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SA to work with Brazil against hunger

2012-04-10 20:26

Pretoria - Brazil has agreed to assist South Africa on social development issues, particularly in fighting against poverty and hunger.

"It is important that we strengthen relations by sharing experiences with the view to find solutions to the similar challenges we face," said Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini on Tuesday.

She was speaking at a discussion in Pretoria, where Brazil's Deputy Social Development Minister Romulo Paes de Sousa shared policies on fighting hunger and poverty.

Dlamini said Brazil had made the fight against poverty a priority. It had taken specific steps in development that South Africa would want to learn from.

"You continue to implement various activities aimed at reaching the most vulnerable citizens. We are eager to learn about your comprehensive national alleviation plan and your successful Zero Hunger programme," said Dlamini.

She said South Africa had noted how Brazil was aiming to help 16.2 million Brazilians out of extreme poverty with its national poverty alleviation plan "Brasil Sem Misera".

The plan included cash transfer initiatives, and increased access to education, health, welfare and sanitation.

She said South Africa was battling poverty and unemployment that contributed to dire living conditions.

"Our bilateral engagement during these two days is a confirmation that we are indeed committed to tackling these challenges," she said.

The discussion was attended by social development MECs from provinces across the country.

Comments
  • zaatheist - 2012-04-10 20:52

    Don't see why we need the Brazilians. Just getting rid of Zooma's private jets, convoy jets and the fancy lifestyles of the the ANC bigwigs would free up sufficient resources to feed millions.

      wesley.bischoff - 2012-04-11 09:34

      Apparently around R30 BILLION in taxpayers money has been "lost" due to corruption since 1994. That money would have helped a lot of people...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-10 20:59

    In both countries the politicians are rich. The politicians themselves have created the poverty and hunger of the people. In our country, all the ego tripping and anc amping costs billions, which could have gone a long way to meet the needs of the people. This "working with Brazil" is just another ANC jol. We know enough and we have enough resources to solve our own problems. Our politicians are just too greedy, too lazy and incompetent.

      FizpopMK - 2012-04-10 22:17

      It is this kind of attitude that South Africa has, over the past few years, became more of a welfare state. When the ANC was campaigning for the last General Election, its campaign slogan was \Together We Can Do More\, which meant Government alone can not address the needs of the country. However, people like yourself continue to promote poverty mentality by critisizing from a distance without valuable contribution in changing dire situations in your own society. Tomoro I'll be part of the meeting representing a young people through Rietfontein Youth Cooperative. Our government is trying its level best to address isuues of poverty and other social injustices in our country, however, the need of ordinary citizens participation is as equally important. Lets take ownership of the policies that are designed to uplift us as ordinary citezens of SA and stop pointing fingers at our leaders without positive contribution.

      FizpopMK - 2012-04-10 22:17

      It is this kind of attitude that South Africa has, over the past few years, became more of a welfare state. When the ANC was campaigning for the last General Election, its campaign slogan was \Together We Can Do More\, which meant Government alone can not address the needs of the country. However, people like yourself continue to promote poverty mentality by critisizing from a distance without valuable contribution in changing dire situations in your own society. Tomoro I'll be part of the meeting representing a young people through Rietfontein Youth Cooperative. Our government is trying its level best to address isuues of poverty and other social injustices in our country, however, the need of ordinary citizens participation is as equally important. Lets take ownership of the policies that are designed to uplift us as ordinary citezens of SA and stop pointing fingers at our leaders without positive contribution.

      FizpopMK - 2012-04-10 22:18

      It is this kind of attitude that South Africa has, over the past few years, became more of a welfare state. When the ANC was campaigning for the last General Election, its campaign slogan was \Together We Can Do More\, which meant Government alone can not address the needs of the country. However, people like yourself continue to promote poverty mentality by critisizing from a distance without valuable contribution in changing dire situations in your own society. Tomoro I'll be part of the meeting representing a young people through Rietfontein Youth Cooperative. Our government is trying its level best to address isuues of poverty and other social injustices in our country, however, the need of ordinary citizens participation is as equally important. Lets take ownership of the policies that are designed to uplift us as ordinary citezens of SA and stop pointing fingers at our leaders without positive contribution.

  • FizpopMK - 2012-04-10 22:25

    I would like to thank the Hon Minister Dlamini for this initiative, and for involving us as ordinary citezens to take part in this initiative. This shows the commitment of the Minister in eradicating poverty and involving ordinary people in the process. I have confidence that the meeting will achieve its objectives and SA will move a step further. Keep up the good work Minister. Hotel Sheroton here I come!

      Bobo - 2012-04-10 22:55

      Yes Fizpop...you go stay in your "Sheroton" hotel..In the meantime I will keep on producing bananas on my banana farm, and sleep with one eye open, hoping and praying not to be killed in my sleep. In stead of insulting your fellow countrymen with hogwash like "Together we can do more" Start by learning proper grammar and spelling. Your ANC government created this monster, don`t you dare blaming us hard working tax paying citizens for your government`s incompetence.

      Rodney - 2012-04-11 02:34

      Is the the Brazil that has 26% of it's population under the poverty line? In 1998 the figure was 22%, instead of getting better, it got worse. do we really need their help in making more South Africans poor?

  • Lacrimose - 2012-04-10 23:05

    Now that they've killed off most of our farmers, guess they have to look to BRICS to make up the short-fall.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-04-11 06:57

    FizpopMK : Is saying that money should be put to better use promoting "poverty mentality"?. Go and stand at any of our major airports. Ask these politicians where they are going to, what they are going to do and what it will cost. They will travel in their blue light convoys PAST the shacks, PAST the people living in poverty. They will get on the aircraft, DEMAND the best seats and the best treatment, and fly off leaving the poor people behind. They will not go alone. They will have with them all kinds of support staff. From those returning to South Africa, ask them where they came from, what they actually did, how it will alleviate the poverty of our people, and how much it cost. See them getting into their blue light cars and speed off to their luxurious offices, their luxurious homes, again driving PAST the shacks, PAST the people living in poverty. See these same politicians attending meetings upon meetings, functions upon functions, gala dinners upon gala dinners, rallies upon rallies,all where their Party is glorified. See them tend to their own "business interests". To just SAY that by 2014 this and that must be achieved, is NOT enough. To just stand up and pull a piece of paper out of an envelope, indicating the virtual progress in education, is NOT enough! The TRILLION rand donated by the people of South Africa to the Government of South Africa MUST be put to better use for the PEOPLE of South Africa! Politicians perpetuate poverty. Who pays you, by the way?

      Ze Don - 2012-04-11 07:34

      Well said!

  • johan.louw.399 - 2012-08-15 14:51

    Where is the bread basket from Africa??? Get up and do something and stop begging from other countries!!!Stop killing the farmers so that they can produce food for the country. Africa look like an octopus with 8 arms begging all the time or shall I say 8 arms for steeling !!!

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