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Zuma: New Age a breath of fresh air

2011-01-09 00:39

Durban - The New Age newspaper will be a breath of fresh air with balanced reporting, said President Jacob Zuma on Saturday in Durban.

"It's important what the editor of the paper was saying in which he declared (it) as a newspaper that will report balance and fairness.

"We appreciate this and believe that it's a new breath of fresh air in terms of the media because of the number of debates we have had on the way the media should report," said Zuma speaking at the New Age Friendship gala dinner held in Durban.

Zuma was accompanied by an entourage of ministers who flew into Durban from Polokwane where the ANC held its 99th Anniversary on Saturday.

Ministers attending the function were Rural Development Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu and KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize.

Zuma thanked the New Age group for hosting the event on the eve of the Pro20 cricket match between South Africa and India which will be held in Durban on Sunday.

A new chapter

"I would like to thank the New Age for hosting this dinner on the eve of activities taking place tomorrow (Sunday)."

The New Age newspaper hosted the dinner to celebrate the 150 years of friendship between South Africa and India.

Zuma said the New Age would introduce a new chapter of reporting which will be something very good.

"The editor will show us something new, a new chapter of reporting.

"There are many good things that happen in this country that are not reported on," he said.

Zuma said part of the struggle against apartheid was to fight for media freedom and the ANC would continue to do this but as a party it would not keep quiet if things were not in order.

Last year the ANC sparked off a number of debates when it announced that it wanted to introduce the Media Appeals Tribunal which could see journalists facing time in prison for disclosing certain information.

Comments
  • leerobbertse - 2011-01-09 01:00

    I smell a rat!! and who paid for all those guys flying all over the country to attent a dinner, while the rest of the country starve? Bloody apartheid!!

      Ldn Saffa - 2011-01-09 03:56

      Just another propaganda mouth piece for the ANC They might aswell call it 'SEW-AGE' newspaper because thats all its going to be pumping out.

      Leeutjie - 2011-01-09 08:05

      LDN - well said.

      Sue - 2011-01-09 08:14

      Boring newspaper it's going to be. So who really owns it? ANC connections I believe!!

      ArtGee - 2011-01-09 08:30

      HAHAHAHAHA!!! "SEWER- AGE" ROFLMWAO!!!!!

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-12 15:33

      Gupta's Gush Gaily, Guzzling Gluttons Gloat Glowingly. SEW-AGE = brilliant. I wouldn't read it if you paid me to but many will (be paid to)! he he

  • Ballie247 - 2011-01-09 01:13

    Guess who found a new lap dog. Definitely not a paper I will waste my time to read!!!

  • witboer - 2011-01-09 02:21

    A breath of fresh air. What a load of crap. His most propably telling them what and what not to write. Its called NOT freedom of speech.

      Lyrisse - 2011-01-09 03:04

      like

  • Chris - 2011-01-09 03:16

    Hey what do you know a pro government newspaper.... Guess who wont be subject to the new media laws eh?

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-01-09 11:58

      Well, in fairness, the mainstream media is quite partial to the DA, and I will bet that they will remain partial to the DA if they come to power.

      lldoidge - 2011-01-09 17:00

      Vall Donkie, perfect name for a donkey like you. I read the papers all the time and I see no partiality! In fact the toilet saga in the WC was pumped up by the media. We all know of worse toilet sagas in other provinces but I have yet to read about it in the media. So put that in your vaalie pipe and smoke it!!!

      Mandla - 2011-01-09 19:10

      @lldoidge if you do not know that the print media is biased towards the DA and against the ANC then you are living in your own land. The toilet saga was the worst insult to blacks and the media was dead quiet about it. Only the Sowetan reported on it. If this was done by the ANC, even today we would be still reading about it. Even Hitler never insulted Jews like the DA did to blacks, using state funds. That is why the majority of the people would support the MAT, despite the loud howls from the DA aligned media.

      Mike - 2011-01-10 07:36

      Vaal Donkie - it is NOT a case of being partial to the DA - it is a case of telling the truth and having constructive critisizm for a bunch of thieves who should be doing their job. @Mandla - why don't you give the facts about the WC toilet saga - you should tell the truth!

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-12 15:39

      @ Vaaldonkie - maybe think of it this way. What the ANC says in public is so dressed up in spin ( political doctoring) that those sane minded journalists actually get real information from the DA that can be backed up with valid facts. If I were a journalist, I would have to sift carefully what the ruling party says to find any valid stuff so maybe they are more tuned into the way the DA operates. New Age - Gupta family owned newspaper when we know they have strong business ties with the Zuma Family - impartial reporting, not likely.

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-12 15:45

      @mandla - No Hitler did not insult the Jews - he murdered them - using state funds. I have written on the facts of the toilet saga elsewhere, go look it up. Helen Zille was on radio on this matter and gave a very lucid and factual explanation of the events yet no ANCYL guys would come on air to contradict her on her weekly radio show! The mainstream media have also criticised the DA when they stuff up but it is not that often they make mistakes. What about the ANC tenderpreneur who walked off with Millions of Rands after planting toilets in Limpopo to the value of R 75 000 each and never built the RDP houses he was contracted to build? Would the New Age send investigative reporters after that story? I wonder.

  • marco - 2011-01-09 03:23

    Zuma my message to sir is wake up mate and start by getting rid off Malema the cancer man in SA politics by bankrupting his small empire within the ANC namely the youth league which is a government within a government or the shadow ANC Government,get rid of all the SHANTY TOWNSHIPS informal settlements K@K or whatever you want to call these plakkerdorpies and build all people that needs it decent houses,get rid of the notion/feeling/mindset that your countrymen's majority black people are still in poverty because of the victimization brought onto black people by the Apartheid System,get rid your country's embarressing 25.2% unemployment numbers and its very low GNI rating by increasing all South Africans national incomes,upgrade basic living standards and your low Human Development Index,get rid off one of the world's highest murder rate of 38 people per 100 000 people murdered,let the DA challenge the ANC in everything without intimidating smear campaigns/tactics hidden behind false propaganda stories,media bias,yellow journalism,and other falsehoods.Media freedom is synomous with eating,drinking,sleeping and ****ing and good luck to South Africa in 2011 now that they've joined BRICS.

  • marco - 2011-01-09 03:24

    Zuma my message to you sir is wake up mate and start by getting rid off Malema the cancer man in SA politics by bankrupting his small empire within the ANC namely the youth league which is a government within a government or the shadow ANC Government,get rid of all the SHANTY TOWNSHIPS informal settlements K@K or whatever you want to call these plakkerdorpies and build all people that needs it decent houses,get rid of the notion/feeling/mindset that your countrymen's majority black people are still in poverty because of the victimization brought onto black people by the Apartheid System,get rid your country's embarressing 25.2% unemployment numbers and its very low GNI rating by increasing all South Africans national incomes,upgrade basic living standards and your low Human Development Index,get rid off one of the world's highest murder rate of 38 people per 100 000 people murdered,let the DA challenge the ANC in everything without intimidating smear campaigns/tactics hidden behind false propaganda stories,media bias,yellow journalism,and other falsehoods.Media freedom is synomous with eating,drinking,sleeping and ****ing and good luck to South Africa in 2011 now that they've joined BRICS.

  • Hungwe - 2011-01-09 04:29

    Seems like we're rapidly going the Zimbabwe route, "A Breath of Fresh Air" - what unmitigated bullsh*t, this is just another ANC mouthpiece and little else.Forward South Africa!

      ArtGee - 2011-01-09 08:29

      Like the SABC, the ANC will appoint the Board of Directors for NEW AGE!!!

      Boerseun - 2011-01-09 12:50

      In this case, he must be thinking we do not know a "poep" when we smell one.

  • Drewster - 2011-01-09 06:11

    All senior ANC members in attendance. Nothing suspect there

      ArtGee - 2011-01-09 08:22

      ANC will appoint the Board of Directors of NEW AGE, in the next few months!

      cervezab - 2011-01-09 08:29

      yep - balanced reporting will not happen without balanced attendance, so how many non ANC political figures were invited to the dinner?

  • KyleAssassin - 2011-01-09 06:16

    Bias towards the ANC.

  • ArtGee - 2011-01-09 06:34

    Oh for FARK Sake Zuma... just how UNEDUCATED must you think South Africans are??? I accept the Rural Populace are illiterate.... but MOST city dwellers have some basic litteracy and can READ BETWEEN THE LINES! This "NEW AGE" is an ADDITION to the PROPAGANDA MACHINE of the ANC.... the other is SABC! Anyway the Wind Blows, your CORRUPT, DENIALIST and MURDEROUS style of "RUINING" South Africa, WILL get exposed to everyone EVENTUALLY... even if it top priority to Muzzle the Media! Looks like you have just created a similar newpaper to Zimbob's HERALD... "OFFICIAL MOUTHPIECE OF THE ZANU-PF"...... Fuggen DISGUSTING!

  • sayyou sayme - 2011-01-09 06:49

    Mr Zuma says the paper will be a breath of fresh air - it will show us something new - a new chapter of reporting.How does he know this?Either he knows because he is part of the planning or he has an editorial staff willing to do his bidding.Either way when the government can praise a newspaper in advance means bad news for freedom of the press!

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-12 15:49

      You got it. How do they KNOW in advance? Gluttons gloated glowingly .. all the while Knowingly ...hey?

  • Hermann - 2011-01-09 06:53

    What the Prez meant was that ALL the other newspapers suffers from Halitosis. Their news stinks...finis and klaar. SO, now we have the New Age...a breath of fresh air !!So what are they going to report or rather fabricate as to stick to this "fresh air" image ? " 12 Jan 2011 PRESIDENT ON THE MOVE .......IN THE WC " ------------------------------------------------------- The President arrived in the WC today due to pressures mounting in that area.He was greeted with thunderous applause by the crowds which left him really moved.After presenting the White Paper on "The Winds of Change in the WC " , he left in a lighthearted mood.He later told reporters to leave the door behind you half open as to allow in a breath of fresh air.Never close the door completely as this could prevent the next person from entering as he/she could be under the impression that that area is occupied. ---Lavitrinus Dropper reporting from Cape Town---

  • sayyou sayme - 2011-01-09 07:11

    The president says the paper will be a breath of fresh air - show us something new - be a new chapter in reporting.How does the president know this?Either he is part of the planning of their strategy or he has an editor who will do his bidding.When someone knows what the paper is going to do in advance he is either God or there is already a predetermined plan in place.How can a news paper be proud of a predetermined plan in place for future news before the facts about the future have arrived?This is called prejudice in common English!In other words - I have made up my mind dont confuse me with the facts!I dont think any logical person can give any credability to this newspaper that can get the government so exited about what they have not written yet!

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-01-09 07:34

    If it's supposed to be so balanced why were there no DA,Cope, or other party representatives at this "gala friendship dinner"?

      mpanzame - 2011-01-09 15:37

      Hey no brooo. Us Guptas - we made one plan broo. These darkies - give them some dops and chooon them sweet an all, an all, and they will be your main ous - y'knowaddameeen an all, broo.

  • DaveD - 2011-01-09 08:01

    When Zuma is best cronies with Gupta, the owner of the paper, you can hardly expect his comments to be objective

  • Brandon96end - 2011-01-09 08:08

    Oh please. If you believe this newspaper is anything but a ANC PR publication you also believe the matric results have not been tampered with and that there are WMDs buried in the desert somewhere in Iraq. An insult to average intelligence.

  • johnbradfield27 - 2011-01-09 08:09

    An endorsement from Zuma is a kiss of death for any newspaper. Lol!

  • briansmith702 - 2011-01-09 08:37

    What else can you expect from a Std. 2 herd boy. It is unbelievable. We are doomed.

      Mike - 2011-01-10 07:41

      What else can we expect? - we can expect him to put a case or 2 of Chivas Regal in the boot of his car before driving off into the sunset!

  • Hendrik - 2011-01-09 11:19

    Jacob, do you think any person will talk nonsense about a host giving a party and ask you to do the key-note address? No you won't!

  • Boerseun - 2011-01-09 12:49

    How stuoid does this oke think we are. Mr Zuma, I can smell a stink further than my nose is long and I have a proper eduation, so please do not lie to me.

  • Mike_L - 2011-01-09 14:44

    Is Zapiro going to be the paper's cartoonist? :-)

      SaintBruce - 2011-01-12 15:53

      I'd LOVE to see that but I think they will employ "not-so-young-but-still-a-youth" Julias Malema. He needs a real job right?

  • LBS - 2011-01-09 15:11

    Because they invited Zuma to their dinner. Bloody Agents!!!

  • wardle2066 - 2011-01-09 18:40

    A breath of fresh air - snif snif - yep smells like Bullsquat

  • Yaw - 2011-01-10 01:43

    is the ANC responsible for all South African problems? http://wordsaroma.blogspot.com/

      Kevin Rack - 2011-01-10 04:23

      Yes so dont bother reading... The Party in charge since 1994. About 16 years and they still blame apartheid. Same excuse when Jesus comes unless younger guys start seeing the truth.

  • burtfred - 2011-01-10 05:37

    How can he declare this balance and fairness at this early stage in the life of the "new age" if his party have no influence over the rag. Does he know something we don't know? New Age directors Pahad, Lazarus Zim and Gupta are not names that one could easily associate with balanced, unbiased reporting.

  • Foxilass - 2011-01-10 08:04

    It will be a cool day in hell when the word "apartheid" is left out of all speeches now. It's becoming really, really stale! Good question Lee, who DID pay everything? It's stuff like this that makes my hair stand up on the back of my neck! If it wasn't for apartheid, in the first place, they wouldn't have planes to ferry them up and down - so, stop it already, please guys!

  • Hopnop - 2011-01-10 10:46

    This a coolie paper!

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