SA aid to Somalia exceeds R20m

2011-08-25 08:44

Cape Town - Although difficult to quantify, South Africa's contribution to relief efforts in Somalia exceeds R20m so far, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said Wednesday.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly, he said government had responded to the humanitarian crisis confronting Somalia by raising R8m towards the famine relief programme, R4m of which was donated to the Gift of the Givers towards transportation and logistical costs of delivering aid to Somalia.

Furthermore, and in line with South Africa's foreign policy objective of consolidating the African agenda, government in partnership with Brand South Africa had teamed up with the Gift of the Givers and launched the Somalia Relief Campaign to raise public awareness of the dire situation in Somalia.


Government also provided transport in the form of a SA National Defence Force C130 Hercules supply plane to the Gift of the Givers to deliver 18 tons of essential food and anti-malaria medication to Mogadishu on August 16.

This latest consignment brought to 112 tons the total aid delivered to Somalia by the Gift of the Givers in a two week period, Motlanthe said.

In addition, government collaborated with other South African based organisations contributing to relief work for Somalis in Somalia and refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

These included Islamic Relief SA, Africa Muslim Agency, Netcare SA, the Al Imdaad Foundation, and the Somali Community Board of SA.

Members of the South African business community were also motivated to contribute and food and other essential items were donated.

"The total amount of the South African contribution, including government and civil society is difficult to quantify at this stage, but certainly exceeds R20m," he said.

South Africa would make further pledges at the African Union hosted pledging conference this week in Addis Ababa.

"Let me use this opportunity to restate that South Africa, SADC [Southern African Development Community], and the African Union's position on Somalia is that it is only under conditions of peace, stability, and unity that a humanitarian crisis like this can be mitigated.

"We therefore call on all parties involved to work towards a lasting solution to the political crisis in that country," Motlanthe said.

  • farmworker - 2011-08-25 08:50

    Good, and bigup to all the good Samaritans.

      allan.clean - 2011-08-25 09:55

      Now, just think they could have added the 3.6M a month for the Justice Empty building they needed for 21 months. See why people on this forum get so ANGRY at our greedy big ass Zuma Inc

      Pictureof - 2011-08-25 09:58

      They need a billion US$ and we contribute 3M$ Chia should toss our featherweight ass out of BRIC.

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:53

      @Pictureof -I am just glad you contributed, it shows you have a good heart

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-25 10:58

      15 000 children are dying a month in Somalia.. that's what 750 a day!? Mothers are having to choose which children to leave behind on the death roads so that they have a chance of saving the stronger ones... Can you imagine the horror of a choice like that? We need to do more and fast!! Donate a few rands today please! Can someone go pass a charity tin round at the ANCYL? Maybe Malema will donate his Breitling?

      Vince York - 2011-08-25 11:17

      THIS IS DISGRACEFUL! South Africa being the African Leader Nation should be showing the way in real terms through real monetary value and efforts to encourage the rest to follow especially those rich in oil to meet the shortfall of $1.4Billion - - - - - AU to hold delayed famine fundraiser: News24: Africa: News - - - - - INSTEAD of bailing out other dictators with ZARBillions and relying on "Gift of the Givers" only.

  • kalabafazi - 2011-08-25 08:57

    The Gift of The Givers needs to be complimented on the good work. What I find strange is that the goverment can throw 2 Billion Rand at Swaziland where the crisis is born of a lavish Monarch but can raise a couple of bar for a tragedy in Somalia.

      JustMe - 2011-08-25 09:09

      and they paid some R100 million for some youth concert. They could have used that money to help Somalia. Nxa! Oooh ya Big ups to everyone who has donated. Even 10 rand is a lot of money. Please keep on giving.

      Felix - 2011-08-25 09:24

      Foreign aid: When all the poor from a rich country give their money to all the rich from a poor country. Kidding, I know alot of good gets done through GotG.

      Virginia - 2011-08-25 09:52

      No, we have our own crises in this country, let Somalia's government look after them, this is the problem with the world, stop helping these people they will never help themselves, it sound unGodly but it is true. They sit around with children they cannot afford to have, the world health organization should get in there and sterilise all the women, those children have rights not to be born into those tragic circumstances.

      Taboo - 2011-08-25 10:04

      Virginia you are unfortunately correct. They are a poor nation, yet they keep breeding like there is no tomorrow. Sterilize them all.....

      S bouttell - 2011-08-25 10:44

      @ Taboo. Yes, I am sure they will get right on that problem, all the ladies will drop by the local spaza and pick up a pack of triphasil, just to keep you happy. I am sure they are thrilled at the idea of being raped and pregnant as a result, I am certain, they are deliberately "breeding like flies" just so that you can participate in a conversation where you feel like your input is valid. I bet they just can't wait to have their four year olds collapse from starvation, just so that they can run off and f*ck like rabbits, just to repeat the whole process all over again. Do your really think for one minute, that ANY woman or man in the world would "breed" as part of an active process of being able to watch their children starve to death? Has it occurred to you that the camps are swamped with women and children, because the the mothers are far more likely to try and find help for their families? Your complete lack of compassion makes you a person not worth knowing.

      Taboo - 2011-08-25 11:29

      S bouttell - your ignorance make it worth not knowing you either.

  • BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-25 08:57

    One wonders if the Arab states that Africans love so much are donating to their fellow Muslim brothers ?

      Teemachine - 2011-08-25 09:14

      The Arab states spread across North Africa. Egypt, Libya, Morroco etc. You know where all those Arabs live. Africa.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-25 09:27

      world-weary....Brain weary, more like ! Teemachine.....Ta !

      suj - 2011-08-25 09:52

      They have Donated and already made good on their contribution of $350m.

      BOFFINBOB - 2011-08-25 10:15

      suj...Great. Good to know its not only the " evil western " countries that keep bailing these useless countries out.

      Fred - 2011-08-25 10:45

      Yes they have, much more than the AU have and much earlier than the AU did, the majority of the money has come from the US, those capitilist, bastard, pigs and the UK, those colonialist bastard pigs, again.

      Snoopy88 - 2011-08-25 11:02

      The problem is the Muslim leaders in the South are refusing Western Aid. Hence the massive loss of life. They are only prepared to 'negotiate' with UAE - We need to resolve this pointless political grandstanding because with every day more children are dying.

      Adrian Levine - 2011-08-31 19:53

      truth is that a lot of western aid that gets channelled in even through the UN is G-Modified and scraps that the US don't want to feed their own people

  • Smaal - 2011-08-25 09:07

    Charity begins at home! ... and they cry for more taxes for the ”poor” South Africans!?!?

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:14

      Yes it does and Africa is Home.

      Taboo - 2011-08-25 10:45

      No, South Africa is home......

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:54

      @Taboo Well I am an African

      Adrian Levine - 2011-08-31 19:56

      @Taboo i honestly don't get why south africans just gotta hate on other africans... u always hear about how foreigners are stealing south africans jobs and what not, but i can tell u that the somalian traders are at their stalls at 5am setting up... where do our people wanna do that? SA expects everything for free

  • Jedi knight - 2011-08-25 09:22

    Thats awesome, South Africans as a nation are great. Now how about our so called leaders helping our fellows South Africans being held by Somali Pirates..No release NO AID...... This aid will create more pirates, as hand outs donot solve long tem problems..

      IC1 - 2011-08-25 09:27

      And the Somali FU(kers involved with Rhino poaching. I say send the buggers all back!

  • Smaal - 2011-08-25 09:24

    Something for the conspiracy theorists: Recourses in Somalia: Uranium and largely unexploited reserves of ir on ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, most likely oil reserves. Somalia: Human rights violations, unstable, corrupt, bad for world economy, shipping and imploding. Question: The West/India and China want the recourses but is not to keen on entering into agreements with a state like this. So what if some countries decided that the world population needs to decrease (they are killing themselves in any case) and at the same time enable developed countries to get their hands on resources while replacing the native population with their own or immigrants. Anyone ever hear of HAARP?

      allan.clean - 2011-08-25 10:02

      Sounds like the perfect place for some Chinese Aid. After that they can send a few Million chinese to "assist" with the recovery plan.Wonder how the goverment officials there live? If its anything like here in SA??? Drive all the Range Rover Sport with Ten body gaurds to go and "show" support to the poor People.

      Fred - 2011-08-25 10:51

      No, but heard of crap.

  • BLOODY AGENT - 2011-08-25 09:24

    Our Tax money? WTF?

      ronheidtmann - 2011-08-25 09:51

      Exactly! Our tax money can be used on US! Not them!

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:16

      How is that so? are you taxed that much. I thought it is just donations because I donated as well

  • Martin - 2011-08-25 09:26

    R20 million for Somalia where people are dying of hunger vs R2 Billion to Swaziland to feed the fat-cat king and his wives? It does not add up!!

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:30

      Don't worry is nice move Swaziland is gonna be our 10th Province soon,and Lesotho will follow soon, maybe Zim. It means no more passport around here

      IC1 - 2011-08-25 11:34

      2 words: JACOB ZUMA, nuff said

      Mya - 2011-08-25 11:57

      if Jacob Zuma is a zulu...does that mean he falls under the rule of the Zulu king? Who is really in charge?

  • EFFEL - 2011-08-25 09:26

    It is still less than Malemas Youth Celebrations

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:28

      You are very right,I see you are paying good attention

  • OzzieCPT - 2011-08-25 09:35

    You give R20m to a country where people are starving and dying, but R2.4 billion rand as a gift to an idiot whos country has one if not the highest AIDS rate in the world and he is living in luxury. I'm sure someone of South Africa is getting a kickback of that 2.4 billion rand. You are really sickos and currupt Mr President!!!!!!!! Something does not add up!!!!

  • wv - 2011-08-25 09:40

    This money could have been invested in juju's house

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:27

      Do you call that one invest?

  • Boxxer - 2011-08-25 09:40

    Send in boere and they'll feed the entire nation.

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:26

      If you keep repeating it in your mind it minds come a reality one day, but explain how do you do that through that drought

      Boxxer - 2011-08-25 10:41

      They must learn from Dubai and desalinate.

      Fred - 2011-08-25 10:53

      @farmworker, by intensive farming along the rivers, by building dams instead of palaces and armies.

  • warshrike - 2011-08-25 09:44

    It's difficult to quantify? Why is it difficult or who is it difficult for? What a great gesture from SA. Really. The powerhouse of Africa gave 20 million (lets see... the same as malema spent on his house? [give or take a few rand]. While this is a good gesture for what is a serious problem there. SA also needs to look domestically at its problems. Killing our farmers is a good example and quite literally is resulting in less and less food for our own people. Maybe we'll need a handout from the world too. Much like Zimbabwe. Anyway, humanitarian aid is wonderful. Look at how nice our government was to Cuba when it wrote off a billion rand in debt.

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:24

      Well i think Government need to regulate food prices too

  • Craigr - 2011-08-25 09:49

    ... all I can say is "Those actions / donations shown by this goverment, do not reflect my own"

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:23

      Blessed is the hand that Giveth, well I guess not yours

  • Virginia - 2011-08-25 09:49

    I wander what all our (poor shack dwelling)commentors out there have to say about this, starving children in SA get nothing because the government has not money to create jobs, but Somalia starving gets 20 million. The people of Somalia will never see this money or proceeds.

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:22

      Please they are not dying

      EYESAY - 2011-08-25 10:50

      Well said Virginia. I told my domestic helper (who has been on a housing waiting list for 11 years in Tembisa) about the money the government has donated to Somalia and loaned to Swaziland......the look on her face was disbelief. She is a good Christian person and tried to see the humanitarian side of it all, but still came to the same conclusion.......she wants her house!

      Adrian Levine - 2011-08-31 20:05

      all the govt did was sponsored a few flights... my buddies in gugulethu managed to donate substantially, i guess they thought somalia's need was greater than theirs

  • Jeff - 2011-08-25 09:53

    Waste of money, and i suppose this is going to keep happening each year, as they to useless to do anything about it

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:21

      Please explain the waste of money, you either put it to good use or not. I don't know how to waste money, but I guess I would not accept any gift from you because you would consider it a waste

      Jeff - 2011-08-25 10:34

      @farmworker, its a waste as out of all the aid that go's there will go missing.. pirates will steal it and sell it or use it, explain to me how you would distribute $1billion of aid to all the starving without a civilisation, out of all of it i reckon the will feed 30-40% of the people until next year when they need more, as the saying go's prevention better than cure use that money and start a civilisation

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:44

      @Jef - I guess you are right because you mentioned the Somali Pirates, well I hate anything that has Pirate in it even Orlando Pirates, I just like Love and Peace

      Fred - 2011-08-25 10:57

      Give a man a fish you feed him for a day, teach a man to fish you feed him for a life time, a concept not to well understood in Africa, begging is much easier.

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 11:19

      @Fred you missed it,that does not always hold truth. What if a person is dying, you rather give him fish then later teach him how to fish. Remember that he need energy to do work

      Adrian Levine - 2011-08-31 20:08

      @Jef, so why not jump on a plane and help GotG and other aid organizations distribute it over there... surely, u can help fight these pirates

  • Craig Ronnenbergh - 2011-08-25 09:55

    I am still trying to work out, why we splashing the cash helping all these countries, like we rockefeller or something. I think we need to use this money in our own country, what about all our sick and unemployed people. Do we think we the USA. Look were that has got them!!!!!

      farmworker - 2011-08-25 10:18

      @Craig Ronnenbergh - Tell me what do you do when your child is unemployed and your neighbor is dying, I though you will forget about your concern for a while and give a helping hand

  • Darwinian - 2011-08-25 09:59

    Extending the inevitable... Is it the right thing to do?

  • Fred - 2011-08-25 10:41

    And you wonder why the west gets involved? its because the AU are totally bloody useless, they bitch and moan when the west do things they don't like but when Africa or Africans really need help the AU is nowhere to be found, to little to late as usual.

  • shahnoor.ahmed - 2011-08-25 10:43

    I mean this in no negative or sarcastic way. just food for thought. Through all this turmoil, the very first to respond was a Muslim and various islamic orgs. So for those people all over the world that outright think the worst of Islam, let this be an eye opener that it does not mean one or ten people are suicide bombers thatan entire religion is violent and outrageous. However, I would like to thank all faiths and sects who responded to the crisi in our own back yard. it goes to show that we are firsat human before anything else.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-25 10:55

    Who do you believe - earlier this morning it was R8million that had been donated in the form of transport to transport donations for The Gift of the Givers to Somalia. Now all of a sudden it's R20million - by the end of the day it will be R50million. But we can give R2.4billion to that jackass across the border because Chancellor House has shares in mines there. That just goes to show the the government is not working for the people of SA (all the people) but for ANC/Luthuli and Chancellor House.

  • Sisie - 2011-08-25 11:25

    I would hate to burst your bubble, but the first to respond were actually the EU.

  • PlainTruth - 2011-08-25 11:32

    Stuff Somalia. Like the rest of Africa, they will sit back, beg,breed, steal and make war and off course, expect others to help them.

  • parkiekr - 2011-08-25 12:12

    While I commend the South African public and businesses in their generosity, I find that the government and the AU as a whole have been found wanting. It is incredible that the AU is only now meeting to discuss their contributions.If the AU wants to have clout on the world stage they going to be far quicker off the mark when dealing with such's not like this famine appeared from nowhere. People in the region have been predicting this for some time...the AU need to understand that is not just about lack of rains, but a geopolitical struggle in the region as a whole which needs to be addressed sooner rather then later. More focus is needed on this region than on Gadaffi who was a meglomaniac responsible for the suppression of the Libyan people.

  • The Observer - 2011-08-25 12:41

    why. So they can breed and multiply and destroy the last bit of vegetation left. It was due to these free funds that the population doubled in 20 years further weakeneing their land. If you live of land and kill the trees without putting back this is what you get. SA can’t even help their own now they are giving millions away which could have been used for building houses, educating kids etc. farm worker: The Samaritans is us tax payers so I would expect your thanks. Now thank us for your free house as well.

  • Sean - 2011-08-25 13:06

    While their contribution to famine and hunger relief in South Africa is way less.Why the hell should South Africa foot the bill feeding a country that starves its own people?????

  • Adrian Levine - 2011-08-31 20:12

    Brilliant work south africa! It's the efforts of the individual south africans who have realized potential! Thanks to govt for their support and kulula and other private sector for arranging transport in getting the aid over to somalia. It goes to show, we are all human beings before africans or south africans... all humans are our brothers and sisters! may god bless you all and grant u success in ur initiatives!

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