ANC: Obama visit strengthened US-SA ties

2013-07-01 15:44

Johannesburg - The outcomes of US President Barack Obama's visit to South Africa, including his sentiments on ailing former president Nelson Mandela, were welcomed by the ANC on Monday.

"His view that president Mandela and our people’s struggle and resilience have inspired him and the world, are testament to the fact that indeed our nation and its triumphant spirit continue to be a beacon of hope and tenacity throughout the world," the party said in a statement.

The ANC saw the results of bilateral talks between Obama and President Jacob Zuma and their respective delegations as an indication of strengthened US-SA relations.

"The African National Congress is pleased by the outcomes of the engagement between the US and South Africa, in particular the commitments of co-operation on trade and investment, driving mutually beneficial relations to the people of both countries."

The Obama administration's commitment to lobby for the extension of the African Opportunity and Growth Act (Agoa), and to improve on it, won favour with the ruling party.

Agoa, which allows African countries, such as South Africa, to ship certain products to the US duty-free, expires in less than two years.

"The commitment to seek the extension of Agoa beyond 2015 ensures greater access for South African products to US markets, and the R7bn commitment for renewable energy is a decisive intervention to support the continent’s initiatives to increase access to energy and electricity throughout Africa."

The ANC also praised the establishment of a leadership academy which would benefit hundreds of South African youth.

"The ANC warmly welcomes the Washington-Africa Leadership Fellowship announced by President Obama to benefit the masses of South African and African youth; moulding global leaders for a continent that shall take its rightful place in the world."

  • Nathan Lombard - 2013-07-01 15:56

    US-SA relations = give-take

      Hein Huyser - 2013-07-01 22:12

      The one give, the other one take. where are those ever-hate-the-west crowd when billions are handed out?Wht Obama must dois to relax his emigration laws. That will be worthy to get exited about

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-02 12:37

      Hein Huyser. It isn't Obama's immigration laws to begin with. Blame the Republicans.

  • De La Rey - 2013-07-01 16:08

    Yes they'll always welcome with open arms... But to serve/ give that's the problem.

  • Rakoshe Bethuel - 2013-07-01 16:13

    I am sure even the opposition parties welcomed the 7bn investment. News is it R7bn or $7bn

  • Joubert Tlou - 2013-07-01 16:17

    come Anc u snd ur cosatu nd sacp to march against presidend obama bcoz of he metion money nw u cn welcome him jo bladi corrupt ...u were saying nobama ..

      Nomcebo Ngidi - 2013-07-01 16:34

      Take its slow and we will get yo point

      Joubert Tlou - 2013-07-01 17:33

      haahaa some ppl r mad straight i ddnt khw that we should have atleast degree before we cn say anything bad abt zuma african national congress ... agang viva lol ...

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-02 12:39

      Leonard Bloch. Not everyone here had first class education, remember that.

  • Derek Bredenkamp - 2013-07-01 16:23

    If the Mandela did today what he did in the 70's Obama would send in his navy seals and execute him.

  • Tom Hudson - 2013-07-01 16:28

    Did he tell him how he admires the ANC raping the economy?

  • fargone - 2013-07-01 16:41

    Somehow doubt it, lets not forget that President Obama said that while there are still "tyrants" no country will go forward. I don't think the statement was accidental, after all who do you think he was talking about.

      Hein Huyser - 2013-07-01 22:13

      JZ, mad Bob etc

  • Gail Joyce - 2013-07-01 17:24

    Hy lyk vir my so baie na tant koek se hoenderhaan...

  • Israel Levi - 2013-07-01 17:27

    You leeches smelt the dollar.

  • Martin Williams - 2013-07-01 17:39

    The truth behind his visit.

  • Mahlong Ralinko Ralinko - 2013-07-01 18:07

    South Africans insulting their president. I thought this man is the best you got in terms of running SA! Infact he is the number one citizen !

      Jonathan William King - 2013-07-02 01:25

      You thought wrong, very wrong.

  • aevanschalkwyk - 2013-07-01 18:28

    Will benefit many youth? Y so they can, strike, complain, breed and take over america! Clap clap clap oh how clever!

  • Roger Harrison - 2013-07-01 20:01

    " The African National Congress is pleased by the outcomes of the engagement between the US and South Africa, in particular the commitments of co-operation on trade and investment...." Lets just hope that doesn't include SAA buying the Boeing 787 dreamliner, because with it's reputation, it will crash along with the politicians and the backhanders !

  • Beckie Knight - 2013-07-02 04:26

    FRAUD, FRAUD, FRAUD! How gullible of everyone to suck up whatever this joker says and does.

  • Beckie Knight - 2013-07-02 04:28

    A shady history to say the least. The man is a perpetual fraud:

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-07-02 12:30

    How much money did he offer them?.

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