Daily Archives: April 24, 2016

South Africa: Radford Gets Back Into Race Mode After Ribs Setback

By Mark Etheridge

Just as Gill Sanders jetted in from London in pursuit of her Rio Olympics dream, so too did Anel Radford.. but from the other side of the world, in Sydney, Australia.

She did the same for African Championships in East London earlier this year but had to head back Down Under after her race was up before it started.. with broken ribs from a previous accident.

And she’s excited to be back racing Sunday’s Discovery World Triathlon at the Green Point Stadium.. but nervous as to her readiness.

She told Road to Rio 2016: ‘I travelled back to Sydney after not being able to start African champs in East London.

‘I have a great support network in Sydney, people I’ve been working with for a long time and who really know my body. I got the ribs checked out and it was confirmed that I had 2 broken ribs.

‘The decision not to race African champs was such a tough call to make but at least I knew it was the only option I had. We weren’t sure how long it would take for the ribs to heal and racing this weekend in Cape Town didn’t look very likely.

‘I had a lot of treatment on the muscles around the ribs and that allowed me to slowly start moving a bit better. I managed to get three weeks of rally good training done in the lead up to Cape Town and I guess I’ll find out tomorrow if that was enough!

‘I did everything I could in the limited time I had and I am really happy to be in a position to race tomorrow. Racing at home is always extra special.’

Asked about her race plans she kept her cards close to her chest (or in her case her ribs!).

‘I’m not sure what to expect tomorrow given the compromised preparation I had and also not having raced for 6 weeks. So the plan is just to go out there, focus on the processes and execute to my ability. If I can do that, I’ll be happy.’

The elite men’s race starts at 2pm and the elite men end the day’s action at 4.30pm.

Source: South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee

South Africa: Julius Malema – Ready to Remove Zuma Government By Force

Julius Malema is never far from the spotlight. In 2012, his aggressive and divisive brand of rhetoric led to expulsion from South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC).

As head of the influential ANC youth league he had earlier helped Jacob Zuma become South Africa’s president.

Many observers wrote him off, but he re-emerged quickly as head of a new party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), becoming a member of parliament in 2014.

Their fight, Malema says, is against white-held capital, and the “irritant” as he now describes Jacob Zuma.

His economic policies, including nationalisation of industry and expropriation without compensation, play well on the streets and badly in company boardrooms.

“We are not to wage any war against Zuma and the ANC,” Malema says.

“We are waging a war against the white monopoly capital. Zuma is not our enemy, the ANC is not our enemy, they are standing on our way to crashing white monopoly capital which has stolen our land, which controls the wealth of our country, and as we are in the process of crashing the white monopoly capital, there will be some of those irritations that we have to deal with and Zuma represents such an irritation, the ANC represents such an irritation.”

A controversial and often contradictory figure, Malema is a confirmed capitalist himself, known for his expensive taste, while much less is known about the source of his wealth.

He has been accused of corruption, convicted of hate speech, yet to his supporters he is a revolutionary, proceeding where the ANC has failed – to reduce inequality, redistribute wealth – and even, if necessary, to defend their rights by force.

He says that he is willing to take up arms against Zuma’s government and “remove the parliament through the barrel of a gun” if they push them to do so.

“We know for a fact that Gauteng ANC rigged the elections here. We know for a fact that they lost in Johannesburg and they lost Gauteng. But we still accepted it but they must know that we are not going to do that this year,” Malema says.

“We are not going to accept. Part of the revolutionary duty is to fight and we are not at shame if the need arise for us to take up arms and fight. We will fight.

“This regime must respond peacefully to our demands, must respond constitutionally to our demands.

“And if they are going to respond violently like they did in the township of Alexandra just outside Johannesburg, when people said these results do not reflect the outcome of our vote, they sent the army to go and intimidate our people.

“We are not going to stand there. Zuma is not going to use the army to intimidate us. We are not scared of the army. We are not scared to fight. We will fight.”

Source: Al Jazeera

SA signs Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa has signed the Paris Agreement on climate change at the United Nations in New York.

The Paris Agreement is universally regarded as a seminal point in the development of the international climate change regime under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The Paris Agreement was adopted on 12 December 2015 at the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC CoP21, held in Paris from 30 November to 13 December 2015.

The Agreement was adopted after four years of intense negotiations mandated by the 17th UNFCCC CoP held in Durban in 2011.

UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, acting in his capacity as depository of the Agreement convened a high-level ceremony for the opening for signature of the Agreement on Friday. Parties to the Convention are able to sign the Agreement until 21 April 2017.

Minister Molewa signed the Agreement on behalf of the South African Government.

The Agreement is a comprehensive framework which will guide international efforts to limit greenhouse gas emissions and to meet all the associated challenges posed by climate change.

It signals the change in pace towards the low carbon development from 2020 onwards through commitments of countries in ambitious national plans called Nationally Determined Contributions.

This outcome recognises that climate change represents an urgent threat to human societies and the planet, requiring the widest possible cooperation by all countries and other stakeholders.

The main objective of the Agreement is to limit the global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing efforts to limit the increase to 1.5 degrees.

The recognition of the 1.5 degree target is of central importance to South Africa as an African and developing country that is highly vulnerable to climate change.

The Paris Agreement is also an important tool in mobilising finance, technological support and capacity building for developing countries, and will also help to scale up global efforts to address and minimise loss and damage from climate change and increase climate resilience.

Signing the Agreement requires that countries will later need to adopt the agreement within their own legal systems, through ratification, acceptance, approval or accession.

The agreement will enter into force when ratified by at least 55 countries, which together represent at least 55% of global emissions.

South Africa is already acting on climate change. The country has significant investment in renewable energy, public transport, energy efficiency, waste management and land restoration initiatives.

South Africa is also striving to enhance efforts to transition to a lower carbon economy and society, as well as to adapt in the short, medium and long term to the impacts of increasing temperatures, and reduced rainfall in many parts of the country.