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SA a 'ray of light' in Africa - minister

2012-04-25 22:38

Cape Town - South Africa is one of the rays of light on the African continent, International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said on Wednesday.

"We are on course towards creating a better South Africa and contributing to a better and safer Africa and the world," she told the National Assembly during debate on her budget vote.

"Eighteen years on since 1994, our country is standing tall in the global family of nations."

The department would continue to focus on South Africa's role in consolidating the African agenda, including Southern African Development Community integration and promoting peace and security in Africa, she said.

The department would further focus on advancing South Africa's national interests through the enhancement of South-South and North-South co-operation, and advancing South Africa's national interests through participation in institutions of global governance.

Turning to the African Union (AU), Nkoana-Mashabane said based on the experiences of the first 10 years, the organisation needed to do more on development of the African continent, including fighting and reducing poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment.

Conflicts on the continent had to be eradicated by providing African solutions to African problems, sustainable economies had to be built and continental interconnectivity enhanced through infrastructure to promote intra-African trade, among others.

Further, democracy and good governance in the various countries had to be consolidated, and provision made for people in the spheres of education, food security, health, shelter, and job creation.

The AU also needed to do more to accelerate integration in all spheres, with the regional economic communities as the building blocks, and to advance and defend the interests of Africa in global affairs.

Secessionist tendencies

"These priorities inform the contribution that South Africa will continue to make to the programmes and activities of the AU," she said.

Recent events in Mali and Guinea Bissau were a reminder of the problems still existing and the fragility of democracy on the continent.

"In this regard, we are at one with the Ecowas [the Economic Community Of West African States] and the AU in rejecting unconstitutional changes of government and secessionist tendencies."

In the Horn of Africa, South Africa remained concerned about the tension between Sudan and South Sudan.

"We will continue our engagement in post-conflict reconstruction and development support to both countries in the interest of peace, development, and prosperity."

South Africa was hopeful mediation efforts by the AU high-level implementation panel, the AU peace and security council, and the United Nations security council, among others, would yield positive results towards restoring normalcy in that part of the continent, she said.

Comments
  • Gladstone - 2012-04-25 22:56

    Of cause we are minister! All this time you're leting ilegal foreigners to do as they wish here, its because you want to call us that?

      karoo.gypsy - 2012-04-26 09:04

      To compare South Africa with the rest of Africa is a pity and not something to be proud off! South Africa is much worst off today than 18 years ago........and that is no secret for people with a couple of brain cells! The AU has done nothing to improve development of the African continent, including fighting and reducing poverty, inequality, and underdevelopment. The Africa continent is more corrupt and an economic dying continent. We cannot survive without the Chinese.

  • Gareth - 2012-04-25 23:04

    That's not saying much.

      Oscar - 2012-04-26 07:18

      Actually it is saying allot, we are the last African country to hand over power to black rule and everything is not devoured yet, that is why there is still a ray of light. Unfortunately not for long now.

  • Trevor - 2012-04-25 23:50

    Given the murder rate and the number of corrupt politicians, more like a death ray.

  • Ted - 2012-04-26 00:36

    A light with an intensity so close to darkness the difference is the same.

      Koos - 2012-04-26 05:50

      I could never understand what the difference between black, light black and dark black is.

      Rob - 2012-04-26 08:15

      Koos they`re all similar to off white.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-26 01:15

    Ray of communist

  • zaatheist - 2012-04-26 04:24

    "We are on course towards creating a better South Africa and contributing to a better and safer Africa and the world," Jawellnofine! With your bloated salary, extravagant lifestyle you would think that, wouldn't you?

  • Dean - 2012-04-26 04:37

    from toronto. have never been to south africa. have always had an interest in south africa. i love canada - going back 5 generations on my mom and dad's side in prince edward county, ontario pec.on.ca however if i were ever to move somewhere it would be cape town.

      Ted - 2012-04-26 05:35

      Our adverts are working!

      Bomb - 2012-04-26 07:22

      Don't fool yourself, trading Canada for SA will be the worst decision of your life. Rather stay where you have quality education, proper healthcare, proper service delivery and a functioning government. SA is truly becoming a mirror image of what is happening everywhere else on the African continent. Good hunting!!!

      Koos - 2012-04-26 08:12

      Bomb, seems that people are touchy when you speak the truth.

  • Koos - 2012-04-26 05:49

    In the continent of the blind the one eyed is king.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-26 06:20

    You don't hear about the terrifying crime. You don't hear about the pestilence of corruption, or the absurd purchase of needless submarines and aircraft for a country with no serious enemies except its own elite.\r\n\r\nElectricity blackouts - the invariable sign of a country on the slide - are now frequent. The ill-run nuclear power station inherited from the apartheid regime's atom bomb programme is beginning to judder and fail, raising fears of an African Chernobyl.

  • Garth - 2012-04-26 06:26

    \SA a 'ray of light' in Africa - minister\ that I think the minister has been sitting in the sun a bit too long!

  • Sharon - 2012-04-26 06:49

    The ray of light I see is only the reflection of the bling worn by ministers.

  • Roger - 2012-04-26 06:55

    Ted,no doubt we have problems in SA,however I'd guess your brand of pessimism comes from personal discontent.cheer up china it's not so bad.

      Lerato - 2012-04-26 07:45

      @Roger I can't agree more! Look what's happening in Europe, for real we are not bad @ all

  • Diederik - 2012-04-26 07:43

    I wonder why South Africa is a ray of light and not a beam on light that is was before the ANC?

  • WhiteNut - 2012-04-26 08:12

    But yet South Africa is failing to deal with the many African dictators, from Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Kenya, Congo, Sudan, Gabon, Guinea, Gambia, Ivory Cost, etc and etc. Never to mention the endless conflicts! Chinisation of Africa! Africa is more like a toilet really...and South Africa not any better. Mrs Minister you clearly do not recognize the real impact your department can do for the exploited African ordinary citizens under this dictatorial regimes! So far your department's role seems more ceremonial. For instance South Africa claims to be more progressive and democratic, but yet your department fails to speak out against this dictators. Some of them are right in our shores, and you even give them obscene 'loans' to support their ailing regimes

      Jack - 2012-04-26 08:30

      How do you expect the Minister to deal with these Africa countries? Match in with army?.... try it...

  • Danny - 2012-04-26 09:00

    Sorry minister of international race relations-the only race since 1994 is for the power hungry to enrich themselves with taxpayers money.No concerns for the poorest of the poor whilst filling their own pockets.Do you really think that the international communities is really blind of what goes on in South Africa?

  • Rob - 2012-04-26 09:06

    What South Africa is this idiot living in ? Can these morons be so far removed from the day to day lives of South Africans that he actually believes the cr@p that he is spewing ? Yep, time to take the shades off 7 come out of the darkness & into the light !

  • Ted - 2012-04-26 09:11

    @Roger and your girlfriend Lorato. Things are not so bad? But bad? My views are personal? There is nothing personal about me commenting about murder, corruption, rape etc. Those are national issues tsala. I am a responsible parent who is content about whatever I have accomplished in life. I can't be content with what's around me in this country. I live in a villa (well-earned), had a good education here and abroad, earn well,good security physical and financial, have been to every continent on the planet too except Antarctica. But you seem to base your warped worldview on SABC newsclips. If you have not been out of your small village all your life, haven't had a daughter tragically nicknamed 'jackpot' in your neighbourhood, and get free political lessons from people who idolise failed communist systems, believe that there are worse tinhouses in Bots and Zimbabwe than here, have no personal ambition to grow in and grow your community into a better place; its easy to be content. A frog under a coconut shell believes that the shell is the rim of the sky. It can afford to cheer up. Take a walk deep into the townships. For us, they have not changed since we were born close to half a century ago. For you they may just be a passing phase waiting to be replaced by Government RDP houses! Roger that?. Out!

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-26 09:13

    Why do the nations plan rebellion? Why do people make their useless plots? Their kings revolt, their rulers plot together against the LORD and against the king he chose. “Let us free ourselves from their rule,” they say; “let us throw off their control.” From his throne in heaven the Lord laughs and mocks their feeble plans. Then he warns them in anger and terrifies them with his fury. (Psalm 2:1-5 GNT)

  • Loo - 2012-04-26 09:38

    WHAT !!!!!????? Minister ,, please tell me.. WHERE have you been the past 10 years ??? Since when is climbing the international charts on murder, corruption and understated inflation mean "Ray of light" ???? Only in Africa Ministers will boast about that :(

  • Audrey - 2012-04-26 11:05

    BARELY a week after news of the brutal rape of a mentally ill girl shocked the country, an eight-year-old Grade 2 pupil is in hospital after she was raped, throttled and her eye gouged out. Ina Bonnette pinned to her bed, tied up raped. Bonnette was raped by three 'men'. Tortured by trying to smother her with a towel and placing tape around her mouth and nose. Continuously slapped her as well as hitting her with their fists, breaking two of her toes. They squeezed and turned her nipples repetitively before cutting both nipples off with a side cutter. Bonnette’s pubic hair was also allegedly pulled out while her privates were cut and pinched with pliers. WAKE UP! This Country is heading to hell in a hand basket very quickly. Crimes like this were not committed pre 1994.

  • colin.langley - 2012-04-26 11:18

    Jesus Wept...are him and I living in the same country.,,,is he so f**cking dumb he cant see we are heading in the same direction as other african states? Clearly the government are way too used to eating cake while we live on bread. Who ever votes ANC again will totally convince me that we have the deaf leading the blind.....

  • Sidney - 2012-04-26 14:16

    If South Africa is a ray of light on the African continent, then Africa must truly be a very dark place.

  • Nikki Bodenstein - 2012-04-26 22:48

    Sjoe! Talk about denial!

  • George - 2012-05-24 04:48

    Just a slight correction. With the latest murder of a 5 month old baby and caregiver your government is seen to be approving white minority genocide with countless atrocities. Your humanity is lacking and your backside belongs at the ICC in the Hague. You should resign from BRICS before you are expelled.

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