Align SA foreign policy with world: ANC

2012-03-20 14:22

Johannesburg - South Africa needs to make sure its foreign policy is in line with the world, according to the ANC's draft policy discussion document on international relations.

"The ANC does not believe South Africa can live in isolation... [the] outside world has an impact on South Africa," the party's international relations sub-committee member Lindiwe Zulu told reporters in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

"What can we do to make sure [South African] international relations has a positive impact on the world?"

The African National Congress was discussing its policy discussion documents with the media.

Zulu said an important issue covered in the policy discussion document was a balance of forces.

"There is a scramble for African resources. We need to ensure the resources are a benefit to African people," she said.

According to the document, Africa was increasingly mortgaging its economic future prospects to meet and feed the high consumption patterns in Asia and the West.

African Renaissance is alive

"Africa's mineral and marine resources, oil and agricultural land are particularly targeted in these neo-imperialist economic relations," the ANC said.

Zulu said there had to be a strengthening of institutions and leadership within Africa.

"We need to be realistic about our own needs.... The African Renaissance is alive."

There needed to be continental and international solidarity.

"It is important for the ANC to support such people," she said.

The ANC acknowledged South Africa was not an island, and that it coexisted with troubled countries such as Libya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, the Ivory Coast, Somalia, and Madagascar.

"We can't prosper when countries around it are collapsing," said Zulu.

The ANC also talked about re-energising Africa. Economic diplomacy was also an important issue. There was a need to build connections between international relations and domestic interests.

"It's one thing to be talking politics... at the end of the day people need jobs and food on the table," said Zulu. "We need to attract investment into South Africa."

Zulu said the ANC discussion document called for the transformation of international institutions such as the G20 and the United Nations.

  • lovenergy - 2012-03-20 14:44

    But you (ANC) are the ones selling us out to your lover China...

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:55

      in your wisdom,who should SA fraternize with US,UK?

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:32

      "The African Renaissance is alive".. mmmmm I thought I saw it in the street the other day giving its last kicks after a chinaman drove over it. Yeah they are well know for their human rights. Almost as well as Africa. Lekker my China.

  • Penny - 2012-03-20 14:46

    LOL! Does this mean the ANC will break off relations with Communist China? Or other regime countries who oppress their people, like Zimbabwe?

      John - 2012-03-20 14:52

      Yeah.... What about the submarines that has been bought to protect South Africa from George Bush. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was so confident in that statement. Probably they been sold to Iran also.

      dipolelo.mokgahla - 2012-03-20 15:33

      pennywise china is not a communist country rather a capitalist country

      Robin - 2012-03-20 17:13

      @dipolelo : I bet you one Range Rover Sport and 5 tenders that the ruling party of China, the Communist Party of China say otherwise...

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:48

      China is a communist dictatorship,atleast they pay for our resources unlike whats their face who simply bomb their way to our resources

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:41

      @Hugo: Honestly I don't know why not. A few bombs and Africa is theirs. It's not like they need Africans or anyone. I don't think the world would miss Africa's indigenous populations and it is not like we could repel them even if we did want to. Compared to what they would do with Afrika... Afrika would probably be better off with China as master.

  • Penny - 2012-03-20 14:46

    Who's running this circus anyway?

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:49

      Brian Boswell,assisted by you.

  • Annelise - 2012-03-20 14:48

    Our minister is very confusing in what she is saying! We always stand with all the rogues in the world, like Mugabe and Chavez. You, our dear government has made us unpopular with the West and now want to change that on your terms. The West with all the money is not that stupid, and neither are we.

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:50

      which minster are you referring to? anyway its impossible for the ANC to align its policy with the rest of the world.

      Annelise - 2012-03-20 18:33

      @Hugo (Chavez). You really are a dumb ass.

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 18:52


  • Burtfred - 2012-03-20 14:54

    "The African Renaissance is alive." How can you have a renaissance if you've never had a naissance?

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:51

      thought provoking

  • Nosiphom - 2012-03-20 14:59

    Your foreign policy is incoherent. You vote for a resolution to enforce a no fly zone in Libya and then suddenly turn around. Even after the dictator was very dead you continued not the recognise the new government, only to change later when there was no alternative. You supported Gbagbo until he was taken out by the french. You are on the side of Russia and China (and not the world) when it comes to the massacres in Syria. You support Mugabe and the Sudanese madman against the whole world.

  • NotBlackEnough - 2012-03-20 15:00

    Dear SA Govt and International Relations Ministry, So does this mean that the DALAI LAMA will be issued a VISA to visit SA? So does this mean that the SA Govt Representative in the UN Security Council will vote in favour of Pressure to the BURMA Military Junta? So does this mean that the SA Govt will support the Liberation of the Peoples of Syria? So does this mean that the SA Govt will FREEZE the CORRUPT FUNDS and PROPERTIES of the ZIM Govt Thugs in SA? So does this mean that the SA Govt will condemn ALL the Corrupt and Unscrupulous African Dictators and the looted Billions all over Europe? So does this mean that the SA Govt will accept that the ongoing saga of the Information Bill is Contrary to the SA Constitution & it's people? You see, to behave in a way & align SA Foreign Policy to the World, the SA Govt has to GROW UP, WAKE UP and CLEAN UP it's own house. I Rest My Case.

      Simon Motloutsi - 2012-03-20 16:53

      Its true ANC must clean their house first before it can be aligned with the world!

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:52

      it will never be aligned with the world,Lindiwe is just mad.So are those who really think this is possible.

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  • Doug - 2012-03-20 15:55

    ANC must get out of bed with China, Russia, Libiya, Zimbabwe etc first......

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:52


      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:42

      @Hugo: Squirrel AIDS! Nasty stuff!

  • Rob - 2012-03-20 16:11

    " We can't prosper when countries around it are collapsing," said Zulu. You tell that to the fat-cats in the Govt heirachy. These " leaders " certainly have prospered @ the expense of many. Sigh !

  • Peter - 2012-03-20 16:12

    17 years to get this thought into a draft discussion document? Eish!

  • goldwright - 2012-03-20 16:51

    So, for example, "We can't prosper when countries around it are collapsing," does that mean the ANC will tell Mugabe in no uncertain terms to step down, and stop being a tyrannical dictator because it's been under Mugabe's rule that Zimbabwe has collapsed. Between SA & Zim, how can there be an African renaissance, when SA has done practically nothing about Zim (Mugabe) except meaningless "quiet diplomacy" with the attitude that Zim's opposing factions (Zanu & MDC) must sort their own problems out, which has really meant that Zanu has just about totally oppressed the rest of the country. African renaissance my foot. Another example, "According to the document, Africa was increasingly mortgaging its economic future prospects to meet and feed the high consumption patterns in Asia and the West." Harare has plenty of new Chinese restaurants - don't let anyone kid you that this is because the Zim people have developed a taste in Chinese cuisine in the last couple of for Zimbabwe's Marange (blood) diamond fields, apparently the Chinese are also "helping out" there. What about the Chinese in South Africa? Have the influx of cheap chines imports not lead to the collapse of certain local industries, the textile inustry being the first that comes to mind? It's a bit too late for the ANC to be bemoaning such things, - Zimbabwe has collapsed and the Chinese are here. More like the ANC admitting to their mistakes without realising it.

  • Geoff - 2012-03-20 17:31

    Very good comment Lindiwe..." at the end of the day people need jobs and food on the table"...."We need to attract investment into South Africa". I am afraid this government is not going about this the right way! The current direction is not giving me much optimism!

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 17:54

      The CIA World Factbook says: "South African economic policy is fiscally conservative, but pragmatic, focusing on targeting inflation and liberalising trade as means to increase job growth and household income.

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:44

      "CIA World Factbook" is by european standards but this is Africa.

  • Bob - 2012-03-20 18:45

    Go onto EBay and try and buy something from a Chinese seller….! You will get a constant “We Don’t Ship To South Africa” notice. Even the average Chinese online trader does not want to do business with us!

      Hugo - 2012-03-20 18:53

      why are they investing 60billion

      Koos - 2012-03-20 19:46

      @Hugo: Fishing concessions, production facility ownerships and minerals. Also SA is used as a dumping site for old technologies and cheep imports. All bad news for South Africa I might add.

  • Howard Butcher - 2012-03-21 21:14

    The ANC has brought us to the brink of being labeled a pariah state among nations. What with Mbeki's behavior over Zim and Zuma's actions to rescue Gaddafi, are these guys delusional? Desperate utterances by a desperate organization. The sooner this collapses and an organization with some integrity rises out of the ashes the better.

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