Zuma to lead SA-EU delegation

2011-09-14 12:01

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma would lead a delegation at the South Africa-European Union Summit in the Kruger National Park, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Wednesday.

"The summit [on Thursday] will seek to build on the positive progress that has been made since the partnership was initiated," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

He said the primary objective would be to address issues of mutual interest, including key government priorities of health, education, rural development, job creation and combating crime.

Other items of discussion included the upcoming conference on climate change in Durban in November, and peace and security in Africa and the Middle East.

"The EU fully supports South Africa's commitment to the African Agenda, including the African Union and its socio-economic programme, the New Partnership for Africa's Development," Monyela said.

Zuma would be joined by International Relations and Co-operations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies and Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.

The EU delegation would be led by European Council president Herman van Rompuy and European Commission president José Manuel Barosso.

  • Die Baas - 2011-09-14 12:11

    Is he going to astound them with educated insight or baffle them with...?

      THE-SRG - 2011-09-14 12:24

      he should lead himself and malema off a cliff...will do the country allot more use

      Kleinjan - 2011-09-14 12:38

      The will first steal the cliff then break it then blame it on apartheid.

      John - 2011-09-14 12:52

      could'nt lead himself to the toilet

      Servaas - 2011-09-14 13:02

      Oh Pu-lease Zuma!! ZIP IT!! All you can do is lie, since you came in power you are combating crime, poverty, education (Which you lot dropped the standard, wonder if you purposely did this to keep your supporters uneducated, not that you are educated yourself).. All this same mambo-jambo was in your state of the nation speech. For once in your pathetic life act on what you say you will do because you do nothing and add nothing but worthless comment. Heck, cartoon network makes more sense than you ever will. USELESS IS NOT THE WORD!!

      Spyker May - 2011-09-14 13:08

      Will the ANC delegates sing 'Dubhula Ibhunu' instead of 'Die Stem'..?

      George - 2011-09-14 13:13

      The name Kruger Park is shameful to European non racists. In 2005, Netherlands removed a street named after Paul Kruger due to his racist views. Kruger Park should be renamed Mandela Park. Street names and towns named after racists are shameful and an attack on freedom loving people. Verwoerd, malan and all other apartheid criminals should never adorn our street names as much as we dont want struggle songs by malema.

      White_Rhino - 2011-09-14 13:13

      To subject a nation to a Draconian information bill; rush through the appointment of a chief justice without any alternative candidate; ignoring the directives of the public protector; to not deal with the seething anger of years of unfulfilled service-delivery promises; to have businesses, shops and property damaged and citizens assaulted during an attack on its own headquarters; to discipline Mr Malema for wanting to send a delegation to assist with the toppling of an elected government in Botswana, yet permitting a Cosatu delegation to go to Swaziland to do precisely the same while supplying the Swazi authorities with more than R2bn of our taxpayers’ money to prop it up, must rank as some of the most bizarre behaviour of any modern time by a "responsible" government. The corruption, patronage and criminality is epic in proportion. This is what happens when those in leadership fiddle while Rome burns. How the lofty ANC has fallen from its heyday under Nelson Mandela and Oliver Tambo to what it is today. The nation desperately needs leadership with integrity, direction with hope, a future of unity in purpose, respect for the rights of all its people, stimulation of local and international investment for job creation and most of all a dream to believe in once again. Adv J Berdou Sandton

      Servaas - 2011-09-14 13:16

      @George: Listen buddy, why don't we just rename the whole damn SA to Mandela Country, need I remind you he orchestrated the church street bombings so in my books he is nothing better than the lot you just named.

      Vullis - 2011-09-14 13:43

      ha ha ha ha ha It is I Ven-ee-cular. ha ha ha ha ha i am going to bite you!

      Anton - 2011-09-14 13:54

      Besides that our foreign policies re Africa, is a total disaster, this government under Zuma, is doing a pretty good job. We have stability, our fiscal policies are sound, our economy is doing ok, major issues like crime and the fight against HIV are getting more attention than ever. Unfortunately we have the same major problem, like just about any country in the world; unemployment, but we got good people at the top, to try to lessen this. Well done Mr Zuma !!!

      cliffarc - 2011-09-14 14:51

      The use of the word's Zuma and lead in a sentence is simply not possible.

  • beicime - 2011-09-14 12:14

    These meetings are incompatible with the ANCYL and certain statements from ANC people. It's time the ANC decides what kind of political and economic ideology it defends for the good of the South African people. Being a party with potentially members from the left to the right of the ideologies spectrum does not make it a political party and its "crumbling" is in the horison.

      Francois - 2011-09-14 12:29

      Pres Zuma, please don't discuss African problems with the EU or ask for money. We need African solutions for African problems.

  • Vela Stardust - 2011-09-14 12:14

    Will Zuma dance and sing I wonder? He can't do anything else.

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-14 13:53

      Oh HELL... I feel for the AUDIENCE that have to sit thru those 3 word sentences that Zuma struggles with.... for like 2 hours at a time!!! Load your iPad's with games.... at least you will have entertainment!

  • daaivark - 2011-09-14 12:15

    Hmmm. Is this because he is so amazingly decisive, do you think?

      Ozymandios - 2011-09-14 12:37

      He can shower pretty well.

      George - 2011-09-14 13:32

      On the issue of a shower, why do doctors advice us to wash our hands? Would you not wash yourself after having had a contact with contaminated blood? Zuma did the right thing by washing himself after having had fluid contact with a contaminated person. Even doctors wash their hands after operations or treating patients despite the fact that they wear gloves. By the way, Zuma is still negative, washing yourself is a good advice as per the doctors and that is why Zuma is still fresh.

      Amsterdammer - 2011-09-14 13:54

      Zuma is also known as the IDIOT... where as you, George, are known as a DO OS!

      daaivark - 2011-09-14 14:28

      Very fresh, George. But I think you miss the point here. The "showering" when initially emerging, was in the absence of using a condom. I think most people with some clue know that washing has advantages, but as a substitute for practicing safe-sex with a condom..... well it doesn't require much thought to come to a conclusion. Not so.

  • Koos Poggenpoel - 2011-09-14 12:15

    Quick one - does this man spend 2 days a year at his posh offices....he is always travelling at our expense. This is BS

      Jon JJ - 2011-09-14 13:12

      Perhaps he can show them the location in the Game Reserve where he would be staying now if it wasn't for the arrival of the "settler". I'm sure they would find it very interesting to know where his kraal would be today in his natural environment. He may also wish to show them the country his people were living in before the settler got here and where the borders were - you know, the one that the settler apparently "stole"...

  • AntiRacist - 2011-09-14 12:16

    Zuma lead???????????????????????

  • d2eguy - 2011-09-14 12:19

    zuma cant lead himself to the toilet so how will he lead a SA-EU DELEGATION

      Francois - 2011-09-14 12:31

      Small Zuma leads him to the shower, so what is the point?

  • bill - 2011-09-14 12:21

    too much to hope that he gets caught by a lion?

      Francois - 2011-09-14 16:24

      Come on, you must take the lion into account.

  • ZeDon - 2011-09-14 12:25

    Correction to the first paragraph: "Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma would lead a delegation TO THE BUFFET TABLE at the South Africa-European Union Summit in the Kruger National Park, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Wednesday."

  • Serias - 2011-09-14 12:38

    OMG...I am so embarrassed that this man represents South Africa. Please EU representatives, try not to burst out laughing and choke on your food when this man speaks. And dont bring your wives and daughters along!

  • scipio - 2011-09-14 12:53

    This moron will be a laughing stock as usual. When hes with leaders from europe or america he looks so out of his depth. Then again he does have the i q of a cucumber and the charm of an unflushed toilet!

  • Jon JJ - 2011-09-14 12:53

    Ahh another oppurtunity to beg nd extort money from the west....

  • RobertKay - 2011-09-14 13:16

    And once again we, the tax payers, have to fork out a lot of money for this. Why can't they meet in a conference centre, many of which can be found in this country? When funds are required for necessary things, the answer is always:"Eish - no money!" But the so called V.I.P. (Very Important P#icks) must have 7 star luxury for their discussions. Sickening.

  • RainbowZombi - 2011-09-14 13:26

    Mr,JZ Could you ask the EU, who want some whites, as the statistical ratio of AA is not moving forward and you are going to have to tighten the laws on AA, but their assistance in this matter could help you create more work and moving the African Agenda forward, Total African Dominance. As they are responsible for leaving us here in Africa after colonialisation was ended. Due to AA and BEE we cant afford our own tickets and we demand free hand outs, we are currently disadvantaged.

  • Ingie - 2011-09-14 14:28

    including key government priorities of health, education, rural development, job creation and combating crime..what utter cr@p..these are promises never to happen..maybe he needs to ask Gordhan why he gave Swaziland R2Billion ...why was one not enough

  • Ingie - 2011-09-14 14:29

    And who is paying for them to stay and me again!!

  • Sammy - 2011-09-14 16:11

    Another expensive talk shop

  • christo.vickers - 2011-09-14 18:07

    Keep the idiots out of the park, or better feed them to the lions

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