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Daily podcast - January 11, 2010

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11th January 2010

By: Amy Witherden

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Monday, January 11, 2010
From Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I'm Amy Witherden.
Making headlines:
African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma on Saturday mapped the way forward for the party in 2010, emphasising unity and the strengthening of local government as priorities.
Speaking at the 98th anniversary celebration of the ruling party at the GWK stadium in Kimberley, Zuma said that the ANC would "tighten its deployment procedures" to make it more "objective and transparent". The ANC-led government intended to make local government a key focus for service provision.
Zuma echoed calls for unity contained in messages of support from the ANC's alliance partners and conceded that more needed to be done in this regard. South African Communist Party general secretary Blade Nzimande blamed a "media agenda" for reported divisions in the tripartite alliance, while Congress of South African Trade Unions president Sdumo Dlamini said that it was important "to engage with respect" with each other on public platforms and in private.

Global economic recovery is progressing faster and more strongly than expected but there are still risks for its sustainability, said International Monetary Fund (IMF) head for Europe Marek Belka.
Economic recovery is mostly driven by State programmes, he said, so that it is not certain to continue after the aid is phased out. The IMF is concerned whether growth in demand caused by State aid to an economy is durable.
Belka said that problems would likely occur first in countries where households were excessively in debt, like Germany and France. He added that the IMF does not expect 2010 to be a year of crisis, but that the recovery will be slow.

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An ambush of soccer players in Angola has shown how easily insurgents can grab world headlines with attacks on soft targets and inflict international embarrassment on countries by exposing their lapses in security.
Analysts say that overconfidence and poor security coordination were being examined as possible factors in Friday's attack in Cabinda, which killed two members of Togo's national soccer delegation and the driver of their team bus.
The African Cup of Nations, taking place in Angola, precedes the FIFA World Cup in South Africa by five months, however, World Cup organiser Danny Jordaan said that the attack in Cabinda would have no impact on the event. But security analysts say that outsiders involved in the World Cup are not likely to simply ignore the Angolan attack, and will want to review South Africa's preparations for the tournament.

Also making headlines:
The Presidency denies claims of pardons for Schabir Shaik and Eugene de Kock amid public criticism.
India boosts ties with Africa while expanding credit lines.
South African President Jacob Zuma says that the African National Congress will cooperate but not "cogovern" with its alliance partners.
And, Nigeria's lower house of Parliament could vote on a revolutionary oil bill this week.
That's a roundup of news making headlines today.

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