Manuel won't leave SA

2012-12-19 10:05

Johannesburg - Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said he will not be taking up a job outside South Africa following his decision to step back from active politics.

“I have nowhere to go, no one else wants me so South Africa is stuck with me,” he told a business breakfast in Bloemfontein, organised by the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum.

Manuel announced last week that he would not be available for nomination to the ANC’s national executive committee (NEC), sparking speculation about how long he will remain in his role in government.

Manuel said he would continue with his job as planning minister.

Manuel confirmed the announcement by president Jacob Zuma that school inspectors would be brought back into classrooms to hold teachers accountable.

He said the role of teachers have changed: “If you’ve been at the chalk board for 30 years, you’re probably not well-equipped to deal with the demands of teaching today. A teacher is no longer a dispenser of knowledge, but a guide.”

But he said older teachers should not be summarily kicked out.

“[If older teachers leave] we lose experience from classrooms and this is a worrying trend,” he said.

Manuel also took aim at corruption, saying South Africa “can’t be tolerant of even a little bit of corruption”.

When asked about the security upgrade at the home of president Jacob Zuma at Nkandla, he admitted “most south Africans are unhappy with what is happening at Nkandla”, but insisted no corruption had been found there.

He said the election of businessman Cyril Ramaphosa to deputy president of the ANC is a boon for the planning commission, of which Ramaphosa is the deputy chairperson.

Manuel said Ramaphosa devoted “an immense amount of time” to the commission.

“I hope that it continues,” he added.



  • Tim - 2012-12-19 10:32

    Teachers shouldnt need inspection in the first place!

      phorane.thokoane - 2012-12-19 15:32

      Unfortunately in South Africa they do because the teachers just cant seem to be able to teach without it, besides it is done in other countries. For one the curriculum keeps changing without a good change management plan, secondly the teaching methods of yesteryear have been rendered redundant and they don't know how to handle that. Finally, the passion to teach is just not there anymore and we have a union that won't allow disciplinary measures for teachers. U get the point?

  • bernpm - 2012-12-19 10:34

    Please, mr Manuel, do not suggest that a person with 30 years teaching experience has become outdated. Maybe some of the tools have changed, the essense of teaching has not. Or all these old teachers not always buying into the constant changes in methods (the failing OBE??)and find their own ways of dealing with teaching without text books?? Just stick to your planning and leave education alone. Or have you been doing this for 30 years and become useless in the process??

      warren.slater.353 - 2012-12-19 11:34

      When one looks at the exam results in recent years it's clear kids need more teaching and less touchy feely guidance.

  • nicholas.graan - 2012-12-19 10:35

    You need to move to a party that will respect and use your skills. The ANC you joined and are loyal to no longer exists. If you want to contribute it should be with a progressive organisation that has the welfare of this country and its citizens at heart. That is not the current ANC, but there again, clearly you have realised that.

  • Eduannn - 2012-12-19 10:35

    Yes dino - the old tried and tested methods were not all that bad after all - why did the new government have to take away the inspectorate in the 1st place should be the question. Now also bring back the Commando system in the farming areas and integrate them with the Police like in the old days and maybe we shall also see peace on the farms?

  • makarapakaplan - 2012-12-19 10:36

    he admitted "most south Africans are unhappy with what is happening at Nkandla”, but insisted no corruption had been found there" wow this guy is on some good weed!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-19 12:07

      He knows that Zuma and his Nkandla are totally corrupt but won't say so while he's still on the ANC payroll.

      kgalalelo.malesele - 2012-12-20 10:59

      A 2 faced snake won't just publicly rebuke the wrong rather will downplay it for his benefits and to hell with the rest of SA

  • malamulela.ndoro - 2012-12-19 10:36 To what extent must a president fail and be corrupt to be removed? Please like FB page:

  • colin.dennis1 - 2012-12-19 10:38

    How can he say there is no corruption involved in Nkandla, the decision to spend the money was made by someone and that person's mind is corrupt. A state of unrestrained political corruption is known as a kleptocracy, literally meaning "rule by thieves". This is the government we are living with, anyone who can justify this kind of expenditure on a property that does not even belong to the state is out of their mind.

  • zolisa.dlokovu - 2012-12-19 10:46

    Sending school inspectors to our schools is a right thing to do.I hope our govt. will also build schools,maintain rural roads.The homeland govt did a great job

      sandra.j.rennie - 2012-12-19 15:18

      Zolisa, In years gone by, we always had school inspectors come and visit our schools not only to assess the teachers but the learners as well. This seems to have fallen by the wayside, perhaps because there are no qualified inspectors or perhaps even less qualifiled teachers.

  • sango.jika - 2012-12-19 10:49

    School inspectors now we getting somwere.

  • kndobe - 2012-12-19 10:54

    Zuma is a thief but he ain't no Robin Hood

  • isaac.makua - 2012-12-19 11:00

    He doesnt fit in the corrupt ANC system, during his time as Finance minister he never got tempted to still public and tex payers money

      malcolm.james.macleod - 2012-12-19 15:03

      Then why is he one of the parties implicated in the arms deal?

      mbuso.siera - 2012-12-19 16:39

      Ppl like him eat nd wipe their u can't realy see that they have been stealing 4rm the plate....

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2012-12-19 11:14

    Older mean white teachers ass??? Who better to guide than elders???

      vuyisan - 2012-12-20 19:44

      I don't think he means white teachers

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-12-19 14:27

    Mr Manuel,a countries biggest asset and resource lies it the productivity of its citizens.Therefore all steps should be taken to ensure and instill the motivational confidence and inspire a sense of patriotism from its citizens by ensuring a safe and just environment free of corruption and abuse of power.

  • firstseed.mbeva - 2012-12-20 10:37

    As a civil engineering graduate, may be Manuel needs to consider starting his own company. He was in the midst of the wrong cabal.

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