NEWSWATCH: It seems that communications minister Dina Pule offered a pal - Gugu Duda - a job, though Duda does not have the experience to do it, reports IOL, and in the UK, MPs vote today on press regulation. The Indian Express reports that 19-year-old men are the biggest victims of online bullying, and Science a Gogo says that someone jabbering on their mobile can be very distracting.
Communications Minister Dina Pule... from one scandal to another. (Image: GCIS)
IOL: Pule's SABC job for pal secret... First there were claims that Pule's boyfriend benefited business-wise from his relationship with her. Now the communications minister has been accused of offering the job of SABC chief financial officer to a pal, Gugu Duda, who it seems is unable to "do da job" and, according to IOL, wanted to employ "a former colleague, Nomakhaya Malebane, as deputy chief financial officer." Why? Because, it appears, Duda knows she does not have sufficient experience and needs a deputy who does have, "to assist her in the office as the CFO."
Malebane was subsequently hired as one of the two consultants in Duda's office at a cost of R137,500 a month, according to the IOL report.
So what we have is a person who cannot do a particular job, being appointed to do that job and then taking on two consultants to, presumably, show her how to do the job for which she is being paid handsomely.
Bear this in mind: Through our licence fees that we are forced to pay, and taxes - in the form of bailouts to the corporation - we are helping fund this sort of thing.
Mail & Guardian: Britain set for vote on press regulation... British MPs are set to vote today on press regulation. Prime Minister David Cameron has proposed a new newspaper watchdog following the phone hacking scandal that saw the demise of News of The World.
Many of the victims of the hacking would probably like to see some journos in the UK being severely bitten by such a watchdog.
Indian Express: 19-year-old men biggest victims of online bullying: study... According to a UK study, 19-year-old men are the biggest victims of online bullying, and, according to the study, most of that bullying takes place on... guess... Facebook, which is followed by Twitter as the next most frequent face for bullying - or trolling - to take place.
You're distracted, right...? How can you carry on eating without listening as the one-sided conversation takes you through the speaker's latest business deal/romantic failure/romantic success/what he has to buy on the way home?
If you are distracted, you're normal... A new study in the journal PLOS ONE has found that a one-sided cellphone conversation in the background is much more distracting than overhearing a conversation between two people actually sitting at the same table.
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Your description of the SABC farce reminds me of a bunch of young kids playing in the sandpit and then given with a bunch of shiny new toys that are way beyond their age and intelligence - so what happens? They can't make them work and they break them. In fact this description fits just about every facet of the ANC's cadre-infected management and administration. Posted on 18 Mar 2013 16:30
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