Zuma to attend nuclear summit

2012-03-22 13:10

Pretoria - President Jacob Zuma is to attend the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in the South Korean capital, Seoul, next week.

Briefing the media on Thursday, following Cabinet's fortnightly meeting two days ago, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said the president would be one of more than 53 heads of state at the event, to be held on March 26 and 27.

"The main purpose of the summit is to... focus on facilitating national measures and international co-operation on nuclear security," he said.

According to the summit's website, the main issues to be discussed in Seoul are: co-operative measures to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism; protection of nuclear materials and related facilities; and, prevention of illicit trafficking of nuclear materials.

Manyi said Zuma would travel to Delhi, India, after the summit to attend the fourth Brics [Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa] summit.

"The Brics summit will focus on global governance matters, which include the global economy and global peace and security.

"The summit will also focus on sustainable development matters, which include climate change."

He said South Africa would "take advantage" of the event to advance the so-called African agenda.

It would also "seek support from Brics partners for Nepad [New Partnership for Africa's Development] infrastructure development and industrialisation initiatives on the African continent, and advocate for reform of global governance institutions", Manyi said.

  • Koos - 2012-03-22 13:28

    Any of our deligation getting any solid uranium medals for some obscure achievement in Africa? I vote that Manyi gets a honorary one as well. Should be done ASAP... just before BRICS start governing the world (with an Afrcan agenda after they reformed global governance institutions) with their own brand of peace and security.

      Mike - 2012-03-22 14:11

      MMM, maybe someone should explain to him first that nuclear is not a new type of contact lences?

      Mattewis - 2012-03-22 14:47

      @Mike Or anti-HIV shower gel!

  • lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 13:29

    what a joke while s.a. are indirectly suplieng irahn with fighter hellicopters we atend sumits on nucluer security with the likes of russia and china lmfao! and against who do we need to protect ourselfs? irahn russia and china maybe?

      Koos - 2012-03-22 13:41

      Well someone has to buy the crap! We can't just give uranium and copters for free you know.

  • HiJack - 2012-03-22 13:38

    WTF does Zuma know about anything nuclear?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-03-22 14:13

      I wonder if he knows about the (canned) pebble bed module reactor project? No, he's actually just going so he can come back and ask his Ministers what happens to Koeberg's Nuclear waste.

      Juan - 2012-03-22 16:24

      How many jets will be escorting his showerhead?

      Vincent - 2012-03-23 16:19

      What does Zuma know about anything?

  • Dennis - 2012-03-22 13:51

    I am very glad to see we are sending our strongest representative to Seoul !!! He did very well in nuclear studies at Herdboy Primary School !!

  • Victor - 2012-03-22 13:53


      Adelé - 2012-03-22 14:26

      Can he count????

  • ivan.coetzee2 - 2012-03-22 13:58

    I hope he is NOT going too deliver any speeches of any sort, that could be rather embarrasing to SA.

  • Arp Liebenberg - 2012-03-22 14:01

    Een oog is koning!

  • Willie - 2012-03-22 14:03

    What is he going to do there ?

      lindz.kok - 2012-03-22 14:12

      waste our tax money... hope he chokes on bad sahki!

  • john.h.viljoen - 2012-03-22 14:15

    our wonderfull president spends more time abroad than in south africa,WTF!!!!!!!!!!

  • Carry - 2012-03-22 14:40

    With a standard 2 education ............. I can only hope his there for the free food - the second jet for his hordes of wives.

  • Derk - 2012-03-22 14:48

    With Zuma out the country South Africa is a better place

  • Mark - 2012-03-22 16:14

    They should all be alright as long as they don't let him touch anything

  • Kala - 2012-03-22 17:05

    Oh my. I wonder if the North Koreans are rubbing their hands in glee at the thought of all those Western Capatilist Pigs sitting together right next door. An accidental bump on a certain "red button" and boom! North Korea Strikes Back

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