Monday, 16 November 2009 | Week #47 | Day #320 | Days Remaining in 2009: 45
DA Calls on Zuma to “Please Explain”
The DA has called on President Jacob Zuma to explain why he intervened in the Eskom saga. The Sunday Times reported that Zuma "intervened" on November 5 in the fight between the Eskom board and its CEO, Jacob Maroga. The power play led to the resignation of the power utility’s chairman, Bobby Godsell.
After being forced to resign, Maroga is believed to have returned to the parastatal’s offices on the following Monday, apparently with Zuma’s blessing. Godsell resigned on the same day, saying he felt he had no support from Eskom’s sole shareholder, the government.
The DA’s Manie van Dyk said: "The fact that it has now become clear that Zuma’s interference helped precipitate the departure of Godsell is a very serious indictment of the way in which the ANC leadership has handled the Eskom saga." (Times Live)
The real “power struggle” at the national electricity provider continues, it seems…
French Butcher “Nkosi sikelel’ iAfrika” – Boks Lose
Oregan Hoskins, president of the South African rugby union, has sent a letter of complaint to the French rugby union regarding the version of the South African anthem performed on Friday evening, ahead of the match between the two countries in Toulouse, France.
The singer, Ras Dumisani, sang off-key and was not in tune to the music, and at times it sounded like shouting rather than singing. The Springboks struggled to sing along with the well-known reggae singer, who, according to his MySpace profile, grew up in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal and now lives in France. Bryan Habana clearly struggled not to laugh, and there was a hint of a smile at the corners of Danie Rossouw’s mouth.
Hoskins said on Sunday he is "very, very disappointed" about the way in which the anthem was sung, and that he has already sent a letter to the French rugby union in this regard. He feels it was "absolutely disrespectful" toward the Springboks and South Africa. (Sport24)
The Boks, clearly thrown into turmoil and obviously upset and put off by the performance, could not get their heads together for the entire match and went on to lose to the French. If you missed it, you can see a clip of this embarrassment here: Ex-South African butchers our pride!
Integrate African States, or Some Will Not Survive
African states must integrate immediately or some will not survive, Mo Ibrahim, who funds the world’s biggest prize in support of leadership on the continent, said late on Saturday. Ibrahim was speaking at the opening of a two-day event promoting good governance in Africa, which appears to have slipped following a spate of coups in the past two years.
"Some of our countries, and I’m really sorry to say this, are just not viable," the Sudanese mobile phone tycoon said. We need scale and we need that now – not tomorrow, the next year or the year after."
Several overlapping regional groupings throughout the continent are trying to knit their economies closer together, but the pace and extent of integration is slower than hoped.
"Intra-African trade is 4-5% of our international trade. Why? This is unacceptable, unviable, and people need to stand up and say this," Ibrahim said. “Who are we to think that we can have 53 tiny little countries and be ready to compete with China, India, Europe, the Americans? It is a fallacy." (News24)
Love that “Who do we think we are” line! You tell ‘em Mo. And to think there are still some who are questioning why the multi-gazillionaire did not give out his annual prize this year because no African leader deserved it.
Retailer Faces the Mother of All Lawsuits
South Africa’s biggest supermarket chain faces a multimillion-rand damages claim following allegations that the company has ditched its most important client – the South African mother.
Mighty Mom has accused Pick n Pay of reneging on a sponsorship deal for various projects, including funding to market and distribute its resource manual.
The project, which has 2000 members in SA, was officially launched last October by the retailer to empower and support local mothers.
The 528-page manual, which costs R285, covers topics ranging from beauty, style, finance, food, nutrition, legal advice, to safety and security.
Founder Philippa Robertson-Smith, a single mother of two, said two years after entering into an agreement, the retail giant has failed to keep its end of the deal.
"Despite Pick n Pay’s public advertising slogans sponsorship funds have not been forthcoming, purchases have not been paid for and the entire Mighty Mom brand has been compromised," she said. (Times Live)
And In Other News
Public works minister in R45-million tender scandal: Public Works Minister Geoff Doidge has fired his department’s acting director general for refusing to grant a R45-million tender to a law firm he previously hired for his personal matters," The Sunday Independent reported. (Times Live)
Pilot killed in fighter jet crash identified: AN ex-military fighter jet has crashed killing the pilot at an air show in Bredasdorp, Western Cape.The pilot has been identified as Dave Stock. The English Electric Lightning aircraft exploded after crashing near the Overberg Air Force Base in Bredasdorp. The aircraft was operated by Thunder City in Cape Town, which offers thrill seekers trips in ex military jets. (Times Live)
Hijack victim survives 60m fall from bridge after being thrown over by her assailants: The Pietermaritzburg parents of hijack survivor, Kavisha Seevnarain, 26, who is recuperating after being flung off a 60m high bridge on the N2 at Umkomaas at the weekend, have hailed her survival as a miracle. “She was held at gunpoint. Two of the men had firearms. During her ordeal quite a few stops were made to withdraw money from ATM’s from her bank card in various parts of Chesterville and Umlazi. My daughter says they (the hijackers) stopped off for drinks at several shebeens. The four [original] assailants became six in all,” said her father. Eventually the hijackers drove Kavisha along the N2 to the bridge over the Mkomazi river and threw her over the side at about 02:00. She landed in a shallow part of the river and in spite of her severe injuries she managed to crawl onto a sandbank under the bridge where she lay for the rest of the night. (News24)
Proteas win second International T20 in resounding form: With rain clouds threatening in the distance and the intervention of the Duckworth-Lewis method an arm’s length away, South Africa flexed their batting muscles to square the Pro20 series with England here yesterday. They won the second international by a resounding 84 runs, after losing by one run in a rain-affected match last Friday. They scored 241 runs in their 20 overs, the second highest T20 score ever. The English fell woefully short in their response. (Times Live)
It’s a matter of time for Bafana, says Parreira: Bafana Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira believes it is only a matter of time before the national team enters a new promising era ahead of 2010. The Brazilian coach said although his men needed much improvement, the result against Japan in Port Elizabeth on Saturday was "fair and OK". This came after Bafana played to a goalless draw against Japan’s Black Samurai. Japan are ranked 40th in the Fifa world rankings. Parreira said he had expected Bafana to be under siege for most of the game, especially in defence. "The Japanese team have played good football and have won their last five games," he said. "They have scored more than 20 goals in those five games . I must say our performance was fair and OK. There’s a lot of improvement that still needs to be achieved." (Times Live)
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