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SA ready to help Burundi's rebuilding

2011-08-11 14:01

Johannesburg - South Africa stood ready to help Burundi with its post-conflict reconstruction, President Jacob Zuma said on Thursday.

The country was prepared to aid in opening up Burundi's "political space", help post-conflict "capacity-building" and ensure economic development, Zuma said in a statement.

Identified areas of co-operation between Burundi and South Africa were in infrastructure development, agriculture and agro-processing, higher education, defence, mining, tourism and private sector development.

South Africa was keen to partner with Burundi in agriculture, Zuma said, as it employed 80% of that country's economically active people.

Support for higher education would include technical co-operation on building capacity to manage higher education, teacher education and higher education planning.

"We also envisage co-operation amongst our universities on joint research projects, student and academic exchange programmes.

"This visit serves to also kick-start improved economic co-operation. South Africa would like to see increased volumes of trade and investment between the two countries."

Zuma departed for Burundi for a state visit on Wednesday.

A delegation accompanying Zuma included ministers of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Higher Education Blade Nzimande, Defence and Military Veterans Lindiwe Sisulu and Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Thandi Tobias-Pokolo.

Comments
  • Markal - 2011-08-11 14:15

    How about helping South Africa with it's post-conflict reconstruction.

  • mik - 2011-08-11 14:23

    WHAT ABOUT SA?????WHAT ABOUT SA????? THE EDUCATION IS SLUMPING!DONT WANT TO PAY TEACHERS! THE PEOPLE ARE SUFFERING!MINES TRYING TO BE NATIONALIZED = NO FOREIGN INVESTMENT = LESS MONEY TO HELP!I THINK SOEMONE NEEDS TO DISCIPLINE THE ANC LET ALONE THE YL!!!!

  • mik - 2011-08-11 14:26

    Before we know it, ministers will be going to work in helicopters! Must be some sort of kickback for Zuma and all his conolies!

  • Gavin - 2011-08-11 14:35

    I think Zuma needs a new pair of glasses or less time with his harem. SA urgently needs attention. I honestly thought that no one could suck more than that clown Mbeki, seems Zuma has hit rock bottom and started to dig.

  • Bill - 2011-08-11 14:35

    I can't believe this clown...! Screw SA's problems! We will spend time and effort on Burundi, while everything else falls apart around us....! I'm getting to the point where I’m beginning to think Malenema could do a better job than Zuma!

      Organist-1 - 2011-08-11 16:38

      Bill, I don't know what clown you are referring to ---- There are so many of them in the cabinet that it beats boswell-wilkie hands down. Unfortunately you find this notion in 100's of ordinary families znd seems part of the culture. The husband will spend RRR's and sacrificed time doing free repairs for his neighbour while he has no time or money inspit of his wife's pleadings, to fix things in his own house. It's time that charity began at home.

  • bumblebee - 2011-08-11 14:37

    Charity begins at home .... first sort out the mess in our own country before trying to resolve issues in someone else's.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-11 14:47

    Don't worry about us Jz, we're cool...just...missing leadership and any sense of security, but you go ahead, we'll see you when we see you I guess

  • KrayZee - 2011-08-11 14:59

    What a load of BS. What about getting all those things RIGHT in SA first before you go trying to assist others? How can you offer Burundi assistance in these areas when you don't know how to accomplish these things in the first place?? JZ must be smoking something very strong indeed!

  • berni viljoen - 2011-08-11 15:00

    CAN someone tell me why Zuma is getting the credit for this??? Jan van Eck spend 12yrs fighting for this and then our government screw him over? he fought against apartheid with the ANC and then went to Burundi. Then the ANC after 12yrs kicks him out and make it impossible for him to keep doing his great work. WHAT THE HELL?? It's always about the fat cats isnt it?? I am so embaressed to be a south african today.

  • berni viljoen - 2011-08-11 15:00

    CAN someone tell me why Zuma is getting the credit for this??? Jan van Eck spend 12yrs fighting for this and then our government screw him over? he fought against apartheid with the ANC and then went to Burundi. Then the ANC after 12yrs kicks him out and make it impossible for him to keep doing his great work. WHAT THE HELL?? It's always about the fat cats isnt it?? I am so embaressed to be a south african today.

      the thinker - 2011-08-11 16:53

      there are more than 200 countries that you can move to. we need poeple with constructive criticisem here not with anger.

  • Michelle - 2011-08-11 15:36

    Charity begins at home!! Fix SA first!!

  • letsee - 2011-08-11 16:03

    GOD help Burundi. Our government can't hrlp RSA and wants to help other countries. Are they stupid? Have they been in our schools, hospitals, Home Affairs and the listing in endless?

  • Sisie - 2011-08-11 16:07

    Someone take away the cheque book - this okie is impossible. Unless he is thinking about becoming King of Africa - some good stuff he is smoking, he certainly has delusions of grandeur.

  • Daemos1 - 2011-08-12 09:59

    Can't we tell JZ as a nation that he doesn't need to come back. We need a president in the country, focusing on the country. We're at a crucial time where our economy and society are in the balance and we need leadership, not a lame duck. Just stay there Zuma, we'll find someone else, a real statesman who can do the job.

  • Badballie - 2011-08-12 10:29

    I was going to post a scathing rebuke in respect of him not even being able to sort out his own country, but as everyone else is already highlighting this all thats left to be said is DITTO!!! you idiot ( well ALLEGED idiot anyway)

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