22 September 2008President Thabo Mbeki has thanked South Africans for giving him the opportunity to serve them over the past 14 years, first as Deputy President and then as President of the country.Mbeki formally resigned as President on Sunday after being asked to do so by the national executive committee of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).In a televised address to the nation on Sunday night, Mbeki said he departed the office knowing that South Africa had many men and women who had dedicated their lives to ensuring that the country, Africa and the countries of the south would, in time, create a better world for all of humanity.Mbeki said goodbye to the nation in all 11 official languages, and also offered hope for the future.“Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times,” Mbeki said.“We should never become despondent because the weather is bad, nor should we turn triumphalist because the sun shines.”Mbeki said he was convinced that the incoming administration would better the work done during the past 14-and-half years so that poverty, underdevelopment, unemployment, illiteracy, challenges of health, crime and corruption would cease to define the lives of many South Africans.However, he said that for South Africa to succeed there was more work that needed to be done.“I trust that we will continue to strive to act in unity to accelerate the advance towards the achievement of our shared national goals.“I depart this Office conscious that the sterling work done by the Presidency, the Ministries and departments, the provinces and local government structures will continue, driven by the determination to achieve the goal of a better life for all.Since 1994, when he became Deputy President under Nelson Mandela, Mbeki’s office has embarked on policies and programmes directed at pulling the people of South Africa out of the morass of poverty and ensuring that the country became a stable, developed and prosperous one.Among many things the Mbeki government achieved was the transformation of the economy, resulting in the longest sustained period of economic growth in the history of the country.“We introduced an indigent policy that reaches large numbers of those in need; we made the necessary advances so as to bring about a developmental state, the better to respond to the many and varied challenges of the transformation of our country,” Mbeki said.Among other achievements attained during his term in office, Mbeki recalled the empowerment of women, the decision to allow the country to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and South Africa’s election as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council two years ago.“We have also worked continuously to combat the twin challenges of crime and corruption, to ensure that all our people live in conditions of safety and security.“We must admit that we are still faced with many challenges in this regard,” he said.Work, he said, would therefore have to continue to strengthen and improve the functioning of the criminal justice system; to provide the necessary resources for this purpose; to activate the masses of people to join the fight against crime and corruption; and to achieve new victories in the struggle for moral regeneration.During his term, Mbeki also contributed to the resolution of conflicts and the strengthening of democracy in a number of countries, including the Kingdom of Lesotho, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Cote d’Ivoire, Comoros, Zimbabwe and Sudan.“We have worked to contribute to the achievement of the aspirations of the countries and peoples of the South, conscious of the need for us to act in solidarity and in unity with the billions with whom we share the common challenge to defeat poverty and underdevelopment.”Source: BuaNews
Noting that there is no specific terrorist threat to the ICC World Cup being held in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, the US has urged its citizens to be alert while travelling to these countries during the tournament as such big events are always a soft targets for the militants.World Cup begins in Dhaka”The Department of State alerts US citizens travelling to or residing in India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to safety and security issues related to the ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in those countries between February 19 and April 2, 2011,” said a US travel advisory.While the US government has no specific threat information regarding the Cricket World Cup, high-profile events of this nature can be targets for terrorist attacks, the State Department said in a statement a day after the mega cricket event was kicked off in Dhaka on Thursday.The State Department reminded its citizens about the worldwide travel alert it had issued about the American nationals on January 31 which also includes South Asian countries.Observing that local authorities in the country where individual matches are held are responsible for security arrangements for the ICC Cricket World Cup, the State Department said US citizens should monitor local news reports and consider the level of security present when visiting public places, including religious sites, or choosing hotels, restaurants, entertainment, and recreation and sporting venues.This travel alert expires on April 9, 2011. With PTI inputs
Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo in financial limbo at Roda JCby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Ike Ugbo is in financial limbo at Roda JC.NRC says the club want to use his wages to spread across the rest of the squad, instead of their star loanee.Ugbo earns about ten times what his team-mates take home and the coaches would rather have one angry unpaid player than several.Fingers are being pointed at investor Mauricio Garcia de la Vega, who the club are desperate to get rid of after he attempted to take over the club last summer.Ugbo, 21, has scored four goals on loan in the second tier of the Dutch pyramid. TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Categories: Griffin News 15May Griffin: Repealing irrelevant laws makes government more efficient The Michigan House today voted to overwhelmingly approve state Rep. Beth Griffin’s plan to remove an outdated section of the Michigan Penal Code.Griffin’s plan removes a 1931 law which references the criminal sentencing guidelines for committing a false protest. Individuals who injure, deceive or defraud someone today would be charged with fraud rather than making a false protest, therefore making the older law obsolete.“While the majority of our job as lawmakers is to come up with new ideas to help the people of Michigan, we must also look to clean up laws that simply have no relevance in society today,” said Griffin of Mattawan. “Obsolete laws need to be removed to allow for a more efficient, effective government that every Michigander can be proud of.”House Bill 5763 now advances to the Senate for further consideration.