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Reactions to Blatter resignation, Vaal dam waster project, WEF Africa starts

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'Blatter will say whatever he needs to' - Soccer Laduma's du Toit

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies: there has been a global reaction to newly re-elected Fifa President Sepp Blatter from his position in the global soccer governing body. Blatter's resignation comes mere days after what has been called the biggest scandal to rock sports administration in living memory, where 14 Fifa executives, marketing executives and others have been arrested after being implicated in decades-long corruption at Fifa. The South African government's 2010 World Cup bid has also been called into question. Founder and CEO of Soccer Laduma, Peter du Toit says that Blatter's move is hardly surprising:

This is true to form for Blatter; Blatter will say whatever he needs to say for that moment. I don't think the truth really enters into it. It's what allows Blatter to escape at that particular time and it's what suits Blatter at that particular time. You've gotta think of Fifa being a political organisation, even in a football organisation, like most politicians, they will say what the audience wants to hear.

Concerns over waste dumping into the Vaal Dam

Image: carpfishingsouthafrica.co.za - Vaal Dam Sluice Gates

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: the Department of Water and Sanitation has confirmed that waste from the Metsimaholo Local Municipality in the Free State that will be dumped into the Vaal Dam has been treated. The Department has followed up on concerns expressed by callers to the John Robbie Show, stating that a pipeline is being built in a local rural area that would be transfer waste from the Metsimaholo Local Municipality into the Vaal Dam. This reportedly is a bid to alleviate pressure on the overflowing sewerage plant of the town of Refengkgotso in Metsimaholo Municipality.Department of Water and Sanitation Spokersperson, Sputnik Ratau:

We are aware of this project from the Local Municipality, since around March or so. It is not pumping raw sewage, it is treated effluent. But what happened was that after we became aware of the project, our officials from Gauteng did an inspection and they found that construction of the pipeline was happening.

The World Economic Forum on Africa kicks off today

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: known as the African edition of the world's biggest gathering of influential economic policy makers, entrepreneurs and politicians, the WEF Africa 2015 will be taking place in Cape Town. Money Show Host, Bruce Whitfield will be looking at how African markets can attract global equity flows:

Some of the big issues on the agenda today include: if our growth rates in Sub-Saharan Africa, which rates of 5% - 8%, huge growth rates happening, but our capital markets are drawing only 1% of global private equity, why is that? Are we deluding ourselves as Africa? I'm most looking forward to that talk and others including the role of technology and issues around preparedness for ebola.

Catch the EWN team and Bruce Whitfield's coverage of WEF Africa here

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