SA intervenes in Sahel region

2012-03-21 22:12

Johannesburg - South Africa would give humanitarian assistance to four core countries of the Sahel region, the department of international relations and co-operation said on Wednesday.

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane made the announcement during the ministerial meeting of the Peace and Security Council of the African Union which took place in Bamako, Mali, on Tuesday.

Nkoana-Mashabane said the four core Sahelian states - Mali, Niger, Mauritania and Chad - approached the South African government for assistance at a bilateral level.

"South Africa has taken heed of the call made by the four core Sahelian countries because of the humanitarian crisis currently confronting this region," department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said in the statement.

The countries also stipulated the areas where they required assistance and immediate humanitarian relief.

He said the council expressed its concern over the humanitarian crisis currently facing countries in the Sahel region as a result of environmental degradation, climate change and food insecurity.

The council called for a more comprehensive and better co-ordinated approach in addressing the situation in the Sahel region in order to assist the countries in implementing national and regional strategies to mitigate the impact of the humanitarian crisis.

As a short-term measure, emergency food and nutritional aid would be directly delivered to these countries as a matter of urgency, Monyela said.

"South Africa is also working out a framework of implementation of further assistance in the medium term."

  • Grootrot - 2012-03-21 22:48

    Firstly let us hope that SA can give a non Mbeki solution to this problem, but a real humanitarian one. Ie one that leads to alleviating the pain of these people and do not cause further rape and murder like Mbeki's buddies Bob and Gbagbo did. Secondly to the people of the Sahel region, our hearts are with you. Thirdly, may the South African government learn what the results of food insecurity really are and come back and rethink their stance on agriculture. Fourthly, if Zuma is to visit later on, can you please inform him of which hotels have nice showers and how much taxi money is over there?

  • Koos - 2012-03-22 00:05

    Send them seed and condoms.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-03-22 01:51

    charity begins at home - we have plenty of starving people right here.

  • Adam - 2012-03-22 05:37

    Did they kill their boers??

  • Victor - 2012-03-22 07:11

    We have lots of poor people in our own country ??????? The only assistance we can give to the rest of africa is vasectomys.

      Gert - 2012-03-22 08:09

      SA is so riddled with corruption that one can't be blamed to see this new career (corruptioneering) behind every bush. This seems to be another method devised by someone up there to channel money to 'friends' for favours and maybe making a few cents disappear into their own pockets. We can't stop this but maybe the poor people of SA will react if they see 'THEIR'money being handed out to other. Malema's speeches and his own creative history should be replaced with words "We must take back the money the anc has stolen from us" The anc will create their own downfall.

  • Al-ameen - 2012-03-22 07:20

    Great. SA always supported the people of Sahrawi struggle for independence. Morroco should be ashamed for occupying the people of Sahrawi for so long.

  • Africa21stcentury - 2012-03-22 07:41

    Great !! Let's show the world that we DO care about the people of Africa, and not just have to rely on Western aid !!!1

      Gert - 2012-03-22 10:03


      johnnymacza - 2012-03-22 14:59

      maybe our government should rather be concerned about addressing their own people's plight our crime rate is way out of line. rather use that money to do their own people justice

  • jimmy.conroy1 - 2012-03-22 07:56

    I wonder to what extent the decision to send aid is motivated by South Africa's desire to chair the AU?

  • Mathys Jakkie Theart - 2012-03-22 08:59

    how about some humanitarian aid in the townships of SA. You know, that country that zuma visits every 3weeks.

  • Mona Roux - 2012-03-22 09:38

    My God given common sense tells me to lead by example, why can our government not do the same?

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