I will build on Ping’s work – Dlamini-Zuma

2012-07-17 07:01

Newly elected African Union (AU) Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has given herself up to three months to learn the ropes at the continental body.

Dlamini-Zuma beat her predecessor, Jean Ping, yesterday and she is expected to return home today, following her swearing-in ceremony last night.

She said she would use the remainder of this month and the next to learn and that she expected the handover process to take up to three months or a period she would agree on with Ping.

“I will build on Ping’s work,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma indicated that she would rely heavily on her team.

“No individual can make a difference. Even in my ministry, I know I’m only as good as my team,” she said.

However, she refused to compare herself to Ping, saying it was not useful to make comparisons. “I bring my own skills,” she explained.

Dlamini-Zuma promised to tap the talent available in all the continent’s five regions.

“In the traditions of the Organisation of African Unity (the AU’s predecessor), we’ll work in a consultative manner that seeks to build consensus,” she said.

Dlamini-Zuma said her victory was not personal but that of the entire continent.

“It was a long process of elections, there was consensus over this election. We must now work together, with every single member state,” she said.

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