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Africa could rival Asia - Zuma

2012-01-28 14:07

Johannesburg - Trade between African countries would reduce poverty and stimulate economic growth, President Jacob Zuma said in Ethiopia on Saturday.

"Intra and inter-regional trade is not an option, it is an imperative," Zuma said in a speech planned for delivery at the 26th New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) heads of state and government orientation committee meeting in Addis Ababa.

The Nepad meeting was a forerunner to the 18th Ordinary Session of the African Union Assembly, which takes place on Sunday and Monday in the Ethiopian capital.

Zuma said Africa was poised for economic growth that could rival Asia, especially as the global economic balance of power shifted from north to south.

The International Monetary Fund said recently the economy of the African continent would grow by over five percent, on average, in the next two years.

"We have to take important steps to benefit from the opportunities that have become open," Zuma said. Weak infrastructure was a threat to the development of the entire continent and was a priority of the African Union.

South Africa was leading the AU's presidential infrastructure championing initiative and had been tasked with ensuring the north-south rail and road corridor was working. The corridor was the main trade route between Durban and Dar-es-Salaam, in Tanzania.

The initiative included physical and procedural improvements at border crossings, energy as well as information and communications technologies.

Excluding South Africa's road network, the corridor measured 8600 kilometres - some of which needed immediate attention.

The assessment estimated that US6.9bn was needed for capital investment and recurrent costs. Some work on improving roads was already underway. The president said that Africa lent itself to railway infrastructure but much existing infrastructure was inadequate and in poor repair.

"There is work to be done. But we must proceed, all of us, with a greater sense of urgency, with greater cohesion and more collaboration."

Comments
  • Larry - 2012-01-28 14:23

    In your Dreams JZ…. unless you are thinking of formally handing power to your handlers in Beijing?

      John - 2012-01-28 15:35

      Count how many strikes the SA Civil Service has done since 1994. Count how many strikes the Asian Civil services have done since 1994. That shows the guilty party for SA going backwards. Zuzuma Jesus loves you, Zuzuma, Your mother loves you, Zuzuma, Your father loves, Repent, Manpara, repent, Repent, Ignorant, repent, Repent, Negligent, repent, Repent, Liar, repent, Repent, Thief, repent, Repent, Baby Killer, repent, Repent, Genocider, repent! Okai, stop the bus, how can you say that? Lets have a look: Zuma is Ignorant that the Failed Communist Countries like the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cuba, etc, employed Central Control Economies ( CCE ), with full and total nationalization. Negligent - as the head of an organization, it is his duty to be fully informed of the economic history of total disasters of CCE. He does not know that Gorbachov announced reforms away from nationalization – in the early 1980’s! He is a Liar, because these are not his ideas, these ideas have been around for over 100 years. Thief, he has stolen the PEOPLES money – that is how bribery and corruption works. Baby Killer, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 800 000 black babies in government hospitals! Genocider, as a member of the ANC – Abortion Murder Genocide, is guilty of the Genocide of 5 Million Aids sufferers which were refused medication. Repent, Manpara, Repent!

      Ian - 2012-01-28 16:03

      What the hell is JZ smoking??????? Which part of Asia?????? The slums of Bangladesh??????

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-28 16:17

      FUNNY HOW LITTLE THIS GUY KNOWS ABOUT ECONOMICS AND YET HE IS THE PRESIDENT OF A COUNTRY. Butthen.... so are all the polititians in the country' Here we see a prediction of 5 % 'growth' over the next two years? Wat does that mean to you and me? NOTHING.... Just like the FANTASTIC BOOST we were 'expecting' from the 2010 world cup soccer tournament. What was that to you and me? Brilliant AIRPORTS afterwards and BRILLIANT freeways [afterwards] and what have we as faithfull voters GAIN?? We are in the process of gaining fantastic TOLLGATES with FANTASTIC extra costs every month... But then... we are also sitting with FANTASTIC soccer stadiums of which more than HALF of them are deteriorating as we speak until there will be NOTHING left of it. But NO.... Africa can take on the whole world.....

      Sean - 2012-01-28 16:21

      Exactly, in your dreams fat boy. As long as you lot are in charge we are going to go down the tubes. The sad thing is that we have the potential to become a major player, but you lot are so stupid you couldn't get pissed if the instructions were printed on the bottle. And before the oundits chip, no i am not talking about a white supremist govt, i am talking about a govt that does what is in the best interest of the country and not the ruling party. But like all things in life, the wheel truns and you lot had better hope that you never ever lose power because the first thing a new govt will do is go on a witch hunt and the current gremlin batch will be f8cked

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-28 17:09

      Not in YOUR lifetime Zuma - too many false promises

      Anthony - 2012-01-28 17:10

      you are absolutly correct larry ---not while he is president and the ANC are the government == in your dreams lol lol

      Boer - 2012-01-28 19:46

      Africa could rival Asia, NOT IN A MILLION YEARS, Keep on dreaming ZUMS.

      John - 2012-01-28 21:51

      And the the mentally challenged Swedish Government donates 100 Million EVERY YEAR to the ANC. It just goes to show how infiltrated the Swedish left wing AND GOVERNMENT is by the KGB!

      Jim - 2012-01-28 22:04

      Larry there's no responsibility or accountability here (ie no effective government oppisition to monitor) in SA so the JZ's say and do much as they like. They need "guidence and direction" Bejing will be the next to oblge, they are incapable of operating alone....they simply cannot behave themselves....and the starving and rioting populace in the squater camps will vote them in again next election.It all just beggars belief, that's Africa!!

      Robert - 2012-01-29 01:55

      Is jy mal man, make a labour laws the same as your masters then maybe we can be a next China, the only thing is that does not even matter if you abolish labour laws - Africans are lazy and has no need to work hard like the chinese and that is why they are our masters and killed western economies back.

      Pierre - 2012-01-29 05:31

      Under ANC economic policies SA’s economy was turned around and has gone to great strengths. Other African countries have also shown great improved since the cold war induced wars, which devastated Africa, were stopped. There is no reason why Africa cannot become more competitive. Only a person ignorant of the facts will argue against this.

      Max - 2012-01-29 05:49

      @Pierre, do you know what the term "declining growth rate" means? Didn't thinks so, your are the weakest link... cheers.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-29 06:49

      Pierre how many jobs has Zuma or the ANC for that matter created?

      Pierre - 2012-01-29 07:16

      @Gerhard - I would say quite a few jobs were created as job growth increases with an expanding economy. (BTW your question spelled ignorance.) Do you know of the building in Dubai called the “Burj Al Arab”. That was build by Murray & Roberts. Did you know that Murray & Roberts is a South African based company? They have large contracts abroad (e.g. Dubai) and also have controlling share in international companies, but this company is from South Africa, having its best growth years in the post-Apartheid era. By only looking at construction; how many construction jobs do you think were created in the last decade?

      Warren - 2012-01-29 07:42

      @ Pierre: Do you know you can't base an argument on "I would say"? Here's some advice (not an insult), please finish high school before you spill your infantile dribble on News 24, you're already as annoying as John!

      John - 2012-01-29 08:08

      @Pierre Murray & Roberts... Which part/division of this company are you referring to? I can go in details, but ill spare this info in broad audience. Do you know that "Burj Al Arab" was open in 1st of Dec 1999 ? For you information that was international project with more than 30 countries involved. Please don't post thinks that you don't understand.

      Ray - 2012-01-29 08:37

      The Asians have a work ethic.

      Pierre - 2012-01-29 08:39

      @ John - Read the article on the Wikipedia article on “Burj Al Arab”. I quote verbatim “The hotel was built by South African construction contractor Murray & Roberts and Al Habtoor Engineering.” (I made sure I said BUILT instead of design, architected, engineered etc. (ok was originally wrong grammar), but I do have my references ready when somebody wants to argue.) And yes it opened Dec 1994 (and started 1994), that was post-Apartheid, allowing SA companies to compete internationally. So your point was? Rather apply your last sentence to yourself. @ Warren – Don’t worry, I do not feel insulted by people like you.

      Louis - 2012-01-29 09:04

      The Weed in that part of the world is very potent. Use with caution, it gives you verbal diarrhea and impedes the brain function and encourages a lot of bull Sh.t and fantasy

      Jou - 2012-01-29 09:07

      Zuma thinks that by having a billion people, eating dogs and stealing rhino horn is rivalling Asia.

      Mike - 2012-01-29 09:28

      Strange comments. All this article seems to be saying is that there are economic possibilities available in Africa, and indirectly it is saying we should be seeing the benefits of those opportunities rather than selling them off to Asia. Maybe most of the negative commenters don't see themselves as Africans. Don't feel included. Maybe the comments are quite telling. when I look around me, I see bitching and moaning about all kinds of ills in this country, and almost all my neighbors and friends only employ foreign nationals, yet none of them take any responsibility or acknowledge any part that they play in taking jobs away from locals. Nor do they acknowledge the social problems they themselves are directly to blame for. Sure, there are imperfections, but then again look at the entrenched corruption in the private sector. Look at your insurance companies, look at the cost of private health care....We are swimming in "it"....It is all around, and before pointing fingers , read, read again, and then introspect.

      Clive - 2012-01-29 10:08

      @Pierre: so exactly what has this monstrous buliding in Dubai got to do with the achievements - or non-achievements - of the ANC government? It was bulit by a private company. All SA employment statistics point to massive job DESTRUCTION (not creation) over the past few years, due largely to poor government policies. Get your facts straight.

      Jessica - 2012-01-29 10:40

      Ha ha wonder if he ever has been in Asia. A rice paddy in Vietnam rival South Africa!!!

      Spyker - 2012-01-29 12:54

      Nobody told JZ, you cannot keep eating those mushrooms, after the expiry date... Africa's average IQ is nearly half that of the 'East'. This is not merely 'John'-like incoherent rhetoric, eg.., A 2006 publication 'IQ and Global Inequality' published the data in the link below - the red areas has an average IQ 105 - ie at least 40% lower on the IQ scale. An IQ < 80 is regarded as being functionally retarded (by European standards). http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:National_IQ_Lynn_Vanhanen_2006_IQ_and_Global_Inequality.png The publication depicted vivid correlations between Inequality and IQ. This (obviously) touches on the verity that 'stupidity' is the core reason for 'inequality' and not 'history', as purported among others, by our mushroom-eating shower-king... You have to fall off your chair laughing at these utterly oblivious idiots - those who do not know that they do not know, the pinnacle of all the brands of stupidity. His speech babbles away, intended for the confines of a monstrous building built by the Chinese - the NEW-, well in fact NEO-COLONISERS OF AFRICA. Yes, Africa (as a whole) has potential, after all its coming out of the stone-age - so, go figure... But this growth will not rival the East - it will simply be gobbled up by the East. However - world-beating economic growth already happened in Africa, for 20 years post 1948 - why did we destroy it..? Just imagine where we could have been..?

      Pierre - 2012-01-29 12:58

      I am off to watch the tennis. The thread is anyway exhausted. Just a recommendation, try Google a fact before showing flagrant ignorance. Nothing of what I said was untrue, but people were very eager to argue it, because it did not fit their view of a failed Africa and a failed post-Apartheid’s SA. If that is not the reason then tell me why you so eagerly argue well-know achievements from SA. @ Hotkop – Lol, boating will be nice, but I think the season for grayfish is closed. BTW good idea to use cement as a ballast, cause to get your air-head under water would take quite a weight I guess. @ Clive – Let me give you a clue. We were talking about opportunity, ability, skills etc. in Africa. @ Spyker_youself – I see Waterkloof and surrounding areas are especially red.

      Clive - 2012-01-29 15:11

      @Pierre: I think the point we were trying to make is that, yes, there are pools of excellence in Africa, esp SA, for which government cannot take any credit. However, these are being eroded by abysmal education standards - certainly in SA - so that the expertise is not being replaced as skilled people either retire or emigrate - or, indeed, are forced out by employment policies based entirely on race and political connections, not ability. The work ethic is also sadly lacking, due to an attitude of entitlement.

      Ubhejane - 2012-01-30 11:29

      John, get a life will you? In fact all these white supremacists comments are nauseating and to this day I have not figured out why the hell cant you futshek back to Holland and the UK respectively if you have such a fundamental problem with this country and that is black.JZ yes your president delivers a speech and predictably u see it in black and white and it becomes an ANC issue,go back to the sea maan you are all irritatnts.

      Pierre - 2012-01-30 11:49

      @Clive – I do think your negative view is unfounded. Construction expertise was already mentioned. Another example, telecoms and IT (e.g. MTN) showed SA’s continued gaining in skills. Mobile and IT technology is relatively new with many working in that area schooled under the new system. Your sentence “employment policies based entirely on race and political connections, not ability […]”; is that not a perfect summary of Apartheid?

      Pierre - 2012-01-30 12:01

      Sorry I am writing to much, but one final point. Unemployment was not really the discussion here, but rather growth potential in Africa, but unemployment rose at a linear rate from 8% at 1980 to 23% by 1994. After a high of 30% in 2002 it declined to 22% in 2007 and is now at 25%. If Apartheid’s rate of increase were sustained, we would be at 40% now (not 25%). (Numbers give or take by 1% point.) One thing that was undeniable a success was the economic policies of the ANC, largely under Mbeki and Trevor Manuel, and these polices really put the NP’s economic policies to shame. (This is not just my view but a general view from international business media.)

      Newsmonger - 2012-01-30 13:57

      John do you ever not copy and paste? Repent manpara repent

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-30 14:15

      Larry...on the contrary..for the first time in my life I do agree with Zuma...It is true, Africa COULD rival Asia...but certainly not with people like him at the helm.

      Nkulekweni - 2012-01-30 16:29

      Pierre You should know by now that logic and reason have little place in this forum.

  • Vincent - 2012-01-28 14:42

    The man has a wild sense of humour!

      Jim - 2012-01-28 14:59

      I believe you may be confusing stupidity with humour Vincent........

      Max - 2012-01-28 15:30

      The saddest part is he actually does not even understand what he is reading.

      Anthony - 2012-01-28 15:42

      Yea, and I want to be a Billionaire !!

      Piet - 2012-01-28 15:46

      Smoking pot again.???

      John - 2012-01-29 07:54

      There must be some funny juice coming out of the Shower crown

      Craig - 2012-01-29 21:08

      I am sure that one the ANC realise JZ738 blunder, they will deny everything and say that the foreign press mis-quoted him...

      Sean - 2012-01-30 07:41

      Impossible - lack of brains and to lazy !!! Not in 5000 years !!

  • Vuyo - 2012-01-28 14:45

    Unless they can put in leadership positions people who can think rather than comrades. Africa is supposed to be the second richest continent, but with the intelligence of our leaders wanting, that is a pipe-dream .

      Max - 2012-01-28 15:24

      I agree Vuyo, this will never happen with an average IQ of 70.

      Ubhejane - 2012-01-30 11:33

      Vuyo you are unclever in fact you personify stupidity and you are doing nothing but undermining the intelligence of all Africans including yourself. If you are so clever to lead why the hell dont you launch your own political party and lets vote you? U think leadership is child's play neh?

  • Carel - 2012-01-28 14:47

    Ha Ha Ha. Any growth is "pie in the sky" for Africa, never mind rival that of Asia!!

  • Mahomed Dawjee - 2012-01-28 14:47

    Yeah right. Good one jacob

      Anthony - 2012-01-29 07:16

      This is so odd !!!! Have a good look at this comment site !! During the nite, some enthusiastic Zuma supporters came along with a bag full of " thumbs down " , and than suddenly , they stopped......what happened ????? Bored ? run out of ,thumbs down,? fell asleep ??, ??????

      Anthony - 2012-01-29 07:21

      Or maybe this has to do with the new "Information Bill" , where editors have been told to be even handed with the "thumbs ups" and the "thumbs down" !!!!!!

  • Hermann - 2012-01-28 14:48

    Zuma half and half referred to Africa's infrastructural decay, but gave no reasons why. Makes one wonder.

      henk63 - 2012-01-29 09:19

      It's because he doesn't know that maintenance is key. The african mind is incapable of recognising wear & tear, and believes as long as it works, it's OK. Only after it broke down completely they realize something is wrong, and then repairs is not possible anymore. By then it means a total rebuild which is normally too expensive to undertake. Have a look at roads, buildings, education, taxis ect. And anyway, reading from script prepared by someone else is not the same as "saying". So stop saying "Zuma said".

  • Gerhard - 2012-01-28 14:50

    Zuma said Africa was poised for economic growth that could rival Asia, especially as the global economic balance of power shifted from north to south. This is a quote from his speech in Ethiopia. Where he gets that from, I do not know. Reminds me of his speech after becoming president, that he will create 500,000 jobs in 1 year. As it so happened, he lost 1,600,000 jobs during that period. He plainly does not know what he is doing. His cabinet ministers must be laughing behind his back every day.

  • nigel.forshaw - 2012-01-28 14:51

    What drivel

  • Pierre - 2012-01-28 14:51

    dream on showerhead

      Albert - 2012-01-28 16:22

      Watch his right hand,he`s sitting with the palm upwards.

      Juan - 2012-01-28 19:31

      We could rival Asia when it comes to theft, corruption, greed and lavish lifestyles on the gravy train. Maybe showerhead can impress the Chinese by landing in Beijing with his 2 escort planes. Then they will know they know they have met their rival.

      Ubhejane - 2012-01-30 11:34

      Pierre shoerhead ke mmago, get your maid to translate that for you.

  • Jim - 2012-01-28 14:52

    There's one common factor which has always prevented progress in Africa, it's the APGC factor (African Personal Greed Culture)...and the comrade comrade comrade crap in South Africa!!

      henk63 - 2012-01-29 09:24

      I think that comrade comrade comrade crap is just a way of thumbing their nose to anything "western". Surely they know it's outdated, but like annoying children they will carry on with it. Another annoyance, to me at least, is calling the whole world "brutha" as long as it's black.

  • Mark - 2012-01-28 14:54

    Hey, Zuma. Step one: Take a week in Asia. 2 days in Seoul, 2 days in Tokyo, 2 days in Beijing and 1 in Taipei. Step Two: Locate hat. Step Thee: Proceed to eat hat.

      John - 2012-01-29 08:18

      Mark, I have the chance to say thanks for all your postings. They All great. This instruction manual is hilarious ! All the best Mark

  • rod.buchan - 2012-01-28 14:56

    well your a real dipstick President Shower Head. The overwhelming number of your fellow Africans dont possess the work ethic to produce like Asians can, so it'l never happen!!

      John - 2012-01-29 08:05

      @Rod, just as I read your post, I looked up out of my window and there is not one building site here in Chiang Mai Thailand where the workers are not hard at it. There are no weekends off here and these guys go to work at 6am every day. Our Beauty Salon is never closed. They only take religious holidays here.(Buddha)

  • Leon - 2012-01-28 14:58

    And in other news the sky is blue...

  • Carlo Hayes - 2012-01-28 14:59

    The one thing stopping your dream is the unions. They are making black south Africans lazy and and greedy!!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-01-28 15:02

    Poised for growth? Perhaps so, but not untill all the crinimal leaders and parties are removed PERMANENTLY.

  • jaap.kotze - 2012-01-28 15:03

    You don't say, old chap!

  • LandyNut - 2012-01-28 15:04

    Dunno what you been smoking, but can I have some too.

  • Mike - 2012-01-28 15:07

    No it will not - it could have been, but sadly the wrong path was followed. Easy to compare - skills, productivity, unions and general work ethics. China, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan and even India have emerged as the lions of Asia - because they produce, produce and produce even more. What mass scale production do we have here in SA? What skills have been generated in the last 18 years, what has been done in terms of productivity, and who rules the work place - the unions...! And licking the backside of our new colonial powers aka Peoples Republic of China will not make us rival Asia...

      Anthony - 2012-01-28 17:17

      too true mike

  • Deon - 2012-01-28 15:11

    Oh please! Rival Asia? In Asia there is work ethic, while in Africa there is not. Plain and simple. And to which southern-hemisphere 'powerhouses' is the global economic balance of power allegedly shifting from the north?

  • Mark - 2012-01-28 15:19

    Tell that to starving millions on your backdoor Zuma. Oh i forgot the ANC really does not care a continental **** as long as they have there money and back handers rolling in free trips and jollies . How many wifes went shopping on this rip in switzerland dear Mr President ? Sort out your own problems before you ty to spin more stories worldwide and have them backfire as always .

  • nspaynter - 2012-01-28 15:20

    Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!! It can happen! It must happen! Let's look at our clothing industry. We have thousands of clothing workers who are unemployed. If only somebody had stood up a year or more ago and realized the need for millions of Springbok Rugby Jerseys. We could have invested in our own factories and manufactured our own jerseys and even for export to other World Cup countries. We missed out on that bonanza. Let's ensure we don't miss out on the next. Designer Obakeng Ramabodu has put the manufacture of his JuJu brand of clothing into Chinese hands because it's cheaper and they offer a better deal. Why can't South African offer a similar deal?

      Mike - 2012-01-28 15:23

      And may I add the ANC jackets, T-Shirts... where are they manufactured - PRC...!

      nspaynter - 2012-01-28 15:53

      Trouble is we are very good at talking but hopeless in doing.....

      nspaynter - 2012-01-28 15:55

      Mike, it should start with the ANC! Only South African manufactured ANC t-shirts and caps shall be ordered. Then ANC members can wear them with pride! The same as Cosatu.

      Mike - 2012-01-28 16:05

      Indeed - the hypocrisy behind Zuma is just incredible...

      trix.duvenage - 2012-01-28 19:34

      nspaynter how the hell can you believe this guy [unless you are being sarcastic] He HAD to say something.... but to make THAT kind of statement [Africa to rival ASIA] is a joke to say the least. JZ cannot even create a situation where entrepreneurs from our local grounds can create jobs all over. ----The day he lets go of the socalled BEE and get the ordinary contractors and enginering works to have free reigns in business without any form of discrimination due to the color of their skin we can start to rebuild this country. Zuma must forget the ties abroad and start to concentrate on skils and expertes inside our country and we can create a growthrate of 10% here without help from outside.

      nspaynter - 2012-01-28 20:14

      trix, It's not a matter of believing in him, it's believing in the potential of South Africans. We CAN do it! We need to believe in ourselves. At the moment everything is politics, particularly the ANC, ANCYL and COSATU. We keep on "hearing" about "economic freedom" but don't realize it means a lot of work. It's working in Botswana and to an extent in Namibia, but we're stagnating here in SA, Zimbabwe is well and truly down the tubes. We have mineral wealth. We have excellent farm land and should be producing enough food for ourselves and for export. We have the potential to take our raw resources and manufacture goods for export. I was inspired by Obama's "Yes, We Can" speech in his country. We can do the same. Bring back the ANC of Nelson Mandela and the dream of a Rainbow nation. But let's not talk. Let's DO IT!~

      nspaynter - 2012-01-28 20:59

      Trix. You referred to BEE. I agree. I know of somebody who is trying to put together a tender right now. He cannot find qualified black engineers to be a part of the project, but plenty of very good, highly skilled white ones. Unless we get to using the best people to manage the jobs, regardless of race, we are sunk. Businesses should rather get points for mentoring and training and developing skills in black people.

  • Scouter - 2012-01-28 15:20

    Just what is he smoking? Jo'burg can't even get all its accounts out this month because some administrative genius omitted to order/didn't pay for the required stationary.

      Judith - 2012-01-29 07:37

      This problem occurred in Tshwane, not Jo'burg. But Jo'burg cannot even get a bill right, never mind the envelope.

  • braamc - 2012-01-28 15:29

    Bwah bwah bwah. Dude, firstly stop stealing R20b per year, for the rest everyone is on some sort of grant, productivity, education, and skills are poor, and the list goes on. ANC have f$%$3cket up this country more than any one can comprehend. Thanks for sharing your dream, let us try, nothing wrong with that. Gonna take you excuse yourself and almost your entire government, see that happening?

  • rory.short1 - 2012-01-28 15:34

    Of course we can. The only problem is the people's, especially the leaders, inability to behave in a way which would bring it about.

      neop.zee - 2012-01-29 08:38

      u right rory if we can for a minute ignore our skin colours which have distracted this country for the last 115years and focus on building the rainbow nation we brag about but do nothing to sustain it,but..it must start from the top,the pyramid principles have worked throughout the years,countries like China employed it very early in the years...its time for action!!

  • Stuart - 2012-01-28 15:35

    HAHAHA u mad JZ - Unless we start having child labour and paying them 20c an hour. But ja thats not gonna happen.

  • Graham.Cooper2 - 2012-01-28 15:35

    What was on the menu to smoke today????????

      John - 2012-01-29 08:20

      Agent, someone must check what it is that's coming out of that Showerhead Crown, it's very intoxicating as he is already addicted to it. What a to$$er.

  • Jan - 2012-01-28 15:36

    Does the President smoke? If so, I wonder what he is smoking? Most African governments are not even in control of their own countries and a good deal of those that are in control are stealing their countries blind.

  • ReunionofIntelligentMinds - 2012-01-28 15:42

    This land is in a MAJOR mess and getting worse by the minute and the Western world is either to blind to notice it or just doesn't care. Why don't they confront him at Davos when he spews all that drivel. The African nations demand this and demand that but what do they contribute ANYTHING positively?

      Jim - 2012-01-28 21:10

      They contribute the race card and colonisim when ever challenged, demostrating that there is no intelegent depth within the ANC, also it's not for other governments to prescribe too what is after the government elected by the majority of the South African electorate....when it comes to the government in power we get exactly what we elect...garbage in = garbage out.....simple....

  • Gordon - 2012-01-28 15:42

    The rest of the civilized world must be laughing at this clown. He really believes this drivel. The Maghreb may have a chance to uplift itself and, possibly, compete with Asia (never match it though) but Sub-Saharan Africa has no chance. The people in the world that matter know this and let this idiot spout his rubbish verbatim.

      Jim - 2012-01-28 21:16

      Spot on Gordon, I can hear what you refer to as the people that matter in the world laughing themselves to sleep at night. These African clowns are so stupid and full of themselves, by the way I wonder if the SA contigent are tearing around on the roads over there and getting to important meetings with the BLUE Flashing Light Brigade...ha ha ha can you just picture it???

  • Deeteem - 2012-01-28 15:44

    Mmmmmmm wake up Jacob, a fool living in a fools paradise !! Just on Education alone .... epic fail !!

  • anthony.swart - 2012-01-28 15:53

    Keep playing playboy you and your party are hitting rock bottom, wanna be rulers to hell with your money grubbing BS.

  • Mantsho - 2012-01-28 15:55

    Says Who? The Man who didn't even go to school to learn about this things, how to make them happen for real, the same thing he is doing about job creation and service delivery.talk no action because u dont know how.

  • Jennifer - 2012-01-28 16:04

    'This time Grandpa had gone too far!'

  • Andre - 2012-01-28 16:13

    If it wasn't for the corrupt power-struggles and oppression of poor uneducated masses and children........ Zuma is on of them.

  • Ask - 2012-01-28 16:17

    Instead of criticizing and making disrespectful comments to our El Presidente; like it or not he and the ANC is here to stay... things may have worked prior to 1994, not forgetting that it was working because of the Gestapo style tactics; which may have Germany look at SA with 'silent' pride. Prior to 1994; unions were banned etc... we live in modern times and in a democratic society, unions are a necessary 'evil'... What would you do if you were tasked with turning SA or Africa into the new Asia? (it is not a rhetorical question..)To the AU; it may be a dream; it may sound far fetched and the possibility exist to turn this dream into reality, however, it may take a LONG time... My suggestion is, from past and proven experience, I would get a Jewish and an Indian guy to run with this project... both of them are successful in business and both of them make a lot of money... why not put them together; I know many such partnerships exist in Jo'burg which are very successful...

      Anthony - 2012-01-28 17:22

      wat u smokin

      BobM6389 - 2012-01-28 17:28

      Ask What would you do if you were tasked with turning SA or Africa into the new Asia? Get rid of corruption and create a work ethic amongst all workers! ! ! But that will never happen in South Africa or Africa.

      Gerhard - 2012-01-28 19:20

      Why don't we cross a Jew with a German, you nitwit? LOL!

      gbbfg - 2012-01-29 01:03

      What the hell?

      Trudy - 2012-01-29 12:28

      He hasn't been tasked, China has already 'bought' us. No one can be as naive as to think that these successful partnerships you propose would benefit the man on the street. There are already huge deals that have been struck with China and I don't see them helping South Africa one damn bit. Wouldn't be surprised if free rein to our rhino horn was an added perk thrown in when the people in charge accepted the billions from them. With all the doom talk of possible World Economic crashes and the start of WW III (which has already been set in motion, I might add) who do you think will be China's dumb bitches sent out to get their hands dirty? And rumours that SA still houses one of the largest nuclear weapon caches in the world. Bet you we don't even own that anymore.

  • Karmah - 2012-01-28 16:19

    Pffffffff.. Take another sniff of that sock you smoking Jz.

  • Arnold - 2012-01-28 16:26

    Not while you and your ilk run this continent into the ground

  • Scouter - 2012-01-28 16:27

    The only areas SA is equipped to compete with Asia is on the fronts of human rights abuse, nepotistic tendencies, corruption and a complete disregard for the environment and wildlife - areas in which SA are clearly world leaders.

  • Nkululeko - 2012-01-28 16:32

    I believe that all of you really like western counties,as a result you don't even know when they are struggling themselves. I'd strongly suggest that you guys go and get some relevant information and knowledge based on the western countrie's economy. It would help as well if you understand economic growth of africa,asia,america and europe. guys go and do some studies.

      Anthony - 2012-01-28 17:23

      like u know anything lol lol

      Jim - 2012-01-28 21:28

      The only positive growth in Africa is population growth Nkululeko, Africa missed the European industrial revolution and there is a school of thought that this is significant...two questions for you...whose fault is it that Africa missed out and secondly, more importantly (for africans) who can Africa blame for this...

      Nkululeko - 2012-01-28 21:59

      First of all population growth isn't hitting Africa only but the rest of the world as well. Look at UK, some countries in Asia and in South America, they all over populated. I think Africa shouldn't blame anyone currently because they can't change what went down years ago but what they need to do is to plan strategically going forward and form strong alliances who will support them with necessary expertise. South Africa has started doing so, as you know they under the BRICS countries now. Southern countries are gonna be strong I'm telling you, wealth is shifting from north to south now, believe it or not.

      Jim - 2012-01-28 22:25

      I so wish and hope you are correct in your opinion Nkulueko, all of Africa deserves a better deal and I think we would all agree on that. Europe and other countries are not without problems as you point out however we are talking about Africa here. I believe Africa deserves a better calibre of politician with the true interests of Africa and her people in there collective hearts. As is often said VIVA AFRICA, I and many others support this!! Bless you all!!

      Nkululeko - 2012-01-28 22:59

      I totally agree with you man, we need need leaders who are people oriented, leaders who will promote contemporary development policies. We as Africans need to work very hard and we need to invest in our people. God bless you.

      Nuro - 2012-01-28 23:26

      Asia is in the EAST.....not part of the western countries you talk about. In your own words..."go and do some studies"

      Tony - 2012-01-29 07:19

      So let's see nkukulekkerou ... You are either an idiot, or the circus left town without you? And let me guess you have a degree and have lived overseas? no... Then you are an idiot. I strongly suggest you get an education.

      Nkululeko - 2012-01-29 08:18

      Well I am fully aware that Asia is in the east. firstly do eastern countries get along with western countries? The answer is NO! The eastern countries are big partners of the southern countries, not of the western countries. @Tony, you talk like a stupid prick yourself! by the way I have lived in Europe and I know their systems and I have an English wife and a degree in development studies, so I guess you just an empty headed walking man hey! You sound like you worked in the UK for short while but you don't have a clue of Europe as whole dude! So do you guys even understand the meaning of the word development? I think not!!

      Tony - 2012-01-29 21:57

      Gee touchy - and I take it you are happy to have vented on me. Cool. Oh, and no not the uk, but good try. Germany, France and Switzerland actually - that's because I can only speak German and French other than English.Travelled to the Uk but never stayed there. Congrats on your marriage and degree. Circus still missing you though.

  • Johnnie - 2012-01-28 16:36

    How bloody stupid can any man get to make such a statement.The country where he is the president does not have that growth, because of himm, and now he sees the whole of Africa having it. Every time this man says something he puts his foot in his mouth.

  • Enlightened - 2012-01-28 16:37

    Uhm, Yes Mr president!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-28 19:22

      Have you noticed, wherever he travels, he comes back empty handed.

  • renesongs - 2012-01-28 16:39

    Asia's success is built on a natural resource which is is extremely scarce in Southern Africa it's called labour or hard work

  • Comrade - 2012-01-28 16:57

    L M A O ! ! ! ! IN YOUR DREAMS SHOWER HEAD

  • Tallica7 - 2012-01-28 16:58

    The IMF said this how many weeks ago? 7/10 of the fastest growing economies will be African in the 2010-2015 period... we all know this its just a pity that our government is going to miss the boat on this because they were so busy with thier internal party politics and lining thier own pockets that they forgot to do something to cement our position as the as the african gateway! has we handelles zim better things would have looked up for us to.... well China took advantage and helped Africa and helped itself to Africa...... pocketing African govs along the way

      nspaynter - 2012-01-28 17:14

      Tallica7, This is the problem! The ANC as a party is more important than the country.

  • David - 2012-01-28 17:00

    Nobody on this planet,or any other,believes a word they say,but they keep saying it.

  • Vegi - 2012-01-28 17:07

    Which Asia are you talking about Zuma. Are you talking about China. Well we do not want that kind of economic growth. Workers in China sleep on the factory floor, are paid a pittance and have no rights. We do not want that kind of slavery. I don't know how the South Koreans and the Japanese do it, but the Chinese system sucks and their wealth stinks. Thanks but no thanks Mr Zuma. We don't even want to rival anybody, we just want conditions in our country and continent to improve.

      Alva - 2012-01-28 17:11

      Ditto!

      Xavier7034 - 2012-01-28 17:17

      Well said @Vegi

      neop.zee - 2012-01-29 08:50

      thats just it Vegi thats all we want and i dont think we need a certain immoral tactic to do it,we only need change of attitude and maybe a slight change to our leadership coming as opposition to unsettle the gravy train.

  • march54 - 2012-01-28 17:07

    Sorry Mr. Zuma but with failure in Education, Healthcare, Service Delivery and job creation in the country there is no way we will ever be a rival to Asia. The only things our country excels in is Corruption, Fraud, hiding the truth, avaricious public servants and a weird idea of equality of the population. Get real, stay at home and communicate with the people.

  • rob.primmer - 2012-01-28 17:11

    Africa could well be poised for huge economic growth if !!!!!: African leaders provide good governance Corruption is rooted out Sustainable development strategies are developed and successfully implemented Economic contracts with China are pro Africa and not pro China etc. etc. Until this is addressed Africa will never experience economic growth in the same way that Asia has .....

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2012-01-28 17:12

    Was the headline supposed to be as it is? No. Corruption, embezzlement of funds and nepotism ruining Africa. Yes, Africa was suppose to outsmart Asia economically but the above mentioned scourges are preventing that? The abundance of minerals and natural resources in Africa is beyond compare but poverty continues to ravage ordinary Africans.

  • Alva - 2012-01-28 17:12

    Typical Zuma speech. All mouth no action!