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Initiation policy to accommodate women, Baleni on NUM loss, Fifa latest

This file picture taken on November 20, 2008 of young Xhosa boys attending a traditional initiation school in Libode in the Eastern Cape. Credit: AFP/ Alexander Joe

Traditional initiation policy proposals seek to accomodate women

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: with winter initiation season coming up, concerns have arisen around what measures are being taken place to avoid repeated deaths due to the cultural rite. Deputy Minister of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Obed Bapela notes a policy proposition that is currently circulating for comment by various stakeholders:

We definitely have to stop the horror stories because almost 50 000 young children go through the initiation every season. This is a policy proposal - not yet legislation - that we want to seek comments on and then after the comments are received, then we'll start with the legislation itself to try and bring order into the whole environment and prevent deaths while people are practicing their culture and customs. And the conversation currently raised by Contralesa (Congress of Traditional Leaders of South Africa) and traditional leaders is the role of women - whether women should be a part of this in terms of the monitoring in the initiation schools and we need to be emphatic in the legislation in order to avoid confusion.

'My wish was to retire 7-9 years after' - Baleni after losing NUM election

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Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: the shocking loss to David Sipunzi by nine votes in NUM's elective congress over the weekend has left out-voted General Secretary Frans Baleni with no regrets or disappointments:

When you go for electoral contestations, there's a possibility that you'd emerge or not at all. In the first instance, my wish was to retire after 7 - 9 years. I was then approached by 9 regions out of 11, persuading me that 'please serve another term'; I availed myself on the basis of that persuasion. I don't want to get into those politics (of his loss, despite being approached to run), I just accept the outcomes of the result and I am very grateful for this rare opportunity given to me by the NUM to serve in such an organised organisation, which has developed me into a better person.

Heard on CapeTalk's Breakfast with Kieno Kammies, Africa Melane standing in: meanwhile, Sipunzi has already made a commitment to address tensions and splits within Cosatu and it's affliates. Sipunzi is understood to be leading a faction that is unhappy with the Cosatu's expulsion of Zwelinzima Vavi and the Numsa (the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa).Labour analyst, Terry Bell:

The narrow victory within NUM in the vote - I in fact went away for the weekend thinking that Frans Baleni would have a shoe in it, because there were only two regions that openly opposed Baleni - and Sipunzi was said to have been very, very upset about the unconstitutional expulsion of both Zwelinzima Vavi as Cosatu General Secretary and of Numsa. (On Vavi and Numsa explusion from the federation) Amcu has been quite quiet about this, but have indicated that they are always ready to talk, but this is why I raised the issue of how narrow the vote was because there are obviously all these tensions which still exist within NUM and throughout the Cosatu unions, and it was a surprise that the majority of delegates ended up voting Frans Baleni out - and he is after all a Central Member of the (South African) Communist Party.

SA govt adamant Fifa $10m for development, while investigation shows Warner expenditure

Heard on 702's John Robbie Show: as details continue pouring in over the various investigations by the US government, the Swiss government and others over Fifa's decades-long corruption scandals, the government of the 2010 World Cup host nation maintains that the reported $10 million spent to secure the bid wasn't a bribe, but was rather targeted at Fifa's developmental projects. EWN Sports Editor, Jean Smyth sums up the latest:

There's two investigations either side of the Atlantic, while it'll be four months to go before a new election (for the Fifa presidency) can take place in December and that's because the various member associations have to be informed and get their various voting procedures in order. Fifa's investigations not just of current officials but even former officials, is underway; Jack Warner is someone everyone is talking about at the moment, along with Chuck Blazer. (SA's implication) at the moment, we've got Safa, Fifa and the South African government consistent in their message that the $10 million payment was a legitimate and approved project by Fifa and for now, we've got to give them the benefit of the doubt. But the question that needs to be answered by Fifa - certainly from a procedureal point of view - is how was this legacy project approved and how does one man, Jack Warner, become completely control of those funds? And we've seen a BBC investigation which seems to have documentation that proves that that $10 million was used exclusively by him (Jack Warner) for his own personal use and doesn't go to any kind of development at all.


This article first appeared on 702 : Initiation policy to accommodate women, Baleni on NUM loss, Fifa latest


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