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10 JUNE 2010

2010 SOCCER WORLD CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA: 01 days to kickoff.



DATE                EVENT/DETAILS                                                .

10 June             - Media briefing session by the Director-General Ayanda Ntsaluba
                    on the S.A Government‟s readiness to receive Heads of State and
                    Government, Media Room at 10h00
11 June             - Opening Day of Fifa Soccer World Cup, including opening
                      game SA vs Mexico, Soccer City, Johannesburg
11 Jun – 11 Jul     - Fifa Soccer World Cup, South Africa
12 June             - World Day against Child Labour
01 May – 31 Oct     - SA participates in Shanghai Expo, China



   President Zuma 'itching' to hold world cup trophy
   Little boy brought President Zuma to the school: Teacher


   Relations: UN lauds South African travel industry‟s signing of code denouncing sex


   Fans to get last glimpse of Bafana before Mexico showdown
   It is a celebration of being African
   Environment paying cost of World Cup
   World Cup mandate fully met: Home Affairs
   Africa is claiming its rightful place: Madikizela-Mandela
   International stars to be crowd pleasers at World Cup bash
   Transport is sole concern on eve of Cup
   Ghana crowned „Equity World Cup‟ winner
   Numero uno Italian stallions roll into town
   11th 'barra brava' soccer hooligan barred from South Africa

   AU, EU launch 3 million Euro migration project
   Southern African Development Community Ministers to meet over R475 million
    owed to widows


   Global risks have risen: International Monetary Fund


   Most Presidential hotline moans about service delivery


   Gauteng Health Department denies non payment report
   Youth Day commemorations to include a "festive element"


   ANCYL President Julius Malema takes control of Eastern Cape poll
   COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota charts way forward
   New Democratic Alliance leader has gift of tongues
   AfriForum seeks action on land grabs


   Robust rand reaches fresh high ahead of World Cup
   Public warned to spend responsibly during World Cup
   „Reactive‟ South African miners lag on waste


   Law to work overtime during Cup


   Former Athletics South Africa President Leonard Chuene should be reinstated:


   Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda to switch on Ekulindeni transmitter

   'Drastic' Land reform in no one's interest: AGRI South Africa
   Grain South Africa‟s plea to export surplus maize


   Housing developments to include school plans


   Employees kept in suspense


   Semenya to hold news conference Thursday


   Let‟s show the world real unity by Ido Lekota
   Politicians can only fantasise by Nokuthula Sonile


   Talk is not cheap after all
   Madiba still magical
   Too early to hail this taxi BRT deal
   Patriotic fervour





President Zuma 'itching' to hold world cup trophy (Sapa, 20100610) - President
Jacob Zuma's hands are itching to hold the World Cup trophy after Bafana Bafana
wins it in July, he said on Wednesday. Speaking to the team at the Bidvest Stadium in
Johannesburg, Pres Zuma said he was confident Bafana could win the gold trophy.
"I've come here to encourage you that South Africa is a 100 percent plus behind you."
Pres Zuma said other African countries were also confident Bafana Bafana would do
well. "The psyche of the country is tip-top." He said he was proud of the team,
especially because they proved their critics wrong. Pres Zuma and some of his family
members shook hands with the players before he addressed them. Bafana Bafana

captain Aaron Mokoena handed over a framed number four jersey with signatures of
the team, as a token of appreciation for the President's support.

Little boy brought President Zuma to the school: Teacher (,
20100609) A curious and very persistent 11-year-old boy was the reason for President
Jacob Zuma visiting the Frances Vorwerg School in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
Rose Mbele, who is Paul Jarvis's teacher at the school for remedial learning, told
Sapa that the boy had asked her to arrange a visit by President Zuma. "I was in class
one day, about three weeks ago, when Paul came and asked me if the President
could visit the school. I said, yes, he could, trying to dismiss the boy," she said. But
Paul kept asking her when President Zuma was coming. "He used to make us sick, he
wanted to see the President," said another teacher, Rista Roux. Eventually Mbele said
to herself, "I will make it happen". She contacted President Zuma's office who said he
was abroad. But later, she received a call from a man in the Presidency who asked to
speak to Paul and told him that President Zuma would indeed come to his school. An
excited Paul told Sapa while waiting for President Zuma's chopper to land on the
school grounds: "I want to ask him (Zuma) questions.


Relations: UN lauds South African travel industry’s signing of code denouncing
sex tourism (, 20100609) - South Africa‟s travel and hotel industries
have signed a code of conduct designed to protect children against sex tourism, the
United Nations Children‟s Fund (UNICEF) said on Wednesday, praising the ethical
guide as an enduring legacy of the 2010 World Cup which starts in the country on
Friday. “The contribution of the travel and tourism industry is vital to help stamp out
child sexual exploitation,” said Aida Girma, UNICEF‟s representative in South Africa,
following the signing of the Tourism Child Protection Code of Conduct in
Johannesburg on Tuesday. “When it comes to the sexual exploitation of children,
there can be no innocent bystanders,” Ms. Girma said. “Effective child protection is
only possible when all sectors of society were mobilised. Together, we must
demonstrate zero tolerance of child exploitation and make South Africa a tourist
destination that is safe for children,” she added. South Africa has also enacted
legislation that strengthens the criminalization of the use of children in prostitution and
has introduced measures to enhance their protection during the World Cup period.
While child sex tourism is not strongly associated with South Africa, high poverty
levels and growing inequality suggest that tens of thousands of children in the country
are at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation. Domestic as well as foreign
tourists may knowingly or unknowingly become involved in child exploitation, for
example by transacting sex with under-age sex workers or buying goods from traders
exploiting child labour. UNICEF and the UN International Labour Organization (ILO)
provided technical inputs and funded the initiative to support the Fair Trade and
Tourism South Africa (FTTSA) in preparation for the code‟s implementation. Fourteen
leading organizations in the South African travel, hotel and tourism industry have
signed up to the code.


Fans to get last glimpse of Bafana before Mexico showdown
(, 20100609) - Between 40 000 and 50 000 fans are expected to
turn out to show their support for Bafana Bafana in downtown Sandton this afternoon.
It will be the public's last opportunity to show their support for the national team before
Friday's 2010 FIFA World Cup opening match against Mexico at Soccer City. The
team will be travelling in an open top bus and will leave their hotel in Grayston Drive at
midday. They will travel down Maude and West Streets before returning to their base
camp in a parade that is expected to last two hours. There will also be gatherings in
support of Bafana at Maponya Mall in Soweto and in Sauer Street in Johannesburg.
The battle between Bafana and Mexico in Friday‟s World Cup opener will not only be
on the soccer pitch. It will also see the vuvuzela being pitted against Mexican drums
and other instruments in the stands. Sombrero-clad Mexican fans arrived at O.R
Tambo international airport on Wednesday playing their drums, trumpets and violins.
The Mexican fans threw down a friendly challenge that their music will drown-out
South African fans' vuvuzelas at Friday's historic opening game. Fans have been
warned to prepare for high decibel levels of sound at Soccer City on Friday.

It is a celebration of being African (, 20100610) - The opening
of the World Cup will celebrate the world's African origins, the organisers announced
on Wednesday. "We are celebrating the world coming home," said the Fifa's Local
Organising Committee's chief of marketing, Derek Carstens. "We are saying everyone
has got a bit of Africa in them. This is where it all started. We are saying to everyone,
celebrate that Africaness," said Carstens. The show would start at 2pm tomorrow, he
said, advising everyone with tickets to get there well in advance and to be comfortably
seated by at least 1.45pm. The gates would open at 10am. Carstens promised a "big
surprise" in the first seven minutes of the ceremony, but would not elaborate. All he
would say was that it did not have anything to do with former president N elson
Mandela. "I am sure he would love to attend. It is really a question of whether he feels
up to it. It's a day by day thing." Carstens said praise singer Zolani Mkhiva would start
everything off by "evoking the glory of the event and the people". The 30-minute
programme would feature R Kelly singing Sign of a Victory with the Soweto Spiritual
Singers, trumpeter Hugh Masekela, Nigerian Femi Kuti, Algerian Khaled, the
Ghanaian band Osibisa and South African artists Thandiswa Mazwai, Hip Hop
Pantsula, TKZee and Timothy Moloi.

Environment paying cost of World Cup (, 20100610) -
World Cup organisers have paid little more than lip service to hosting a "green" event,
with lucrative contracts with partners standing in the way of offsetting the huge
environmental impact of the tournament. "Our association with this logo, with Fifa, has
been our biggest problem," says the man tasked with spearheading the LOC's attempt
to offset the environmental impact of the tournament, Ike Ndlovu. He has been
stymied in many respects as partners able to assist with his task were unable to
associate their brand with the event. Fifa partners pay tens of millions of dollars, some
hundreds of millions, to put their name on tickets and take advantage of other
branding opportunities. But, Ndlovu argues, this has been to the detriment of deals
which could have assisted South Africa in dealing with the damage it is doing to the
environment as a result of the World Cup. When the costs of hosting the tournament
are tallied, the number that should be of great concern would be the cost to the
environment - 2.7 million tons of carbon dioxide. Nearly 2 million of this will come from
long-haul travellers making their way to and from the showpiece. The rest is from the
numerous building projects ahead of the event and the additional fans in the country at
the time, upping the energy demands serviced largely through environmentally
unfriendly coal-fired power stations.

World Cup mandate fully met: Home Affairs (, 20100609) -
The Department of Home Affairs says it has fulfilled its commitments in terms of
Government's guarantees to FIFA for the 2010 World Cup. The department says it has
delivered on its mandate relating to three main issues relating to the issuing of visas
and work permits; and priority treatment for FIFA delegates, national teams and other
accredited persons. As part of its mandate to administer the issuing of visas, Home
Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and her Mozambican counterpart Jose
Pacheco signed a joint temporary visa clearance agreement. The agreement is aimed
at expediting entry and exit of visitors from both countries during the FIFA World Cup
as thousands of soccer fans are expected to flock into the country from Mozambique
for the event. The deal will enable both countries to co-ordinate their activities with
respect to border clearance and the prevention and detection of offences relating to
immigration control. The department announced in April that it will spend R15 million
on a public awareness campaign, about protecting children against paedophiles and
child pornography in the run-up to the Soccer World Cup. The initiative is in line with
the Films and Publications Amendment Act's provisions on the criminal use of children
in pornography.

Africa is claiming its rightful place: Madikizela-Mandela (,
20100609) - ANC veteran Winnie Madikizela Mandela says Africa is claiming its
rightful place. She made the comment while viewing the route Nelson Mandela will be
traveling on Friday to Soccer City. Africa has never hosted the World Cup before and
now the continent's time has come. "Our former President said during the launch of
the constitution that this is an Africa century and On Wednesday the continent must
celebrate this moment," says Madikizela-Mandela. On Wednesday, FIFA honoured
the former President for his contribution in bringing the World Cup to Africa. It is a
dream come true for many South Africans and Madiba himself is looking forward to
Friday. Mandela's daughter Zinzi Mandela says: "He said I must be there for the boys
and he is really looking forward to Friday." Mandela will join other heads of state and
former presidents like Thabo Mbeki at the ceremony. With President Jacob Zuma and
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe also in attendance, there is no question as to
who they will be supporting.

International stars to be crowd pleasers at World Cup bash
(, 20100609) - With only a day left to FIFA World Cup Kick-off
Celebration concert, top international artists billed to perform are expected to be the
big crowd pleasers at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto. The historic three-hour
celebratory extravaganza will take place in front of an audience of 30 000 and will be
broadcast live to millions worldwide. “Coming to play here in South Africa means so
much to the Black Eyed Peas and our fans,” says Will. I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas. It
is expected to be one of the biggest concerts ever planned - broadcast live and
simultaneously across the world. Local and international stars, will thrill millions as
they kick off, Africa's soccer spectacular on a musical note. “I am excited to be part of
this event where everyone comes together and transcends country, race culture to
unite together,” says John Legend. Organisers believe it will be even bigger than the
Oscars. Proceeds from the concert will be donated to 20 centres for 2010 - a
campaign that aims to bring positive social change through football and music by
building 20 centres across Africa offering education and healthcare services to
disadvantaged communities. Meanwhile, international pop star Shakira took the time
to visit a primary school in Soweto on Wednesday to bring a message of hope, to the
kids. She stressed the importance of education and taught them the 'Waka Waka'
dance. The concert is expected to begin at 4pm. Fans have been urged to arrive early
and use available public transport, to help ease traffic congestion around the stadium.

Transport is sole concern on eve of Cup (, 20100610) -
Transport is the only concern facing the Soccer World Cup local organising committee
on the eve of the tournament, with the committee‟s chief communications officer, Rich
Mkhondo, appealing to motorists to leave their cars behind and use public transport to
avoid gridlock. At the first World Cup press conference, held at Soccer City on
Wednesday, Mr Mkhondo warned local and international spectators to come to the
Bafana Bafana match early on Friday and to make use of public transport or face
hours stuck on the roads. “We urge the 90000 spectators coming on Friday to
exercise restraint when using their own cars and use the buses and trains or people
will be sitting in traffic from 9am in the morning to 8pm,” he said. “It‟s 15 minutes by
train from central Johannesburg to the stadium, while it will be at least one-and-a-half
hours by car.”

Ghana crowned ‘Equity World Cup’ winner (, 20100610) -
STANDARD & Poor‟s (S&P) on Wednesday crowned Ghana the winner of the 2010
Equity World Cup. “S&P indices data charting equity performance between January to
May this year have been used to simulate an „Equity World Cup‟ that compares the
relative performance of equity markets in the countries that have qualified for the
football World Cup,” the ratings agency said on Wednesday. Nations were pitted
against each other in accordance with the World Cup draw and the country with the
better equity performance moved to the next round. “Even before the first ball is kicked
in SA , S&P indices has crowned Ghana as the winner of the 2010 World Cup.” S&P
said Ghana‟s victory underlined a strong showing from a number of nations classed as
emerging or frontier markets. “Ghana heads the field with a rise in its equity
performance of 50,73% in the first five months of this year.

Numero uno Italian stallions roll into town (, 20100610) -
The Italian national team arrived in the country on Wednesday to be met by a
contingent of local and international media. The Azzurri, as the team is known, arrived
at the OR Tambo International Airport at 9am and immediately made their way to their
base at the Leriba Lodge in Centurion. The defending World Cup champions are one
of six national teams based in Pretoria. The Italians are likely to acclimatise quickly to
conditions here as they were based in the city when they took part in last year's
Confederations Cup. They team will be looking to defend their World Cup title despite
an uninspiring string of poor results in their World Cup warm-up matches. They have
been drawn in a group including Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia. The Slovakian
team arrived in the city on Tuesday and will be based at The Villas Suite Hotel in
Arcadia. The Slovakians will be kicking off their campaign against New Zealand next

11th     'barra  brava'    soccer     hooligan    barred   from     South      Africa
(, 20100610) - South Africa has refused entry to another
suspected Argentinian football hooligan at the OR Tambo International Airport, police
said on Wednesday. The fan was refused entry on arrival from Sao Paulo, Brazil, at
about 8.30am on Tuesday, Brigadier Sally de Beer said. "Co-operation between
international law enforcement agencies... and the South African Police Service
(SAPS), as well as between the SAPS and the Department of Home Affairs, has to
date resulted in 11 'barras bravas' being prohibited from entering this country," De
Beer said. The 11th "barra brava" was detained at holding facilities at OR Tambo
Airport and was to be repatriated on Wednesday. De Beer said intelligence
information indicated that "these persons would commit acts of public disorder,
engage in acts of violence and provoke conflict with certain fans of opponent teams
and other groups from Argentina during the World Cup". "They are known to have a
history of being involved in crime and antagonising local law enforcement agencies,"
said De Beer. According to the "La Barra Brava" Facebook page, the term loosely
means "brave fans" but it is generally also used to refer to so-called soccer hooligans.


AU, EU launch 3 million Euro migration project (, 20100610) -
The African Union (AU) commission and the European Union (EU) on Tuesday
launched in Addis Ababa a 3 million Euro joint project on migration, mobility and
employment, APA learns here. Migration was a major issue between the AU and EU
partnership launched a few years ago to strengthen ties between the two institutions.
“We will continue our fruitful cooperation on migration, mobility and employment.
Existing priorities, such as further involving the Diaspora in Africa‟s development,
favouring cheaper, faster and more secure remittances, supporting employment and
decent work with a special focus on social protection,” said a joint communiqué by the
AU and EU. The two sides who concluded their day long conference in Addis Ababa
late on Tuesday agreed to boost their ties in a number of areas.

Southern African Development Community Ministers to meet over R475 million
owed to widows (Sapa, 20100609) - Southern African Labour Ministers will discuss
recovering the pensions of 50,000 dependants of mineworkers from South African
mines whose pension funds vanished in the Fidentia scandal, Mozambican state
media reported on Wednesday. They would try “develop an intervention strategy to
recover R475 million that would have been paid to the widows of the respective
countries' miners,” according to the Noticias newspaper. Ministers from South Africa,
Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho and Botswana would discuss the matter at the 99th
session of the International Labour Conference in Geneva, Switzerland this weekend.
Almost 50,000 widows and orphans were left destitute after the Living Hands Trust, a
mineworkers' pension fund, went bankrupt in 2007. During recent talks in Maputo,
Mozambique SADC labour ministers decided to make a concerted effort to recover the
funds. Mozambican widows often travel to South Africa in vain to try and arrange
payments. Mozambican Labour Minister Helena Taipo told the newspaper they should
not suffer due to mismanagement of the fund.


Global risks have risen: International Monetary Fund (,
20100610) - IMF official Naoyuki Shinohara on Wednesday warned policy makers had
little room left for stimulus measures THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on
Wednesday that risks to the global economic outlook had “risen significantly” and
policy makers had limited room to provide support to growth. Its Deputy MD, Naoyuki
Shinohara, said most advanced economies were experiencing a “subdued” recovery.
“A key concern is that the room for continued policy support has become much more
limited and has, in some cases, been exhausted,” he said. Stocks have tumbled in the
past two months on concern that the global recovery will be derailed by the European
debt crisis. Policy makers are diverging on prescriptions for sustaining the global
recovery, with US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner calling on Japan and
European countries with trade surpluses to boost domestic demand, while Europe‟s
representatives have said reining in budget deficits is the top priority. As advanced
economies suffer stunted recoveries, Asia will continue to lead the global rebound,
according to Mr Shinohara, the former top currency official at Japan‟s Finance
Ministry. That brought its own challenges, with increasing capital inflows and the risk
of overheating if policy makers failed to take “appropriate” action, he said. Europe‟s
debt crisis could disrupt global trade, he said, hurting demand for Asian exports and
sending “hot money” into the region if policy makers did not act swiftly and
appropriately. Although Asia had limited financial links to the economies of the euro
zone, its stronger growth prospects could attract more capital flows to the region and
lead to asset bubbles, Mr Shinohara said in a lecture to financial professionals in
Singapore. “The key will be for policy makers to keep an eye on the bigger picture and
be ready to act swiftly as developments unfold. “With Asia‟s economic muscle
growing, the policy choices made in this region will have an important impact on the
global economy,” he said.Mr Shinohara also said, however, that the economic
situation in Hungary, the latest European country to run into financial difficulties, was
not as serious as portrayed in some media reports. “The situation is much calmer,
there‟s not much to worry about at this moment,” he said.


Most Presidential hotline moans about service delivery (,
20100610) - Housing, unemployment, water and electricity problems top the litany of
almost 700 000 complaints to President Jacob Zuma's hotline, according to Minister in
the Presidency Collins Chabane. Minister Chabane has berated provincial government
departments, who must deal with most of the complaints, for their slow response to
people's grievances. "It is the responsibilities of relevant provinces and departments to
attend to those queries and to ensure that they are resolved," Chabane said in a
written response to a question from Eastern Cape ANC MP Siphiwo Mazosiwe. "There
is a low rate of response from the provinces and there are efforts to improve on the
service and for the resolution rate to continuously make steady improvement," said
Chabane. The hotline, launched last September, has received 674 894 calls. In all,
190 280 calls were forwarded to provincial departments, while 484 327 were


Gauteng Health Department denies non payment report (Sapa, 20100609) - The
Gauteng Health Department denied a report that it was not paying its suppliers saying
on Wednesday it had only suspended payment to the source of the story because of
unanswered questions about his work. "The Department would like to assure patients
and members of the public that none of our hospitals are 'on the brink of tragedy' as
alleged by the newspaper," a statement read. It said the report in The Star that a
supplier had been awaiting a R1.9 million payment for two years, was inaccurate
because it was based on the claim of one individual. The department had been
processing payments of about R286 million a week to service providers since April
and so far R2.2 billion had been paid. The department said it suspended payment to
Paul Gerber of Yolmel Medical Services because among other complaints, he had not
been able to produce a contract authorising him and his company to repair hospital
medical equipment; proper procurement procedures were allegedly not adhered to;
some of the equipment supposedly repaired by him was condemned in the same
month it was meant to have been repaired and some repaired equipment was "not
known" by end users. In other instances equipment sent for repairs had never
returned to the hospital. The company claimed to be a sole agent but could not
produce the documents to support the claim, the department said. "The department
has a duty and responsibility to ensure all transactions it pays for are legitimate and in
accordance with applicable procurement procedures. Payment to Mr Gerber will
remain suspended until all outstanding questions have been satisfactorily resolved,"
said the statement issued by Simon Zwane. Gerber was not immediately contactable
for comment.

Youth Day commemorations to include a "festive element" (Sapa, 20100610) -
Gauteng's Youth Day celebrations would include a concert after the usual wreath
laying ceremonies, the provincial government said on Monday. The June 16
celebrations would include a more "festive element" which would tie into the World
Cup programme and the activities would be used to promote the development of
young people in the province. "This year the Gauteng provincial government is paying
particular attention to confronting the challenge of assisting young people to effectively
move from the world of education to the world of work," said MEC for sport, arts and
recreation Nelisiwe Moerane. "In this regard, our approach is to ensure that young
people have access to quality education that appropriately skills them for the labour
market." The celebrations would begin with the unveiling of the Tsietsi Mashinini
Statue at the Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto. The commemoration
will then move to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum, where Gauteng
Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo
and the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng, Nelisiwe Moerane
would take part in a wreath- laying ceremony. The parade would then move to
Mamelodi, where the keys to a new house would be given to the family of freedom
fighter, Solomon Mahlangu by Tshwane Executive Mayor, Gwen Ramokgopa.


ANCYL President Julius Malema takes control of Eastern Cape poll
(, 20100610) - The African National Congress Youth League
(ANCYL) national leadership on Wednesday dissolved the Eastern Cape Provincial
Executive Committee, putting control of the province in the hands of the National
Working Committee which supports league President Julius Malema. This means the
national committee, which has been accused of being biased towards the Malema-
aligned camp in the hotly contested province, would organise the planned elective
conference next month in the Cacadu district. The decision comes after the provincial
executive committee failed to stage an elective conference after three attempts. Both
camps, one supporting Mr Malema and the other his deputy Andile Lungisa, feared
the possibility of rigging. None of the warring factions wants to lose the battle in the
Eastern Cape as it is one of the biggest and most influential. The two camps tried to
hold separate conferences at the weekend, but both meetings failed to meet the
required two-thirds quorum. National committee Secretary- General Vuyiswa Tulelo
warned all youth league members to abide by the decision. “The national working
committee will take action on all members of the ANCYL and regional executive
committees that define themselves outside these decisions and process of the
national working committee,” she said .

COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota charts way forward (, 20100610)
COPE leader Mosiuoa Lekota will meet the other executive members of the party to
discuss his reinstatement, he said at party headquarters in Johannesburg on
Wednesday. “I have already had a meeting with the general secretary (Charlotte
Lobe). Unfortunately the other members were not here, the top officials,” Lekota said
at Cope House in Braamfontein. Lekota‟s supporters have accused members of the
congress national committee aligned to Shilowa of excluding them from the
conference. Lekota assured Cope members that there was no basis for fears that the
Shilowa faction would be purged. “Both myself and Shilowa agreed to work together .”
Lekota on Wednesday won an execution order in the Johannesburg high court, which
in effect overturned a vote of no confidence passed against him at the Cope
conference on May 29 and reinstated him as party president.

New Democratic Alliance leader has gift of tongues (,
20100610) - Vasco da Gama, the newly elected leader of the DA in Joburg, can speak
all 11 official languages. He is coy about this impressive skill, saying that as a South
African he picked up the languages in mixing with various communities. It is this
multilinguilism that he hopes will put the DA in good stead at the polls in next year's
municipal elections. The long-serving City of Joburg councillor was elected DA leader
on Wednesday, replacing Victor Penning, who resigned several weeks ago. The DA
caucus also elected Christo Botes as caucus chairman, Ann Barnes as chief whip and
Sipho Masigo as deputy chief whip. Da Gama has been caucus chairman for the last
seven years. He is also chair of the DA's Sandton North and Midrand constituency. Of
his election as leader, Da Gama said: "I feel the caucus has put its trust in me to show
leadership up to the 2011 elections and to make sure we are heard."The party would
hold public meetings in its traditional areas of support, as well as areas where new
voters where showing an interest in the party, in preparation for the elections. The
biggest challenge facing the opposition party in the next months would be to convince
voters it was a viable alternative to the ANC. "Our party's success in recent by-
elections across the country has shown a decided swing to the DA that presents us
with an historic opportunity to gain control of Joburg," Da Gama said.

AfriForum seeks action on land grabs (, 20100610) - Civil
rights body AfriForum has threatened legal action against the government for failing to
protect South African farmers in Zimbabwe, saying its members are being subjected to
a “renewed and intensified land-grab onslaught”. In a letter from its lawyers to the
Department of Trade and Industry, the forum demands the urgent intervention of the
government to protect the lives and property of South African citizens in that country.
Just last month, Zimbabwe ratified the Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection
Agreement with SA, which it claimed gave prospective investors confidence that their
investments would be secure, and “removed fears of possible nationalisation or any
such effects that may harm them”. But the latest violence, and land grabs involving
Zimbabwean and South African farmers, have dampened hopes that the agreement
would make Zimbabwe a more attractive investment destination. Kallie Kriel, CEO of
AfriForum, reminded Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies that the agreement was
formalised through a court order by the North Gauteng High Court in November last
year , in which the government undertook to maintain the rights and legal remedies of
victims of Zimbabwe‟s illegal land expropriation programme. “The state has not taken
any steps to assist citizens, even after it had come to light that South Africans are now
subject to a renewed onslaught,” Mr Kriel said. However, in November last year Mr
Davies said the aim of the agreement was to provide security for any South African
investor in any sector, including agriculture. SA had secured a deal with South African
farmer unions opposed to a treaty that excluded land investments.


Robust rand reaches fresh high ahead of World Cup (,
20100610) - The robust rand has taken a bow on the eve of the Soccer World Cup,
rallying to a near three-and- a-half-year peak against the euro and clawing back some
of its recent losses against the dollar. At one stage on Wednesday the volatile
currency traded at R9,21 against the European currency, its strongest since January
2007 and taking its gains versus the euro in the year so far to about 14%. The rand
should benefit from the world‟s biggest sports event, which kicks off tomorrow, and
could show its mettle over the rest of this year as long as the global recovery stays on
track, which appears very likely. Despite giving way to the dollar in the first five months
of this year, the unit has notched up gains of more than 3% against a basket of trade-
weighted currencies, which is what really counts. “It all depends on what happens in
the global economy but everything indicates we may be looking at a renewed bout of
rand strength,” said Razia Khan, regional research head for Africa at Standard
Chartered Bank. “Emerging markets are still expected to do better, and barring any
shocks we should be in an environment that supports high- yield currencies like the
rand.” Ms Khan sees the rand reaching R7,20/ in the third quarter, then pulling back to
R7,30/ by the final quarter. It was at R7,75/ late on Wednesday, well off a low of
R8,04/ hit a few weeks ago. Ms Khan‟s forecasts would spook many local
manufacturers, who are already complaining that the unit is too strong for their exports
to compete globally. A group of them met Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan earlier this
week to discuss their calls for intervention to weaken the rand, the Treasury said on
Thursday. “Challenges and complexities posed by the current economic context and
challenges facing manufacturers and exporters were also discussed,” it said. The talks
were described as “constructive” and set to continue, the brief statement said.

Public warned to spend responsibly during World Cup (,
20100610) - The National Credit Regulator has warned consumers not to spend
recklessly during the FIFA World Cup as this could plunge them further into debt.
South Africa has more than 10 million credit-active consumers with impaired records.
Nearly 170 000 consumers have found some relief from debt counselling firms. Paul
Slot, director of debt counselling firm Octogen, says entertaining World Cup visitors
should not come second to paying-off one's debt. Slot says the majority of consumers
have a tight budget at the moment, saying it would not be wise for people to borrow
money to pay for World Cup events as it could land people deeper in debt. Meanwhile,
the Congress of South African Trade Unions in the Western Cape is the latest to call
on employers to close shop early on Friday and allow their staff to enjoy World Cup
kick-off celebrations. Provincial Secretary Tony Ehrenreich says it is important that all
citizens take part in the festivities as it forms part of nation building. Ehrenreich says it
is important to remember that the country has invested R68 billion into making the
event possible, and thus citizens should also be able to enjoy it. "We will happily make
arrangements to work in any time lost, but we think this is do-able and it is certainly
important as part of this important event." South Africans are also reminded of the five-
minutes 'Vuvuzela Moment', which will begin at 12pm. All South Africans are urged to
blow their vuvuzelas or hoot in their cars with the aim of giving the world a unique pre-
World Cup moment. The SABC's SAfm will carry a special programme on the
Vuvuzela Campaign, ending with a 'Vuvuzela Moment', as a result, its noon news
bulletin will be at 12.05pm on Wednesday.

South African miners lag on waste (, 20100610) - Mining
companies operating in SA were lagging behind countries such as Australia in terms
of waste management, science-based services group DuPont said on Wednesday.
“Mining houses in Australia are taking a more proactive approach and are currently
adopting best practices aimed at preventing environmental damage, rather than
repairing damage already done,” Carlman Moyo, MD for DuPont sub- Saharan Africa,
said. South African mining houses were spending millions of rands combating the
growing problem of poor-quality water flowing into the environment and causing
pollution. However, the reactive nature of the methods being used was having a
limited effect on repairing the damage caused. “It is vital that new waste management
strategies are integrated into the core activities of all South African mining
organisations in order to prevent future damage,” Mr Moyo said. Until waste control
was integrated deep into the culture of mining organisations, it would not be effective.
“Pollution can be caused by something as uncontrollable as heavy rainfall, flooding or
earth tremors. In these cases, emergency plans are not enough, and preventative
measures need to be in place before things go wrong.” Mr Moyo said environmental
rehabilitation programmes should be operational from the start of any mining or
extraction operation and should be done concurrently with other mine activities.
“These programmes include borehole extraction to help contain the pollution plume,
the containment of seepage and pre-treatment of all water that is to be released into
streams to correct levels.” Toxic mining waste was the most concerning problem . Mr
Moyo said mining companies were treating water in the West Rand Basin and
extracting the heavy minerals. However, the sulphates, or salts, remained behind. He
said this was a prime example of how local mining houses were implementing waste
control methods to control damage already done, instead of preventing the damage in
the first place


Law to work overtime during Cup (, 20100610) - The
wheels of justice will turn fast during the World Cup. Two weeks before the kick-off,
the Pretoria Magistrate's Court commenced double shifts to accommodate soccer-
related cases. On Friday May 28, at 10.55 pm, it handled its first World Cup-related
case. This dubious honour belonged to Peruvian Jesys Goe Vasgues, who was
arrested for allegedly stealing a laptop from the Sheraton Hotel. It turned out that
Vasgues travelled by taxi from Johannesburg to Pretoria to visit a friend at a local
hotel. The taxi dropped him at the Sheraton, which was not the right address. How the
tourist was linked to the missing laptop was not clear - and, as there was no evidence
against him, the charge was withdrawn. However, it cost the interpreter R500 for a taxi
from Johannesburg to Pretoria to assist in the case. They kindly organised a lift back
for him. "If it were not for the special courts, this poor accused would have spent the
weekend in jail before he would have appeared in court on Monday," court personnel


Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda to switch on Ekulindeni transmitter
(Sapa, 20100610) - Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda will officially switch-on
the low power transmitter in Ekulindeni near Badplaas in Mpumalanga on Thursday.
The transmitter switch-on comes on the eve of the kick-off of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
The transmitter will ensure that about 20,000 residents in Ekulindeni and surrounding
areas have access to television and radio signal transmission, the department said in
a statement on Wednesday. The switch-on would also ensure that the communities
were part of the historic event, as they would have access to live coverage of the 64
matches broadcast by the SABC through TV and radio. The installation of the
transmitter was a partnership between the ministry, the SA Broadcasting Corporation
and state signal distributor Sentech.


'Drastic' Land reform in no one's interest: AGRI SA (Sapa, 20100610) - National
farming body Agri SA on Wednesday reiterated previous requests for urgent and in-
depth discussions with the government on the elimination of obstacles hampering land
reform. Agri SA president Johannes Moller said it was in no one's interest, especially
the poor, to introduce drastic measures that would undermine confidence and have an
adverse effect on food security. "Deficiencies in the implementation of the existing
policy should instead be addressed and partnerships should be formed with the
private sector to ensure sustainable and accelerated land reform," he said in a
statement. Moller was commenting on various statements by government officials,
including President Jacob Zuma, on an amended, more aggressive land policy. Agri
SA said administrative incompetence in implementing land reform was the main
reason why the government was now considering radical changes to its policy. Moller
said although Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, his Deputy and Agriculture
Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson said Agri SA had been consulted, no talks had taken
place as the government had dealt with the policy review internally. "Agri SA is
concerned that consultation after the publication of a Green Paper on this important
and highly emotional matter could leave very little room for changes." Moller said a
Green Paper represented the well-considered opinion of the government. Statements
issued by politicians had made Agri SA concerned about possible state over-
regulation, which could undermine market principles. The farmers' body proposed
orderly transformation within a legal framework, with adequate financing and other
assistance as prerequisites.

Grain SA’s plea to export surplus maize (, The South
African grain industry is to apply to the Competition Commission for an exemption that
will enable it to set up a pool to export 5-million tons of excess maize to the highest
bidder.Grain SA, the body representing most of SA‟s maize, wheat and soya
producers, has asked the commission for an opinion on co-operating on exports, but
was informed that setting up a pool would be anticompetitive. The farmers want an
urgent solution, given the danger of their produce being wasted because they cannot
dispose of all of it in the local market. At present they have 5-million tons of maize
available for export after meeting a national demand for 9-million tons. If granted an
exemption, the farmers would be given a chance to obtain competitive international
prices, which they say would help offset high input costs like fuel and fertiliser. Grain
SA chairman Neels Ferreira called for the intervention of the Department of Trade and
Industry, saying the application process for exemption, which is run by the
Competition Commission, often took up to two years to conclude. “By then it would be
too late for almost 30% of our commercial farmers, who urgently need the resources
to stay in business, and could completely destroy the black emerging farmers who
have loans to service.” The Competition Commission said it would not comment on
the issue due “to the nonbinding nature of the advisory opinion” it had given Grain SA.
Mr Ferreira said the government should allow alternative ways of utilising surpluses,
including reducing the importation of processed chicken in order to encourage local
chicken farming by emerging farmers. “This will also create a huge market for the local
manufacturing of chicken feed, providing rural development with real jobs.” Maize
deliveries to South African silos rose to 1,604-million tons in the week to June 4, up
from 944000 ton s the previous week, the South African Grain Information Service
said on Wednesday.


Housing developments to include school plans (, 20100610) -
All new housing developments will soon have to include some sort of plan for schools
- but providing these will still be a state responsibility. That is the warning from
Gauteng Housing MEC Kgaogelo Lekgoro about his department's inclusionary
housing policy. "We will be tabling legislation which will force all future human
settlement development to include in their plans schools, parks, shopping areas,
recreation areas, transport facilities, as well as different housing typologies to
accommodate a wide cross-section of people from across all economies," Lekgoro
said on Wednesday. The policy refers to a requirement that any new housing
developments - public or private - must include a percentage of low-cost housing, but
does not insist on including facilities like schools, which are normally provided by the
state. The policy instead says that housing developments "must be situated so as to
facilitate access to employment opportunities, health-care services, schools and other
social facilities". While the MEC's statement is broad enough to include private
developers in the requirement to plan for schools, the housing policy specifically
includes profit-making private developments. "The building of the school must be done
by the state", said spokesman Fred Mokoko.


Employees kept in suspense (, 20100609) - Government
Departments had to adhere to the guidelines for leave in the public service during the
World Cup, the Ministry for Public Service and Administration (MPSA) said on
Wednesday. The approval of leave would remain the responsibility of heads of
department who would take into account operational requirements during the World
Cup, the department said. Managers would also have to consider "the opening and
closing times of offices, taking into account the needs of the public and other
responsibilities of the employees". The MPSA urged departments to implement shift
rosters to accommodate employees' requests for days off or annual leave as far as
possible. It called for strict management of leave policy to be adhered to during the
World Cup. "Employees tempted to fake sickness and/or abscond from work will be
subject to the specific provisions in terms of the determination, with proof of such
absences regardless of duration of absence required and where necessary
investigations and action taken." The MPSA said it shared in the euphoria of public
servants and the country as a whole in hosting the soccer spectacle and rallying
behind the national team. However, it called upon public servants to be responsible in
not abusing leave and to bear in mind the pledge to serve the people of South Africa.


Semenya to hold news conference Thursday (Sapa, 20100610) - Caster
Semenya's future could become clearer Thursday when she holds a news conference
to discuss the "outcomes" of the gender dispute involving the 800-meter world
champion. Semenya's public relations advisers said Wednesday the 19-year-old
runner would appear at a news conference in Johannesburg hosted by South Africa's
minister of sport Makhenkesi Stofile. Semenya's lawyers will also attend along with
mediator Brian Currin, a South African civil and human rights lawyer. The statement
said the news conference would be "relating to the outcomes of the Caster Semenya
Dispute." Semenya has not run competitively since winning the 800 title at last
August's world championships in Berlin. Her dramatic improvement in times and
muscular build led the International Association of Athletics Federations to order
gender verification tests on the athlete, who was 18 at the time. IAAF president
Lamine Diack said last month a solution to the controversy would be found "not later
than the end of June." "This girl is in a difficult situation and it's difficult for everyone,"
Diack said then. The athletics body has repeatedly said it would not comment publicly
on the case until what it called Semenya's "medical process" was complete.


Let’s show the world real unity by Ido Lekota ( 20100610) - THE
World Cup is upon us. Tomorrow millions of soccer lovers throughout the world will
become part of the official opening of the extravaganza. The preparations made for
the opening reminds one of how preparations used to be made for weddings in the
villages. For weeks teams from both the groom and the bride‟s side would practise
songs for the wedding day. The norm was that on the day, the two troupes would
compete against each other as the bridal couple strolled in step down the street. On
Friday South Africans will be there with their vuvuzelas trying to drown out the
normally boisterous Mexicans with their banjos and “olé” chants. Those attending the
game at Soccer City are expecting a spirit of camaraderie and oneness as the players
entertain them with their skills in the beautiful game. With the news that former
president Nelson Mandela will attend the opening game the nation is hopeful that his
Madiba magic will spur the boys into beating the hard- playing Mexicans. We have
seen the Madiba magic working before. Who can forget how utata spurred
Amabokoboko to lifting the 1995 World Rugby Cup. In 1996 utata was also there when
– after many years of isolation from international soccer – Bafana Bafana lifted the
African Cup of Nations trophy. It is the very spirit that our saint- like leader imbued the
two teams with that we are hopeful will see Bafana Bafana becoming victorious
tomorrow. Many South Africans are also hopeful that the same Madiba magic will
drown the strident howls of naysayers. It is individuals who continue to speak ill of our
beautiful country despite its progress. They conveniently pretend as if they know of
crime-free World Cup extravaganzas in its history. Sadly though, contrary to common
perception, these are not foreigners unhappy about South Africa having beaten their
own countries to host the World Cup. These are fellow South Africans – who in some
instances under the pretext of being part of the vigilant media – continue to peddle
negative stories about this country. A case in point is the incident on Monday where
robbers chased by cops gate-crashed into Parliament. The miscreants were
subsequently arrested. A journalist reporting on the incident started by pointing out
that it happened only a few days before the start of the World Cup. The clear message
from the reportage was that no place is safe – not even Parliament – in crime-ridden
South Africa. The fact that the robbers were arrested became a sideshow for the
reporter. South Africans watched in consternation as one journalist asked visitors
arriving at the airport whether they were not afraid of crime, coming into this country.
Duh people who come to watch the World Cup do it of their own volition. That they are
prepared to spend so much money coming to this country means that they are
confident about their safety. This, of course, is not what the “vigilant” journalist is
willing to consider. For him, it is important to remind everyone coming into this country
that he or she is treading where angels dare not tread. An American friend now living
here always tells about how at dinner parties some South Africans whinge and moan
about the country. He always tells me with a glint in his eye how he tells the whingers
to stop running down their country.“You have such a beautiful country – why do you
keep on running it down? Crime is everywhere in the world,” he would say. Indeed
why do we always run our country down? Yes, crime continues to be our country‟s
blight. But so it is in many other countries. What is important is what we are doing to
fight it. Let us “stop asking what our country can do for us but ask what we can do for
our country”. For once let‟s unite behind our boys tomorrow. Halala Bafana Bafana.

Politicians can only fantasise by Nokuthula Sonile (The Citizen online, 20100610) -
People unite easily. The beauty of oneness continues to be a pleasant surprise right
into the World Cup.
Politicians must be in awe of soccer. It has brought South Africans together in a way
that politicians can only dream of. Should they take notes? Of course, this is any
political party‟s secret ambition!
There seems to be an outstanding display of ubuntu and immense tolerance towards
all foreigners. It is certainly not magic but a desire to see a common goal fulfilled.
A friend was surprised that neighbours who have never said a gracious word to each
other now hang over fences and walls chatting about the unfolding World Cup
If the unfortunate happens and Bafana Bafana do not progress to the next round, the
event would have at least led us seeing the human side in each other, especially
people of a different race.
This is a profound moment in the history of a country that went through segregation.
A time when race does not come between people‟s love for a particu lar sporting
event. When we look around us and see people, not a black person, a white man or a
foreigner. South Africa has done well in organising the World Cup and meeting Fifa‟s
requirements in a short period of time.
Hopefully it will encourage the government to start a project aimed at eradicating
poverty after the World Cup. If that is done then politics might be a better world than it
usually is.
On a lighter note, a few prostitutes have been seen cautiously stealing their way back
into dark corners. They also seem to be struggling to contain their joy. In the words of
a disappointed old man, the World Cup is “for the prostitutes too”.
Even though we may differ on this point, there are some things that will always be
there. We just have to look forward, hope every one remembers to practise safe sex
and enjoy our time.
Let the excitement sink in and wash over us.
Now that naysayers have lost the argument, we can go on to showcase the country
and pay attention to each other, seeking to maintain this level of ubuntu that continues
to shine though out the country.
All the best to our African teams!

EDITORIAL COMMENT : 2010/ 06 / 10

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Patriotic fervour ( 20100610) - Perched on opposite ends of
Johannesburg, there is, at the best of times, very little in common between Sandton
and Meadowlands in Soweto. Given their economies, they are poles apart. But on
Wednesday at around noon, the chasm between the two narrowed as they, for a
moment, became a mirror of events throughout the country. As office workers left their
desks to blow vuvuzelas in response to a call to support Bafana Bafana, the same
cacophony of sound rose to the skies in the opposite end of the city. Men and women
forgot about their joblessness and were joined in song and dance by their children –
currently out on the winter school break. As those with jobs returned to them after an
hour‟s jol, those in places like Meadowlands knuckled down to the sacrifice of daubing
the streets in a rainbow colour of souvenirs. You didn‟t need to listen hard enough or
watch too carefully, but everything said and done was in support of the national soccer
team during the World Cup that kicks off tomorrow. The Mexicans, who have the
misfortune of being the first in our line of fire, were at the receiving end of choice
phrases, all said in the banter of sportsmanship, of course. For a while, the whole
country stood four-square behind one cause – to show support for our heroes in this,
the first soccer World Cup on African soil. If there‟s indeed a Higher Force that stands
guard over all of us, He or She must have nodded satisfactorily as every single South
African pledged their patriotic solidarity.

Madiba still magical (The Citizen online, 20100610) - Who could possibly forget the
amazing moment before the 1995 Rugby World Cup final when Nelson Mandela
appeared on the field in a number six jersey, and spurred Francois Pienaar‟s
Springboks on to victory? This sport, then predominantly followed by whites, united
the country in a wave of euphoria and goodwill, as he had hoped. The Fifa World Cup
can do the same for us. Though Mandela is now elderly and frail, the news that he will
put in a brief appearance at tomorrow‟s kick-off match between Bafana Bafana and
Mexico – and meet and greet the players – is a gesture of similar symbolism. For one
brief shining moment – and in the month to come – we can forget the problems that
beset the country and hopefully build on the enthusiasm and patriotism sweeping the
land. This is a great and unique country. The best we can do for Mandela and for
South Africa is to have the Fifa World Cup re-nurture his lifelong commitment to a non-
racial democracy where everyone has a place in the sun. Go Bafana, go!

Too early to hail this taxi BRT deal (The Citizen online, 20100610) - Without wishing
to sound pessimistic, especially at this time of national euphoria on the eve of the Fifa
World Cup, we must express reservations about the apparent deal between
Johannesburg authorities and taxi operators. The agreement purports to end a long-
standing dispute, which has been accompanied by murder, violence and intimidation
by those opposed to the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system. There had been
hopes that the BRT system would be fully operational by kick-off time. However, taxi
thugs, emboldened by rash pre-election gestures from Jacob Zuma before last year‟s
election, made that impossible. Part of the deal is that 585 minibus taxis operating on
certain routes will be handed over in exchange for eventual ownership and control of
the BRT. The intimidators are being richly rewarded for their obstinance. If everything
were to work out at face value this would be a win-win situation for all, including other
road users and hundreds of thousands of much abused commuters. However, given
their track record, we don‟t think the taxi side of the deal will be kept; 585 minibuses
will not disappear from our busy streets. There are many reasons for this, notably pure
commercial self-interest. Who would willingly hand over a cash cow? Who will police
the agreement? Surely not Joburg‟s tardy Metro cops. Then there is the familiar refrain
of taxi men: “We weren‟t consulted”. This will be heard from many quarters. Already
the South African National Taxi Council is claiming it should lead any negotiations
and, most importantly, have a big stake in the “empowerment” company that will run
BRT. A long and winding road, way beyond the World Cup, lies ahead for Joburg‟s
commuters and motorists.

Talk is not cheap after all ( 20100610) - As the nation gathered to
salute Bafana Bafana on Wednesday, let's also save a round of applause for the City
of Joburg and the taxi operators for allowing sanity to prevail. The two parties have
reached a milestone agreement that will see about 300 taxi operators become
shareholders in Rea Vaya's Bus Operating Company. Hailed as a milestone, the
agreement was announced by Joburg mayor Amos Masondo on Tuesday. It was
signed on Friday, following almost four years of negotiations between the City of
Joburg and the BRT taxi industry steering committee, comprising the Greater Joburg
regional taxi council and Top Six taxi organisation. What makes this agreement so
special is that it shows that taxi drivers didn't have to resort to violence and
intimidation to get their way. Our fledgling democracy was built on talking about our
problems. Violence may have grabbed the headlines in the past - because that was its
main purpose - but violence never solved the issues of the day; talking about it did.
This is a huge lesson to us all. This is how we solve problems. Blocking highways and
resorting to violence will only turn people against you. It should have been lesson we
learnt a long time ago. In terms of the agreement, 585 taxis operating on certain
routes between Soweto and the Joburg CBD will be removed from the BRT's route.
The taxis will be handed over to the City of Joburg. If new or still in good condition, the
taxis will be auctioned. If old, they will be sent to the national government's taxi
recapitalisation scrap-ping agency. The proceeds from taxis sold will go into the Rea
Vaya Bus Operating Company. The agreement also stipulates that a certain
percentage of bus fares will go to a company that will be formed by the taxi operators.
Indeed, this bold new agreement has not only appeased the taxi industry, it has
empowered it. It means they can now be a part of the solution instead of always being
the problem.Maturity has prevailed at a time when we need it the most.


Source: Business Day

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