SA donates over R90m to Mali

2013-01-29 14:38

Johannesburg - South Africa has donated more than R90m to curb violence in Mali, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said on Tuesday.

"On behalf of President Jacob Zuma, the Republic of South Africa pledges $10m [more than R90m]... for the capacitation of police forces, to the Mali Donor Fund," she said at a Mali Donor Conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

"South Africa rises on this occasion to add its voice to those of our fellow African brothers and sisters and the international role players in condemning the acts of violence perpetrated against the peoples of Mali."

Mapisa-Nqakula said South Africa had also sent about R122m worth of humanitarian aid to the country.

This was in addition to the $55m (about R499m) pledged by the African Union to the donor fund.

"It is hoped that this is the materialisation of Africa's aspiration to stand up against the grave acts of those who opt for blood shedding and political turmoil in trying to satisfy their needs and sometimes, wants," she said.

The new forces would try to support the Malian army against al-Qaeda-aligned groups which took control of the northern part of the country.

On 11 January, French armed forces intervened in the conflict.


  • espanyol.mpumi - 2013-01-29 14:46

    Just like in South Africa, an idiot is going to be a millionaire from the donations.

      Pixi3kid - 2013-01-29 15:15

      WTF are these people thinking? SA citizens are practically at war with one another over wages, crime, education and hunger AND THEY GO AND SPEND R90MIL ON OTHER COUNTRIES TO HELP THEM? I actually have no words... protesters and striking people should go stand in front of Government and not in front of their employers!

      ettienne.pel - 2013-01-29 15:49

      And obviously the Taxpayer has NO SAY! I certainly hope the poor people of this country see what their government is doing, and that at the next elections, they make the correct choices. Really? This is absurd!!!!! Houses could have been built, food given, and most importantly, curbing the already out of control violence and murders in our own country. Lets me wonder whose life in government was threatened.

      D_MAN - 2013-01-29 16:03

      Why are we donating millions to Mali??? There are ppl starving right here in SA. Just shows the ANC government does not care about its own ppl. It's pathetic how the ANC waste millions of rands on their luxury life style and just donate millions to other countries. Tax payers money being wasted.

      yaya188 - 2013-01-29 16:06

      I cannot believe what I am reading??? Never mind what we need here, why bother with this country? The bastards have burnt irreplaceable history, they are a war-torn nation of old. Their head-men walk around bedecked in gold, their women are supressed and and and.......oh my. Where are all these people when we need help? Tick off the list.....everytime there is a 'ting' of war somewhere on the continent, SA rushes to give them money? I am so furious, that I hardly make sense.

      yaya188 - 2013-01-29 16:16

      I am so angry I am back!! These Islamic extremists, are using children to fight their battles!!! Boys of 12!!! The people are so poor, that they are selling their children for R1200.00!! The may not refuse!!! Beheadings, stonings and whippings are everyday occurences...and our governement are funding them??

      Pixi3kid - 2013-01-29 16:43

      Well said yaya188

      marilyn.docherty.9 - 2013-01-29 17:07

      Yet there seems to be no money to keep a KZN HOSPITAL OPEN!!!!!!

      amelia.basson - 2013-01-29 17:27

      We have the highest crime rate, highest rape rate, highest murder rate IN THE WORLD and Zumafia donates 90 million to curb violence in another country!!!? Has this government lost all its marbles?

      yaya188 - 2013-01-29 21:04

      Now the rest of the world are funding them? I've just read that world aid is giving $445 million? (countries collectively)........noooooo......its not right.

      russellblack.cowan - 2013-01-29 21:27

      @yaya188. No, they are actually funding the legitimate Malian govt who are fighting these Islamic extremists. So please, get your facts straght.

      amelia.basson - 2013-01-29 21:54

      R90m to ensure a win against Mali in the quarter finals ... sort of takes the fun out of it now and even makes the game seem dirty & tainted!

  • MastersVoice - 2013-01-29 14:47

    Wow - Nkandla would have paid for that!

  • abrammothibedi.abram - 2013-01-29 14:48

    well done SA maybe they will let us trough to the semi final.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2013-01-29 14:50

    "condemning the acts of violence perpetrated against the peoples of Mali." And never a word condemning the violence perpetrated against our very own ??

      Jaap - 2013-01-29 17:44

      Andrez.Kolesky, It must be crystal clear that the ANC Government has no remotely idea where the money is coming from! The Banks has lots of it! They have no values or principles, as they are definitely not concern with the murder, rape and steeling in our own Country. R90M, that is ridiculous and scandalous.

  • rwetyitp - 2013-01-29 14:54

    Bafana Bafana vs Mali in the quarter finals of afcon...we'll make them an offer they can't refuse lol

      George.Tshwane - 2013-01-29 15:50

      These cANCer idiots trying to bribe mali with R90m, afcon doesnt even pay out half of that amount

  • boer.seun.568 - 2013-01-29 14:55

    And yet again ... the idiots in the anc government cannot comprehend that many many South Africans could have benefited from that money. Is it possible to make up a pamphlet / document and to distribute it over the rural areas to inform all of this utter madness?

  • mgcinosh - 2013-01-29 14:58

    What can R90m do in mali ? If R206m can just put a fence around nkandla.

  • terrylee.heuer - 2013-01-29 15:01

    Donate helis to Zim!! Donate monies to Mali!! I can understand there's terrible trouble there but our own country needs help!!

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:37

      That's even more reason to keep concentrating here, and not in Mali.

  • Nyati_Photo - 2013-01-29 15:04

    Generosity starts at home, look after your own before giving to every Tom,Dick and Harry

  • JOHNY63 - 2013-01-29 15:05

    How many houses for the poor down the drain. MY MONEY!!!!

  • barbara.eksteen.5 - 2013-01-29 15:10

    I could have sworn that we South Africans was in trouble with the crime?!?!? weird, that kind of money could have saved a few farmers,...weird

  • CarolynDewrance - 2013-01-29 15:10

    And what about your own people you moron, Lots of people starving here, let Mali look after it's self. We should demand that the money be returned to South Africa for the use of South Africans.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:21

      sounds a bit more calculated looking at our happy population that are struggling.

  • tatsee - 2013-01-29 15:11

    Bribe for the upcoming SA-Mali game.

  • willie.vanwyk2 - 2013-01-29 15:11

    Why not use the money for our forces!!! We need more police in the streets and not sitting on the on and off ramps of highways, what the hell R90M.... There isnt even cars for our reservists to work with, go check at any saps station, no cars for people to work, hell R90M could've made a difference

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:14

      Hospitals closing, 30 000 solders retrenched from our defense force, where is this ANC Government going? Crack Cocaine might know...

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:23

      Ok Dino - tell us something that we should know, how will we benefit from donating to Mali, is there some sort of investment there? If so how long before we (we as in South Africans - not the Government) get returns?

  • flynn.govender - 2013-01-29 15:15

    Strange how government talk about the poor in SA and don't help them but they sponsor other countries, damn - what kind of a world we live in. Let Mali win the AFCON cup whilst we at it, Mr Zuma

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:31

      It's clear that drugs hit some individuals hard than others, it all very fine to be a humanitarian and praise God, but not to drop your existing country that needs the support, especially being the Icon of Africa. Fix our ship first before jumping onto a broken boat, because the weather changes all the time, I think the ship is a safer investment, not the boat.

      louis.lourens.54 - 2013-01-29 15:32

      "They need more aids"???????? Bwahahaha hahahah Dino!

      leslie.erasmus.1 - 2013-01-29 16:22

      @Dino,go easy on the vodca

      kaspaas.breekwater - 2013-01-30 13:04

      Eish Dino ??? Havn't enough people already died of aids ?

  • christelle.venter.583 - 2013-01-29 15:22

    Fkn stupid regering!!!niks hoop vir ons eie mense

  • owen.mayuni - 2013-01-29 15:22

    90 minutes game 90 million rand 1 minute 1 million rand. Good price

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-29 15:25

    We cannot even house our own people but we can donate 90mil for police forces in another coutry?

  • christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-29 15:29

    Is this an April fools joke? You ANC hippos cannot be serious right? Let's do the math shall we? 200and-something-million on The head of the hippo clan Nkandla village+90-million on upgrading those Hippos houses (ministers)+another 90million on helping another country! Mr president in th most basic English let me tell you how you should run a household. The president of a country, Is like the head of the house( you know fathers who are bread winners or mother?) They ensure that their house is clean (meaning sorted) first. Before they start to help their neighbors. In this case south Africa is your house we the citizen is almost like your children. You suppose to ensure that you're children has, a good education, a roof over their heads, shoes on their feets, clothes on their bodies, that they have access to high quality health care. Food on the tables for them. Ensure that they are protected, from your enemies (foreigners) in this case (when china kills one of your children, you must threaten to boycott their products.until the decide to hand your child over and you can decide what punishment you should give your child). It's not the head of the house to worry about why their neighbors is constantly broke. There's a reason. Of course. But it is none of your concern. Not until we have build proper houses for those still living in shacks. Not when we have an education system that failed those who were born on the day apartheid ended and 15 years later. To-be-continued

      christiana.vespucci - 2013-01-29 15:43

      They still cannot even write their own names. Not when we have a health care, where the nurses got in due to BEE and not through a nursing diploma. (never mind certificate). Not when millions of children stop walk hundreds of kilometers to school bare-foot and on an empty stomach. Gosh the apartheid government was no better than you hippos. But one thing for sure. They may have been corrupt( but they didn't destroy the country in the process). Theyeven gave stationary every year to school children. Today you ANC hippos want the poorest black south Africans go take their last bread money and go buy those necessities. Gosh. You hippos are nothing more but clueless! brainless! Self-centered! Ignorant! Retards. Going on as if the world owes you hippos something. I feel sorry for all those black people who are being screwed from over again. I pity you guys. Only because you men and women still follow these hippos like blind sheeples. I'm so sorry you all cannot distinguish a lie and the truth. And before your black south Africans starts calling me a racist. I'm a coloured. My family voted ANC. I cannot be racist cause I was never taught or was told about apartheid. Only because my family tried to shield us from the pain and injustice that was caused unto them. To prevent us from burning with anger and hatred. But instead they tried to teach us what's right and wrong. ?

  • hasanibooysen.hlungwana - 2013-01-29 15:31

    90Million could have help create thousand of jobs here in South Africa.. . Wow.. Typical government. . . There is lot more money in RSA

  • ltmodise - 2013-01-29 15:32

    At first I thought the match fixing thing was just a fairy tale but now I see its happening, 90minutes=90million, eish our government yoh that's too much bathong!

  • Sarel Brits - 2013-01-29 15:35

    Does this stupid platkop we have for a President not think that our incompetent under trained under paid under resourced Police need that money.

  • lucky.mpoza - 2013-01-29 15:36

    all of you are wrong. at least that money will help the people of Mali (well, I hope so). If you say it we have problems here in south africa like farm murders, unemployment etc. it is not as if the money was going to be used in those things, it was going to go to someone else's pocket. Feel me? so at least it will do a good job.

      talana.malherbe - 2013-01-29 15:45

      I get what you are saying Lucky but it p@sses me off to no end if I think about our own people without housing or food.

      rithin.sewsunker - 2013-01-29 16:10

      An old saying lucky. Look whats in your pot for you to eat before going and filling others pots. We need to help our people first before going and helping the others. Sorry to say but our people are suffering big time as well buddy.

      liana.loots - 2013-01-29 18:59

      Lucky, you idiot.

      BulletProof. - 2013-01-29 22:14

      And you study @ Rhodes? How stupid can you be.

  • lisa.brathwaite.756 - 2013-01-29 15:43

    Over R200 million for Jay-z's house and now this. And the kicker is, it goes towards the police force in Mali. ANC you are no better than the government you replaced.

  • beverley.burchellhardman - 2013-01-29 15:46

    Just read another story saying Durban hospital has to close cause no funds... hello starts at home Mr President!!!!!

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 15:54

      I don't think that the Government can read, so much constructive crit here for them to use...

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 16:01

      And when it closed, what happens to the staff? Yes some have places to go, and the others, shameful ANC - how embarrassing, not even worth a soccer bribe.

  • john.thelps - 2013-01-29 15:48

    Why not use the money to give our SADF pilots some extra training?

      Erna - 2013-01-29 16:38

      There are lots of things to rather spend the money on. But we'd better keep quiet or they'll find something to build at nkandla!

  • tulani.tshaka - 2013-01-29 15:56

    S.A v.s Mali in AFCON quarterfinal now we know why we already won.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 16:06

      Be better to win on skill instead of a match fix, then it is a true victory.

      amelia.basson - 2013-01-29 21:53

      You are so right! R90m to ensure a win against Mali in the quarter finals ... sort of takes the fun out of it now and even makes the game seem dirty & tainted!

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-29 15:56

    Why does our pathetic government donate millions to other stuffed up countries but yet cant even sort out the problems in our own backyard??? Zuma you are one dumb president. Ppl in SA are starving right on your door step and yet you send millions of rands to Mali.

      warren.rodel - 2013-01-29 16:07

      Zuma - time to leave!

  • martin.andersen.14473 - 2013-01-29 16:05

    They donated the money in anticipation that SANRAL would recover it through E-Tolling. Mr Pravin Ghordan, I am truly disgusted about this.

  • dave.ueckermann - 2013-01-29 16:07

    What is wrong with this government. If u not stealing it , u giving it away to some other country . Its MY hard earned money that I give to MY country to keep us safe and productive. STOP STEALING FROM ME. Mali is not my frigging problem, RSA is - 2013-01-29 17:21

      Give this man a Bells!

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2013-01-29 16:12

    WTF!!!!! Donating money to other countries! What about the poor people in our own country? Why not curb the F*****g violence and crime in SAfrica?! Bunch of F*****g useless idiots we have running this country!!!

  • MarkH - 2013-01-29 16:15

    You people just don't learn, do you? Ever thought of the poor, starving masses in SA who could use schools, homes, food, jobs? Charity begins at home but that's a western concept which you idiots just don't comprehend, until your own people turn on you. Sheesh!

  • Mathapelo Milo Nakeli - 2013-01-29 16:27

    thats what they are good at making it look like they care but they just dont at all. people are staving in SA but they donate R90m to Mali, they could have used that money to create jobs, build schools, service delivery and etc. our government loyalty is not on its citizens but other countries

  • Boika Function QJ Jakuja - 2013-01-29 16:28

    i hope this is not done to bribe Mali to lose when bafana bafana play against them.

      jack.masterp - 2013-01-29 16:32

      Lol, have faith on the team

  • Michelle Uys - 2013-01-29 16:35

    erm...maybe they should pay the toll road bill before donating money. Charity starts at home.

  • riaan.barnard.737 - 2013-01-29 16:37

    Probably not public money.....

  • Nhlakanipho Clark Mzelemu - 2013-01-29 16:43

    if only all u ppl knew y we have to donate all this money on these african countries, and y we have to be lenient wen their dictators overstep their authority (Mugae, Gadafi), we owe a huge debt to them............... know u'r history, where do u assume our Gorilla troops got funds and arms and refuge................. it's deeper than we make it, jus my opinion

  • marius.smit.98 - 2013-01-29 16:47

    That's at least 5000 homes lost for the poor but the votes will still keep coming in

  • nevergrowupgirl - 2013-01-29 16:53

    What about the hospital the government wants to close "due to lack of funds" ??? I know it is a different department, but for heaven's sake, why doesn't government step up to the plate in their own country first? Thera are flood victims in Limpopo, and aid workers are in Mozambique. Now they donate millions to foreign countries, when their own people are suffering. don't even get me going about e-tolls, potholes, lack of service, protesting every second day, no school books for kids, no running water or flushing toilets in townships, non-delivered RDP housing.... The list goes on, and on, and on, and on, and on................

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-01-29 16:55

    Nice. Give millions to Mali and let the hunger and homeless people of South Africa die and suffer! Shows u that the Government is not loyal to our citizens. Our country is suffering but hey what the hell as long as they vote ANC they can die and suffer without jobs , food or houses. And then the world blames the white South Africans by saying we are racists and still aparteit people. Let the rest of the world see what's going on is South Africa.

  • momoza.mjana - 2013-01-29 17:03

    Wow! Wow! Wow! Wow! Vry good am hppy impressed... Well done S.A... U hv done smthng positive nd they really need it... We cnnt watch them suffer as if we share no relationshp wth them...

  • dewalds3 - 2013-01-29 17:14

    Does anybody know if I can apply for refugee status in South Africa? I would like to give up my citizenship (out of embarassment for this government), but it will still leave me stranded inside the RSA without citizenship of any country..

  • stephan.butler.14 - 2013-01-29 17:16

    South Africa wants to curb violence in Mali but what about violence in South Africa? Are we not good enough to have a safe country? We got violence due to no basic services and jobs.

  • bev.armstrong.372 - 2013-01-29 17:24

    Words fail me!

  • amelia.basson - 2013-01-29 17:27

    We have the highest crime rate, highest rape rate, highest murder rate IN THE WORLD and Zumafia donates 90 million to curb violence in another country!!!? Has this government lost all its marbles?

  • Suthveer Sing - 2013-01-29 17:48

    Wow! which politician decided that he would not steal any money this Month so they could help Mali with some mali!

  • BulletProof. - 2013-01-29 18:24

    I could may be understood if they borrow the money, but donatio? Is this guy going senil, there is much misery on this country please voters wake up!!!!

  • sachasea - 2013-01-29 18:49

    Isn't it disgusting how quickly countries (SA obviously included) offer military aid, but are so poor at helping to give humanitarian aid for people without homes and food or those with illnesses? The world really sickens me to the bottom of my stomach sometimes!

  • amelia.basson - 2013-01-29 21:53

    R90m to ensure a win against Mali in the quarter finals ... sort of takes the fun out of it now and even makes the game seem dirty & tainted!

  • Sulette Behnke - 2013-01-30 07:42

    To all the kids sleeping outside, and fighting hunger and poverty, the man your mother voted for just gave another country 90 million rand. But you won't be able to read this because you can't read and have no access to news, because the man your father voted for,gave away 90 million rand. Now if you look at all the stupid decisions your parents made, incl having to many kids who ended up in the street, who will you vote for??