The weird world of politics: Growing pains

2014-08-10 15:00

Growing pains

Teenage pregnancy is a problem?–?no one is arguing that fact. So kudos to Gauteng’s department of social development for launching a campaign to get teens talking and thinking about the issue.

The department says it will be using soccer as a tool for education. But there are two problems.

The first is that the campaign seems to be aimed only at teenage girls, as though immaculate conception is to blame for pregnancy.

The second is that the campaign is called Let a Girl Child Grow. Um, isn’t the point to keep girls from ­ending up with growing tummies?

Browned off

SA’s ambassador to the US, Ebrahim Rasool, seems to be haunted by past ghosts. Maybe the fact that there’s a DA premier sitting in his old chair in the Western Cape is making him extra unhappy.

During the US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington this week, he bumped into a few hacks and checked himself to contain his pleasant surprise. “The last time I was friendly with journalists, they accused me of taking brown envelopes,” he joked.

Apparently premiers can be redeployed?–?but they can’t hide.

Cut to the quick

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande was given a mouthful by Numsa’s Irvin Jim this week after he accused the union of trying to turn itself into a political party.

“He’s [Nzimande] got a crisis ­because I don’t think he’s ever been in the factory?...?He’s a desktop ­academic. He doesn’t know how to build a union,” said Jim.

“He behaves like a rented politician by capital. We didn’t think he could be so cheap as to want to sell what belongs to workers.”

Desktop academic? Ouch, that cuts like a blade.

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