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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:03 pm

Air ambulance jaunt sees seven Health officials fired

2010/07/09



SEVEN Eastern Cape emergency services staff have been dismissed following a soccer jaunt at government expense, the provincial Health Department said yesterday.

Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the seven were dismissed after being found guilty at an internal disciplinary hearing on Wednesday. They reportedly used a provincial air ambulance for a trip to Bloemfontein for a Confederations Cup match in June last year.

The jaunt cost the province R182000, Kupelo said. Those fired include the province’s chief emergency operations officer and senior staff from various centres. An eighth official was found not guilty.

The seven had a right to appeal, Kupelo said.

The department earlier this year terminated that air ambulance contract after uncovering irregularities totalling millions of rands, including claims for six-hour flights from East London to Mthatha, triple the driving time, and six hours back. The department is now hiring air ambulance services from month to month.

Shanks Maharaj, the province’s head of emergency medical services, resigned in February after news of the jaunt emerged. – Sapa

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:35 pm

'Angry fan used the k-word'
9 July 2010, 18:45
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The German soccer fan who allegedly assaulted a cabin crew member when his plane did not make it to the soccer World Cup semifinal appeared in the Port Elizabeth Magistrate's Court on Friday, the National Prosecuting Authority said.

"His case was postponed for tomorrow [Saturday]," spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga said.

The postponement would allow Jorg Mardos' lawyers to consult with witnesses and the state. Mardos allegedly assaulted a cabin crew member and insulted others on landing in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.

He had been on a Durban-bound SA Airways flight which was forced to turn back due to congestion at King Shaka International Airport on Wednesday. As a result he missed the World Cup semifinal match between Germany and Spain.

Mardos, who apparently had a number of tickets for people waiting for him at Moses Mabhida stadium, allegedly started hurling insults at and assaulted one of the cabin crew. He was arrested on landing in Port Elizabeth and later granted bail.

Mhaga said Mardos could face other charges, including contravening the Civil Aviation Act, assault and crimen injuria "as it was alleged that he used the 'k-word' with one of the cabin crew members". - Sapa
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PosOnderwerp: Gordhan issues ticket warning    Fri Jul 09, 2010 10:00 pm

Friday, 09 July 2010 09:13
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JOHANNESBURG - Senior government officials who authorised the spending of millions of rands of taxpayers’ money on the World Cup, could find themselves in hot water.

That is if Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan decides to act against departments who splurged R130 million on World Cup tickets.

The excessive spending has incensed one of Cosatu’s affiliates, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).

“It is morally, ethically and criminally wrong to hear of such a wasteful expenditure of the taxpayers’ money. We will remain vigilant against the looting of our state resources for personal gain by a few who are already highly paid and contributing to the extreme inequalities in our country,” said Nehawu in a statement yesterday.

Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary chief whip Ian Davidson said “the R130 million splurge” was unacceptable.

“Once such expenditure is declared wasteful, consequences ought to follow.

“Those officials responsible for approving the purchase of tickets should be investigated for their behaviour, in line with Chapter 10 of the PFMA (Public Finance Management Act), which lists the approval of wasteful and fruitless expenditure as ‘financial misconduct’, the punishment for which is ‘dismissal or suspension or other sanction’,” he added.

Nehawu agreed, demanding that harsh action be taken against anyone found to have acted inappropriately and flouted the PFMA.

“The union finds it hypocritical that the workers are being told to accept lower wages because of the unavailability of money, yet we hear an amount of R130 million was spent by government entities to watch a soccer tournament.”

Gordhan has decided to meet the Auditor-General and standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) chairman to discuss a way forward in dealing with the matter.

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Sun Jul 11, 2010 12:57 pm

JIP- MAAR DIE TROLFABRIEK HET NIE GELD OM HULLE DUISENDE VERARMDE VREEMDELINGE HUISE TE GEE NIE- NIE EERS TE PRAAT VAN KOS NIE- MAAR DIE SOKKERGOD- HY DIE MOET GE-EER WORD. WONNER NET WIE DE HEL GAAN HIERDIE HAP UIT DIE STAATSKAS TERUG BETAAL ...GORDAN KLONG- SEKER WEER GAAN DIE BLANKE BELASTING BETALER BINNEKORT STINK WINDE VAN JOU SARS TROLLE AF KRY OM VIR JOU EN JOU MAFIA MOB SE SOKKER SPELETJIES OP TE DOK NE?


Sokker kos SA minstens R46 miljard
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Johannesburg. - Suid-Afrika sal ná vandag die ware berekenings begin doen of dit werklik finansieel die moeite werd was om die Wêreldbeker aan te bied.

Die regering het reeds gesê hy het R38 miljard bestee.

Mnr. Pravin Gordhan, minister van finansies, het vroeër gesê die staatsuitgawes en inkomste uit die toernooi sal mekaar min of meer uitbalanseer.

Ekonome verskil oor die totale besteding om die toernooi aan te bied en sê dit is baie moeilik om te bepaal hoeveel die private sektor in afwagting van die toernooi bestee het.

’n Sake24-ondersoek het bevind dat ramings van die privatesektorbesteding tussen R8 miljard en R57 miljard wissel. Dít beteken dat die totale koste van die toernooi tussen R46 miljard en R95 miljard kan beloop

Mnr. Mike Schüssler, ekonoom van Economists.co.za, sê die private sektor kon ’n geraamde R5 miljard aan akkommodasie bestee het en ’n bykomende R3 miljard aan vervoer en ander vermaaklikheidsdienste soos restaurante.

Mnr. Philip Cole, onafhanklike ontwikkelingsekonoom, sê die ekonomiese menigvuldigereffek kan meebring dat die totale regstreekse en onregstreekse koste van die toernooi in die omgewing van R95 miljard is.

Die koste sal net verhaal word deur verhoogde handel oor die volgende jare.

Verskeie sakeleiers het aan Sake24 gesê hulle sien reeds positiewe tekens wat uit die toernooi vloei wat groter langtermynvoordele sal inhou.

Mnr. Marius Heyns, uitvoerende hoof van die konstruksiegroep Basil Read, wat pas teruggekeer het van ’n sakebesoek aan Frankryk en die Midde-Ooste, sê sy ontvangs was “ongelooflik” danksy Suid-Afrika se suksesvolle aanbieding van die toernooi.

Basil Read het die Mbombela-stadion in Nelspruit saam met sy Franse vennoot, Bouygues, gebou.

“Ek kry oproepe vanaf Ekwatoriaal-Guinee, Angola en Libië om daar te kom stadions bou.” Daar was ook belangstelling uit Uganda.

Europese kliënte besef ook skielik hulle kan Suid-Afrikaanse konstruksiegroepe nooi om te tender omdat hul handewerk ooglopend van ’n hoë standaard is.

“Die welwillendheid teenoor Suid-Afrika in Afrika, die Midde-Ooste en Australië is ongelooflik en kan beslis gekoppel word aan die suksesvolle aanbieding van die toernooi,” sê Heyns.

Vir Basil Read is die opbrengs uit die toernooi reeds baie groter as dit wat op die inkomstestaat staan, sê hy.

Mnr. Fred Platt, uitvoerende hoof van die Accentuate-groep, wat die vloerbedekking vir nege van die wedstrydstadions en drie oefenstadions, asook dele van die O.R. Tambo- en King Shaka-lughawens verskaf het, sê sy Europese verskaffers kyk danksy die goeie mediadekking tydens die toernooi met ander oë na die Suid-Afrikaanse mark.

“Europese lande het Suid-Afrika nie tot dusver as ’n belangrike mark gesien nie, maar hul houding verander.”

Mnr. Tommy Edmond van Tourvest sê dié groep het ’n hele nuwe onderneming tot stand gebring danksy die toernooi.

Tourvest Event Activation Management (TEAM) het sowat 60 000 besoekers, die meeste verbonde aan Fifa se groot borge, tydens die toernooi hanteer.

Edmond sê die groep se sakemodel kan met enige groot byeenkoms ter wêreld ingespan word en Tourvest het reeds ’n kantoor in Brasilië geopen met die oog op die volgende Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi oor vier jaar daar en die latere Olimpiese Spele.

TEAM het danksy die toernooi ’n splinternuwe kliëntebasis bygekry en sy paar honderd personeellede het vaardighede ontwikkel wat hul waarde wêreldwyd verhoog.

“Ons het baie meer baat gevind by die toernooi as wat uit vanjaar se syfers sal blyk,” sê hy. Boonop het bykans al die gaste gesê hulle kom terug na Suid-Afrika vir ’n vakansie.

Kaapstad-toerisme meen ook die huidige 1,8 miljoen jaarlikse internasionale besoekers kan tot 3 miljoen jaarlikse besoekers aan Kaapstad toeneem as gevolg van die sowat 3 miljard mense wat wêreldwyd op televisie na die toernooi gekyk het.

InnStaff, ’n filiaal van die Kelly-werwingsgroep, het 7 500 werkers van nuuts gewerf en opgelei in kliënteverhoudinge en gasvryheidsvaardighede, sê mnr. Peter Czakan, besturende direkteur.

Dít sluit 250 leerderskappe van tien maande vir algemene bestuurders in.

Hoewel die algemene werkers wat in die stadionlosies gewerk het waarskynlik ná die toernooi uit diens gestel sal word, sê hy die opleiding en ervaring in ’n situasie van hoë druk sal hulle waarde in die arbeidsmark plaaslik en in die streek verhoog.

Mnr. Danie de Wet, eienaar van die De Wetshof-wynlandgoed buite Robertson, sê danksy die Wêreldbeker-blootstelling sal internasionale wynverbruikers nie meer by Suid-Afrikaanse wyne op die winkelrak verbyloop sonder ’n benul van wie en waar die land is nie.

“Tweedens word gehoop dat die hoë profiel wat Suid-Afrika danksy die toernooi het sy beeld as verskaffer van goedkoop wyne kan verander na een wat wyne van gehalte en waarde lewer,” sê De Wet.

Volgens Reuters het Investec Batebestuur verder buitengewone belangstelling van Japanse beleggers bespeur nadat dié land na die tweede ronde van die toernooi deurgedring het.

Mnr. John Mackie, hoof van Afrika-beleggings by Stanlib, het aan Reuters gesê daar is definitief groter belangstelling in Suid-Afrika as beleggingsbestemming uit Europa.

Dít word beskou as van die eerste “onberekenbare voordele” uit die toernooi.

Reuters het ook berig dat Suid-Afrika die bedrag met rente gaan verhaal danksy ’n herposisionering van ’n land geteister deur geweldsmisdaad tot een wat die grootste sportgebeurtenis ter wêreld seepglad aanbied in ikoniese stadions en voor geesdriftige sportgeesdriftiges wat hulle goed gedra.

“Mense sit in Denemarke, Frankryk en Brittanje en sê dié stadions lyk baie beter as enigiets wat ons het en dit lyk of alles werk en almal nog leef,” sê Mackie.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:40 am


AFTER THE WORLD CUP- LET'S SOBER UP....


What comes after the euphoria of the World Cup? Expectations. Will these expectations be met? No. Why not? Because if they haven't been met for the past 16 years of African National Congress rule a four-week feel-good factor is not going to make them happen now.

The erection of stadiums and facilities for the World Cup was a remarkable achievement, but it was a one-off. Also, some thought it a scandalous waste of money. Equally impressive achievements, like houses, could have been erected in the black townships where ferment has been simmering for years. What happens now? The ferment goes away? Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says the "daily reality" for millions of South Africans is dictated by warlords. Will it, too, be gone now by next week?

The ANC clearly shared the feel-good moment that came with the games. But a (UK) Financial Times editorial which concluded that while South Africa had real problems, its success in staging the World Cup "should give it the confidence to tackle those problems with new energy," was naivety beyond belief. That the feel-good factor was a safety valve for intolerable tensions building up in the country is perfectly true, and psychologically interesting, but it remains a passing phenomenon.

Let's be real. After the prozac fix of the World Cup, comes the downer. Occasional prophets (or media praise-singers - just how many times can they change their tune?) may claim they had an experience on the road to Damascus, but not that battle-scarred ANC lot, who have slugged it out with each other for years, and are said now to be having a "dog-fight" in the presidency.

The need of patriots to accentuate the positive is understandable, but to claim (as Khehla Shubane does in his latest exchange with RW Johnson in Business Day), that the World Cup "has taught the country that South Africans can rally around a single issue," is fairy talk. If, as Johnson wryly notes, the ANC genuinely wants a meritocracy (to create a new South Africa), the cabinet will consist mainly of clever Jews and Indians.

A warning comes from Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus over global growth and a slowdown in Europe that could have "serious implications" for the recovery of SA's "hesitant, fragile and uneven" economy. For South Africans who want to see the likely post-World Cup government in specific detail, there are few better sources than the daily bulletins the Democratic Alliance puts on line - showing how (with occasional exceptions) the wheels are coming off in government departments.

Familiar as the ANC's record of failure is since it took office in 1994, it bears summing up. For example, writing in the Pretoria-based publication Intersearch, Dr Jan du Plessis concludes that South Africa is a "failed state, in decline since 1994, achieving political power, but losing governing capabilities". He uses the term "system collapse". Outwardly, SA resembles a state, but "Silently, the state has entered a political vacuum... the future is unknown territory".

Dr du Plessis thinks Thabo Mbeki (ousted in December 2007 as ANC president and in September 2008 as the country's president) rightly can be called the father of the failed state. He left Jacob Zuma a "terrible legacy...very few governing tools." Zuma is largely "politically paralysed." Mass dismissals of white civil servants in the first five years of ANC rule were followed by further erosion in both the public and private sectors.

The 1996 constitution contains a specific "formula" that 49,320,500-million South Africans must be represented in all structures of government and society. Instead, the preposterous ideology of "demographic representivity" embeds race in job allocation: 39,136,200-million Africans are entitled to 79.3% of jobs, 4,472,100-million whites to 9.1%, 4,433,100-million Coloureds to 9%, and 1,279,100-million Indians/Asians to 2.6%. The apartheid draughtsmen were never so inventive.

Now the "thugocrats" (DA leader Helen Zille's words) are trying to ratch up the race factor by replacing the ANC's policy of grouping Africans, Coloureds and Indians/Asians as "blacks" with a concept that Africans are top of the pile and Zuma should apply this in all key appointments. Whites, coloureds and Indians are "minorities" (a new slant on ethnic cleansing).

Where "demographic representivity" has been enforced - as Dr du Plessis puts it - "Society loses its capability to regenerate itself. The number of people who need services and support from government becomes ever greater, and government's capability to meet those demands becomes smaller. It leads to a self-destructing process."

Economist Mike Schussler says the employment situation in SA is "overwhelmingly desperate". The number of people not taking part in the economy grew (under the ANC) by almost 25 percent - "a huge cultural change". But "In 10 years time we'll have another 25 percent of the population saying they don't want to work, and we must ask why."

Non-participation in the economy, says Schlusser, can be a result of discouragement, but it can also be that welfare cheques are "ruling the roost and people sometimes have no need to work". More South Africans received money from welfare than from employment: 12,8-million people working (not all for money) and 13,8-million people receiving welfare payments from the proceeds of 5-million taxpayers.

"I don't know of any other country in the world," says Schlusser, "where the recipients of welfare are greater than the amount of people who work." He quotes a joint African Union/United Nations report which says workers in SA need work only for eight hours a month to be considered as employed. Where is World Cup euphoria now? Praise-singers should read these economists, not tell tales about fairies.

Jacob Zuma must be SA's most extraordinary president. His world rocks around him, but he continues cheerfully along his polygamous way, ever chuckling, never publicly flustered. He knows his numerous critics would like to dethrone him in 2012 (when he completes his five-year term as ANC president, the power base which ensures presidency of the country), but his survival dance with the rival groups is a top-class performance.

Labour economist Andrew Levy thinks strike action will increase after the World Cup, until there is a "high noon," with the unlikely alternative of an agreed national wage accord. The public sector will remain the final bastion of union strength, which is where Levy expects the main thrust to come from. The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu), for example, says Levy, has the will and ability to take its members on to the streets, and keep them there until they clinch acceptable (if realistically unaffordable) settlements. In turn, this will set examples to other unions.

The strike weapon will continue to be used, Levy believes, "until such time as the government ends it by taking a stance, and the longer that showdown is delayed, the longer and more damaging the final settlement will be." Levy thinks this could bring an end to "whatever semblance of amity remains" in the Tripartite Alliance - formed by the ANC, Cosatu and the SACP (SA Communist Party) in the apartheid 1980s. "It is going to be the industrial relations equivalent of the gunfight at the OK Corral."

Frans Cronje, deputy CEO of the SA Institute of Race Relations, strikes a similar note: "We may as a country have reached a point when it is important to ask for how much longer many private sector entrepreneurs will be prepared to put up with such hostility from the government."

Finally, there is the present face-to-face confrontation in the ANC over power. The tale goes back to the Tripartite's unfolding scene. When Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as president in 1999 he widened the existing gap between the ANC and Cosatu/SACP. In 2005, Mbeki became suspicious of Zuma's ambitions; the state brought corruption charges against him; Mbeki sacked him as deputy president; and Zuma became the standard bearer of an anti-Mbeki campaign, led by Cosatu, the SACP and the ANC Youth League (ANCYL).

It was the end of Mbeki, who has since faded into the woodwork. A breakaway group, calling itself the Congress of the People (Cope), partly Mbekites, partly anyone else, won 30 of the 400 National Assembly seats in the 2009 elections but, deeply split now, struggles for a future?

Last year, ANCYL thugocrats introduced a new element in politics: Cosatu and the SACP, they said, were trying to take over the ANC. If the ANCYL has its way, it will run the country, under whomever it chooses for the presidency - Zuma or someone else. Zuma could summon his own power base, mainly in KwaZulu-Natal, but if he added Zulu tribalism to the present combustible mixture, would the country be worth taking over?

Zuma is the ever-thinning glue that holds the ANC together. The year 2012 is set for the final showdown over the presidency when Zuma is either re-elected or dislodged. Meanwhile, the local government elections due next year will indicate just how impatient the combatants have become.

The problem for all the combatants though is that for the moment none of them, single-handed, can carry the power struggle through to the end without risking collapse of the whole Tripartite edifice. The restraint on them is fear of a local, non-nuclear Hiroshima.




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However, anarchy of a sorts will come by 2012, with the struggle until then waged possibly from three main sources: strikes for higher wages, better working conditions and delivery of a better life; demonstrations in black townships and by rural dwellers; and lethal conflict at upper ANC levels.

This third level struggle is the tricky one. What evidence is there that the ANC even exists - that all which is left is a legend and a logo (to legitimize whichever combatant emerges from the infighting as the winner)? This is not a struggle for the ANC's "soul", because the ANC is so unstructured that it no longer has a "soul". Its driving force is certainly not ideology, but power (and its post-1994 accompaniment, greed). All this is rather odd, because ultimately it is economics, not politics, that will decide South Africa's future.

The ANC (to give it a name at least) theoretically is run by a "top six": President Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, secretary-general Gwede Mantashe (chairman of the SACP), his deputy Thandi Modise, national chairman Baleka Mbete; and treasurer-general Matthew Phosa.

Zuma's future is uncertain; some think Motlanthe would make a better (even if over-neutralised) president; Phosa is legal adviser to Julius Malema, ANCYL president and probably the nastiest piece of work in black politics (he has his eyes set on nationalization of the mines and privately-owned land and would dearly like to start a new gold rush); and Mantashe is the ANCYL's main target - they want to replace him with Fikile Mbalula (former ANCYL president). This is only a fraction of the infighting at the ANC's highest level, but it helps to explain why when the ANC issues a statement many people wonder: who is the ANC?

All the combatant groups are lobbying the ANC's hundreds of branches, and also generally at local, provincial and national government levels. Next to the "top six" are the 85-member National Executive Committee (partly pro-Zuma, partly elected by other interests) and the smaller National Working Committee. According to the media, members of both executives are divided in their allegiances.

This article is not a doomsday essay. It suggests that ANC politics are approaching anarchy, maybe not next year but certainly by 2012, and that a measure of anarchy may be a necessary precursor for a reborn South Africa.

In such a country, Cosatu would be positioned on the Left, but as a worker's federation, not a political party, as it appears to be aspiring now; the government would have to negotiate with it fairly and generously; the SACP would load its huge archive of ideological documents on a truck and take to the wilderness, instead of latching on to the ANC like a parasite as it has done over the years; the ANCYL would be house-trained by its elders to behave like adults; and above all the "minority" whites, coloureds and Indians would have to be brought into the governmental politics and structures on equal terms.

Perhaps this is also talking to the fairies. But if anarchy lies ahead, closure will have to be brought on it one day. Economics will dictate this. It would be a great pity though if a new dawn has to be preceded by a night of the long knives.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:45 am

Soccer City in Soweto witnessed the finest display of lip-synching ever seen in Africa last night as the World Cup drew to a close with a PowerPoint presentation. Meanwhile organisers have conceded that they had spent most of the budget on paying Lebo M not to be involved in the ceremony.

R120-million was budgeted for both the opening- and closing ceremonies of the 2010 World Cup.

However, the opening extravaganza cost just R2,500 to produce thanks to its heavy reliance on Limpopo Functional Grade remedial folk-dancing pupils.

As a result the producers of Sunday night’s showpiece could spend the full R120-million.

According to initial breakdowns, R2-million went to Colombian yodeller Shakira, R5,000 (in Pep Store gift vouchers) was spent hiring five Ghanaian gangsta-rappers, R5,000 was used to build some model elephants, while another R1,000 went towards buying a legal copy of Microsoft PowerPoint.

The balance of R117.98-million was paid to theatre producer Lebo M for not being involved, including the offer of a bonus if he consistently failed to come to rehearsals and refrained from accusing his colleagues of being racist Philistines.

Meanwhile critics have heaped praise on the starring PowerPoint presentation designed by Candi-Belle Liebensraum, a self-taught graphic designer who also does weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.

“It was unlike any closing ceremony we’ve ever seen before,” said critic Pundit Pandit. “The Sydney and Athens Olympics, the last World Cup, you name it, this one didn’t look like any of them.”

The only hitch in the show was a small outbreak of panic when the international television commentary team announced that South Africa was “the land of elephants and lions and tigers”.

“A tiger?! In Africa?!” screamed one frightened bystander, unintentionally quoting Monty Python.

Asked why the delightful column of model elephants had been relatively small, an official explained that they had been based on ANC specifications.

“Sure, we could have made them life-size or bigger and gone for a real spectacle, but we got a call from Luthuli House and they said we couldn’t do anything that might make Jacob Zuma look small,” explained the official.


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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:57 pm

Investors up in arms over Cup deal
12 July 2010
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UNHAPPY: Home distributor Queeny Sibasa wants her money back. PHOTO: SIBUSISO MSIBI


MORE than 70 home distributors, who invested thousands of rands in WCS Big Five Promotions, have been left in the lurch.




The distributors promised to organise accommodation for tourists coming to the World Cup spectacle.

They are called distributors because they look for houses and choose those that meet the standards to be used for accommodation.

They did not receive even a single guest and are now unlikely to get their money back.

The group of 75 people alleged that WCS Big Five Promotions lured them into investing R29000 each in the accommodation industry in 2006. Thjey were guaranteed returns.

They said each distributor had to get 200 beds to qualify as a shareholder.

“We want our money back plus interest because WCS Big Five have failed to deliver on their promises ,” distributor Queeny Sibasa said.

Sibasa, of Tshiawelo in Soweto, said she spent sleepless nights organising homes for promised tourists.

“I spent a lot of money on petrol, phone calls and pictures of the houses to ensure that everything was well-organised. All my efforts were in vain,” she said.

She said each homeowner paid a R500 deposit and were promised R750 a day for every guest.

Sibasa said as the tournament drew near she became worried because the company was silent about bookings.

“We were told that few tourists came and most of them opted for hotels. That’s not true because according to statistics there were about one million tourists who came between June 1 and July 1,” she said.

“How can they tell us they failed to secure at least one person out of a million people? They just did not do their work. All they wanted was our money. This was a scam.”

She said each distributor was promised R450000 once the guests had arrived.

They would get a further R400000 when the tournament ended.

Nomsa Malinga of Meadowlands, who joined as an agent and a distributor, said: “WCS must bring back our money. Our lives are in danger because homeowners want their deposits while WCS have now moved their offices without telling us.”

WCS spokesperson Christo Maritz said the reason they moved from Florida was because of death threats.

“Last week WCS staff and management received death threats from investors and property owners to such an extent that the office was vacated,” Maritz said.

“This also had the effect that no further bookings could be handled during the busiest period and more income was lost.”

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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 8:48 pm

South Africa gets 9/10 for World Cup
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South Africa scored nine out of 10 for its organisation of the 2010 World Cup.

"Nobody in the world is perfect, but the organisation of this first World Cup in Africa and in South Africa was pretty close," Fifa president Sepp Blatter told a 2010 World Cup wrap-up press conference in Johannesburg on Monday.

"I was more than satisfied and happy with the smooth running of the tournament. It was a huge success for both South Africa and the continent of Africa.

They can be proud of their achievements. They (South Africa and Africa) showed they can organise such an event successfully.

"It was a question of trust and confidence. We as Fifa showed that and South Africa responded brilliantly."

Blatter was full of praise for the 2010 Organising Committee, its chairman Irvin Khoza and CEO Danny Jordaan.

The Fifa supremo added the people the people and government of South Africa also played a big role.

"The South African government for backing and fulfilling all their guarantees and the South Africans for their warm hospitality.

"Africa and South Africa deserve a big compliment for what they have achieved here during the past month."


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The biggest global sporting event on the planet started at Soccer City on June 11 and ended on Sunday at the same venue, where Spain became world champions for the first time by defeating the Netherlands 1-0 in a bruising final that went into extra time.

Blatter said the South Africa public were the big winners: "Even when South Africa were eliminated in the first round and when the two big South American countries (Brazil and Argentina) failed to make the semi-finals, the tournament continued to grow and become a fantastic success.

"It is down to the people of South Africa for the way they opened their arms to this event."

Jordaan praised Blatter for bringing the World Cup to South Africa: "The president (Blatter) took a big risk in championing Africa and especially South Africa to stage the World Cup.

"We sit here today glowing in the success of a fantastic tournament just completed, but had it gone wrong Blatter would have been made to answer. We thank him for his faith in us and made our dream come true."

A total of 3,1-million spectators paid to watch the 64 matches of the tournament, which is the third highest aggregate attendance behind the United States in 1994 and Germany in 2006. --Sapa
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:22 pm

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ministers falter as xenophobic threat looms
ANTHONY BUTLER
Published: 2010/07/12 08:00:26 AM

SOUTH Africans’ justified pride during last night’s World Cup final was undercut by gnawing fears about a return to the land of so-called xenophobic violence , just two years after upheavals that left more than 60 dead.

On the face of it, the government has put a great deal of effort into avoiding just this eventuality. Drawing on preliminary research into the causes of the 2008 catastrophe, ministers have focused on the activities of “criminal elements” — particularly small business owners faced with immigrant competition — in areas of poverty and high unemployment.

They have accepted findings that local political leaders used street violence in 2008 to establish control over rivals. They have also recognised that public service backlogs and a lack of economic opportunities create conditions in which young people can be mobilised for violence. The government’s recent re-establishment of an interministerial committee on xenophobia, under Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa , was initially seen as a demonstration of intent. Ministers promised systematic intelligence gathering about the “xenophobic threat”, a management of risks by means of widespread community dialogue, and the preparation of disaster management systems.

Committee members, however, increasingly seem out of their depth. As they have floundered, their initially preventative and precautionary strategy has given way to heavy-handed threats and, in recent days, to a diversionary attempt to identify a group of supposed “rumour mongers”.

Predictions of violence can certainly have a partly self-fulfilling quality. Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba , however, has gone further by summoning up a set of elusive enemies of the nation. Their purported purpose is “to ensure that the successful hosting of the World Cup lies motionless, lifeless and soulless in the coffin designed by vicious rumour mongers and peddlers of lies!”

Ministers charged with responsibility for averting a human tragedy need to think more honestly about why a return to violence is threatened at just this moment of national triumph.

A number of aspects of “xenophobic violence” have been ill-advisedly downplayed by the government. First, at least a third of the 2008 victims were South Africans, and ethnicity is therefore as central as nationality to the phenomenon.

Second, those involved in perpetrating violence believe they are righteous. It is “outsiders” — the majority so far foreigners — who are conceived as destroying local businesses, living as drug dealers, and “stealing” local women. There is moral rage behind a proffered choice between flight and purification by fire.

Third, these righteous killers believe they have the police and political leaders on their side. The police openly harass migrants, Vendas and Shangaans, and the government has done too little to stop this. Local political leaders have instigated many attacks, and their parties — including the African National Congress — have not acted effectively enough to punish them. National politicians have so far condemned potential damage to the country’s image far more vehemently than murder itself.

The suppressed panic on the interministerial committee is symptomatic of a wider debilitation of political leadership. Too little has been done to bring the perpetrators of the 2008 violence to book. There has been little co-ordinated support for the anti- xenophobia initiative. The police — viewed as enemies by victims and as allies by killers — remain exempt from necessary reform.

President Jacob Zuma has been accused of turning the security cluster into a fiefdom of perceived cronies. At best, he has chosen ministers who lack the intellectual maturity and broad political credibility to manage problems of such complexity. Critics of the current administration claim that leadership can be a vital resource in national political life, and that Zuma has so far offered too little of it. His supporters counter that a passive or even inert president can be costless. In the next few days, the limitations — and perhaps unexpected capabilities — of the president may be thrown into clearer relief.

- Butler teaches politics at Wits University.ttp://www.businessday.co.za/article...aspx?id=114448
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 12, 2010 10:24 pm

Gister het my broer se skoonsuster inkopies gaan doen, voor die winkel in die openbaar het 'n swarte vir haar thumps-up gewys, sy het dit terug gewys bedoelende dat die span wat hy ondersteun sou wen. Hy het dit weer gewys en sy het hom gevra wat is so OK, met 'n grin op sy gesig het hy gese "EENDAG GAAN ONS AL DIE WITTES DOODMAAK"
Dit het in die openbaar gebeur sonder 'n vooraf konfrontasie of woordewisseling, net spontaan.

Die uitlanders gee gehoor aan hulle dreigemente, miskien is dit 'n poging om ook skrik op die lyf te probeer jaag.


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PosOnderwerp: Tshwane wou ‘armoede beveg’ met 2 700 kaartjies   Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:02 am


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Die Tshwane-metroraad was van plan om sowat R1 miljoen aan sokkerkaartjies op Loftus Versfeld te bestee met die “strategiese doelwitte” om onder meer “armoede te beveg en skoon, gesonde, veilige en volhoubare gemeenskappe te bou”.

Danksy Fifa, wat hulle minder kaartjies gegee het as wat hulle wou gehad het, het die metroraad se sokkerlus die belastingbetalers uiteindelik sowat R500 000 gekos vir 1 200 kaartjies.

’n Omsendbrief is kort voordat WB 2010 afgeskop het aan munisipaliteite gestuur waarin mnr. Pravin Gordhan, minister van finansies, gewaarsku het die koop van sokkerkaartjies met belastingbetalers se geld kan ingevolge die Wet op Openbare Finansiële Bestuur op finansiële wanbestuur en onregmatige uitgawes neerkom.

Mnre. Godfrey Nkwane en Oupa Nkoane, onderskeidelik Tshwane se uitvoerende hoof vir 2010 en munisipale bestuurder, het Beeld verlede maand van bakboord na stuurboord gestuur met vrae oor die kaartjies.

Hulle het gesê hul wis niks van kaartjies wat gekoop is nie.

’n Dokument wat op 2 Junie deur die burgemeesterskomitee goedgekeur is en intussen vertroulik aan Beeld beskikbaar gestel is, toon Nkwane en Nkoane het wel kennis gedra dat Tshwane R724 500 vir 2 100 kaartjies goedgekeur het.

Nkwane se kantoor het die dokument opgestel en die versoek vir goedkeuring het van die kantore van die munisipale bestuurder (Nkoane) en die uitvoerende burgemeester (dr. Gwen Ramokgopa) gekom.

Luidens die dokument het Tshwane aan die begin van die jaar ’n bestelling vir 2 700 kaartjies geplaas, maar Fifa kon net 2 100 verskaf.

Die strategiese doelwitte ter motivering (in die dokument) is onder meer om “armoede te beveg, skoon, gesonde, veilige en volhoubare gemeenskappe te bou” en “om Tshwane voor te berei vir die toernooi”.

Nkwane het gister gesê Fifa kon toe net 1 200 kaartjies ter waarde van “net minder as R500 000” aan Tshwane afstaan.

Me. Adriana Randall, ’n DA-raadslid op Tshwane se portefeuljekomitee vir finansies, sê die vraag is wie genooi is vir die wedstryde en watter bykomende koste aangegaan is om hulle te onthaal.

“Dit is duidelik ’n onregmatige uitgawe. Dit is gekoop ondanks die minister se waarskuwing en inwoners wat hul sente moet omdraai.”
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Tue Jul 13, 2010 7:54 pm

Sokker knou handel
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Johannesburg. – Die Wêreldbeker-sokkertoernooi het in Junie tot ’n daling in handelsaktiwiteit bygedra.


Die handelaktiwiteite-indeks (TAI) van die Suid-Afrikaanse Kamer van Koophandel en Nywerheid (SAKKN) se handelstoestandepeiling in Junie het met drie indekspunte tot 48 gedaal. Dit is nog effens beter as April se syfer van 47, toe laer produktiwiteit grootliks deur die groot getal vakansiedae in dié maand veroorsaak is.


Die SAKKN sê in ’n verklaring hoewel Wêreldbeker-verwante handel beduidend toegeneem het, het ander vorme van handel gedaal en tot die daling in die TAI bygedra.


Skole en universiteite was vir die volle duur van die toernooi gesluit en daarom het baie mense van dié kans gebruik gemaak om met vakansie te gaan. Verskeie ondernemings het ook hul werknemers toegelaat om vroeg huis toe te gaan op dae wanneer Bafana Bafana gespeel het.


Die peiling se handelsverwagtinge-indeks (TEI) het onveranderd op 61 indekspunte gebly. Hoewel dit beduidend laer as Februarie se 68 punte is, is die indeks baie sterker as ’n jaar gelede, toe dit op 46 punte gestaan het.


Die subindeks vir verwagte verkoopsvolumes het geklim en die dalings in die subindeks vir inset- en verkooppryse dui volgens die SAKKN op selfs laer prysdruk aan die einde van die jaar.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Fri Jul 16, 2010 9:33 pm

1 000 crimes at venues
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Johannesburg – Nearly 1 000 crimes, mainly thefts and muggings, took place in and around stadiums on match days during the World Cup, South Africa's police minister said on Thursday.

A total of 290 incidents were reported to police inside the 10 venues of the month-long tournament while a further 704 were recorded as having taken place within a 1.5km radius outside the grounds, said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The rampant crime rate in South Africa, where around 50 people are murdered every day, was a major concern in the build-up to the tournament and had prompted accusations that the country was an unsuitable host for the world's most popular sporting event.

But 44 000 extra police were recruited for the tournament, mostly on patrol around the grounds and fan parks, and helped prevent any killings of supporters.

The minister said that 1 779 crimes were recorded in and around the fan parks where around 1.2 million fans were able to watch matches on giant television screens.

"We must agree that these figures are very heartening and reflect exceptionally well on the security forces and the people of South Africa," said Mthethwa.

Police also made 447 arrests, of which 266 were South Africans and 181 were foreign nationals.
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PosOnderwerp: Re: WORLD CUP 2010 GLORIOUS DISASTERS- AND THE BLOODY AFTERMATH   Mon Jul 19, 2010 1:21 pm

HOW LUCKY CAN THESE FOREIGNERS BE EH? JUST A THOUSAND CRIMES FOR THE WHOLE DURATION OF THE UNGODLY SOCCER MONTHLY PRAYER MEETING...THEY ARE LUCKY INDEED. IT MUST'VE BEEN FOR THE FACT THAT MOST OF OUR LOCAL GREMLINS WAS WATCHING SOCCER INSIDE THE STADIUMS AS WELL....WE NORMALLY KNOCK ABOUT 1000 CRIMES A DAY AROUND THESE PARTS.



1 000 crimes at venues
2010-07-15 21:27


Johannesburg – Nearly 1 000 crimes, mainly thefts and muggings, took place in and around stadiums on match days during the World Cup, South Africa's police minister said on Thursday.

A total of 290 incidents were reported to police inside the 10 venues of the month-long tournament while a further 704 were recorded as having taken place within a 1.5km radius outside the grounds, said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The rampant crime rate in South Africa, where around 50 people are murdered every day, was a major concern in the build-up to the tournament and had prompted accusations that the country was an unsuitable host for the world's most popular sporting event.

But 44 000 extra police were recruited for the tournament, mostly on patrol around the grounds and fan parks, and helped prevent any killings of supporters.

The minister said that 1 779 crimes were recorded in and around the fan parks where around 1.2 million fans were able to watch matches on giant television screens.

"We must agree that these figures are very heartening and reflect exceptionally well on the security forces and the people of South Africa," said Mthethwa.

Police also made 447 arrests, of which 266 were South Africans and 181 were foreign nationals.


http://www.sport24.co.za/Soccer/WorldCup/NationalNews/1-000-crimes-at-venues-20100715

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