Zuma's speech on iPad

2011-02-10 13:33

Cape Town - As President Jacob Zuma prepared to give his State of the Nation address in Cape Town on Thursday, few may be aware that his speech was prepared on an iPad.

A picture emerged on Twitter of the president going over his speech on the tablet touch screen device.

The office of the presidency confirmed that Zuma owned the tablet computer which has just been officially launched in SA.

"Yes, it is his, but I'm not sure for how long he's had it," Zanele Mngadi of the presidency told News24 in the build-up to the evening speech.

The picture on Twitter shows Zuma sitting in his office going over his speech, but it is unclear what apps the president prefers.


"I don't know what he uses it for," admitted Mngadi.

The Core Group recently launched the Apple iPad in SA, nearly a year after it was launched in the US where it has become a hot selling device with sales of about 14 million worldwide.

Retailers have announced that they will stick to the recommended retail price, but the iPad may soon face stiff competition as several companies have announced challengers, including Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and BlackBerry maker Research in Motion.

There is also fervent speculation that Apple will release a second generation iPad soon.

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  • Zeth - 2011-02-10 13:40

    Oh what a lovely pose JZ!! You cant even talk properly never mind prepare your own speech or use an iPad!!!!!

      unwired - 2011-02-10 13:54

      What is his mother tongue? I am sure he speaks that well. Not everyone can speak the Queen's English

      Zeth - 2011-02-10 13:56

      @ unwired: You truly are unwired!!!!

      Freddie - 2011-02-10 14:00

      @Zeth Read the article again. Nowhere does it say that our esteemed president prepared the speech himself. It does say: "his speech was prepared on an iPad." but not by who! It also says: "picture emerged on Twitter of the president going over his speech on the tablet touch screen device." Again, no indication that he created the text of the speech.

  • Stinkvinger - 2011-02-10 13:52

    Eish, des engry berds is taaaf!!

      Stox - 2011-02-11 15:05

      Hahaha! rofl! Top Drawer stuff right there.

  • riaanr - 2011-02-10 13:56

    Hey! That's the new e-Pud!

  • Melanie - 2011-02-10 13:59

    I could seriously care less if JZ prepared his speech on the iPad or on paper (not that he actually prepared the speech himself)....Surely there are more pressing issues to report about!

      Kate-Victoria Kempen - 2011-02-10 14:12

      Well the content of the article was in the title. You didn't have to click on the link. You chose to read this "non-issue".

  • ianmichaelcalder - 2011-02-10 14:01

    More importantly, what iPad fanbooi wrote this article that this can be deemed newsworthy? (I even have one, and I still don't care(before I'm accused of just being a hater))

  • DeonL - 2011-02-10 14:05

    Will he say sorry for promised jobs not materialising.

  • Tereblanche - 2011-02-10 14:12

    Go on JZ, haters must continue to suffer while you enjoy life to the fullest. Please do deliver on your promises though, otherwise some imbeciles expected you to fail my President but hey they are dissapointed.

      Zeth - 2011-02-10 14:14

      Are you in the special class??!!!

      ZACKIE - 2011-02-10 16:40

      the only ones suffering is the anc voters living in poverty eating pap and living off a R5

  • ben.nel.42 - 2011-02-10 14:16

    Do iPad users go to heaven?

      simodi - 2011-02-10 15:24

      Only white racist we never c heaven cos to discrimate its a sin bra go to church n ask u white priest to search 4 dat verse to educate u about loving ur neighbour as thy love self.Amen

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-02-10 16:06

      Hahaha, that made me laugh out loud in the office. That and simodi's reply. Thanks guys! Simodi, u preach about loving ur neighbour but have immediately assumed that ben.nel.42 is racist? Doesn't it say something in your bible about not judging another? chose to ignore it, the same way as JZ chose to be a criminal and rapist. interesting

      Stox - 2011-02-11 15:11

      White = racist, Black racism = "transformation". Remember? Sheesh, get with the times!

  • diamondog - 2011-02-10 14:21

    I see the library is somewhat empty behind him!

      Crispy_Duck - 2011-02-10 18:14

      That's because he has all his books in e-book form on his Kindle! He's a hip mofo, bra!

      Stox - 2011-02-11 15:08

      Or he nicked it all out of habit.

  • John Clark - 2011-02-10 14:27

    Is Apple an official sponsor of News24 now? Unless they are posing JZ there to indicate that it can be used by any idiot, I'm not sure that they're getting value from the association. Although I suppose a fair number of suckers still haven't cottoned on to his act yet which could translate to sales in the same way that Justin Bieber-associated merchandising sells. And cash is cash no matter where it comes from - even the ill-gotten gains of the ANC.

      John Clark - 2011-02-10 14:31

      At second glance, perhaps Big Pimpin is just admiring his reflection. Such a babe magnet!

  • Louis Van Der Merwe - 2011-02-10 14:39

    Next month the I-Pad will be call Z-Pad in South Africa

  • O'Mally - 2011-02-10 14:52

    Apple should be investigated for trying to bribe Zuma. They left South Africa bcause of the disgusting apartheid. Now they come back and Bribe the President of a country that does less for the majority than the apartheid regime did. gO away Apple. You are not needed here, besides your little poddy wad will be obsolete in about 5 months time.

  • alexander.lombard - 2011-02-10 14:53

    What threat to national security. Those things can be hacked from a WiFi phone.

  • Voidy - 2011-02-10 14:54 they want me to learn this flat magic box...eish

  • Louis Van Der Merwe - 2011-02-10 15:00

    @Simodi - ha ha ha...your funny!!what ever makes you tick you TICK!!!

      simodi - 2011-02-10 15:28

      not exactly my fellow south african we jst need to face the facts n stop this nusty comments about our HEAD OF STATE .

      MyMassiveCock - 2011-02-10 18:03

      @simodi.. his your head of state, he does nothing, he promised 500,000 jobs.. he managed 410,000 job "OPERTUNITIES"... NOT JOBS, no one is working there yet, in fact since that speech unemployment was at 22.5% now its at 24%... but wait now his gona promise another 5 million jobs in 10 years... come on dude WAKE UP! with these empty promises he just wants ur vote, i vote on merit not on colour!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this country is going nowhere... (except anc members... we know now they going to heaven... lol)

  • daaivark - 2011-02-10 15:11

    So what. Who cares how and where he prepared it. An iPad doesn't assure good sense or anything like that, which is all we really want to see.

      simodi - 2011-02-10 15:34

      The fact is He s ur President of SA.amen

      Mike or Mpho - 2011-02-10 16:09

      simodi, no, he is just a HEAD. No educated person can support him as a head of state, especially one that is a well know corrupt criminal, and not very bright at it either

  • ZACKIE - 2011-02-10 16:38

    to mngadi jz uses it the ipad trim his nose hairs u dumb...

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