SA, Burundi to work at alleviating poverty

2011-08-12 15:38

Johannesburg - South Africa and Burundi have signed agreements to co-operate in agriculture, sports and recreation, economic co-operation and defence, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

"We want to see visible action from this state visit. The memorandum of understanding on economic co-operation concluded during this visit will surely unlock the economic potential between the two countries," Zuma told a South Africa-Burundi business forum in Bujumbura, Burundi.

Zuma arrived in the central African country - where he was very involved in negotiating a ceasefire deal to help end the civil war which raged from 1993 to 2006 -- on Wednesday.

"We enter day two of the visit confident that the two countries will go far in the process of cementing relations that were forged in the trenches of working together for peace and stability in Burundi," Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery.

He said the countries had agreed to co-operate on alleviating poverty through emphasising trade and investment.

"Our departments responsible for trade and industry have been directed to prepare a programme of action that will outline how the two countries will work together to boost investments and increase volumes of trade between the two countries."

Zuma said there were various possible areas of co-operation including tourism, energy, infrastructure development, financial services and transport.

"We will also work together to promote skills development and research through the envisaged partnerships in higher education and training and we have signed an agreement in this regard," he said.

South Africa would deliver 3 000 soccer balls to Burundi youth as a start to co-operating in sports.

"Such engagement at an informal level will surely further cement the good relations between the two countries."

Zuma said the progress made in a short time to develop Bujumbura was inspiring.

"We are moved generally by the atmosphere of achievement and of hard work. Everybody wants to do something to boost development in their country, and this augurs well for the future," he added.

  • Grant - 2011-08-12 15:56

    How about maybe delivering 3000 books to some of the poorest SA primary schools - these books would do SA a hell of lot more good (in the country that pays your wages) than some footballs to yet another African begging bowl. Or are you maybe waiting for your 'gift' of cattle like malema got from magabe?

      Marcell - 2011-08-12 16:23

      He is looking for another woman.

      angebizi@GOOGLE.CA - 2011-08-12 19:56

      Do't talk Bullsheet here men- the country which will benefit more is South Africa. When there was peace talks and the south Africans soldiers came to Burundi, they were getting paid in thousands of dollars- who benefited? Your south African counterparts! So don't complain over just 3000 Balls given to Burundi because this is nothing compare dto the foreign currencies that you people are taking out of our country! I think africans should learn to copperate and help one another. So do not be jeoulous. Your presesident is only doing the right thing, nothing wrong. In the end both the countrue may benefit

      Henk - 2011-08-13 07:42

      Zuma is again playing Harlequin, kicking the ball(s) into the coart of the Communists to take over the country. It will never be 3000 books because then the masses will start to see that ANC's Ubuntu is just another word for Socialism!

  • POLLENYS - 2011-08-12 16:11

    3000 soccer balls? For very hungry children to play with? But hey, African solutions for African problems. (That's why there is no end to the problems.)

  • avanhuyssteen72 - 2011-08-12 16:14

    Grant I agree. And maybe if the ANCYL stop killing our farmers, our agriculture will be sufficient to feed our nation and enough to export and benefit from the foreign currency these exports will generate to the South African people.

  • Marcell - 2011-08-12 16:22

    I would suggest that Eksdom send some electricity too as we have more than enough.

  • WhiteMalema - 2011-08-12 16:28

    Why don’t you just cement your balls to your forehead, mr Zuma, whilst cementing all these relations amongst nations. The last cement job you did well, or was it a semen job, was when you raped Fezeka Kuzwayo (apparently with her consent) and showered her aids off yourself.

  • Newsferret - 2011-08-12 16:29

    Joke of the week is what I call this. Zuma is probably unawares of the crisis in our own education system (if we have that), he apparently has no idea of the existing poverty in South Africa as his blue eyes (include Malema) live in luxury, and for trade we (the private sector) can import coffee beans and pay for it, but can Burundi import from here and pay for it? This was nothing other than an self-image promotion exercise with an eye on the ANC big makietie 2012.

  • Snowbuddy - 2011-08-12 16:33

    Oh my word ... when is the focus ever going to be on rebuilding our own damned country? More worried about what other countries will think than helping it's own people!

      Marcell - 2011-08-12 16:51

      He wants to make sure he can go and stay there when the sheep turn on their herders.

  • SpetsnazLaz - 2011-08-12 16:50

    Now what do you expect from a complete moron as president....

  • sipholess - 2011-08-12 17:17

    South Africa is a HUGE BLACK HOLE. Nuc the whole country now and Zim also for good measure.

  • letsee - 2011-08-12 18:07

    Showoff, big words, TV exposure and nothing will come out of it but no one will know it

  • maseratifitt - 2011-08-12 18:48

    Mr. Zuma speaks with authority. His family implemented a very successful poverty alleviation program for the mine workers at Aurora. And you won't find a single shack in the whole of S.A.

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-12 19:02

    Mr Pres, it would be nice if you can join the "Homecoming Campaign" and come home!

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