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Grow­ing pains

Teenage preg­nancy is a prob­lem – no one is ar­gu­ing that fact. So kudos to Gaut­eng’s de­part­ment of so­cial devel­op­ment for launch­ing a cam­paign to get teens talk­ing and think­ing about the is­sue. The de­part­ment says it will be us­ing soc­cer as a tool for ed­u­ca­tion. But there are two prob­lems.

The first is that the cam­paign seems to be aimed only at teenage girls, as though im­mac­u­late con­cep­tion is to blame for preg­nancy.

The sec­ond is that the cam­paign is called Let a Girl Child Grow. Um, isn’t the point to keep girls from end­ing up with grow­ing tum­mies?

Browned off

SA’s am­bas­sador to the US, Ebrahim Ra­sool, seems to be haunted by past ghosts. Maybe the fact that there’s a DA pre­mier sit­ting in his old chair in the Western Cape is mak­ing him ex­tra un­happy.

Dur­ing the US-Africa Lead­ers Sum­mit in Wash­ing­ton this week, he bumped into a few hacks and checked him­self to con­tain his pleas­ant sur­prise. “The last time I was friendly with jour­nal­ists, they ac­cused me of tak­ing brown en­velopes,” he joked.

Ap­par­ently pre­miers can be re­de­ployed – but they can’t hide.

Cut to the quick

Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Blade Nz­i­mande was given a mouth­ful by Numsa’s Irvin Jim this week af­ter he ac­cused the union of try­ing to turn it­self into a po­lit­i­cal party.

“He’s [Nz­i­mande] got a cri­sis be­cause I don’t think he’s ever been in the fac­tory ... He’s a desk­top aca­demic. He doesn’t know how to build a union,” said Jim.

“He be­haves like a rented politi­cian by cap­i­tal. We didn’t think he could be so cheap as to want to sell what be­longs to work­ers.”

Desk­top aca­demic? Ouch, that cuts like a blade.

BELLY UP That’s where the state’s teen preg­nancy cam­paign seems to be head­ing

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