No massage for Zuma

2012-12-19 15:49
Jacob Zuma (Picture: AP)

Jacob Zuma (Picture: AP)

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Mangaung - Presidential minders would have none of it when an exhibitor at the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) exhibition centre wanted to give President Jacob Zuma a massage.

Therapy on the Go exhibitors had prepared to give Zuma a good shoulder massage to demonstrate how their company combines fitness and wellness to boost productivity in the workplace.

Didintle Tlhabanyane had prepared curtains to avoid exposing the president’s shoulders to public glare, but presidential minders would have none of that. They still offered him a massage gadget.

The companies represented at the centre range from emerging businesses to big established institutions such as Absa, Vodacom, Investec and Group Five.

During the tour, which Zuma always does when the party holds big events such as conferences, he exchanged pleasantries with the businesses’s representatives.

Earlier, small business owner Thabo Mohale showed Zuma the wares his Polokwane-based business produces, which range from luxury suits to shirts and ties.

He even demonstrated one of his black umbrellas by opening it over Zuma’s head.

However, this did not go down well with members of the president’s security protocol who murmured that the umbrella had not been checked for security.

Mohale later apologised when one of the men reprimanded him for the apparent security breach.

When asked by City Press about the incident, Mohale said: "Don't even mention it."

President Jacob Zuma this afternoon took a tour of the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) exhibition centre to greet the exhibitors.

The forum allows businesses to network with government and politicians.

Seemingly, Mohale wasn’t the only exhibitor who is oblivious to complicated presidential security protocols.

Zuma concluded the tour by visiting the PBF lounge.

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