand on issues where democracy is in danger," he
said. "That's the reason why we end up with such kind of compromises. They are
basically examples of how not to do it." Salim Ahmed Salim, former secretary
general of the Organisation of African Unity, since renamed the African Union,
criticised Africa's inability to crack down on leaders who cling to power.Africa "has
been unable to deal decisively with the phenomena of leaders trying to perch
themselves to power perpetually without eny possibilities of change," he said.
"Coalition governments are not a solution."

Independence of Swaziland's Elections Commission (,
20100507) - The newly established Swaziland Supreme Court will hear argument
asking it to declare as unconstitutional the appointment of the five commissioners to
the Swaziland Electoral Commission and to set those appointments aside. A ruling
on the independence of the Electoral Commission and the fitness for office of the
commissioners will have significant implications for the credibility with which the
Swaziland electoral process is perceived, particularly given Swaziland's longstanding
reputation as a country not permitting free and fair political activity. The applicants,
the Swaziland Coalition of Concerned Civic Organisations, maintain that the method
of appointment of the commissioners as required by the Constitution was not
followed. Among the arguments made by the Government is that appointments
made by the King cannot be reviewed by the court. The case thus implicates not only
electoral fairness in Swaziland but also the extent to which the King is bound by the
Constitution's provisions. The ruling resulting from tomorrow's arguments will
determine whether the King's appointments can be reviewed – potentially ushering in
an era of genuine constitutional democracy in Swaziland.

Malawi Court Annuls controversial election of opposition Chief
(, 20100507) - A Malawi court on Friday nullified the controversial
election of a novice legislator as leader of the opposition and told his party to choose
a new leader within two weeks, official said. Judge Rezime Mzikamanda ruled that
an amendment made by parliament to change the rules of the game in electing
Abele Kayembe, 36, the new leader of the Malawi Congress Party of late dictator
Kamuzu Banda was "unconstitutional", a court official said. Parliament had changed
its rules to allow for all 193 members of parliament to elect the opposition leader. In
the past, the leader of the opposition with the largest number of lawmakers would
automatically become opposition chief. Kayembe was supported by the ruling
Democratic Progressive Party when he was elected in November as the leader of
the opposition, replacing veteran politician John Tembo, a former right-hand man to
Banda. Tembo, 77, had been leader of the party for the past decade. He had been
under pressure from within his ranks to quit politics and pave the way for young

12 Million Voters Enroll for Kenya Referendum Vote (,
20100507) - In a rush to beat the deadline, an addition 1.7 million Kenyans had
enrolled as voters by Wednesday, the last day of registration before the period was
extended. The Interim Independent Electoral Commission announced on Friday that
it had registered 11,771,068 people with two days to the new Sunday deadline.
Eligible Kenyans have Saturday and Sunday to register as voters in order to
participate in the upcoming referendum on a new constitution.Only registered voters
will participate in the referendum. The IIEC has advised that voters can register
anywhere and transfer to the stations from where they want to vote during the 2012
elections after the referendum. With Attorney General Amos Wako having published
the proposed law on Thursday, Kenyans will go to the referendum by August 6. The
IIEC will, by 12 May publish the referendum question and by 26 May, announce the
date of the referendum.


Gauteng ANC Chairman Paul Mashatile retains his position (,
20100507/ , 20100508) - Current Gauteng ANC chairman
Paul Mashatile retained his position after a bruising leadership battle with his deputy
premier, Nomvula Mokonyane. After a long day that ended with delegates voting
late on Friday, Mashatile obtained 531 votes against Mokonyane's 356. The party's
electoral commission announced that the position of deputy chair would be filled by
Tshwane mayor, Gwen Ramokgopa who beat Bafana Sibisi. She obtained 513
votes against his 364 votes Current provincial secretary, David Makhura retained his
position after obtaining 485 votes. Special adviser to basic education minister Angie
Motshekga, Panyasa Lesufi obtained 197 votes and Pule Mlambo obtained 200 in
the contest for the position of the provincial secretary. Humphrey Memezi was
elected the new deputy secretary with 505 votes. The position of the treasurer went
to Ntombi Mekgwe, the mayor of Ekurhuleni. Delegates cheered and shouted as the
announcement was made, and Mokonyane's supporters watched silently as
Mashatile move onto the stage. The electoral commission opened nomination for
the remaining position in the provincial executive committee (PEC) and Mokonyane
declined her nomination on the PEC. Mashatile's win poses a challenge for
Mokonyane as it creates two centres of power, one leader in the ANC and another in
government in the province. Earlier Mokonyane dismissed reports that two centres
of power would put her in a difficult position. "I do not want to link my deployment as
premier to this process," she said. Late on Friday night delegates were celebrating
at the Tshwane Event Centre, happy that their candidates had won the election.

Cosatu fails Western Cape premier Zille's administration (,
20100507) - The Congress of SA Trade Unions has given Western Cape Premier
Helen Zille and her administration an F in its report card on her first year in office. "A
year has passed and communities have very little to be impressed about in the area
of actual delivery," Cosatu Western Cape provincial secretary Tony Ehrenreich said
on Friday. "There has been no innovation and vision, no grand statement that
responds to the social injury and directs the administration's vision." He said Zille's
equal opportunity society had been exposed as merely a sophisticated model of
preserving the privileges of apartheid beneficiaries. "Botox is still dished out to the
middle and upper class woman at the private hospitals in drums, whilst working
family wom[e]n cannot get the desperately needed cervical cancer facilities."

Nationalisation of mines on ANC Agenda: ANCYL Leader Malema
(, 20100507) - The nationalisation of mines was on the agenda of
the African National Congress, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said on
Friday. Speaking at the ANCYL's Young Women's Assembly in Muldersdrift,
Malema said while the government denied it, the contentious issue was part of the
ANC agenda. “Other people can go around and assure and make assurances that
mines will never be nationalised, yet the reality of the situation is that the
nationalisation of mines is currently on the agenda of the ANC,” he said. “Our
struggle now is for the economic emancipation and the nationalisation of mines. The
ANCYL is unashamedly on the forefront of the campaign to make sure that mines in
South Africa are nationalised for the benefit of the people of South Africa.” Following
his recent trip to controversial president Hugo Chavez of Venezuela, where he
studied their model of state owned resources, Malema said that through state
ownership, the Venezuelan government provided free education, health and
affordable social services. "The people of Venezuela benefit from the state's
ownership and control of oil resources,” he said. “Yet in South Africa, we have the
world's biggest reserves for platinum, gold, chrome and manganese, and many other
important minerals, yet the majority of us have never even seen how the minerals
look like.” He said many South Africans have never benefited anything from the
country's minerals. The youth league president opened the meeting of the ANCYL's
Young Women's Assembly at Ingwenya Lodge.

I won't be muzzled, says a defiant Malema (, 20100508) -
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has resurfaced from his self-imposed
exile as defiant as ever, emphasising the "autonomy" of the league and vowing
never to be "muzzled". An emotional Malema even went on to sing the controversial
Ayesaba Amagwala song. But he sang a different version where he substituted the
offensive Dubul'ibhunu ("shoot the boer") with Dubul'igwala ("shoot the coward").
Malema said that throughout history the league had enjoyed freedom to express its
views, however controversial. "When Nelson Mandela called for armed struggle, it
was not policy of the ANC, and he was allowed space to raise why the ANC had to
take armed struggle. The leadership of the ANC did not seek to muzzle him and stop
him from saying what he had to say. "There are many things that were said and done
by various leaders and generations of the ANC, but they were never silenced
through threats of suspension and expulsion from the ANC. They were never an
irritation to the leadership of the ANC," said Malema. He was addressing a Young
Women's Assembly, organised by the youth league, at the Ingwenya Country
Escape, in Muldersdrif Friday.


President Zuma deserves credit after first year: Business Unity South Africa
(BUSA) (, 20100507) - President Jacob Zuma's administration has
some notable successes to its credit after one year in office, despite big challenges
still ahead, Business Unity SA (Busa) said on Friday. A year ago, South Africa was
experiencing a severe recession and negative growth as a result of the global crisis.
Retrenchments and insolvencies dominated the economic scene, Busa said in a
statement. Thanks largely to the appropriate counter-cyclical policies, South Africa
was enjoying positive growth as well as lower inflation in 2010. Business and
consumer confidence were gradually recovering and this was mainly due to the
appropriate economic policies followed. The recent appointment of the National
Planning Commission represented another step in developing a shared economic
vision for the country's future and in building confidence. Zuma had led a number of
international state visits to strengthen South Africa's economic diplomacy and create
opportunities for local business, which should enlarge the country's share of global
trade and investment. Busa said the implementation of a revised industrial policy
action plan underpinned the importance of enhancing South Africa's global
competitiveness and job creation in key areas of the economy in years ahead.
South Africa also now stood ready to successfully host the prestigious Soccer World
Cup next month.           The government's continued commitment to accelerated
transformation included the recent appointment of the long overdue Broad Based
Black Economic Empowerment Advisory Council.                 "There remain areas of
uncertainty in policy that are required to be seriously addressed in the period ahead,"
Busa said. "There will need to be more coordination and coherence reflected in
developing policy, especially in crucial areas such as energy." The emphasis on
better delivery and greater accountability was welcomed, but faster progress needed
to be made in spheres that seriously mattered to economic performance, such as
state-owned enterprises and local government efficiency. In this context, the draft
Municipal System Amendment Bill was an important step in the right direction.
Combating corruption required even greater cooperation between the government
and the private sector. "Busa believes that, given President Zuma's commitment to
partnership with the private sector, this provides the platform from which to seek
solutions to the outstanding challenges. "We must build further on the constructive
relationship that exists between business and government, as well as mobilising the
enhanced role of social dialogue in Nedlac, which has also been emphasised by
President Zuma." The need for higher growth, lower unemployment and greater
poverty alleviation all pointed to the urgent need for a focused collective effort to
create a better life for all South Africans, Busa said.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange skids as Greek concerns weigh
(, 20100507) - The JSE moved sharply into the red on Friday
following Wall Street's plummet overnight and amid continuing financial concerns for
Greece. By 09:22 the JSE all share index was off 1.86%, with resources 1.52%
softer, and platinum miners 1.73% weaker. Gold miners added 0.42%. Banks were
off 2.82%, financials shed 2.48% and industrials were 1.96% lower. The rand was
bid at R7.79 to the dollar from R7.61 at the JSE's close on Wednesday. Gold was
quoted at $1 1202.83 a troy ounce from $1 184.47 at the JSE's last close. Platinum
was at $1 665/oz from $1 665/oz at the JSE's last close. A local trader said: "It
appears as thought there was a glitch in the system on Wall Street overnight,
however that came on top of weaker markets. As a result, the JSE is under pressure
this morning, amid a soft rand. Gold stocks have shown some resilience however
amid a firm gold price. US futures are a tad higher, possibly looking for some
correction, but it doesn't put Greece and Europe's monetary issues out of the way.
"Non-farm payrolls data is out later in the US today, and they would hope for some
positive news," the trader said. European stocks were also lower on Friday,
following sharp losses on Wall Street on Thursday, amid lingering concerns over
sovereign debt and ahead of the release of non-farm payrolls data, according to Dow
Jones Newswires.

Sci-Bono wins National Science Communication Award (,
20100507) - The NSTF Award acknowledges the substantial contribution that Sci-
Bono is making to the communication of science in innovative ways to a wide
audience. David Kramer (CEO) of the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre was awarded
national recognition for Sci-Bono's role in stimulating engagement with science and
technology amongst teachers, learners and the general public. The award presented
by Minister of Science & Technology Naledi Pandor at the 12th National Science and
Technology Awards Gala (NSTF) acknowledges the substantial contribution that Sci-
Bono is making to the communication of science in innovative ways to a wide
audience. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre, the largest science centre in Southern
Africa is an independent non-profit Section 21 company set up by the Gauteng
Department of Education. The core aims of the centre are to encourage curiosity and
interest in the sciences; improve teaching and learning in Mathematics, Science and
Technology (MST) and to increase post-school careers in MST. Through
collaboration with local and international industry, science councils and Higher
Institutions of education, Sci-Bono is able to offer an innovative and contemporary
annual calendar of MST events aimed at both schools and the general public. The
five year old science centre based in the cultural heartland of Newtown,
Johannesburg and spanning three buildings offers over 300 interactive exhibitions
that encourage learning through hands-on discovery. In 2009 Sci-Bono hosted over
150 000 visitors and reached 30 000 school learners in our Emasondosondo schools
outreach programme. This year Sci-Bono aims to involve many more learners and its
teacher development division plans to work with over 12 000 in our efforts to improve
Mathematics and Science results in the province. Additional activities for this year
include the expansion of the teacher training programme, ongoing career guidance &
support offered at the BHP Billiton Career Centre @ Sci-Bono and the launch of a
uniquely South African Science of Soccer Exhibition on Friday 28 May.

South Africa's first high-speed train to open ahead of World Cup
(, 20100507/, 20100508) - The Gautrain,
Africa's first high-speed rail line, will launch on 8 June in South Africa three days
before the opening match of the 2010 World Cup, the developers said on Friday.
French construction giant Bouygues said the train's first segment, linking OR Tambo
International Airport and the Johannesburg suburb of Sandton, will open in time for
the 11 June kick-off of Africa's first World Cup. "(The segment) will be handed over
on 8 June, three weeks ahead of our original schedule," said Christian Gazaignes,
Bouygues' executive director. When finished in mid-2011, the 80-kilometre regional
express train will link the capital of Pretoria          with national economic hub
Johannesburg. An international consortium that includes Bouygues, Canadian firm
Bombardier and two South African companies began construction on the 160-
kilometre-an-hour maximum rail line in 2006. The developers have worked "doubly
hard" to finish the first section before the World Cup, said Charles-Etienne Perrier,
project director for Bouygues. For 100 rands (13 dollars, 10 euros), World Cup
visitors will be able to ride the 15 kilometres from the airport to the Sandton hotel
district in less than 15 minutes. "It's going to give the country a beautiful image of
modernity," said Laurence Leblanc, international director of RATP Dev, a subsidiary
of French group RATP, the company awarded a 15-year concession to operate the
train. South African transportation officials plan for the 3.2-million-dollar Gautrain to
form the backbone of a new public transport network that will take traffic off the
notoriously congested Johannesburg-Pretoria highway.

Land claims commission should note ruling: AGRI SA (,
20100507) - The Land Claims Commission should take note of a recent Land Claims
Court decision regarding the costs in a case where dubious claims were pursued,
commercial farmers union Agri SA said on Friday. Chairman of Agri SA's
transformation policy committee, Theo de Jager, said the union welcomed the ruling
in a judgment handed down in the case of Midlands North research group versus
Kusile Land Claims Committee and the regional Land Claims commissioner of
KwaZulu-Natal on 30 April. "Landowners have long been disadvantaged by the
great cost involved in fighting dubious claims in court," said De Jager. In the matter
a group of landowners succeeded in an application for costs against the Commission
on the basis that a number of properties were wrongly gazetted and the claim went
ahead despite their valid objections. The union hoped that the court decision would
also encourage the commission to deal speedily with the great number of
applications for de-gazetting it had before it. A call was also made for legal aid for
landowners defending their constitutional rights against dubious claims.


Defence and Military Veterans Minister Sisulu overwhelmed by positive
response to National Service proposal (, 20100507) - Defence
and Military Veterans Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has welcomed the positive response
from young South Africans of different political affiliations on her proposal for a
voluntary national service. Many young people had written to her to express their
happiness and appreciation of the project, she said in a statement on Friday. They
shared the same message that the national service would provide them with a
passage from the streets of poverty as they would learn new skills in the SA National
Defence Force (SANDF) that would prepare them for the work environment and day
to day life challenges, she said. "Our young people, whom the programme is
designed for, have come back and said 'Minister you have heard us, we have been
calling for this for years, and we welcome this opportunity to learn new skills that we
can use in the future'." The ANC Youth League and the Young Communist League
had expressed their support for national service and requested urgent meetings to
share with her how they viewed national service and to understand all the details.
"We will meet with them in the coming few days," Sisulu said. "I have been
contacted by academics and many other stakeholders who have offered their time
and skills to help us develop a national service that will create a generation that has
both the social and economic skills and the much needed patriotism to their country.
"I am more than humbled by Ambassador Gibbs of the United States, who met me to
express his availability to work with us to develop and implement a national service
programme. He indicated that he was deeply involved in the conceptualisation,
development and implementation of national service in his country, and he is dusting
his documents in preparation," she said. A bill would soon be tabled in Parliament to
facilitate broad consultation, and a nation-wide stakeholder roadshow to share the
idea and receive feedback would take place. "Many South Africans do not know that
we receive over 20,000 applications every year for young people who want to join
the SANDF because they see it as their only opportunity out of poverty. With the
national service we will create the infrastructure to absorb, train and release them to
contribute in other sectors of our society. "This is our contribution to skills
development and patriotism" Sisulu said.

North Korea in Harare for cup build-up "creating problems": Police National
Commissioner General Cele (, 20100507) - North Korea's
insistence on staying in Harare in the build-up to the 2010 Soccer World Cup has
created "a problem" for South Africa's security officials, police national commissioner
General Bheki Cele said on Friday. Cele told Parliament's portfolio committee on
police that the North Koreans insisted on staying in Harare in the run up to the
tournament and had created a situation which was "a bit of a juggle to work around".
"The only problem we are trying to deal with is the North Korea team that will be
based in Zimbabwe," he said. "In that regard, we must have very close cooperation
with forces in Zimbabwe, as they will have the responsibility of protecting North
Korea," added Lieutenant-General Andre Pruis. "We have close cooperation in
place with Zimbabwe. If they want our support we can supply them," he said. Pruis
said the North Koreans would move their base to South Africa for the tournament
itself, as this was a Fifa requirement.

South African Rift Valley Fever deaths rise to 17 (, 20100507) -
Two more people have died of Rift Valley Fever in the Northern Cape, while the
overall confirmed cases reported to South African authorities has risen to 183, the
Health Department said on Friday. Health spokeswoman Charity Bhengu said the
latest deaths were reported in Britstown and Karos, near Upington, in the Northern
Cape, bringing the total deaths to 17 since the outbreak began in February.
Laboratory confirmed human cases of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) showed 107
occurrences in the Free State, 56 in the Northern Cape, 13 in the Eastern Cape, two
in the North West province and three in the Western Cape, with two unknown. Eight
people each have died after contracting the sickness in the Free State and the
Northern Cape with one in the Western Cape. Bhengu said the majority of human
cases experienced mild flu-like symptoms and did not develop complications. There
were no incidents of RVF spreading from human to human. The Department said
people at risk of the disease were those having direct contact with blood or tissues of
infected animals and the majority of people affected had worked on farms, as
veterinary workers and in abattoirs. Recently a 34-year-old man from Britstown was
infected with RVF as a result of contact with animal tissue. A 21-year-old woman
from Verkeerdevlei in the Free State was infected as a result of contact with animal
tissue and drinking unpasteurised milk. Bhengu said the Health Department,
Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, supported by the South African
Field Epidemiology and Training Programme, the National Institute of Communicable
Diseases and technical experts from the World Health Organisation continued to
respond to outbreaks. There was no specific treatment for humans and the majority
of people affected would recover completely.


Thousands queue in Cape Town to see World Cup trophy (,
20100507) - Thousands of South Africans have been queuing for hours in Cape
Town's Khayalitsha township to have their photo taken with the World Cup trophy.
The solid gold trophy is starting a month-long tour of the country before the World
Cup starts on 11 June. However, protocol dictates that only heads of state and
tournament winners are allowed to actually touch it. On its arrival, the trophy was
taken by Fifa head Jerome Valcke to Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg. Mr Valcke
said Mr Mandela was one of the architects of the 2010 World Cup and there was no
question the trophy would arrive in South Africa and not be brought to him first. The
BBC's Jonah Fisher in Cape Town says people, many wearing South African
national football shirts, have been queuing down the street outside a leisure centre in
Khayalitsha. The trophy has been on a 130,000km tour of 86 countries in the past
year and will now be taken to 33 towns across South Africa before ending up in
Soweto for the first game of the tournament between the hosts and Mexico.

World Cup: 'Brutal review needed' (, 20100507) - The first thing
South Africa's planned National Convention Bureau needs is for some brutally
honest reflection on the 2010 Fifa World Cup. These were the words of Brett
Dungan, CEO of the Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (Fedhasa).
On Tuesday, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk announced in his budget
address that the Bureau would be established under the banner of SA Tourism. The
aim is to market South Africa as a destination for business tourism and opportunities,
to develop or support tenders for such opportunities andto generate strategies for
business tourism and major events. Van Schalkwyk said that South Africa had
already won the right to present 95 events and conferences between 2010 and 2016,
and had submitted tenders for a further 45 between 2011 and 2020. Sporting events
and mega-opportunities inspire everyone in the country, and sports tourism
contributes R6bn a year to the tourism industry, Van Schalkwyk explained. More
than a tenth of South Africa’s overseas visitors come for sports events, and six to
eight out of every 10 of these are spectators. The Confederations Cup tournament
and the tour by the British and Irish Lions brought 52 000 visitors to the country in
2009, who spent R669m in South Africa. More than 90% of them indicated that they
would like to visit South Africa again and would recommend it as a destination to
others, said Van Schalkwyk. Dungan welcomed the establishment of the Convention
Bureau to attract more such functions to South Africa. He had previously expressed
his disappointment with the 1.3 million bed nights that Match, Fifa’s accommodation
agent, had released to the market. The bureau should first of all thoroughly
investigate what had gone smoothly and what had gone wrong with preparations for
the soccer spectacle, said Dungan. Only a brutally honest report would enable the
country to learn and build on the experience, Dungan said. He also expressed
concern about the marketing duplication by some provincial tourism authorities, and
reckoned the envisaged bureau could work more efficiently and cost effectively.
Bidding for a major function, he said, was often a process that could take up to three
years. He had great confidence in the ability of SA Tourism to lead an agency such
as this and to manage its finances responsibly.

Germans say 'nein' to cup – travel agents (, 20100508) - The
kick-off to the biggest soccer event in the world is just over a month away, but sales
of hospitality packages in Germany have been dismal. However, in other countires
sales are brisk. Vieten Tours, one of Germany's leading operators, has recorded a
loss, selling less than 20 percent of the inventory it received. Spokesman Frank
Jungermann said bookings had stopped completely and very few Germans were
planning to attend the World Cup in South Africa. "Sales are a disaster; it has never
been that bad for a World Cup since the company began doing it in 1994," said
Jungermann. "Since February, bookings have almost stopped completely, and due
to our experience we know that German tourists will not book a major event like this
at the last minute, not even if the national team reaches the round of 16, quarter-
finals and such," he added. Jungermann added that the German media had not
helped the cause by reporting only negatively about South Africa. "We have loads of
concerns, mainly security due to the bad media. Every single sentence in the news
has been negative," said Jungermann. "Bad sales are a combination of negative
media, concerns about security, price because of distance and the recession."
Jungermann added that he was "not really surprised" by the low sales as most
Germans would prefer to watch the tournament from the comfort of their homes. "It is
a huge concern that we cannot sell everything we have booked, however I think the
expectations are far too high. Most Germans will never spend so much money and
travel so far away. It would be more viable if the tournament was held in Europe,
then we would have more sales," said Jungermann.
However, tour operators from the rest of the world have recorded a spike in their
sales ahead of the World Cup and have predicted a successful event. Shivani
Bhadeshia, spokeswoman for Keith and Prowse tour operators in the UK, said sales
had been booming ahead of the tournament. "We have had a fantastic response to
our packages, continued interest and we are ahead of our forecasted sales target,"
said Bhadeshia. "We have every reason to believe that this year's tournament will
live up to expectations. South Africa's genuine love for football, coupled with the
arrival of fans from the UK and all over the world, should make for a memorable
atmosphere." Tour operators in the US, which leads the way with ticket sales, say
they have been overwhelmed by the number of tickets that have been sold. Terry
Von Guilleaume, tour operator for Destination Africa in the US, said there had been
an uptick in both requests and sales, especially from the budget market that had
been waiting things out to see if deals popped up. "Thus far we have sold more than
80 percent of our inventory. The country itself offers so many different sights which
make touring the destination exciting for first-time and repeat visitors," said
Guilleaume. "If you need a break from the crowds, you can escape the bustle quite
easily in SA. South Africans are grateful to have the opportunity to host the largest
sporting event on the planet and with that comes massive pride. Being made to feel
at home when you are away from home is what South Africans do best." Gustavo
Signorio, of Mundoreps SRL in Argentina, said it had sold more packages than it did
for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He was very pleased with the local reaction to
the World Cup in South Africa. "People have reacted better to going to South Africa
than to Germany. That shows our people have faith in the country to throw one of the
best World Cups," said Signorio.

Kulula takes the mickey out of Brits (, 20100508) -
Cheeky airline has taken on the UK tabloid the Daily Star for its claims
that World Cup tourists will be greeted by machete-wielding mobs and earthquakes.
Kulula placed an advert in the newspaper stating that there were far worse things to
fear, such as sunburn, dehydration from all the cheap beer and the tokoloshe. The
advert says: "Earthquakes in South Africa? That's the least of your problems" and
then goes on to list tanning, dehydration, the tokoloshe, alien prawns, the end of the
world, and rampaging animals as worse threats. Kulula says that because of all the
cheap beer available, visitors will have to watch out for dehydration, and warns that
the movie District 9 was based on real life. "Should you see a prawn, run for your life!
Unless it's in garlic or chilli, then you should be okay." Following the death of AWB
leader Eugene Terre'Blanche, the Daily Star reported that South Africa was teetering
on the brink of a civil war as mobs prowled the streets with machetes. The headline
stated that tourists to the country could be in for a bloodbath. In a later story, the
tabloid reported that a scientist had warned that South Africa (particularly Cape
Town and Durban) could be hit by a devastating earthquake during the World Cup.
In addition to the advert, Kulula also sent Zumo, the white Zulu, to address members
of editorial staff at the tabloid and warn Londoners about the real dangers facing
them in South Africa. "We felt it was important to help out those who purchase this
publication and fans travelling to South Africa for the 'you know what' to be
adequately prepared because local sunburn hurts almost as much as being gored by
a rampaging urban rhino," Heidi Brauer, Kulula's executive manager for marketing,
said in a statement.

$420m in total up for grabs for winning Cup teams (,
20100508) - The total pot for the World Cup is a staggering $420 million, with the
winning team walking away with a cool $30m, while the runners-up will take home
$24m. Fifa spokeswoman Delia Fischer confirmed the winning prize monies. Each of
the 32 qualified teams will be granted $1m for preparation costs. Moving up the
soccer payday scales, those eliminated in the group stage of the final competition
will receive $8m. Teams that reach the round of 16 will get $9m, quarter-finalists
$18m and semi-finalist teams $20m. Forty three heads of state have so far
confirmed their attendance at the World Cup next month, but authorities are refusing
to say who they are. National police commissioner General Bheki Cele told a
parliamentary portfolio committee meeting yesterday that 43 heads of state had
provisionally confirmed their attendance. One of their biggest challenges was
security around US president Barack Obama, and the fact it was still not confirmed if
he was coming or not. Obama has said he will definitely attend if his team reaches
the final, and will consider attending if they reached some of the later rounds. "One
challenge is the American president, who is coming, not coming, coming, not
coming," Cele said. "It is 50-50. Our famous prayer is that the Americans don't make
the second round," he said to laughter from the MPs and police officials in the
committee hearing. "We are told that if it goes to the second or third stage, the US
president may come. "At the moment we have 43 heads of state provisionally
confirmed," he said. Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele said last month all 53
African heads of state had been formally invited Officials from the Presidency and
the Department of International Relations and Co-operation would not confirm which
international heads of state had accepted. It is possible that some of Africa's worst
human rights offenders, like Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, Sudan's Omar Al Bashir
and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi may attend.


Rugby: Bulls crowned 2010 Vodacom Cup champs (,
20100507) - The Blue Bulls are the new 2010 Vodacom Cup champions after
defeating the Free State 31-29 in a dramatic final in Pretoria, on Friday evening.
During the Vodacom match, the Free State ended the first half in control thanks to a
try and the boot of their flyhalf Louis Strydom. They went into the dressing room with
a 16-8 lead. The Bulls were a different team early in the second half and two quick
tries and conversions against a penalty swung the balance in the home team's
favour. They led 22-19 with just under half an hour left. The Bulls scored two further
penalties against one from the visitors, but the Free State scored a converted try with
about five minutes left to take a 29-28 lead. They failed to hold on as Bulls flyhalf
Francois Brummer slotted over a drop goal in the last play of the match. More good
news for the Bulls fans is that the senior Super 14 side, who are currently playing the
Crusaders at Loftus have qualified for the Super 14 semi finals even before the
match started. The senior side is in the Super 14 semi-finals courtesy of a 44-21 win
by the Hurricanes over the Reds in Wellington this morning. The Hurricanes who
scored a bonus point, moved to third on the log with 37 points, while the Reds
dropped down to fifth place with 34. This means the worse possible finish on the log
for the Bulls is fourth.


Netshitenze's appointment a significant portent, by Janet Smith
(, 20100508) - If you caught him outside having a smoke, he
was always up for a conversation. "The great innovator", as President Jacob Zuma
called him after he resigned, is an inviting man on a personal level. But inside Joel
Netshitenze's office, there was almost a fascism of efficiency.
People thought, drank tea, shared ideas and thrashed things out when he was the
Director-General of Policy and Co-ordination Services (PCAS) in the Presidency, first
under Thabo Mbeki, during the caretaker presidency of Kgalema Motlanthe and
then, briefly, for Jacob Zuma. But mostly, his staff just worked hard.
For those who had the highest respect for the efficacy of the bearded bourgeois, the
return of Netshitenzhe - who is one of the 25 people selected to serve on Minister in
the Presidency Trevor Manuel's National Planning Commission (NPC) - has come as
a relief. There were 1 280 nominees.
His champions will say Netshitenze's experience of toiling daily for years on political
and economic policy and his institutional knowledge of government are critical
components Manuel needs to weave into a think tank dominated by newcomers to
state apparatus.
Zuma has spoken about the critical role Netshitenze played in developing the very
economic cluster system with which the government is now grappling, under rather
baroque circumstances. Netshitenze was also an influential driver of the 15-year
review, and Zuma has praised him for his valiant attempts to get the government to
implement its decisions - a brutal failing.
Netshitenze's fans relentlessly hoist his virtuosity as a prize, holding him up as an
intellectual in an ambit where there are too few of those. His fabled status as the
ANC's beloved writer "Peter Mayibuye" is in harmony with this.
So there are also those who see Netshitenze's NPC appointment - along with that of
Manuel's deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa - as symbolic of something more strategic and,
perhaps, surprising. While he is admired, Netshitenze was certainly close to Mbeki.
Yet it was his choice to remain in the government after Mbeki resigned, as much as it
was seen as Zuma's, and there was respect acquired by both men for making that
choice. But when Netshitenze decided to resign in October, not long after Manuel
presented the Green Paper on National Planning to a mixed reaction in Parliament,
the unreliable intelligence of opposition parties Cope and the DA created the
impression Mbeki's policy guru had had enough.
But it seems they were wrong. Certainly there has been some bewilderment - not
only from the conservatives and neo-liberals - at Netshitenze's apparently swift
return to the national political scene after leaving government in December. The
prevailing view is that he is a bridge between the workable aspects of the Mbeki
presidency, to which Manuel was also party, and the Zuma administration.
A corollary to that is a view that Manuel needed Netshitenze to step out of the policy
arena for a while last year because he needed the space to plot a more independent
vision under Zuma for the planning commission, but there was every intention to
bring Netshitenze back as soon as possible.
Netshitenze had undeniably lost patience with the ANC's apparent inability to
separate state and party. He angrily told a meeting of Gauteng ANC leaders its
officials in government were not respecting the people they served and accused
them of "bureaucratic arrogance". He berated them for cadre deployment.
Yet, considering the fact that Netshitenze is an ANC diehard who has shown that his
loyalty is with the party and the liberation movement rather than its shifting
heirarchies, a mutual decision with the party for him to effectively take a break, may
indeed have been possible.
Buti Manamela, ANC MP and national secretary of the Young Communist League
(YCL), is probably one of the more unexpected supporters of Netshitenze's
appointment to the NPC. The YCL had largely celebrated his departure from the
government last year. Especially from the perspective of its most radical branch,
Gauteng, Netshitenzhe was an Mbeki apologist who had been key in removing Zuma
as deputy president.
When Netshitenze stepped down, it even went as far as suggesting Manuel's days
were numbered, and that Netshitenze's resignation coincided with "a general shift in
our society away from neo-liberal policies". At that time, only seven months ago,
there was still an expectation that the more leftwing policy positions agreed at
Polokwane would be met.
In this, the YCL was proven wrong, but Manamela has been more positive.
"I think Joel brings considerable experience with him into the commission and
obviously into the challenges that the country has. But there are a lot of things we'll
definitely have to look at. Inasmuch as there has been emphasis on the part of the
ANC that there wouldn't be a change in policies, the introduction of a Planning
Commission in itself substantially means you are moving towards a different
direction," he said.
"A lot of people will be saying, look, Joel is one of those people who was responsible
for the failure of some of the policies in the Mbeki era, but I think his experience of
what hasn't worked is also important. He experimented for so many years, but he
was always orientated around ANC priorities."
Manamela is concerned about the still-lingering disaste towards so-called Mbeki-ites.
"we need to be careful not to isolate people on the basis of their lineage to former
president Mbeki. It would be an extremely unfortunate occurence if everybody who
might have supported Mbeki up to Polokwane was treated as if they had leprosy
within the ANC.
"We need to respect the fact that every individual has been a voluntary member of
the ANC, and Joel never packed up his bags and went to the now-crumbling Cope.
He remained in the ANC and that is very important."
Anyway, the YCL leader has other more critical issues with which he is concerned in
terms of the NPC.
"We worry that it is overpopulated with business people, but our major concern is the
glaring absence of young people in the commission. Both the Minister of Finance
and the president made it clear the priority of the current administration is the
condition of life for young people.
"So while we know it is too late to reverse the entire process of the appointments,
what would obviously be desirable is that the commission works with youth
organisation in terms of understanding the challenges. We must be able to debate
directly with the commissioners, and that would obviously include the minister.
"But we must give the commission the opportunity to start doing its work before
becoming overly critical of any of the individuals. That is only fair."
Yet the ANC Youth League may not share Manamela's optimism. It alleged
Netshitenze had tried to try to get it to support Mbeki when he sacked Zuma.
Despite having identified Netshitenze as a key member of "the 1996 class project" -
a derisive description of Mbeki's inner circle, of which Manuel was also a part - Zuma
paid a notably warm tribute to him when he resigned. This, say observers, is really
all about a shared love affair with the ANC.
The NPC should be close to Netshitenze's heart if he shares the sentiments that
Manuel stated clearly in his Green Paper last year. The minister said then that it
would "have to address the individual circumstances of people and their aspirations
for themselves and their children", and he advised that "these were the issues they
(would have) to battle through".
Speaking in 2006 at a Development Policy Research Unit gala dinner, Netshitenze
was debating how hard it was to get higher growth when he said he was speaking to
"the restless middle class natives". He advised them to "ignore the din of senseless
politics and understand the issues of substance engaging the mind of leaders of the
ANC and its allies, instead of pulling your hair out about an imagined portent of
This week ex-National Party cabinet minister and experienced negotiator Roelf
Meyer was excited about Ramaphosa's position as Manuel's deputy. Meyer was the
National Party's chief negotiator and Ramaphosa the ANC's chief negotiator at the
Multiparty Negotiating Forum in 1993 when Codesa had failed, and their partnership
is still regarded as one of the greatest successes of those negotiations.
While Meyer was enthused by the role Ramaphosa is to play in the NPC, he backed
the return of Netshitenze. "From those times, Joel has always offered the greatest
intellectual capacity. Critically, he has that background, that vital historic bridge
between those early, early days and now. None of that history can be reinvented.
We cannot start looking at our future... without knowing where it came from.
"It is important when you are dealing with diverse experiences such as those which
the NPC will be dealing with, to keep in mind that they must be inclusive in their
approach. We learnt, as Joel must have done, what happens when you go one way
without accommodating diverse opinion. That cost Mbeki politically to a certain
extent, that creation of an exclusive culture. It led to tensions.
"Developing a basis of trust happens when free opinions can be heard. Then, a
holistic approach can be followed."
When Netshitenze was rejected for one of the ANC's top six positions at Polokwane,
many felt that moment was the beginning of his end.
The ANC itself, at least the ANC of Mbeki, had been castigated for having failed to
deliver significant economic reforms, and Netshitenze, crucial to that vision, was
lashed. As Manuel and his NPC prepare for their first meeting on Monday, the
outlook is quite different. Joel Netshitenze is dead. Long live Joel Netshitenze?

Afrika-skurke se dag kom, deur André le Roux (, 20100507) - Die
dae van skurkstate en Afrika-leiers wat die internasionale reg minag – ook weens
ernstige leemtes in veral die toepassing daarvan – stuur einde se kant toe.
Dit gebeur op verskillende vlakke:
 Deur die versterking van die wêreld se regsplegende argitektuur met die
    vestiging van howe met internasionale mandate.
 Deur militêre koalisies se toenemend hardhandige optrede om byvoorbeeld
    Somaliese seerowery vas te vat.
 Deur diplomatieke en waarskynlik geheime steun aan sukkelende regerings en
    selfs milisies om op te tree teen internasionale misdadigers en terroriste in hul
 Deur die vasberadenheid van die internasionale strafhof (IS) om hom nie te laat
    paai deur foefies om volksmoordenaars deur gemanipuleerde verkiesings as
    verkose diktature te wettig nie.
Sedert begin vanjaar het die Verenigde Nasies (VN) se Veiligheidsraad drie
resolusies teen die seerowers van Somalië eenparig aanvaar. Die VN se toon en
taal word al hoe skerper.
Op 29 April het mnr. Ban Ki-moon, sekretaris-generaal van die VN, opdrag gekry om
teen einde Julie planne voor te lê vir die vestiging van internasionale tribunale teen
Dit sluit in stappe om toe te sien dat VN-lidlande dié misdryf in hul eie wetboeke
kriminaliseer met die oog op vervolging, skuldigbevinding en tronkstraf vir
gewapende skeepsrowers.
Die Seychelle het die afgelope week aangekondig dat hy spesiale howe teen
seerowery instel.
Die verskerpte militêre optrede teen seerowers is vandeesweek bewys toe ’n
Russiese oorlogskip die bemanning van ’n gekaapte olietenkskip bevry het.
Die Somaliese kapers is met geweld oorrompel.
Soortgelyke optrede deur die Nederlandse, Suid-Koreaanse en Chinese vlote het die
Russiese optrede verlede maand voorafgegaan.
In Somalië het Islamitiese milisielede seerowers uit ’n hawedorp verdryf, sjaria-reg
ingestel en gewaarsku dat “seerowery verby is”.
’n Ent verder aan die kus af het paniekbevange seerowers drie van hul gebuite
skepe vinnig verskuif om te keer dat dit in die hande van die Islamiete beland.
Dis bekend dat internasionale intelligensie-agentskappe in Somalië hard werk en die
milisies waarskynlik betaal om die seerowers te pak. Of dié milisies egter by hul
edele motief gaan hou, moet nog gesien word.
Wat die IS betref, het dié hof verlede week ’n “bevinding van versuim” aan Soedan
gestuur waarin hy die regering van regsverydeling aankla omdat hy nie ’n generaal
en ’n minister wat van massamoord in Darfoer aangekla word in hegtenis neem en
uitlewer nie.
Terselfdertyd is die IS in die proses om sy vroeëre besluit te heroorweeg om die pas
herkose pres. Omar el-Bashjir voorlopig nie van volksmoord aan te kla nie.
’n Lasbrief vir El-Bashjir se inhegtenisneming op aanklagte van oorlogmisdade,
moord, marteling, verkragting en gedwonge die verskuiwing van sy mense bly van
Pogings deur die Afrika-Unie, en oudpres. Thabo Mbeki van Suid-Afrika in die
besonder, om die VN-Veiligheidsraad te laat afsien van sy vervolging van El-Bashjir
val ongeag sy onlangse herverkiesing steeds op dowe ore.
Die houding verhard eerder en die internasionale konsensus teen die miskenning
van die regsorde groei.
Die probleem van internasionale optrede teen skurkstate in Afrika is egter dat dié
lande en hul leiers “maklike” teikens is.
So lank as wat daar nie ook opgetree word teen lande soos Iran en Noord-Korea nie,
kan skurklande in Afrika die wêreld as skynheilig afmaak en verontagsaam.
Hulle – die skurke – is reg, maar om die verkeerde redes.

Fans set for uniquely South African 2010 experience by Sameer Naik
(, 20100508) - If Mark Perryman wanted to eat McDonalds,
drink Budweiser beer and listen to Lady Gaga, he would have stayed at home in
London. Instead, the staunch English football fan plans to lead a group of other
English fans on a uniquely African experience during the World Cup.
Apart from following the England football team, Perryman and 80 other members of
the London England supporters group will visit several townships throughout the
country, watch games with the locals, enjoy local cuisine and learn everything there
is to know about South Africa.
Perryman and his fellow Englishmen have organised their trip with the help of two
South African companies, The Business Trust and Tourism Enterprise Partnership,
which have created a uniquely South African itinerary.
Their first stop will be a shebeen in Soweto where Perryman and his fellow members
will watch the opening game of the World Cup.
They will then follow the English team to Magaliesburg, Kimberley, Jeffreys Bay and
Port Elizabeth, where they will stay in townships rather than using well-known hotels.
Perryman said it was important that they supported smaller businesses. We all will
stay in small tourism businesses throughout the World Cup, so that we benefit
SMMEs in townships rather than the big hotel groups. "We will also visit all of the
country's hidden treasures," he said.
Perryman added that it was of no use to them flying all the way from England only to
experience things they so easily could in their own country.
"The stuff that we will be offered at fan parks is something we can experience in
England, so we have decided to ditch the fan parks and go watch games at local
shebeens in townships, bond with the locals and eat whatever food we are offered.
That would be a truly South African experience," said Perryman.
"If I have calculated right, England will play 630 minutes of football, because they will
reach the final," he laughed.
"That leaves us with plenty of other time to explore South Africa and all its hidden
"We plan on heading to Robben Island, Sharpeville, Soweto and several other
places where history was made in South Africa."
Besides the football, Perryman said they were most looking forward to enjoying
kwaito music, eating bunny chows in Durban, drinking Castle lager, visiting safari
parks and meeting real South Africans. "It's going to be a fantastic World Cup. It's
the first where you can see the Three Lions play on the pitch and the next day see
three lions on safari," he said.
The Englishmen also plan to visit Cape Town's District 6 Museum, the Bo-Kaap
Kombuis and Signal Hill.
"Most people visiting South Africa for the World Cup have been advised by Fifa not
to go to certain places as they are high risk and what not. That's rubbish; we will be
enjoying the real country," he said.
Perryman, who has attended the past three World Cups - in France, Korea and
Germany - said he was disappointed by the way the English media had described
South Africa.
"The picture they are portraying is that every person will be mugged and shot if they
come to South Africa," said Perryman. "That's rubbish. In fact, statistics show that
South Africa is a very safe place, like any other place in the world.
"Anything could happen to people in London or in South Africa, and it is highly unfair
to portray a negative image of a country which has worked so hard to achieve what it
With regard to English fans' hooliganism, Perryman said the fans had come a long
way since the World Cup of 1998 when the English caused havoc.
"We have shown that we are not a bunch of hooligans; we have come a long way
and we are coming to South Africa for only good reasons.
"We might have created havoc in 1998 in France, but in Korea and Germany there
were no incidents; we have changed and we will show the world in June," he said.
Perryman's group will arrive in the country three days before the kick-off.
He said the English were also doing their bit to promote South Africa.
"On 4 June we will be throwing a World Cup diski party in London, and we have
invited several South African artists to perform, such as DJ Sbu. We will only be
serving Castle and South African food."

Needed: The media's own Malema by Guy Berger (, 20100506) -
Media coverage helped to make ANC Youth League president Julius Malema into a
significant celebrity. What the media now needs is to make its own star who can
champion the cause of media freedom.
The ANCYL's attacks on journalists have gone beyond mere criticism. They are
intimidating and dirty assaults that threaten the very fundamentals of media freedom.
No one in the press is bowing to the pressure – yet. But that could happen unless
there's resistance.
The question is whether to fight fire with fire, and to hit back at the spoilers of media
freedom with equal rhetoric, aggression and sensation.
In an unstable climate, using only water could make the media look watered down.
Of course, editors may argue that they use neither fire nor water against the
bullyboys of the ANCYL – they use earth. Solid, if staid, facts are their weapons.
That's ok. Except that pure reason never defeated populist politics. Defenders of
journalism need a combination of tactics – including some popular rhetoric.
This was highlighted by Tuesday 3 May, being World Press Freedom Day. The date
is something African editors gave to the globe via a ringing declaration on media
freedom when they met in Windhoek in 1991.
Hard work went into getting Unesco and then the UN General Assembly to officially
recognise the date and put it on the international calendar to mark the importance of
media freedom.
But where was the South African coverage to campaign for media freedom on May 3
this year? Answer: largely absent while on duty.
And where is the articulate South African editor who today can command popular
respect amongst the citizenry? Someone who can express collective concerns about
the looming spectre of Malema-ism and not rely on wishful thinking that the ANC will
sort him out?
There is one reason why no such person comes to mind, and why there is no strong
voice today to tell the thugs that gagging free expression is not allowed in this
This reason is that the generation of outspoken editors has gone. In the past three
years, the media has lost dozens of these people. Mondli Makhanya, ex-editor of the
Sunday Times, is one recent casualty. Henry Jeffreys of Die Burger is another.
Veterans Mathatha Tsedu and Khathu Mamaila (formerly of City Press) are now out
of the game. Thabo Leshilo (formerly of the Sowetan) has been moved upstairs in
his company, wielding influence now, but not power.
Then there are retired or resigned editors like Tyrone August, Ivan Fynn, Lizeka
Mda, David Wightman, Peter Sullivan and Pippa Green. The list goes on.
The new guard that has taken their place is doing pretty well at the level of
journalistic products, but they are nigh invisible in the South African National Editors
All this is happening in a time when the ANCYL claims that South African journalism
is "in the sewer". On the contrary, this Wednesday saw the Mondi Shanduka
Newspaper Awards celebrating super-strong journalism during the past year's work.
This level of journalistic performance is taking place in an environment of not only
politically-inspired pressures, but also retrenchments and budget cuts. It's a paradox
that such a context is seeing better and better journalism.
That surprising, yet excellent, outcome reflects hard slog in the newsroom – doing
more with less. It needs to continue, and to improve even further. But it's still not
enough to secure the case for media freedom.
Editors and journalists alike need not just to walk the talk, but talk it as well. And to
talk more loudly and more often about the motives of those attacking the media.
In Mpumalanga, corruption busters are being assassinated. Provincial ANCYL
secretary Isaac Mahlangu warned the media in January that "our machine guns are
So, will it be journalists next to be silenced by people whose deals are being
exposed? And will South African journalism stand aside to allow the rise and rise of
political forces whose trade is thuggery and whose tolerance of truth is zero?
Standing up for, and shouting out about, the media is what's needed now. It's a
logical and self-interested response by those working in the industry. And it is also
something that coincides directly with the interests of the public.
The editors' forum previously ran a campaign under the slogan "Media Freedom is
Your Freedom". It's time to revive and escalate that movement. And it's time the
media got mobilised, and built up its own champion to secure the cause.
* This column is made possible by support from fesmedia Africa, the Media Project
of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in Africa, The views expressed in it
are those of the author.


Pay up! Pay up! And pay the game! (, 20100507) - So Safa boss
Lesley Sedibe has promised to find sponsors who will pay Bafana Bafana R1-million
foe each goal they score during next month’s World Cup. It may be, as the talk-radio
cynics quickly pointed out, the safest bet in history, But it is worse than that – it is
exemplary of the mercenary attitude that has so weekened our football both on and
off the pitch. To cite the most recent examples, before the 2008 Africa Cup of
Nations in Ghana some players refused to sign bonus contract which they thought
did not adequately recognise their genius. And last year on the eve of the
Confederations Cup there was more tension over escalating pay demands. Now
Sedibe seems to be suggesting that Bafana players may develop an eppetite for
goals if they are promised lottery-scale payouts. Apparently a chance to play the
gods of the game, on the biggest stage in the world, is not incentive enough. The
chief executive of Safa be the last peraon to encourage the culture of greed in
football. But, sadly, the administrators set an awful example. We applauded Kirsten
Nematandani as he sought to quash plans that would give local organising
committee and Safa executives 10% of the R1-billion windfall expected from Fifa
after the World Cup. We hope it signalled the end of the approach that saw PSL
chair Irvin Khoza and other role players sharing R70-million as “gratitude” for
negotiating television rights and league sponsorship deal. Perhaps if that money
had been chanelled towards developing top strikers, we would not be wondering
where the goals will come from next month. The prode and excitement that go with
being part of the World Cup in Africa and the opportunity to score in one of our
extraordinary new stadiums should be enough motivation for any South African
proffesional. After all, pride is enough for players from minority codes such as
hockey and softball who pay their own way to international tournaments. But never
mind the moralizing, the scheme is bad business, too. Imagine Bafana losing 5-2 to
Maxico in the opening game – and the high-fives in the dressing room as they divvy
up the bounty.

Bravo, Baloyi (, 20100508) - The 2010 World Cup might not have
been the bonanza everyone was looking for, but for one Joburg man at least, all the
hype of the soccer spectacular has come to fruition.
Not long ago, Alfred Baloyi was making just two or three of his by now famous
Makarapa hats in his Tembisa shack.
As of Monday, he will be producing 100 of the individual stylised hard hats a day
from his brand-new open-air and modern factory in Wynberg, and employing 50
people in the process. It's all because a whole bunch of companies got together to
give Baloyi a chance. We salute them, and our most fervent hope is Baloyi's own:
may we all turn on our TVs next month and see every fan wearing one.
Although how they'll ever see the game wearing them is another matter altogether.
The DNB is sourced i.a. from the following newspaper websites: - Business Day          - SABC News      - Mail and Guardian        - Sunday Times - The Citizen             - Cape Times            Pretoria News     Saturday
     The Star     The Argus           The Daily News    Business Report
     The Mercury Cape Times           Sunday Tribune Sunday Indepnt - Beeld                      Die Burger        Volksblad
                  Natal Witness             Rapport           City Press

The DNB was compiled by Operations Centre After Hours Personnel: Puleng
Edith Radebe & E. Janette Joubert