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Govt calls on SA to help Somali famine relief

2011-07-22 19:01

Cape Town on Friday that the government would be appealing to the South African public to make donations towards famine relief in the region.

"From our side we are looking at one million [rand], but remember it is a campaign and we are giving this campaign a four-week mandate."

The government would finalise figures next week in terms of what it would be contributing towards famine relief.

Fransman said: "We are calling on the people to make a rallying support."

An appeal would be made through the SABC, and details of the appeal and how South Africans could contribute would be released next week.

He denied that the African Union had "been asleep" on raising the alert on the issue of the famine.

The United Nations estimates that 3.7 billion people in Somalia are at risk of famine, while another 12 million people in the Horn of Africa region need assistance.

Areas affected by famine are southern Somalia, most of which is under the control of the Islamist group al-Shabaab and has been off limits to aid agencies. There were conflicting reports on whether the group had lifted its ban on the distribution of aid.

The US, which according to USAid will have spent $459m in aid to Somalia by the end of September, lifted restrictions on Wednesday on dropping aid into areas controlled by al-Shabaab.

Fransman said aid from South Africa would not end up in the hands of warlords as all aid would be distributed through UN and AU "instruments".

In March 2010 the New York Times reported that a leaked UN security council report had revealed that half of all aid to Somalia was being stolen.

Comments
  • Sean - 2011-07-22 19:05

    They have GOT to be kidding!!!!!!!

      gizzy - 2011-07-22 19:23

      Agreed. Why don't they ask their cabinet comrades and comrade Juliarse to donate. They are all multi millionaires through stealing from us. They've taxed us dry!!!!

      USSA - 2011-07-22 19:56

      This is an insult to the SA nation! The money wasted through financial mismanagement of this government, not to mention the multi-million Rand parties they throw when they get together to talk absolute $hit, could all be used to alleviate poverty in SA, but they have the gall to refer this problem to us. I pledge on this national forum that I will pay 3 months of my company income to Somalia, if Tokyo Sexwale, Cyril Ramaposa, Headman Mandela, Nelson Mandela and Julius Malema each give R5 million of their own money as well...not to much to ask.

      Nico - 2011-07-22 20:18

      I agree. We are taxed dry. Send them condoms. From me they will not get a cent. I am actually annoyed about the fact that they even consider a request like this.

      farmworker - 2011-07-22 20:46

      Guys are you really human. I mean would R5 donation make an impact in your pocket. You can really do that with 1 less beer, 1 less cigarette, 1 less chocolate and save the human species and you will be doing yourselves a favor and drink water while you at it And the saying goes "What goes around comes around".

      Jakkals - 2011-07-22 21:40

      Farmworker. Elke R5 wat iemand gee is geld vir een patroon of nog gewere of 'n groot party vir die vet katte.

      USSA - 2011-07-22 21:52

      They can kiss my Lilly white a$$.

  • safferoverseas - 2011-07-22 19:07

    only if every mp hands over 1 months salary to the cause, otherwise get lost. your pockets are way deeper than joe publics.

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-22 19:12

    Charity begins at HOME. There are enough poor and hungry people in SA.

  • hardereen - 2011-07-22 19:14

    Sent Julius Malema to Somalia. He will teach them how to make money to buy food.(and a Merc and a house and a Rolex)

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 22:07

      Breitlinger... NOT Rolex!

  • call a spade - 2011-07-22 19:15

    The SA public have no money to donate as the anc cadres stole it all.

  • sipholess - 2011-07-22 19:17

    Every SA tax paying citizen should categoricaLly tell the zuma administration "GO FCUK YOURSELVES"

      Dmitri - 2011-07-22 19:26

      There are only about 5 million tax payers here out of approx 43 million people??? We are supporting them as well, not to mention the fat cat MPs. How the hell do they expect us to assist Somalia as well???

      Blogmaster - 2011-07-22 19:40

      Ditto

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 22:08

      Not to forget CUBA and Haiti.... and Zimboland.... and the Zuma Clan / Tribe!

  • gizzy - 2011-07-22 19:25

    Each person receiving a food parcel should be sterilized. Only then would I contemplate donating anything.

  • semaj - 2011-07-22 19:31

    What have they been smoking? We have our own problems at home, Somalia is not one of them. Perhaps if every woman there had just one child there would be several million fewer mouths to feed.

      Eric West - 2011-07-22 20:14

      Can't feed 'em? Don't breed 'em!!! Charity begins at home, they say.

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 22:09

      Ask those Somali Pirates to support their people... they have Biilions in Ransom Payments by now

  • Tracy - 2011-07-22 19:33

    if you guys can afford internet access to write all these useless comments, surely you can afford to help little children in africa that cant even remember when last they had a meal, shame on you

      barry.mcbride - 2011-07-22 19:51

      i agree with you Tracy, be blessed this weekend, xx

      safferoverseas - 2011-07-22 19:51

      maybe if they knew what family planning was and actually practised it, they wouldn't be in the situation they are in again! remember live aid, band aid and the rest? they have learnt nothing, they hate the west and will kill any westerners if given the chance. if they land in trouble, no problem, just get out the begging bowl, the stupid west will bail them out again. maybe they should have spend all the aid money they have received over the last 20 years on food production, irrigation and the like, instead of buying frikkin weapons. shame on me? i don't think so.

      gizzy - 2011-07-22 19:53

      Who's fault is it that there are all these little children? They should learn to only have children once they can feed themselves. Don't try and put the guilt on us because people can't control their procreating. They are responsible for the deaths of their children. Brutal - yes, true - yes!!!!

      Tracy - 2011-07-22 19:57

      u still cant blame a baby for his parents mistake. just look at their poor faces, they are just kids that are so hungry. i feel the same about the government, but these kids deserve better. my heart is so sore for them. and i cried when i saw the pictures... :(

      Nico - 2011-07-22 20:22

      @Tracy... I feel like that too when I see abused animals. Animals killed by people. Rhinos, etc. Yes I'll give to animal cruelty. NEVER to these people that constantly beg for more.

      farmworker - 2011-07-22 20:39

      I agree and I tell you there nothing more satisfying that the spirit of giving and helping out, I mean even R10 will be appreciated

      ex-pat - 2011-07-22 21:19

      Tracy, it is because of people like you, with hearts that are too kind and brains that are too small, that Africa is like it is. You give too much and don't Seem to realise that as long as you hand out aid, the recipients will never move their collective @rses to fend for themselves. You create a worse problem. If they (and by they I mean their govts) were told, you're on your own, it would sort itself out. Yes, there would be suffering by the innocent, but hello! they're suffering anyway!

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 22:10

      Tracy..... you got any kids? Were they PLANNED? Are you aware of CONDOMS? If you could not AFFORD kids... would you even ATTEMPT IT? THOUGHT NOT!

      ohsa.online - 2011-08-15 22:22

      Trace: Useless comments??? Go FCUK yourself .. along with JuliArse MalEnema and his useless cadres. You want to support these useless runts who can't feed 'em but breed 'em by the MILLIONS, be our guest!! Best thing we can do for them is sterilize them, remove their death cult beliefs from them, and send them back to Mogadishu. Most somalis in SA are adamant that there is nothing wrong in their country ... when asked why they are here they smile, rub their fingers together and say: "South Africans are stupid .. we take their money." So yes, to my slightly overpigmentated brothers out there .. BEWARE THE ROACHES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous Thinker - 2011-07-22 19:48

    I'm sorry, but I can't help. My hard earned money is going towards paying taxes so that Government officials can buy fancy houses, support multiple wives, pay millions in over inflated tenders for friends and family and hire cars at triple the going the rate. I recommend asking so called Government officials for said money, starting with Eskom head exec who earns R475 000 per month. Please stop trying to guilt us tax paying citizens into helping out, because sadly, we just cannot afford to feed fat cats in government as well as a people in a country that truly need it.

  • dare.myburgh - 2011-07-22 19:59

    Somalia have 3.7 billion people get real.

      safferoverseas - 2011-07-22 20:02

      try 6.7 million. lol

      dare.myburgh - 2011-07-22 20:17

      6.7 million sounds better but not what 24 news said,United Nations estimates that 3,7 billion people in Somalia are at risk of famine.

      Creeky - 2011-07-22 22:11

      Phone MNET...THEY CARE!!!!!!!!!!

  • hennie.dreyer1 - 2011-07-22 20:08

    How much was spend on the " youth congress" and 1 minister spend that on renting cars in a few months, just show you the value system of our government and the country's leaders. Shame on you......

  • cgtours - 2011-07-22 20:11

    Sorry, we are overtaxed, we pay through our necks for everything from rates/electricity services,schools,medical we are just surviving and if we have extra to give- our charity starts at home RIGHT HERE! WHERE PEOPLE ARE ALSO STARVING AND not stuffing THEMSELVES IN 5 STAR HOTELS AND RESTAURANTS AND DRINKING bLUE lABEL - LIKE OUR GOVERNMENT! if they knew what is going on in some areas of this Country and the Poverty RIGHT HERE AND HUNGER, THEY WOULD NOT MAKE THIS RIDICULOUS REQUEST. STOP GIVING MILLIONS TO CUBA SOMALIA AND EVERYWHERE! you are not christmas father - that is South African money for South Africans. What the hell does this Government think - this is the state of Brunei and they are the Sultan. It is not YOUR money! DO YOU FAT ***** know there are hungry south african children tonight without food??

  • MasterMind - 2011-07-22 20:15

    Why don't they just take some of the useless NYDA idjots money and use that... maybe ask the friggin pirates !!!! I ain't giving squat to a war torn strife zone !!!!!

  • cgtours - 2011-07-22 20:19

    Aid would be distributed by the AU Instruments !! Best I have heard in a long time. Straight into the pockets of the Instruments!! Who is now going to get a cut out of this donation !The AU cannot even sort out Mugabe man. Have you got a deal going Fransman. Take that money and give it to the soup Kitchens and FEED our own starving in the rural areas and all over you Idiot! Just looking for Media attention again to feel part of the world instead of fixing the blooming world of ours around you that is breaking up.

  • CONSENSUS - 2011-07-22 20:30

    3.7 Billion people in Somalia???? not million.

  • farmworker - 2011-07-22 20:37

    I hear what you Guys are saying, and I also feel that R1m is too little and can be donated by parliament members alone. But like I said having seen the situation those somalian endured, I would personally donate even if is just a mere R10 because it will be a good contribution from me, I also know that most of those somalians did not choose to be in this situation. I am only concern with the administration of those fund because I know it might not reach the destined place intact, just like most NGOs are enriching themselves under the pretext of helping the poor

  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-22 20:38

    Nature is very real folks, and has a habit of balancing the great circle of life.

  • Hux - 2011-07-22 20:40

    Food aid is useless. Rather send a million condoms. The real problem is uncontrolled population explosion.

      john_doe - 2011-07-24 08:57

      The problem is that the west keeps on interfering. They vaccinate,hand out ARV's and generally get the population to live longer. This causes the over population. Condoms wont solve the problem, it will only reduce it slightly. Nope let nature take its course and the problem will soon be gone.

  • Nico - 2011-07-22 20:41

    News 24 mistake. Also: That's why the gov. spend so much money... they don't know the diff. between million and billion.

      Johan Potgieter - 2011-07-22 20:51

      ja ,what is a third of the world population doing in Somalia? no wonder there is a famine! 3.7 billion people!

  • 2WhiteStars - 2011-07-22 20:42

    How many more Band Aids, Live Aids and "Feed the Worlds" do these people actually need? I am a human being - and I don't like to see other people starving or suffering - but honestly, it's time the rich Arabs in the Gulf put their hands in their pockets (instead of on their Filipino maids' a*ses) to help the Somalis - their fellow Muslims, after all. South Africa has too many people going hungry every night right here at home to do anything about Somalia. And even if you sent every item in your fridge to Somalia for a year, or ten years, it won't help. Why? Because they're breeding themselves into oblivion, and they have a radical hard-core Islamic militia ruling them. This charity mindset is the biggest cause of Africa's demise - but we all know who will come to the rescue at the end of the day: Whites. And, I hate to say it about my own kind, but STUPID White people - who will ultimately be the victims of the very people they think they are helping. Ask the people in Oslo tonight what I mean.

      ex-pat - 2011-07-22 21:21

      Precisely.

      ProudofPink - 2011-07-22 23:57

      You've been reading my mind! Well said.

  • Patsi - 2011-07-22 20:43

    What about our poor, unemployed & most likely hungry people in our own country?

  • Hux - 2011-07-22 20:48

    Maybe JZ visited Somalia...Hense all the babies...!

  • Anonymus - 2011-07-22 21:20

    Only R1 million??? Whilst juju is busy constructing a R16m in Sandton. Somalians are staring along with other parts of Africa. Life is sweet in the ANC!!!

  • cat29 - 2011-07-22 21:26

    For 50 years east Africa has been begging for food because of drought. They cannot feed themselves but they carry on breeding like rats. One walking, one crawling, one on the hip and one in the bop???When is enough enough and why must we support them when we are battling to support ourselves due to pathetically high prices of basic foods, etc.

  • L-H - 2011-07-22 22:07

    Birth control is probably out of reach for the common wo/men in Somalia, so it would be great in future to see aid agencies giving out food as well as long-term or permanent contraception.

  • Beth607 - 2011-07-23 00:09

    Sorry for your bad decisions. Get your tubes tied. Get a vasectomy. Find a job that will tire you out & keep you too busy to procreate repeatedly. You made your bed - now lie in it. Survival of the fittest. If you can find someone willing to adopt the children you cannot possibly afford - place them up for adoption. Sorry. We in the USA have enough children living in poverty. After each new baby, tie the tubes of the Madonna. I KNOW I am NOT alone. Tired of possibly "offending" someone - these 'people' are users & abusers of our generosity. GET A JOB & STOP believing 'we' are to blame for YOUR continuous BAD & SELFISH decisions.

  • Beth607 - 2011-07-23 00:48

    So sorry but I do not care............

  • Beth607 - 2011-07-23 00:50

    How much $$ did the South African public/government send to the USA totally EVER?

  • Beth607 - 2011-07-23 00:52

    Try using 'rubbers' & go away.

  • Larro - 2011-07-23 02:23

    Perhaps Juliarse can cut back the cost of his new house from $16M to $15M? A slightly smaller wine cellar or jacuzzi should do it.

  • K1d - 2011-07-23 15:46

    The children who are starving in Somalia now were bred by the children who were on the impossibly thin malnourished hips of mothers who somehow managed to breed in the face of the last famine. Those who are not starving are warmongers, thieves & pirates. Help Somalia to help itself - give them nothing.

  • Mordred - 2011-07-23 18:58

    YOU PEOPLE HAVE GOT A DAMNED CHEEK. WE, THE PUBLIC, DON'T HAVE MONEY TREES IN OUR BACK GARDENS. HOW ABOUT THE POOR, HOMELESS AND STARVING IN SA? WHY DON'T YOU TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST ALL THE CRIMINALS (IE PUBLIC SERVANTS AND BUSINESSMEN/WOMEN WHO BLATANTLY STOLE/DEFRAUDED THOUSANDS OF MILLIONS OF RANDS FROM VARIOUS GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC SOURCES WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO BE SPENT ON THE AFOREMENTIONED. WE KNOW THAT THE THIEVING/DEFRAUDING WAS DONE ON SUCH A GRAND SCALE THAT THE GOVERNMENT IS ALWAYS RUNNING OUT OF MONEY? WHOSE FAULT IS THAT? DEFINITELY NOT THE PUBLIC. DO US A FAVOUR. STOP CALLING ON US THE PUBLIC TO HELP YOU. IT IS ABOUT TIME THAT YOU, THE ANC GOVERNMENT, TRIED DOING THE JOB THEMSELVES AND START NOW GOING AFTER THOSE WEALTHY "CRIMINALS".

  • annie.kalahari - 2011-07-23 19:40

    Hundreds of thousands of destitute Afrikaners get no food aid at all from the ANC-regime:why not? http://bit.ly/duoZOM

  • TRiP - 2011-07-23 21:21

    Why don't those skanky gawdamn Somalian Pirates that have been pillaging the seas make and frikkin donations, they've milked shipping companies for sick amounts of monies!

  • Great White - 2011-07-24 08:21

    Just get each of the fat cat ministers to sell off one of their official cars and donate the money. That should generate a few hundred million.

  • john_doe - 2011-07-24 08:52

    The west ("capitalist pigs") should stop interfering in Africa. Let them sort it out themselves or die trying. Last I checked that was the general opinion/consensus of comrade Julius and his cronies Bob etc. So let them sort it out!!

  • Craig De Montfort-Braganca - 2011-07-25 10:58

    The SA Somali Association should take the lead in this... after all, they've been financing the Al-Shabaab warlords through the profits gained in SA, funnelled through the Hawala network. We all know about the carnage that Al-Shabaab is visiting upon Somalians, in partnership with Al-Qaeda. SA Somali Ass is a leader when it comes to importing from the East, side-stepping tax and import duty, selling unsafe and untested merchandise, and in collaboration with Pakistanis and Bangladeshis, etc. they are increasing the slumification of SA. The SA Somali Ass should now redirect their illicit profits to helping their brethren, instead of financing warlords. Note that, even though Somalis share a language, culture, religion, etc. they are mostly local to clans. These clans now compete for overlordship over Somalia, wreaking havoc as they go.

  • ohsa.online - 2011-08-15 22:15

    WHAT????????????? Yeah right !!!!!!!!! Like THAT is gonna happen !!!!! Country is flooded with mohammedan somalis who are spreading their sharia K@K down south ..... cockroaches the lot ..... And they want us to support this lot with donations ????? Anybody have some semtex to spare??? Or maybe just some RDX?? I have a few skills from the old SADF days ... *lol* I say we donate a few hundred thousand somalis to the cause .. just provide them with rail passes to Beit.

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