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Danny Jordaan and making things right for the ANC in Nelson Mandela Metro

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Danny Jordaan and making things right for the ANC in Nelson Mandela Metro

Confirmation on Monday that Danny Jordaan is now going to be the Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro Municipality which encompasses Port Elizabeth. Jordaan is well known for his role in bringing the 2010 Fifa World Cup to South Africa. ANC National Spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa on the choice of Jordaan for mayor:

Danny originally hails from Port Elizabeth and is a member of the ANC in good standing. He's served as an MP in the first Parliament in 1994. He brings a wealth of leadership to the ANC. Our concerns are around meeting the expectations of our people, therefore, we dare not fail and meet the aspirations of our people. It can't be desperate when we change leadership, unlike in Burundi where the leadership has stayed the same. We want to boost the capacity of the Nelson Mandela Municipality, we want this municipality to function and Danny Jordaan and his team will do well.

DA Chair and mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Metro in next year's local government elections, Athol Trollip:

Danny Jordaan does have a good reputation as a sports administrator, in his running for mayor, but I think this is a little too late for the ANC, as the ANC has made this municipality dysfunctional. We as the DA don't mind who will become the mayor, but we are determined to take this municipality. We as the DA are on a growing trajectory in this city and the ANC are on a declining trajectory; the ANC has been coming at least once a month to this city - even the ANC knows it is broken in Nelson Mandela Metro. The only way forward is to replace the ANC administration with the DA administration.

Municipal analyst, Paul Berkowitz:

The ANC's share of the polls during the Local Government Elections was just under 52% and in the National Provincial Elections was around 49%, which is a concern because the ANC usually does well in the Provincial National Elections rather than the Local Government Elections. A big issue in the Metro is factionalism - Mr Jordaan could well appeal to voters, but the question remains over whether he would be able to fix some of the factional tensions.

Meanwhile, there is also an urgent press conference happening at Safa House. EWN Sport's Morena Mothupi:

The announcement initially was about Portia Modise's retirement from Banyana Banyana, but we did get some word out of Danny Jordaan around his mayorship in the Nelson Mandela Metro. Jordaan maintains that he is volunteering to assist with the problems in that Metro, not so much to try and fix any political tensions. He will still be staying on as the president of Safa and he is very confident about bringing about change in both spheres of his work.

Police, violence and human rights violations at protests

A Monday announcement by the Human Rights Commission (HRC) and the police is that they have reached an agreement between them about how police can improve the way they deal with protests. Commissioner at the HRC, Dr Danny Titus:

It's a little bit broader than protests: we are looking at human rights in general and the police's commitment to human rights, within their training. We think that we can - with regards to protests - give a strong human rights impetus, while police are concerned with law and order as per their constitutional prerogatives; we think we can reach a balance with regards to these situations.

Boom in the SA's township housing market

A report this morning from the bank FNB is that house prices in township areas are still rising far quickly than in the suburbs. FNB's property expert John Loos:

We've seen trends in the formerly black townships with a 11,6% year on year growth in the first quarter. There's been a greater search for affordability as well in the property market, because we haven't seen affordability improving in the last few years, which is why the historically less attractive areas have increased in popularity.

Gauteng's school twinning policy faces opposition

Reports this morning that the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools is going to court over plans by the Gauteng Education Department to change some Afrikaans schools into dual medium schools. CEO of the Federation of Governing Bodies of South African Schools, Paul Colditz:

It's not only Afrikaans - it's changing single-medium schools to being parallel medium. We are challenging the process that's being used to achieve this. Suddenly, during the school holidays a new platform unofficially appeared, called the e-Platform; it's a good idea in itself, but it doesn't take into account the admission processes and admission criteria of schools.

Open trading borders for Africa?

At the gathering of the Pan African Parliament on Monday was a comment by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyetta that African states should make it easier to cross borders on the continent, in what appears to be a slight stab at the South African policy of insisting on visas for Kenyans. Research Associate at the ISS, Dr Paul-Simon Handy:

SADC is definitely behind the curve, especially when you see how the West African region has been trading quite freely between states. SADC has the big elephant in the room in South Africa, as it is significantly more economically advanced than a lot of its SADC counterparts, so free borders would be complex. Cooperation between countries should happen first before borders are opened.

Dagga, addiction and whether it's a 'gateway drug'

On the Monday edition of the Midday Report, former president of the SA Society of Psychiatrists Dr Jan Chabalala spoke about a new medicine that could help people addicted to dagga. Chabalala has made the claim that dagga is a gateway drug - that is to say, a drug that leads to people using other drugs. Leader of the Dagga Party, Jeremy Acton:

It's a case of saying that those people who chose to use dagga in a responsible way are treated in the same way as heroin addicts and it's not the same. A person might prefer to use dagga daily and where a person calls them an addict - I would like to know, who gets to choose who gets called 'an addict'? People who use tobacco, reach for it every five minutes; I would like to say that tobacco and alcohol are the gateway drugs and then they move on to cannabis. Education on cannabis is needed amongst young people, so they don't think they have to move on to other drugs after using cannabis.


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