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Remarks by President Jacob Zuma at the meeting with editors, bureau chiefs and political editors, Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guest House, Pretoria

Ministers, Deputy Ministers Editors, Political Editors and Bureau Chiefs, Senior Officials,   Good morning and thank you for joining us at this interaction. We deemed it important for us to get together to chat informally, as our country heads towards celebrating 20 years of freedom. South Africa is a much better place now that it […]

My take on General Riah Phiyega’s announcement that Lt General Mzwandile Petros was being replaced

This is my take on General Riah Phiyega’s announcement that Lt General Mzwandile Petros was being replaced as Gauteng police commissioner by Lt General Mondli Zuma: Firstly, I think replacing Petros is a mistake. I have said it publicly and I repeat it. Petros is a dedicated and committed police officer. He was committed to […]

Remember when Madiba turned 88?

I was going through some of my old columns I wrote for the Pretoria News and came across this one, which was published on his 88th birthday. I thought I’d share this with you as we keep Tata, who is still in hospital, in our prayers. Let’s also all do our 67 minutes of community […]

The focus should be on Tata at this time.

Nelson Mandela remains in a critical condition in a Pretoria hospital. The focus of the world remains on our country and millions of people are continuing to pray for Madiba and his family. The focus over recent days has shifted to the Mandela family and family feuds are now dominating the headlines. It’s sad, yes […]

Madiba: Let’s Show Some Respect

Our beloved former President, Nelson Mandela was admitted to a Pretoria hospital yesterday. The world media has turned the spotlight on our country and messages of support are pouring in from all corners of the globe. It is sad and disappointing  to see some, especially on social media, being grossly insensitive. They say there is no need […]

20 Years of Freedom: The Countdown Begins

I attended the launch of the 2014 “20 year freedom countdown” in Pretoria today. I am a “social cohesion ambassador”. Scores of veterans of the struggle, business leaders and influential South Africans attended the launch, hosted by Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile. The 20 year celebration is important. It’s not about whether your Black […]

Update on the R511/M26 Road

I’ve received many queries about the R511/M26 road between Erasmia and Diepsloot. The contractor abandoned the work last year after digging up about 4km of the tarmac. Road conditions are very poor. Here is a update from Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC, Ismail Vadi: Dear Yusuf,  The factual position is as follows: The Department terminated […]