Motlanthe to visit Germany, Finland

2012-05-05 22:37

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe would undertake a working visit to Germany and Finland next week, the presidency said on Saturday.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Motlanthe would be in Germany with a delegation of Cabinet ministers and senior officials for the seventh South Africa-Germany Bi-national Commission, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

The Commission, established in 1996, co-ordinates bilateral relations between the two countries.

It was expected to discuss problems facing the African continent and the Eurozone and the countries' co-operation in the African Union's post-conflict and reconstruction development programme.

Motlanthe would also attend the South Africa-Germany Business Seminar in Munich, Monyela said.

"Over 450 German companies have invested in South Africa in such critical sectors as the automotive and chemical industries, as well as mechanical and electrical engineering."

South Africa was also a popular destination for German tourists.

On Thursday and Friday, Motlanthe would be in Finland, at the invitation of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen, accompanied by Science Minister Naledi Pandor and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim.

"The objective of the... visit to Finland is to reinvigorate the political and economic relations between the two countries in order to advance South Africa's national priorities, enhance the African Agenda and exchange views on multilateral issues of common interest."

Monyela said Motlanthe would also undertake courtesy calls to Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Foreign Minister Erkki Tuomoija.

  • Gerda Malherbe - 2012-05-05 23:01

    At least he'll make a better impression than JZ. Looks and sounds educated

      Sean - 2012-05-06 01:13


      George - 2012-05-06 01:18

      They will probably discuss how to get out of the SCAMRAL mess and what other intelligent con to replace it with. Both countries are major cANCer donors and hence must be seen as complicit in the white genocide since 1994.

      grant.hide - 2012-05-06 14:56

      I wonder if he is coming back?

  • Smile - 2012-05-05 23:07

    WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE YOUR HOTEL BILL PLEASE!!!! I am sure this is going to cost SA a small fortune yet again! Kgalema Motlanthe... The tax payers would glady fit the bill for all ANC CONDOM COMRADES in prison!!!

      Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-05-07 12:33

      U r one angry fellow... Hehehehehehe!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-05-06 00:02

    Now don't over indulge in the beer und bratwurst und frauleine

  • Smile - 2012-05-06 00:18

    Also: He should swing over to The Hague/International Court of Justice to answer the GENOCIDE!

  • Ted - 2012-05-06 00:19

    Wait my Deputy President, wait!! E-tolls! Please don't delegate this part.

      George - 2012-05-06 01:20

      Eish, but I must, too buuuusssyyyyy, ne. Weking hard for de peeple.

  • Thapelo - 2012-05-06 01:14

    being black in ths site is a curse bt come election time ths racist will shocked. i say hate the game nt the person. i hate the anc bt voting da i rather merge zimbabwe and nd die peacefully

      George - 2012-05-06 01:30

      The height of stupidity is re electing the same party time after time and expecting positive change the next time which never happens. Race has nothing to do with it. Living in a civilized country with services that work has everything to do with it. Your wish of Zimbabwe at home is not far off. For many it arrived a long time ago already. cANCer needs to be cured of its one party tendencies and become truly democratic, even if it finds itself in opposition to a DA led government.

      Thapelo - 2012-05-06 01:58

      george learn to see if cnt read. is their anywhere i said i wil vote anc

      John - 2012-05-06 03:32

      Well Thapelo, if you spoke English instead of some sort of gutter gibberish people might not misinterpret your statement. When i read it I thought you meant you would rather vote cANCer over DA even though you hated the cANCer.

      pkheswa - 2012-05-06 08:13

      @George, race has everything to do with it, don try to cover up here (sic)

      pkheswa - 2012-05-06 08:27

      @George, the height of stupidity is what ur doing, voting for the DA time and time again and hoping it'll rule this country one day, which will never happen, you'll live all the years of your life in SA under ANC rule. Deal with it china!

      whoowhoohoo - 2012-05-06 08:46

      Ever heard of a reverse lobotomy ? That's where they add parts of healthy brain to what passes for brains in your skull.

      Jean - 2012-05-06 09:07

      Pkheswa... Really man, you people have said the DA will never win CT, Western Cape, we will not retain Midvaal, the party's numbers will never grow and look what happened, the DA has everything and more, we have won more wards, we won polokwane in by-election (JM's home province), they have have won an klipfontein, we just keep on winning! So come down to earth and save yourself the hard fall when we take SA back and you will see how a country should be governed.

      Jean - 2012-05-06 09:47

      Thapelo, yet the numbers grew amongst black people for the DA, we won klipfontein which (I think was an ANC stronghold), in by election we won polokwane... It's a bitter pill to swallow... Don't think your anc is untouchable cos look what happened to JM, ooooh how the might can quickly see their ass.

  • Warren - 2012-05-06 06:48

    Finnish collecting company for Durban and CT tolls coming up.

  • Ask - 2012-05-06 07:01

    I'm sure if Pik Botha was on this mission... you all would keep quiet, even though the NP have stolen billions of Rands ... they used get on with sh1t overseas as well.. in a big way... Deputy President... ignore these idi ots... you go and do your wek... bring back the Euros and spend and enjoy... it is payback...

      pkheswa - 2012-05-06 08:06

      @askjoe, lol nice 1

      Bomb - 2012-05-06 08:42

      Your mentality, or lack of it is absolutely astounding. "Oh, you did it, so I will also do it!" Typical schoolchild argument. We are supposed to fix and change the wrongs, not continue with it purely because its "your turn". The NP stole, so the ANC must also steal? That's hilarious. It shows the current regime is no better than the previous one. ANC had the chance to rise up and show that they can be better, but they have stooped just as low, if not lower. Hahahaha, you belong back in pre-school...."My daddy is stronger than yours,....NOOOOO, my daddy is stronger than yours!!!" HAAAAHAHAHAHA. (Then again JZ only has grade 3, no wonder the country is ruled like a pre-school. HAAAAAAAHAHAHA!!!

  • Raymond - 2012-05-06 07:55

    At the same time have a GOOD look at the Cleanliness and the Civility of these two geat cultured countries.PLEASE observe just how a country should be governed and learn something from this visit or,is it just another paid holiday.

  • whoowhoohoo - 2012-05-06 08:44

    I was not aware that these two countries were so interested in doing business with our banana republic where exports consist mainly of raw materials to European countries and imports mainly (90 %) from our new colonisers, CHINA. Maybe just another joy-ride at our expense !!!

  • Jonny Lee - 2012-05-06 09:13

    Bogajoiga nima! waka waka chu! just come back in a coffin like the other one.

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