Government aims to deracialise economy through radical economic transformation: Zuma

2017-09-24 16:15:15.0 | Kgaugelo Masweneng |

President Jacob Zuma says his administration aims to deracialise the economy through radical economic transformation.

Jacob Zuma. Picture credit: CORNELL TUKIRI.

“We have indicated that we will build a better South Africa for all through radical socio-economic transformation ensuring that the ownership‚ control and management of the economy is deracialised and is not in the hands of white compatriots only‚” said Zuma.

He was delivering his main Heritage Day address at Kameelrivier‚ Mpumalanga‚ on Sunday morning.

Addressing a crowd dressed mostly in traditional attire‚ Zuma quipped that had he not left his Zulu attire in his KwaZulu-Natal home‚ he wouldn’t have worn a suit.

He said this year the government had decided to celebrate Heritage Day and Heritage Month under the theme: “The year of OR Tambo: Celebrating our Liberation Heritage”.

The president said that heritage day is a day in which South Africans express how proud they are as a nation. “We also celebrate our local food‚ colourful languages‚ dance.”

Zuma reflected on the liberation struggle of South Africa and icons that shaped the history of the country and were in the forefront of the Pan African vision‚ “which the ANC [African National Congress] has always stood for”.

“We recall the rich history of our struggle which brought us the freedom and democracy we enjoy today. Indeed we have a rich liberation heritage‚” he said.

Zuma said that the growth in representation by women was a key achievement. “The quest for gender equality and the participation of women in political life is another powerful element in the liberation heritage of South Africa‚”

Zuma appealed for the nation to end and act against “cold blooded” murder and widespread violence against women and children.

The president said that work was continuing in ensuring improvement in transportation‚ and the decentralisation of the economy‚ thus creating jobs locally.

He also spoke out against the use of culture to harm children through forced marriages and harmful practices of initiation schools.

“In promoting our culture and heritage we should be informed by the Constitution‚” he said.

The president also commended the role of faith-based organisations in preserving the heritage.

Zuma applauded local traditional artist Esther Mahlangu’s work‚ saying “it continues to dazzle the design world”.

Mahlangu has exhibited her work around the world for over 28 years and has collaborated with global brands on numerous projects.

Recently a bright Ndebele mural was painted in the streets of New York in the US in her honour.

Mahlangu was a special guest at the president’s address.

The province will sponsor a dedicated project on her work as part of “building a long lasting legacy of mama Mahlangu‚” Zuma said.

Zuma thanked Ndebele queen of music Nothembi Mkhwebane and iconic gospel singer Rebecca Malope for their contribution to South Africa’s heritage.

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‘Broke’ sick Kwasa king discharged from clinic

2017-09-24 15:10:43.0 | Ngwako Malatji |

Kwasa king Malo-A-Botsheba was prematurely discharged from the Tzaneen Mediclinic after he ran out of funds to pay for his soaring medical bill.

Malo-A-Botsheba, who is now at home with leg, stomach and chest pains, may be consigned to a government hospital if he does not get well soon.

The ANC Limpopo chief campaigner is now appealing to his “political principals” for help to pay his medical bill – which is more than R23000 – so he can return to the private clinic for further treatment.

Malo-A-Botsheba, real name Steve Sefofa, was admitted to the clinic last Friday after falling sick at his Motlhabaneng home in Bolobedu, outside Tzaneen. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and constipation.

Antonio Banderas ends SA visit on auction charity high

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‘SABC being a bad sport about coughing up R15m’ – Ndlovu takes public broadcaster to court

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Sundowns crash out of Champions League

2017-09-24 11:03:43.0 | Marc Strydom |

Defending Champions Mamelodi Sundowns’ almost two-year dream run in continental football crashed to an end with their 3-2 penalties 2017 Caf Champions League quarterfinal defeat against Wydad Casablanca in Morocco on Saturday night.

Salaheddine Saidi put Wydad ahead in the second leg in the 26th minute‚ and at 1-1 in the tie‚ at a packed‚ hostile 52 000-seater Stade Prince Moulay Abdellah in Rabat.

Downs had taken a 1-0 lead into the second leg thanks to Yannick Zakri’s goal in the first at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

They conceded early in Rabat‚ then fought their way back into the game but could not breach Wydad’s watertight defence.

Sundowns faced an opening half-hour onslaught in front of the hostile‚ vociferously vocal chanting and whistling of the home crowd‚ and had goalkeeper Denis Onyango to thank for conceding just the lone goal in a torrid opening half-hour.

Guillaume Nicaise Daho was Downs’ chief tormentor.

The tall‚ lithe Ivorian forward was played free on goal down the right with Onyango spreading himself for the save.

Daho then beat Motjeka Madisha down the left and squared across goal‚ Abdelatif Noussir shooting into Tebogo Langerman.

Wydad took the lead when winger Mohamed Ounajem was passed into space on the right and was patient putting in a quality cross that picked out big midfielder Saidi left free to bury a header.

With the aggregate score at 1-1 Sundowns gained composure in the last 15 minutes of the first half. They started the second looking circumspectly even in charge.

In the 51st‚ Downs should have scored. Oupa Manyisa drilled in a cross from the right low and hard across the face and found Madisha‚ who did superbly to control and volley‚ somehow missing the target.

Wydad tightened their impressive defensive structure and it was hard for the Brazilians to find a way through a white wall.

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane replaced Khama Billiat with Zakri in the 73rd. It does seem notable that Downs’ contractual issues with Billiat‚ their chief attacking force winning this competition last year‚ have not been resolved.

The quarter went straight to penalties.

In the shootout George Lebese was successful with Sundowns’ first. Akine Atouchi’s first kick for Wydad was saved by Onyango and Downs appeared on their way to the semis.

Then things went pear-shaped. Percy Tau skied before Motjeka Madisha was successful. Then Zakri shot weakly to see his effort saved by goalkeeper Zouheir Laaroubi and Soumahoro Bhangaly’s kick was ballooned over the bar.

This while Amine Atouchi‚ Achraf Bencharki and Abdeladim Khadrouf were clinical beating Onyango.

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