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ANC centenary celebrations tee off

2012-01-06 14:40

Bloemfontein - The ANC's centenary celebrations teed-off at the Schoeman Park golf club in Bloemfontein on Friday morning.

ANC chairperson Baleka Mbete said the golf tournament was the perfect way to mark the beginning of the weekend's celebrations of the party's 100th birthday.

"This is a good way to show commitment to the celebrations as well as the ANC. This is what your presence [here] is really about."

Mbete then introduced ANC stalwart Andrew Mlangeni, who made the opening shot.

Mlangeni, a member of the party since 1951, was one of the first people to receive military training outside South Africa. He was later arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island.

Grassroots

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said Mlangeni was the right choice to open both the tournament and the centenary celebrations.

"He is the veteran of the ANC and he is also a good golfer," he said.

Mbete dispelled claims that the tournament was a sign of growing elitism in the ruling party.

"The ANC is a grassroots organisation and will always remain so. If you look around at the activities all over Bloemfontein, you will see that everything is being planned for the grassroot peoples... all our members are out there setting up the stadium and talking to the grassroots," she told Sapa.

Mthembu said there was no way the tournament could be seen as elitist.

"It might have been elite before, during apartheid when it was a whites-only sport that we weren't allowed to play. Now the ANC is embracing all sporting codes.

"Golf is a good sport. We should have golf courses everywhere just like we have soccer fields."

At the club hundreds of members and VIPs tried to find out when their turn would come to show off their skills on the course. At the club's entrance a message on a blackboard read: "The Schoeman Golf Club welcomes the ANC and VIPs. Have a 'birdie' good day."

Celebrations

Those scheduled to play included government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, convicted fraudster and former ANC chief whip Tony Yengeni, former SA Broadcasting Corporation chief executive Dali Mpofu and United Democratic Movement leader and MP Bantu Holomisa.

Outside the clubhouse, framed centenary coins bearing pictures of former ANC leaders were on sale. A copy of the Freedom Charter, accompanied by the caption "Hundred years of selfless struggle" was also on display.

More than 100 000 people were expected to attend the centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein, where the South African Native National Congress was founded on January 8, 1912. It was renamed the African National Congress in 1923.

The army as well as over 3 000 police officers had been deployed to ensure security, particularly because of the heads of state who had confirmed their attendance.

Comments
  • Squeegee - 2012-01-06 14:44

    The ANC is well below par.

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-06 15:00

      @squeegee quality chirp

      Louis - 2012-01-06 17:10

      I'm suprised the anc ring gears did not declare it a holiday

      John - 2012-01-06 19:50

      I have now got a box of Benzene for the Virodene Awards of 2011: The nominees are: Thabo Mbeki Doctor ( of medicine ) Nkosazana Zuma ( the 2 were the big pushers of the attempt to Genocide 5 million aids sufferers with Benzene labelled as Virodene - which is now their prize! ) Pres Zuma Julius Malema ( acomplices ) David Miliband ( cover up ) Barack Obama Hilary Silly Hilly Billy Clinton Bill the Clown Clinton ( Financiers of Abortions ) Jullian Assenge ( the Genocide of Millions of SA People is not important to him - a few Iraqui casualties are : arab bloob is more important than african blood ) Ariel Adorfmann ( the mentally challenged does not understand that if Mandela was aquitted in his trial of treason because he does not owe allegiance, neither does SA owe benefits to him and his people ) Fidel Castro and Raul Castro ( for the Genocide of the Cuban and African People, particularly 1 500 000 Ethiopians and 500 000 Angolans ) And the Manpara Virodene Award for 2011 goes to... Julius Malema! For doing his utmost to expose the truth about the ANC!

      JP - 2012-01-06 23:40

      Im having a hard time imagining ou Zuma with a golf club,must be funny sight

      John - 2012-01-07 17:20

      I just want to know if caddie's were white in the golf day ? .... My application for Juju caddie is still valid. I realy hope that in this event were not any cattles near golf course distracting Zuzu, becouse he carrys spears insted of irons. News24, please post resoults of the golf day and if there are any casulties (on golf course and/or around0

      John - 2012-01-07 17:37

      @John I'm about to change my name to "NotJohn". Dude, haven't you taken your medicine today?

      John - 2012-01-07 19:51

      ANC = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide. Destroying South Africa and killing South Africans since 1957.

  • JudithNkwe - 2012-01-06 14:50

    Golf is an elitist and environmentally damaging sport. We have way to many golf courses in SA which are making our country even more water scarce. Soccer can be played on special fields which do not use grass at all. Even more than that, soccer, rugby and cricket facilities are far more contained, can be shared by the sports and do not charge outrageous fees for fans to attend

      Barry - 2012-01-06 15:17

      What are you on about?

      Colin - 2012-01-06 15:25

      Really??? a large majority of gol courses are found near rivers, and the trees produce large volumes of oxygen and are also a haven for local wildlife. Furthermore there are a large number of public golf courses dotted around south africa that cost as little as R35 for 18 holes (Papwa Sewgolum in Durban). And these "special fields" you mentioned are astroturf and cost a lot of money to make... your meagre attempt at a logical reply was hampered by your extremely narrow opinion that soccer and rugby are okay but screw every other sport... golf is not elitist, good rugby boots cost more than a second hand set of clubs and as I pointed out, only the good courses are super expensive. Taken in the context of the article, I do believe that its pathetic the ANC has a golf day to mark their centenary while many children walk miles to dilapidated schools, policing and healthcare are below par (excuse the pun) and ministers treat our taxes like their own piggy-banks... but that doesnt mean golf is evil, especially when South Africa has produced some of the greatest golfers on the planet... Good luck to Schoeman Park for getting the bill settled though, hope they got a big deposit as we know how the ANC love to party but hate settling the bill...

      Gerhard - 2012-01-06 15:27

      @ Barry, Judith can't play golf.

      Garth - 2012-01-06 15:50

      Judith is quite correct about golf courses being non-eco friendly. They are water thieves because golfers insist on green grass. Estate mangers plant non-indigenous trees like Eucalypti and Pinus that suck more water from our arid land. In case you do not know, South Africa is `water-poor'. And to make matters worse you state: `a large majority of gol courses are found near rivers, and the trees produce large volumes of oxygen and are also a haven for local wildlife.' Removing the natural vegetation from alongside our rivers and streams is one of the major reasons why one of SA's largest exports is her topsoil. Indigenous grasses and trees attract wildlife - non-indigenous grasses and trees are devoid of all else except tree-rats and owls.

      Tony - 2012-01-06 18:42

      fully agree

      Juan - 2012-01-06 19:35

      It's a free country. People can decide for themselves which sport they want to play. If you are so conserned about the enviroment go sell your car and electrical appliances and take a hike

      John - 2012-01-07 17:30

      @Colin Gary Player....is that you? Colin and other golf players, please post in sport section. You missing the subject line here.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-06 14:51

    Is Shaik there?

  • NrGx - 2012-01-06 14:51

    who are the caddies? shaik?

  • Werner - 2012-01-06 14:52

    This is what shabir was practicing for

  • Karen - 2012-01-06 14:54

    I thought they hated colonialism? Golf? Seriously? Sport of the rich and famous.

      Juan - 2012-01-06 19:38

      Yip the classic sport of the white imperialists. I bet they arrived in their Mercs and BMW's and wearing their Breitling watches.

  • Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-06 14:56

    Golf out of all the sports??? kisss my asssss!

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-01-06 14:59

    Last time I checked referring to ordinary supporters, who aren't on the golf course, as 'the grassroot peoples' does kind of make you an elitist. Idiots!

  • Theresa - 2012-01-06 14:59

    "...all our members are out there setting up the stadium and talking to the grassroots".Methinks the alcohol started flowing very early!

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-06 15:06

    I can see Mbete strutting around on the course trying to be like all the other golf dykes !!

  • Alisha - 2012-01-06 15:08

    My work collogue told me before he left to the conference this weekend that the ANCYL are planning to disrupt the proceedings with a mass march from their gathering point outside the main event into the event when President Zuma delivers his speech. I'm on my way to buy popcorn.

  • PaasHaas - 2012-01-06 15:10

    Wow, celebrate the revolution in plus fours. I'm glad that 100 years of struggle against colonialism, racism, apartheid are being remembered from a golf cart.

  • Kobus - 2012-01-06 15:10

    hope its hot as hell in Bloem this weekend! Until they leave.

      George - 2012-01-06 15:40

      What a stink that will make hay

  • Alisha - 2012-01-06 15:10

    My work colleague told me before he left to the conference this weekend that the ANCYL are planning to disrupt the proceedings with a mass march from their gathering point outside the main event into the event when President Zuma delivers his speech. I'm on my way to buy popcorn.

  • Alan - 2012-01-06 15:11

    I'm glad. First decent thing the ANC has done in 100 years. Doesn't hurt anybody and doesn't cost the tax payer.

  • erick.letshwene - 2012-01-06 15:20

    We r not using your money, ask Zille for a party

      Gerhard - 2012-01-06 15:26

      @ Erick, please read the following article: - http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Politics/Taxpayers-to-pay-R400m-for-ANC-party-20111109 And I quote: "Taxpayers will have to pay more than R400m for the ANC's centenary celebrations in Bloemfontein." And another quote from the same article: "Cope's Casca Mokitlane said that as it is an ANC celebration, the organisation must use its own money to finance the party. The ANC however feels that the centenary celebrations form part of every South African's heritage, which is why it sees no problem in spending large sums of money. Roy Jankielsohn, leader of the DA in the Free State, said it would be highly irregular for a political party to tap into national, provincial and municipal budgets to pay for its celebrations." Proof yet again that the ANC voters are oblivious to what their elected leaders are doing with their tax money. They are using your money, my money and every taxpayers money. Or don't you pay tax?

      Karen - 2012-01-06 15:48

      You are studying at Wits and this is your comment? I hope you take time to read Gerhard's articles. Oh and BTW: Zille gives us a party every day. It's called the DA.

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-06 15:21

    Mbete dispelled claims that the tournament was a sign of growing elitism in the ruling party. "Golf is a good sport. We should have golf courses everywhere just like we have soccer fields." Just proves how detached our ANC leaders are from what is happening at grassroots. New set of golf clubs - R3,000, golf shoes - R500, tees, balls, and other stuff - R1,000. That's R4,500 just for the kit and a round can cost anywhere from R100 to R1,000. Like they honestly forked out one cent to get themselves kitted out with the latest. I can just see thousands of poor Black, Coloured, Indian and White kids rushing off to the ProShop. Who needs to eat when you have a flashy new set of Power Bilt clubs and Footjoy golf shoes.

      PaasHaas - 2012-01-06 15:29

      24 people sit in jail for the weekend in Limpopo because they protested (and trashed things) - their issue - no reliable water supply. A golf course needs as much water in a year as 10000 households does. Yup, detatchment from reality is a requirement if you want a senior position in the ANC.

      Bielie - 2012-01-06 16:02

      PowerBilt and Flashy cannot be used in the same sentence. These comrades play with Ping G20, Taylormade R11. Make that 20K a set.

      Alan - 2012-01-06 21:01

      Nonsense......I played golf as a student - hickory shafted clubs with bicycle tube grips, balls found in the rough, takkies, and we didn't bother about tees. Let the buggers play; then they might leave us alone.

  • Garth - 2012-01-06 15:22

    `Alan says... I'm glad. First decent thing the ANC has done in 100 years. Doesn't hurt anybody and doesn't cost the tax payer.' Where have you been boy? Doesn't cost the taxpayer? Well maybe R500 million is not much to you, but to the rest of us poor taxpayers, it is an obscene amount of money to spend on a piss-up. Sirleaf-Johnson's inauguration only cost R12 million rand FFS!

      Alan - 2012-01-06 21:03

      Garth, my apologies, I'm talking about the buggers playing golf instead of playing politicians.

  • Kathleen - 2012-01-06 15:23

    Golf courses take up far more space than soccer fields and take a tremendous amount of upkeep. Get real Mthembu. If the ANC start proposing the establishment of golf courses, with their record there will be lots of dilapidated courses in five years time.

      George - 2012-01-06 15:42

      Eish they cant play golef on a socca pitch

  • Gavin - 2012-01-06 15:26

    You have to hand it to these idiots, they really know how to say F U to their voters in style.

      Garth - 2012-01-06 15:52

      Pity that their voters are deaf to the insults and blind to the corruption. Ignorant anc supporters.

  • Themba - 2012-01-06 15:30

    It does not matter how you can interprete it. after 18 yrs of democracy its still not easy to accept.

      Cosmos O'Ndebele - 2012-01-06 15:37

      But playing the sport of Golf while claiming to represent the poor sounds to me like a bag full of carbon dioxide!!!

  • Aquila - 2012-01-06 15:35

    "... all our members are out there setting up the stadium and talking to the grassroots" I just covered my eyes in pain.

  • Twolips - 2012-01-06 15:40

    "I talk to the trees, but they don't listen to me" So I'll talk to the grassroots instead! What a disgusting way to refer to your voters, ANC.

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 15:45

    Ok, so golf is Elitist and Rasict.... depending who plays it? OMF world, wake up to the madness!!

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 15:46

    "talking to the grassroots". Awesome, are they training to be like Jedi gardeners? Like Grass Whisperers?

  • Johan - 2012-01-06 15:49

    Regarding "Hundred years of selfless struggle". I saw a black dude a few weeks ago, pimped out in a pink shirt with popped collar and a bling gold watch, driving an top of the range Audi with such a sticker on his car. Selfless struggle I'm sure. I found it funny how the black beggar on the side of the street avoided his car and went straight to the old white tannie in the red Toyota Corolla. Really caring for the "masses", hey.

  • Traygon - 2012-01-06 15:49

    grassroots organisation... ?? Sounds like they smoking some grass...

  • Deon - 2012-01-06 15:50

    Are the white population also welcome at the party. Will we also receive braaivleis and dop?

  • Louise - 2012-01-06 15:52

    This is seriously rediculous.....More than 3 000 police officers have been deployed to Bloemfontein for the ANC's centenary celebrations.... Wonder who is protecting us other ppl.???????????

  • Bielie - 2012-01-06 15:55

    "At the club hundreds of members and VIPs tried to find out when their turn would come to show off their skills on the course." How do you get hundreds of player through a golf course in a day? Is this one of those pitch and putt courses where you get TURNS to show your skills. Can't see too many ANC fat cats breaking 100 either. Looks like a royal stuff up to me.

  • Adam - 2012-01-06 16:05

    Animal Farm: The pigs started wearing clothes and walking on their back legs. Later, they drank the farmers whiskey and got drunk.

  • mario.dippenaar - 2012-01-06 16:06

    Tonight they are going to Bogey...

      Johan - 2012-01-06 16:20

      You mean Pokey.

  • Alastair - 2012-01-06 16:08

    This feels like that moment, at the end of Animal Farm, when the pigs started walking. I'm afraid there isn't any way you can dress golf up as anything other than an elitist pastime. And that's okay, I suppose, as long as you don't claim to be anything other than a member of the elite. Just don't pretend the struggle continues.

  • Mr C - 2012-01-06 16:09

    Talking to the "grassroots"...? is that what the masses are now referred to now days? Not condescending at all...glad im not in Bloem this week end! Imagine having to pick up all the beer bottles & chicken bones!! Although owning a KFC will prove rather lucrative this week end.

      Johan - 2012-01-06 16:22

      Chickens around the country must have dreaded this week. Like the Fowl Holocaust!

  • Derk - 2012-01-06 16:11

    that golf course will never be the same again

  • ktheron2 - 2012-01-06 16:50

    Hmmm. I hear there are lots of blue-light brigades on their way to Bloemfontein. Let's hope they don't kill or maim somebody this time.

  • Christognus - 2012-01-06 20:43

    Well done ANC Umbutho wesizwe you really deserve it and show the whole world that you are isikhondlakhondla phansi ngomona phansi

  • erich.schuette - 2012-01-07 18:01

    Grassroot... Word of the week?

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