Cabinet reshuffle welcomed

first_imgThe Cabinet meets at the Union Buildings.(Image: The Presidency) President Jacob Zuma said they wantto enhance service delivery. Service delivery is the driving forcebehind the reshuffle. Minister Lulu Xingwana (right) is replacingNoluthando Mayende-Sibiya (left).(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Themba MasekoGovernment spokesperson+27 12 314 2150Bongani NkosiPresident Jacob Zuma has reshuffled top posts in the government, appointing new ministers and deputies to improve performance in his administration.Zuma announced that recently appointed senior officials would start their new duties on 1 November 2010. He has appointed new ministers in nine departments and chosen 17 new deputy ministers.This is the biggest administration reshuffle in the government since 1994. It involves some ministers being moved to different departments, and some former deputies becoming ministers themselves. There are also a number of new faces in the Cabinet. “Some of the outgoing members are to be deployed in other positions in government,” said Zuma in a media statement.The ministers who have performed well will remain in their positions. “We have completed the process of the reconfiguration of government, and that of putting in place systems that will help us change the way government works in order to improve service delivery,” said Zuma.“Given the fact that we still face serious challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality in the country, government has to work at a faster pace to change the lives of the poor.”The Zuma administration came into power 17 months ago, and since then the presidency has been studying what works and what doesn’t. Zuma said they have identified the need for changes in the Cabinet.Deputies for new departmentsZuma first restructured the Cabinet when he was appointed president, adding new ministries and splitting some departments into two. One of the splits took place in the Department of Education, resulting in the Departments of Basic Education and Higher Education. Neither one was supplied with deputy ministers at the time.The Department of Higher Education has now received a deputy minister, Hlengiwe Mkhize, to work with Minister Blade Nzimande.“We have seen it prudent to strengthen the skills and human resource development sector by appointing a deputy minister to assist the minister of higher education and training, given the size of the portfolio,” said Zuma.Former deputies moving upThe Ministry of Women, Children and People with Disabilities, which Zuma created when he came to power, will now be headed by the former minister of arts and culture, Lulu Xingwana. Former deputy minister of arts and culture Paul Mashatile is now minister of the department.Mashatile will be assisted by Dr Joe Phaahla, who was the director-general for the government unit which oversaw the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Zuma has also made changes to the Department of Communications, appointing Roy Padayachie as minister and Obed Bapela as deputy. Former minister of the department, Siphiwe Nyanda, has been removed from the Cabinet, while his deputy, Dina Pule, has been appointed the deputy in the Presidency’s Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration ministry.Fikile Mbalula, formerly deputy minister of police, now heads the Department of Sports and Recreation. Mbalula replaces Reverend Makhenkesi Stofile.The mayor of the City of Tshwane Dr Gwen Ramokgopa moves into the national government as deputy minister of health, a position that was left vacant following the passing away of former deputy Molefe Sefularo in April 2010.The City of Tshwane will now get a new mayor, expected to be Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who is currently chairperson of the African National Congress’s (ANC) Tshwane Region.Mildred Oliphant, former parliamentary chairperson for the international relations committee, is the new minister of the labour department, replacing the long-serving Membathisi Mdladlana.The public enterprises department also has a new minister, Malusi Gigaba, and new deputy Ben Martins. Gigaba was previously the deputy minister of the home affairs department, but has been replaced by parliamentary chairperson Fatima Chohan.Other departments with new ministers are social development, public works, and water and environmental affairs. Departments such as correctional services, trade and industry, rural development and land reform, international relations and cooperation, energy, and a range of others, have new deputies.Reshuffle welcomedPolitical parties have expressed support for the Cabinet changes. The ruling ANC said the reshuffle was necessitated after “serious introspection” and assessment of existing Cabinet members.“The reshuffle was necessary to speed up service delivery,” ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said. “The ANC is confident that the changes at Cabinet level will go a long way to make the government stronger.”Official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), said it welcomed the removal of the ministers of communications; labour; and women, children and people with disabilities.“… President Zuma made the right decision to remove them from their positions,” DA leader in parliament Athol Trollip said in a statement.“President Zuma has made a number of positive adjustments to his Cabinet. The move is a positive indication of renewed focus on accountability.”last_img read more

3 notes from Urban Meyers Monday press conference

On Monday, Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer addressed the media for his weekly press conference to reflect on the Buckeyes’ first loss of the season against Michigan State while also looking forward to the season finale against Michigan. Here are three notes from what he said.All eyes on ElliottThe whole college football world was talking about OSU’s loss, but more specifically, a lot of the attention was centered on Ezekiel Elliott’s postgame interview. The junior running back put the coaching staff on blast about his low usage and confessed he spent time in the hospital with a leg infection, while also announcing he would be bolting for the NFL after this season. As expected, Meyer addressed Elliott’s comments heavily on Monday. “He’s a very well-thought of junior, and he gets a microphone stuck in his face, and obviously, we do not condone that and encourage that,” Meyer said. “Our rule is always talk about your teammates and move on. And he came to see me. We had a very long discussion — he’s great — and he apologized and he said, ‘You know, they didn’t have the whole interview in there.’”But Meyer said he is not planning on listening to the rest of Elliott’s interview because they “squashed it as a team.” Many thought Elliott’s frustration about only getting 12 carries in a game that was conducive to running football because of the weather was warranted, even if it was not the right time or place. Meyer agreed with the substance of Elliott’s remarks but, as expected, was not happy with the way they were delivered. “I couldn’t disagree with him, his comments, that he should have got the ball a little bit more but that’s not the place to do it,” he said. “That’s why I always like to decompress for at least a few minutes, because I’ve said some things I’m not very proud of, and I’m not saying that (Elliott’s comments are) not true, I’m just saying that’s not the forum to have those conversations.” Meyer said he would have welcomed a conversation in private with Elliott about his carries, but the way Michigan State was crowding the line of scrimmage factored into the play-calling.The coach acknowledged that he has to “do better” in that regard.  When asked if the running back’s comments were alarming and made him question Elliott’s character, Meyer was quick to knock it down. Meyer said it was a “very isolated incident,” while noting that he feels Elliott is one of the most selfless football players he has ever been around. In hindsight, the coach said he needed to feed Elliott a little more, but with a talented Michigan team on the horizon, Meyer wants to put it in the rearview mirror.“I know I’m probably going to get another 64 questions on it, but it’s done,” Meyer said. “We’ve got a really good team coming up that we’re playing and we’ve got to move forward.” Early exitsAnother hot-button issue that has developed as of late was the issue of players with eligibility remaining discussing their future plans. During the week leading up to the game, junior defensive end Joey Bosa all but announced he would be turning pro after the 2015 campaign came to an end. That was widely assumed, as the defensive end is considered one of the best prospects in next year’s draft. However, hearing Bosa be so open about his future plans did turn some heads. Then, after the loss to Michigan State, Elliott said there was “no chance” he would be back for his senior season. Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones added oxygen to that flame after the game when he posted photo of him walking into Ohio stadium before kickoff on Twitter saying how it was his last time walking on the steps into the ‘Shoe. On Monday, Meyer was asked if he was concerned about the negative effects that players being so open about their future endeavors and how he balances that within the locker room.Meyer pointed to his time at Florida in 2009 when a dozen players sent in paperwork to the NFL to inquire about the possibility of their draft stocks.He admitted it causes “a little anxiety” for the coaching staff, but he said when so many players are talented enough to leave for the NFL early, it is a testament to the type of recruiting going on.Players discussing their future plans causes concern in two areas, Meyer said. The first is staying focused on the task at hand, which with Michigan on the horizon, “is playing a very good team.” The second is dealing with filling those voids in the recruiting department. Meyer said it can be a “nightmare” at times, but the coach maintained that it was a good problem to have because if none of his players were good enough to get drafted, that would be a bigger problem. Everything considered, Meyer said “it’s not easy” dealing with players leaving, but his job remains the same.“I have to just make sure we’re staying focused,” he said. “The good thing is, they’re really good guys … But there’s human nature out there, too.”Uneasy feelingsWhen the players came to the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Sunday, Meyer said he held a team meeting. As imagined, the coach said there was a “knot” in everyone’s stomach after the loss. But Meyer said that is a good thing. “I would be really disappointed if it wasn’t there,” he said. “Today, you like to assess most of the guys … They are moving on. And it’s always good.” Meyer said he is trying to not be overly dramatic, but for him, Saturday “was a sleepless night.” When he got back into the facility on Sunday and started to see the players showing up, Meyer said it made him start to feel better. The coach recognized the challenges that await his squad with the Wolverines, as Meyer had nothing but praise for coach Jim Harbaugh’s team. But, even so, Meyer seemed to have no concerns about whether or not his players would respond against their archrival. OSU coach Urban Meyer walks off the field at Ohio Stadium following the Buckeyes’ 17-14 loss to Michigan State on Nov. 21. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo Editor read more

Ohio State field hockey battles Indiana for chance at B1G tournament

Members of the Ohio State field hockey team sing ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a 2-1 loss to Michigan on Nov. 2 at Buckeye Varsity Field.Credit: Lantern file photoOhio State field hockey will travel to Bloomington, Indiana, on Friday for its final road game of the regular season where the Buckeyes go head-to-head with the Indiana Hoosiers.The Buckeyes (5-10, 0-6) look ahead to the match after a tough weekend of Big Ten play. OSU fell to both Rutgers and No. 5 Maryland at home, remaining winless in conference play.As OSU approaches one of the last games of the season, junior midfielder Maddy Humphrey said that the goal is to end the season on a high note and get a chance to compete in the Big Ten tournament.“We say that we don’t have anything to lose but we do because we are a part of Ohio State,” Humphrey said. “We need to represent (the school) by getting to the Big Ten tournament because that’s what Ohio State is all about.”Humphrey continues to dominate OSU’s offense with 11 goals and seven assists for a total of 29 points. After Humphrey’s performance over the past weekend, she jumped to No. 14 on the all-time points list with a career total of 85 points.Junior goalkeeper Liz Tamburro leads the Big Ten for the second year in a row with 96 saves this season. Tamburro also boasts a .716 save percentage. Also protecting the net is junior back Caroline Rath, who has had six defensive saves this season and is tied for fourth nationally.Indiana (8-8, 3-3) comes to the match after upsetting No. 12 Michigan, but falling to Michigan State the previous weekend.Returning to represent the Hoosiers is senior midfielder Katie Barber, who has finished 16 goals and four assists for a cumulative 36 points. Junior midfielder Taylor Pearson follows Barber with 19 points made up of eight goals and three assists.Sophomore goalkeeper Noëlle Rother is ranked second in the Big Ten behind OSU’s Tamburro with 91 saves and a .740 save percentage. Rother was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the weeks of Oct. 11 and Oct. 18.Coach Anne Wilkinson said that the Buckeyes have really stepped up their game in practice this past week as they have prepared to face Indiana.“They came out with energy and focus, which was good,” Wilkinson said. “We’re … still working through how we handle (tough) situations…and I think they’re managing themselves appropriately in that they’re having the right focus going into this game on the road.”Friday’s match will mark the 27th time that the Buckeyes and Hoosiers have faced off since 1974. OSU leads the series with a 16-9-1 record and has won three of the last five games.Friday’s faceoff is set for 3 p.m. and will be streamed live on BTN Plus. read more

Man shot killed in alley near Spring Valley

first_img SPRING VALLEY (KUSI) – A man was fatally shot Thursday morning in an alley in the La Presa area south of Spring Valley, authorities said.Dispatchers received multiple reports of gunfire shortly after 1:20 a.m. near the intersection of Delrose Avenue and Elkelton Boulevard, just west of state Route 125, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Karla Menzies said.Deputies responded to the area and found a man lying in an alley near the intersection suffering from at least one gunshot wound, Menzies said.Paramedics responded, but the man, whose age was not immediately available, was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.The circumstances leading up to the shooting were under investigation and no suspect descriptions were immediately available.Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to call sheriff’s homicide investigators at (858) 974-2321 or (858) 565-5200 after-hours or on weekends. Tipsters who wish to remain anonymous can contact San Diego Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or online at sdcrimestoppers.org. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, March 21, 2019 Posted: March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom Man shot, killed in alley near Spring Valleylast_img read more