Zuma a 'champion of the environment'

2011-09-10 22:51

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma received a 'champion of the environment' certificate during a tree planting ceremony in Nongoma, KwaZulu-Natal, on Saturday, the presidency said.

"He attended the ceremony where he planted a tree and was presented with a certificate," said spokesperson Bongani Majola.

The Champions of the Environment Foundation presented him with the certificate at Enyokeni Palace.

He had been invited by the foundation's chairperson Bantu Holomisa.

The event was part of the build up to the United Nations COP 17 climate change conference to be held in Durban in November.

The tree planting was held concurrently with the annual Zulu reed dance festival at the palace.

Zuma attended the reed dance festival, which aimed to create awareness in young women about the sacredness of chastity.

The president, Holomisa, KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize, provincial Arts and Culture MEC Weziwe Thusi, Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dlomo were among guests who flocked to the annual event.

This year's reed dance also marked King Goodwill Zwelithini's 40th year as monarch of the Zulu kingdom.

This milestone established him as the longest serving king of the Zulus in recorded history.

  • PinkAndProud - 2011-09-10 23:44

    Bwahahahahaha ha hahahahahahahah bwaaaahhhahahahahha !!!

      LostEuropean - 2011-09-11 02:52

      My exact sentiments! The article just kept on getting more & more laughable and ridiculous!

      Yar - 2011-09-11 08:01

      The headline is a joke. I guess he is also in favour of women's rights and an end to corruption.

      Yar - 2011-09-11 08:12

      How environmentally friendly is a convoy of 40 Large engined SUV's?

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-11 18:46

      With all the manure he spreads every time he opens his mouth; perhaps he deserves the award.

  • Deon - 2011-09-11 01:21

    HAHA!!! Finally something he can put in one of the empty frames where his degrees and/or high school certificate should have been...

      Antoine - 2011-09-11 02:11

      Deon, do you imply he actually successfully completed primary school? I tried to find out about this, but I'm still not sure. (Wiki says "received no formal schooling.")

      Antoine - 2011-09-11 02:23

      "He spent his childhood moving between Zululand and the suburbs of Durban in the area of Umkhumbane (near Chesterville)" That's how the goats moved and grazed, you see.

  • Oldbuck - 2011-09-11 01:34

    Zuma should be more concerned with the recent outbursts from malema than the reed dance in kzn,this madman is fast becoming a serious threat to the country and to the ruling party,he is inciting violence and racial hatered and should be locked up never mind being suspended

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  • Antoine - 2011-09-11 01:53

    "champion of the environment"? Get real! For one, littering the planet with progeny (legit and illegitimate) is hardly that. (Especially if said progeny has a genetic drive to conspicuous consumption.)

  • Antoine - 2011-09-11 02:06

    These are the priceless moments I'll miss. Now he's got a certificate -for planting a tree. A CERTIFICATE! Only in SA you get a President and a comedian in one person. So long and thanks for all the laughs. (OK, you laid the foundations for phucking up SA also, but still JZ, you can be so funny.)

  • zaatheist - 2011-09-11 04:41

    The antics of the ANC comrades, cadres, freedom fighters and failed woodwerkas just gets more pathetic by the day.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-11 05:48

    "Give this man a spade".........after all, he is a garden boy.

      Yislaaik - 2011-09-11 12:03

      Sip, he's not a garden boy yet, he's still on a three month trial. He must start with the spade and if he gets that right he will be given a rake. But if he doesn't get beyond the spade, it's 24 hours notice. He'll have to try doing something else, not gardening. I know he has these dreams of becoming president but he has no chance of that at all.

  • Dirge - 2011-09-11 07:35

    Now thats an award thats not worth the paper its printed on. I wonder how these people sleep at night after accepting these awards and knowing that its all a load of bs and they dont deserve them ? Whats next? Gratz Malema heres your emperor of the entire planet earth award?

  • Ho - 2011-09-11 08:05

    This must BEE Zooma's greatest achievement to date...

  • Ho - 2011-09-11 08:08

    I wonder if the certificate had writing on it...or just a picture of a tree so he could understand...

      Yislaaik - 2011-09-11 11:42

      A picture of a tree would be sufficient. :D

  • Yislaaik - 2011-09-11 11:39

    There must have been no other certificates. They were handed out at the door to everybody. Like an entry fee. I wonder if they charged him much?

      Leon Groenewald - 2011-09-11 18:56

      If they charged him; I hope they got their money before handing him the certificate. We all know how good the ANC is at settling debts.

  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2011-09-11 12:42

    Hey I planted a few trees this week. Can I also get "a chapmion of the enviroment certificate" He does not know a thing about saving the enviroment. Hold on he took a shower instead of a bath, does that count?????????????????????????????

  • Shayne - 2011-09-11 13:03

    he went for the naked titties not trees

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-11 17:07

    what a joke! jacob wants money

  • Robert Hurn - 2011-09-11 21:21

    zoomalema environment. Hot, dark, poor, directionless, hungry, desert, no water, no power, no money no, maybe no malema, no farmers, no banks, no mines, no f@call- well done.

  • Pickle - 2011-09-12 06:52

    More like "Champion of stupidity"

  • daaivark - 2011-09-12 07:55

    HA HA HA HA. Environmentally friendly while he watched topless girls dancing while he stood in his glossy synthetic fibre shirt buttoned to the neck to keep the environment at bay. Ja right.

  • daaivark - 2011-09-12 07:56

    Stand-up comedy in SA pays more than anywhere in the world.

  • rantoftheday - 2011-09-12 08:38

    Unless he used a prius to get the to ceremony and planted a tree to counter the effect of his air travel and blue light brigade, I am not so sure "champion" is the term we can use.

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