Monday Headlines: Zuma, Matric, AFCON, Tshwane
Zuma will not co-govern, “Learn from white schools”, Togo go home before thriller of AFCON opener, Tshwane stinks as garbage piles up
Monday 11 January 2010 | Week #2 | Day #11 | Days left in 2010 = 354
Zuma: We’ve Got One President
Speaking on the evening after the ANC’s 98th Birthday rally in Kimberley, President Jacob Zuma told the SABC that the African National Congress would co-operate but not "co-govern" with its alliance partners.
"Once somebody feels that there should be co-governance that is when the debate must come…because we’ve got one president," Zuma told the public broadcaster in an interview.
"You can’t co-govern."
Zuma said that the political alliance between the ANC, South African Communist Party and Congress of South African Trade Unions with its discussions and co-operation would "absolutely" continue.
"But you must also not mistake the consultations and discussions with co-governance," said Zuma. "Once you begin to think that once we meet and discuss the issues that is co-governance then you are missing the point."
His comments follow the continuing spat between the ANC and the SACP which re-ignited at the public rally on Saturday. Whilst the speakers were not heckled this time, the SACP usurped much of the publicity away from especially the ANC Youth League, by giving out hundreds of free SACP-branded caps and t-shirts prior to the start of the rally, much to the ire of ANCYL president Julius Malema. (IOL)
“Learn From The Old White Schools”
If township schools want to improve their matric results, they should learn from "old white schools" about discipline. And instead of driving South African farmers out of the country, agricultural and commercial farmers should be cherished for the good of the country, since this is such an important sector.
According to Free State Premier Ace Magashule, this was President Zuma’s message to a delegation of the Free State executive council earlier last week. According to Magashule, Zuma said if South Africa is to be rebuilt, the country should focus most of its resources on education, and not poverty or unemployment. That way, recovery and rebuilding will happen on its own.
Furthermore, a change in attitude is necessary, so that apartheid or subsidies to commercial farmers don’t always get the blame.
"When he addressed school principals [at the meeting], he said they can go and learn about discipline from the old white schools where they teach for seven hours a day, while schools in the township teach for three or four hours a day and then expect to do well. He emphasised the fact that schools must understand the truly important issues at hand, such as teachers being punctual." (News24)
Togo Go Home Before Thrilling AFCON Opener
Mali made a miraculous recovery to pull back from a four-goal deficit to hold Angola to a 4-4 draw in the opening game of the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations here on Sunday.
The hosts appeared set for the best possible start when a first half double from Flavio Armado and penalties from Gilberto and Manucho had them celebrating a famous victory. With only 16 minutes on the clock Mali looked down and out.
But a double from Seydou Keita and contributions from Frederic Kanoute and Mustapha Yattabare gave them an improbable draw.
This Nations Cup curtain-raiser began with a minute’s silence in memory of the victims of Friday’s deadly gun attack on the Togo team coach in Cabinda.
The hosts went 2-0 up in the first half thanks to two headers from striker Flavio, while Gilberto and Manucho scored a penalty each to make it four. But Mali grabbed one back when Seydou Keita stabbed home from close range. Frederic Kanoute headed in a second before Keita and Mustapha Yatabare scored in injury time in Luanda.
The first ever match at the 11 November Stadium provided a thrilling start to a Nations Cup that had been overshadowed by Friday’s gun attack on the Togolese team, who have been withdrawn by their government and flown home. (IOL & BBC Sport)
Tshwane Stinks As Garbage Piles Up
The backlog of uncollected waste in the City of Tshwane will be dealt with in 24 hours, the acting city manager said on Sunday. The backlog was caused by "sporadic industrial action" by workers in the municipality’s department of agriculture and environment management, Oupa Nkoane said in a statement.
"This has led in some instances to waste not being collected in a manner that is usual in the city. This has rightly led to some anxiety on the side of the residents."
The city was implementing contingency measures to eradicate the backlog by Monday. He said 70% of it had already been dealt with.
"The last 30% will be eradicated over the next 24 hours. At the time of releasing this statement (Sunday afternoon) workers are busy and the backlog should be eradicated by Monday." (News24)
Joburg Weather Week
Not looking to positive there. And we have a serious cricket match starting at the Wanderers later this week too… (BBC Weather Service)
Make the most of this back-to-work/back-to-school week Jozi!
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