Archive for 16. June 2010

Oh my God ….

Wednesday, 16. June 2010

What happened to Bafana Bafana? They were just a shadow of their former self. Nothing of what they have shown in the opening game was visible. That is too sad!

And the red card for Khune, to me it was a too harsh decision. The Uruguay striker was off-site, and the slow-motion showed they contacted just with the tip of the toe the striker being in the air. But the fall was marvellous.

I don’t blame the referee, both off-site and foul was difficult to see, but the decision was harsh – heart breaking.
No doubt Bafana Bafana was not in a condition to win, but 0 : 3, that well might be the end of all dreams.

FIFA rules

Wednesday, 16. June 2010

Today 13 Dutch women had to appear at court for ambush marketing. While the first game of the Netherlands they were wearing uniformed orange mini-skirts , what was perceived promoting a Dutch beer. This is against the regulations on marketing imposed by FIFA.

Youth Day – Previously known as Soweto Day

Wednesday, 16. June 2010

In 1975 protests started in African schools after a directive from the then Bantu Education Department that Afrikaans had to be used on an equal basis with English as a language of instruction in secondary schools. The issue, however, was not so much the Afrikaans as the whole system of Bantu education which was characterised by separate schools and universities, poor facilities, overcrowded classrooms and inadequately trained teachers. On 16 June 1976 more than 20 000 pupils from Soweto began a protest march. In the wake of clashes with the police, and the violence that ensued during the next few weeks, approximately 700 hundred people, many of them youths, were killed and property destroyed.

Youth Day commemorates these events.

As part of the 2010 FIFA World Cup programme, the Gauteng Provincial Government will commemorate this year’s Youth Day (16 June) in a different format.

The usual wreath-laying and commemoration activities will take place on 16 June.

However, there will also be a much more festive element to the event, with a street carnival and a range of other entertainment.

Organised jointly by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the City of Johannesburg and the City of Tshwane, the Youth Day activities will kick off with the unveiling of the Tsietsi Mashinini Statue at the Morris Isaacson High School in Jabavu, Soweto. This year’s celebration will be held under the theme “Working together for youth development through action”. The theme re-affirms a call for youth to work together in improving the social conditions of young people who still live in poverty and distress.

The procession will then proceed to the Hector Pieterson Memorial and Museum for the wreath-laying ceremony, where the Gauteng Premier, Nomvula Mokonyane, will be joined by Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Amos Masondo and the MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in Gauteng Nelisiwe Moerane.

The parade will then move on to Mamelodi where the family of yet another freedom martyr, Solomon Mahlangu, will be handed a new house by the City of Tshwane Executive Mayor, Gwen Ramakgopa, before a wreath-laying ceremony at Solomon Mahlangu Square at noon.

A street carnival will then lead the way to Moretele Park where the Premier is expected to deliver a keynote address. This will be followed by entertainment from local and top South African artists and end with the public viewing of the match between South Africa and Uruguay.

As we celebrate the 34th Anniversary of the June 16 1976 Uprisings, the Gauteng Provincial Government will use this opportunity to take stock of the progress made and re-dedicate energies to tackling the complex and challenging issues of promoting the development of young people.

“This year the Gauteng Provincial Government is paying particular attention to confronting the challenge of assisting young people to effectively move from the world of education to the world of work. In this regard, our approach is to ensure that young people have access to quality education that appropriately skills them for the labour market,” said the Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Nelisiwe Moerane.

For more information on the history: http://africanhistory.about.com/od/apartheid/a/Soweto-Uprising-Pt1.htm