Helen Zille may face probe over son’s tablet learning business – Report

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Edward zuma comes to mind...the whole Zuma family comes to mind... what would be the real reason for this distracting news item?
 

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Edward zuma comes to mind...the whole Zuma family comes to mind... what would be the real reason for this distracting news item?
Here's you man, no need for the guessing game.
ANC MPL Cameron Dugmore laid the complaint with the Public Protector on the matter, whose office has yet to decide whether it will be investigated.
 

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Edward zuma comes to mind...the whole Zuma family comes to mind... what would be the real reason for this distracting news item?
Are you saying that because the Zuma family does it, it's ok for Zille to do it?
 

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If that's what an internal DA survey shows then it's a crap survey. I find it incredibly hard to believe that Black people who support the DA are so fickle, and can drop their support for such a trivial reason, a careless tweet by a party leader.

If these Black people support the DA for its perceived stance on colonialism, and can drop support when Zille does a silly equivocal tweet, then the DA never really had their support anyway. How this issue can trump other more important things in the minds of supporters - like service delivery and clean government - is beyond me.

If such a survey exists in the DA, it needs to be exposed so that experts can analyse and critique it properly. It might well be part of an internal schlenter.

PS. I'm not saying colonialism is a trivial issue. It isn't.
 
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So...they laid a complaint because tablets that were going to be given away free by the provincial government to be used by companies that would not charge for them, were given away free, to a company that then does not charge for them?

How can they claim it boosted her son's business, when her son didn't charge anything? I can understand if money changed hands, or if he gained financially, but this???
 

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No link to the report.
No description of the tender process.
No indication of what dept was. responsible for the procurement.
No indication whether Zille recused herself from the decision.

All clickbait and no actual content. You can do better than this MyBB.
 

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No link to the report.
No description of the tender process.
No indication of what dept was. responsible for the procurement.
No indication whether Zille recused herself from the decision.

All clickbait and no actual content. You can do better than this MyBB.
Ban hammer on konfab in 3 2 .....
 

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If that's what an internal DA survey shows then it's a crap survey. I find it incredibly hard to believe that Black people who support the DA are so fickle, and can drop their support for such a trivial reason, a careless tweet by a party leader.

If these Black people support the DA for its perceived stance on colonialism, and can drop support when Zille does a silly equivocal tweet, then the DA never really had their support anyway. How this issue can trump other more important things in the minds of supporters - like service delivery and clean government - is beyond me.

If such a survey exists in the DA, it needs to be exposed so that experts can analyse and critique it properly. It might well be part of an internal schlenter.

PS. I'm not saying colonialism is a trivial issue. It isn't.
Wrong thread Art
 

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So...they laid a complaint because tablets that were going to be given away free by the provincial government to be used by companies that would not charge for them, were given away free, to a company that then does not charge for them?

How can they claim it boosted her son's business, when her son didn't charge anything? I can understand if money changed hands, or if he gained financially, but this???
It's brand awareness, free advertising, getting students used to a particular product that they will then buy further down the line. Companies give away free stuff all the time, it brings businesses in the long run
 

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This week the Sunday Times was busy trying to manufacture a scandal about a maths teacher in Khayelitsha who prepared a matric preparation programme in 2014, and volunteered to give free workshops and resources (including books of past exam papers and DVDs with videotaped explanations of each answer) to disadvantaged students in the run-up to the matric exams that year.

The extremely positive feedback from the initiative prompted the teacher to repeat the same workshop support and free materials for pupils who wrote supplementary examinations at the beginning of 2015.

So where is the scandal?

It lies in the fact that the teacher enabled the students to use 150 tablet devices borrowed from the Western Cape Education Department for the week of the workshops. He loaded the app to access the videos onto the tablets at no cost, and returned them to the department in pristine condition, after making a written commitment to ensure their safe return.

You still don’t get the scandal? The 150 tablets the pupils used were part of a much bigger consignment of 480 devices ordered for the “Year Beyond (YeBo) Programme”, that places graduate interns in disadvantaged schools to help with academic support after school hours (using e-learning among other methods). The devices were purchased through the Department of Education, because they were going to become the property of schools where the YeBo interns were working. Because the Education Department did not have sufficient funds to purchase 480 devices, the YeBo Programme approached the Director General of the Province around the middle of 2014, who agreed to transfer R2-million to the Education budget for the procurement of the tablets that were required from the first term of 2015.

When the maths teacher offered the matric preparation workshops, and an expert in the Department had evaluated the quality of the material, the purchase of 150 out of the 480 tablets was expedited to make sure they arrived in time for the workshops. I supported speeding up the process, just as I support the expediting of every procurement process (which tends to stretch out interminably) as long as no rules are broken. If we work efficiently and smartly, we can reduce the procurement timeline, often by many weeks, while continuing to play “by the book”. Indeed, I believe streamlining these processes is crucial to cutting red tape and expediting delivery.

In any event, it would have been useless if the technology the students needed for the workshops had only been available after the matric exam -- something like delivering the Cape Town stadium after the World Cup.

Are you still puzzled about where the scandal lies?

The maths teacher, who was teaching in Khayelitsha at the time -- at a departmental “focus school” specialising in maths, science and technology -- happens to be my son.
https://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2017-06-11-from-the-inside-a-week-like-no-other/#.WT0jP8axWiM
 

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So not only was it nor for profit, the tablets were all returned a week later?

cANCer really desperate to dig up any dirt on Zille. Or any dirt anywhere.
Anything to direct the focus away from their own corrupt cesspit. (as per Bell Pottinger instructions)
 

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She must be getting fit with all that spinning :D
I haven't paid all that much attention to the various Zille situations. However, it does strike me as completely insane that this is what members of the ANC are concentrating on, given the unimaginable scope of the Gupta takeover that is breathtaking in its arrogance and apparent success, delivered to us on a multiple scandal-per-day basis since the mail leaks.

That being said - I'm certainly not advocating for any free passes for politicians of any stripe, one way or the other, but jesus, let's get our priorities straight...
 
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