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SA peeved over UK aid cut

2013-04-30 20:24

Pretoria - The United Kingdom's decision to end direct aid to South Africa should have been communicated through official diplomatic channels, the international relations department said on Tuesday.

Cutting developmental aid would have far-reaching implications on projects currently running in South Africa, spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

"This is tantamount to redefining our relationship. Ordinarily the UK government should have informed the South African government through official diplomatic channels of their intentions," he said.

UK authorities announced on Tuesday that direct aid to South Africa would end by 2015.

International media reports indicated London wanted a relationship with Pretoria based on trade, rather than aid.

Monyela said consultation on the modalities of the aid cut would have led to an agreement between the two countries.

"We have an SA-UK bilateral forum which is scheduled this year and the review of the SA-UK strategy, which includes the ODA [official development aid] would take place there. Decisions about how to move forward were expected to be discussed in that forum," he said.

"This unilateral announcement will affect our bilateral relations."

He said the issue would still be discussed at the bilateral forum.

Comments
  • dylan1972 - 2013-04-30 20:31

    SA trade what? Ganja and rhino horn with the UK?

      Richard Scully - 2013-04-30 20:46

      That sounds like an ANC comment. The ANC say SA doesn't need the west and the west should watch out. Well the West did watch out. Just carry on supporting Mugabe and this is what happens

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 21:08

      Richard.....Google the following if you have time. UK SUSPENDS ZIM SANCTIONS. Why would they do that, with Mugabe still there? Just a random question.

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 21:19

      En Ginner - what is there to sanction exactly in Zim?

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 21:32

      Is that a serious question? How were sactions placed in the 1st place if there was nothing to sanction?

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 21:49

      En Gineer - you clutching at straws, there were specific sanctions against PEOPLE and half a dozen business', go find it on google as you seem to condescendly point out. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-21928152 They were mainly travel sanctions, does not mean the whole country had sanctions. Mugabe doesn't travel much - and the government making voting more transparent - so enough to lift.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-04-30 22:10

      When I heard my 18 year-old was splashing money on expensive clothing and buying drinks for everyone I cut off my allowance and boy, did he b**ch about it but I told him mum and I have made the decision and .....go get a job! South Africa's a big boy now and doesn't need UK's aid. There are needier countries out there. India got the same treatment not very long ago and they too threw their toys out the cot. In any case, Britain's not a rich country any more and they need the money too. If SA's got enough money to give to Zim and the Swazi's and it's a big player in BRICS why does it need a begging bowl. Yea, SA can moan about how they learned about the cut but ..... tough!

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-04-30 22:16

      @Dylan: SA trade what? Is that a serious question? I guess there's so much "made in China" stuff around that you don't see the SA stuff in UK shops or the stuff with the Union Jack in SA shops. Ganja and rhino horn?? Tch tch!

      Sheda - 2013-04-30 22:36

      IF YOU GIVING TO zim THEN OBVIOUSLY YOU DON'T NEED AID. Why cry just ask your CHINESE friends for aid.

      Christiaan Rudolph Potgieter - 2013-04-30 22:51

      Trade is job creation and has long term benifits, Aid is for the lazy just to continue sitting back and waiting for more. Thanks UK for thinmking for us. Our government are either so stupid or corrupt.

      jungleboy - 2013-05-01 02:31

      I guess the sour grapes are going to stay in Cape Town.

      carpejugulim - 2013-05-01 06:50

      If the SA govt can potentially lend Zimbabwe R900 million to hold their elections then the SA govt has no need for financial aid from the UK or any other country.

      Paddy Carolan - 2013-05-01 07:59

      Don't forget the over-filled wallet of UK money that they gave to the fat tin pot king of Swaziland.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-01 10:50

      Dylan1972. Ask the farmers where most of their produce go to.

      Bullet Proof - 2013-05-01 11:02

      Loss of income for the anc crooks and gangsters that's what the government is complaining about. It's the anc own doing

      DamnTheMan - 2013-05-01 12:59

      @En Gineer "Ask the farmers in the western cape where they export their best fruit to, for example. " Stupid comment ... Do we really need to export more food to cover the loss of AID, which should be going to help the hungry anyway ... And we have a skills shortage ...

      Joao Katinga - 2013-05-01 14:38

      I agree with UK - Locals are peeved because they cannot get their hands on this money for fraudulent private gain

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-05-01 20:34

      well the UK would give SA money who would then give the money to Zim. I'm happy they gave the ANC the finger

  • Kolobe Kolobenyana - 2013-04-30 20:31

    we dont deserve aid...and that amount is as much as the nkandla resort

      John Bollie - 2013-04-30 20:48

      Well said!

      Bayete Nkosi - 2013-04-30 21:19

      Fact is, We are receiving aid. when it is stopped, we are angry and want to consult in order to reach an agreement.... That is rich! So if handouts stop you need to work(trade)in order to receive money you are unhappy, it will 'affect' relationships! luckily I dont have to 'consult' with every beggar on every street corner if I give today and nothing tomorrow! Or is the main issue that there will be less money for service delivery to go around and the trough where all the piggies gorge themselves is going to be a little bit less full?

      Ghelibhabi - 2013-04-30 21:44

      Well said indeed, and to all you who have posted assumed UK thoughts on this, you are 100% correct, I haved lived in SA and have arrived back here to find hunger and homelessness on a scale like ive never imagined in this country, so aid to SA, i agree must stop immediately. I have personally witnessed the waste of aid and the greed. This money was never helping those who need it. The larger protion was being ripped off under threat of not being allowed to help the poor unless the leaders got their fat share. Enough is enough. Trade not aid. Also the UK has agreed to continue withthe current projects until completion, they have funding until 2015.

      Org Potgieter - 2013-04-30 21:46

      Kolobe, I salute your way of thinking. You give me hope.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-04-30 22:24

      Ghelibhabi: hunger like you've never imagined in SA? Where have you lived before? Sandton? There's always been hunger in SA. Things are better now - not like before. SA does not need the money any more and Britain should feed its own hungry or give the needier. If SA doesn't like it then it should take it up with the UN security council, me thinks!

      Michael Savage - 2013-05-01 06:05

      @anthony michael, oh give it a rest with the corrupt apartheid government. If you can prove that they looted R30bn per year as is occurring currently in SA then you can make a statement like that. Please bring facts to the table. Now even if you could present such facts, I will eat my hat if you can, does this condone the fact that our state coffers are being looted on a epic scale.

      Ghelibhabi - 2013-05-01 09:27

      Mlungisi, my apologies, Im back in UK now, I was refering to the UK regarding hunger and homelessness.

      Mlungisi Botha - 2013-05-01 09:44

      Very very admirable response Ghelibhabi you're a great example to a whole bunch of us hardnuts in the social media. You're the man!!

  • Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 20:32

    I think the main reason is the UK won't support a corrupt government.....

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 20:39

      But they don't mind trading with a corrupt government? Would love to hear your reasoning on that.

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 20:40

      But they don't mind trading with a corrupt government? Would love to hear your reasoning on that.

      Andrew M - 2013-04-30 21:07

      En Gineer, Supporting a corrupt government means dealing directly with them, whereas trading with a country is done through companies who produce or manufacture the goods. The involvement of government is minimal as negotiations are done direct and payment made direct to the party involved. To my mind a vast difference in trade and that of aid.

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 21:16

      @En Gineer - I guess you win and I lose. You do know the difference between Aid transactions and Trade transactions? Surely? Thanks Andrew, you nailed it, could not have said it better.

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 21:24

      I'm sorry Andrew but that makes no sense at all. Back in apartheid when South Africa was under an arms embargo, was it not the UK government telling UK companies not to sell arms to SA?. The government has the final say. Either way British pounds will find their way into SA. British pounds which pass through the British system before they find their way to us. If you say aid is suspended because we are corrupt, then cancel trade before we can prove we've cleaned up our act. Otherwise that statement is just fishing.

      Bayete Nkosi - 2013-04-30 21:29

      I think our government is getting a lesson in "Apply mind before opening mouth" They had enough of hearing about the repressive "colonialists" the unjust "capitalist" system etc. And all that while our government is standing begging for the "capitalist" money. That can disappear in the billions through the corruption cracks! I wonder what made the 'colonialists" change their minds?

      Werner Nel - 2013-04-30 21:31

      big difference between aid and trade embargoes en gineer.

      kimster - 2013-04-30 21:38

      nkandla made headlines in the UK and the british taxpayers were outraged about the misuse of their money

      Adrien McGuire - 2013-04-30 21:45

      Last years handout to SA was the equivalent to what Zuma spent on Nklanda. I would suppose that what they are saying is that they are tired of the government expecting aid but then wasting precious funds on building palaces for a despot. If money is blatantly wasted by aid receiving counties, giving them more is just funding the wastage ! The chickens are coming home to roost !

      Franklyn Davies - 2013-04-30 21:47

      kimster,a salient point for sure...well put.

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 22:04

      Jamba - Granted, but those MP's are going to jail for it. This from leonard bloch above is too true: To put things in perspective. The New york stock exchange , per day , trades more in value than the entire combined wealth of every entity in South africa. Ditto for the English bourse. Now , based on this bit of nebulous information ,I ask you , where do the goons that are ruining this country get off by even making comment about what the British can or can`t do with THEIR citizens money? The worst outrage for which an MP was fired ,was for having built a duckhouse at his private home using public funds. Here on the other hand ,a lame duck president built a home for himself , using public funds with absolutely no repercussions. Go figure ? Britain is correct , no more handouts , at least not to the corrupt bunch we currently have ruining the country. And so endeth the lesson for today.

      Rory Neil Price - 2013-04-30 22:15

      Sorry Chibuli, spell check somehow does not like your name

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 22:19

      En Gineer - It doesnt make sense because you dont understand what Andrew is saying. Why are you suddenly talking about arms? When Andrew is clearly talking about "companies who produce or manufacture the goods." Believe it or not, I can produce an orange and export it to Joe in the UK, and that has nothing to do with governemnt AID transaction. But, for the second time, and stop you going off on a complete tangent, aid is getting stolen and they stopping it, is there anything you don't understand about that????

      En Gineer - 2013-04-30 22:57

      Gestoffle.....what don't you understand about what I'm saying? Do you think you can sell oranges in bulk to a private company in UK without the UK government giving approval or knowing about it? Please try it out and get back to us regarding the outcome. So if the claim is made that they are cutting our aid because we are corrupt, then its just as easy for them to cut trade with us because we're corrupt. That's exactly what sanctions are, we aren't trading with you until you clean up your act.

      Ronald - 2013-04-30 23:26

      Just to throw a spanner in the works, En Gineer, how does R250 odd Million feature against the R24 Billion our government misplaced last year and the further R600-R800 Billion from 1994 to 2010 as estimated by the SA government themselves. This argument comparing fruit, which is a foodstuff and unregulated except for quality control and such like, against weapons, sales of which are internationally monitored and controlled by means of end user certificates(the same as nuclear materials and equipment), is totally stupid. I export medically related goods to more than 30 countries and the red tape is minimal when I comply with NICE certification, which is a European standard, not a sanction or embargo.

      JamesMWood - 2013-05-01 00:17

      @en gineer or apparently not one! I'll break it down for you real easy like! Imports and exports have very little to do with government unless there is santioned policy in place restricting said trade! Trade embargos are when the country in question places sanctions on another, this however does not prevent private companies from doing business its just the governments way of saying we don't really want you to but we'll still accept the tax!

      Victor van der Walt - 2013-05-01 07:14

      You are so right the world is staring to notice, that this is a corrupt criminal government.

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-05-01 09:03

      @James - I am not sure how this chap thinks. You better off explaining to a wall. Please don't fall into the trap that i did; explaining 4 times with no result........

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-01 10:56

      Gestoffle Van Eerden Vark. I have said it already. ALL Europeans are changing their aid schemes next year. Great Britain being part of the European Union is just quicker in announcing their plans now already.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-01 10:57

      En Gineer, Britain never called this government corrupt. Where on earth do you get these ideas from?.

      Ryan Alexander Smith - 2013-05-01 20:47

      Ed did you get past primary school ??? If SA is squandering (or politicians stealing) UK government aid then the UK would then no longer give the aid I would imagine. IF THATS THE REASON BEHIND THE SCENES. but if that were true the UK government would still never bar private companies doing business with the SA government or SA private companies. that would be illogical. its shocking you dont see the difference.

  • Rammutlamojelamabokela Kp Mashishi - 2013-04-30 20:33

    gud move!afta all their aid ws nt gtting to where it shud!E Cape mud schools,nt Nkandla et al!shame on us!

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:40

      Your name has an abundance of vowels, yet you neglect to put them into your own words...such a travesty

      Andrew Crawford - 2013-04-30 21:46

      Correct grammar does not have any relevance when this guy is showing the right sentiment!

      Michael Savage - 2013-05-01 06:16

      Agreed Andrew, listen to the message and stop nitpicking guys.

  • Rob Martin - 2013-04-30 20:35

    No more hand outs ..... about time.

  • Xola Ralarala - 2013-04-30 20:36

    Damn how will we finish building Mr Jacob Zumas house now ??? No this is wrong ,Julius Malema wuld hv screamed ''racist''

      Tersia Louw - 2013-04-30 22:35

      Ag, Malema screamed about everything.

  • foxiloxi - 2013-04-30 20:37

    This was cut as a direct result of Jacobs Nkandla, there was an uproar in the UK as to why they were giving us money while he could build a R200ml house !! Txs JZ!!

      Celia Coates - 2013-04-30 21:12

      And most probably because we are giving lots of money to Zimbabwe lately. If we can inject money into a Mugabe regime, and write off loans to other countries, we most definately do not need money from the UK.

  • PaulBothma - 2013-04-30 20:38

    This should happened in 1994, then the ANC would not have the resources to steal from. Kry vir julle.....Thank you UK for stopping this.......

      Michelle Tinx Opperman - 2013-04-30 20:44

      This is just a racist comment.

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-04-30 21:07

      @johnson.smith1234 stupid comment... had the country not changed there would not have been a future for any of us. There are many people of other races, including white, that contribute to corruption and crime in this country... I see you have not included them in your comment! I dont see what sense there is to make such useless comments... they don't have any purpose and aren't constructive.

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-30 21:17

      @johnson.smith1234 - the entire planet could be seen as 'much better' in 1994 compared to today. You still seem to be living there. I've already pointed out in another post to you that this 'white rule' you yearn for is well ignorant. There are 5 million whites in a population of 51 million. Find a new way to cope or go play with your namesake

      Gestoffle Van Eerden-Vark - 2013-04-30 21:25

      Johnson, my man, in the new SA, we have to just think it not say it. Otherwise you get people like percy (who is living the dream) telling you off.

      Leon Oosthuizen - 2013-04-30 21:41

      And you think the NP was not as corrupt? Think again buddy, they were as corrupt as anything!!!

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:46

      Please excuse johson.smith...his mother dropped him on his head... He doesn't speak for the large part of the white population which happens to be reasonable and amicable

      Bayete Nkosi - 2013-04-30 21:49

      @johnson.smith1234: You cant be very old! Or else you were hidden away in some remote part of our country pre 1994! The other options is that you have a VERY short memory or you are VERY stupid! Because I can still remember the 'GOOD' old days! With sanctions, no international sport, certain items that had to be imported through 2 different international shell companies! Which increased the price.. A lot. the days that bribes were paid to international brokers in order for us to get certain imported products. And some items you just could not get hold of! The bad old days bombs went off in town, and a visit to for instance Pointons could well be your last. Oh and the outside world could not care in the least about the nonsense going on in the country. NO sympathy! YES that was the 'GOOD' old days! Keep your Racist stupidity to yourself! Maybe you just get off on trolling?Mmmmm... that would explain a lot.

      Percy Ferrao - 2013-04-30 23:41

      @Gestoffle .... living a dream? Seriously you think the answer to the problems in this country is to revert back to 1994... you clearly need a history book if you think that this country would have survived had apartheid continued. It's an ignorant view... how would you like to have been a black person living under apartheid rule? Things are not good at all... and unless people vote the ANC out, we are in trouble... but you have to be living in a DREAM to think that apartheid is the answer... user your brain!

  • Colin Taylor - 2013-04-30 20:38

    The only far reaching implications this will have is on the pockets of the greedy corrupt officials who are complaining....The UK are wise to your moves with free aid...

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:47

      Na, they will just make it up by squeezing the tax payer even more. Guess what...those e-tolls are coming to town near you.

  • Tmash Brown - 2013-04-30 20:40

    congratulations to our outstanding government and magnificent president.

  • Philip Johnson - 2013-04-30 20:45

    SA is not peeved...only the ANC. No more hand outs from the poms to be pocketed by the cadres. Tough s#i7e.

      Chris Clark - 2013-05-01 12:13

      Be proud , No aid or Hand outs ? Finally made the 1st world .

  • Patrick Saunders - 2013-04-30 20:46

    whiney little welfare case is the anc.

  • John Bollie - 2013-04-30 20:48

    Eish, where will the government officials and ANC (African National Corruption Party) now get money to steal? Huh?

      Charisse Dirr - 2013-04-30 21:27

      Tax is going to skyrocket I reckon...

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:50

      More e-tolls?

  • Kingsley Bosma - 2013-04-30 20:48

    It's about time someone stopped the handouts and time Africa started standing on it's own two feet. I can only badger our politicians over here to call for more cuts from other countries as well.

  • Daniel Van Wyk - 2013-04-30 20:51

    Cant always have the silver spoon, I welcome this.... People in SA need to stand up and start to work, create your own employment cause government wont... Stop corruption then well be fine...

  • John Nicholas - 2013-04-30 20:52

    "SA peeved over UK aid cut" That's not true. I'm part of SA, and I'm not peeved. I have every sympathy with the UK. To suggest that "Cutting developmental aid would have far-reaching implications on projects currently running in South Africa" is nothing short of disgraceful when you consider that this is the same amount spent on our disgraceful-excuse-for-a-president's house. Good job UK. The people charged with running this country are so far removed from reality that it's honestly difficult to comprehend.

      Richard Scully - 2013-04-30 21:10

      Well said

      Dave Hardman - 2013-05-01 00:09

      Well said! You could frame those words. But the scorned will make the poor suffer, then blame the Brits or apartheid. Bloody Philistines!

  • maraisl - 2013-04-30 20:57

    The gravy train is losing steam. Now after all the handouts who are we to complain...rather say thank you

  • Zahir - 2013-04-30 20:57

    the build cost of nkandla has increased the anc needs those funds to finish the zuma palace

  • Erna Westdyk - 2013-04-30 20:58

    Don't we like it when someone else calls the shots?

  • Mike Angell - 2013-04-30 20:59

    No more Bells for you now.Shame.

  • Percy Ferrao - 2013-04-30 21:01

    Amazing how they are peeved... like the UK is obliged to give aid... Why would they when our govt keeps pocketing it. Corrupt countries don't deserve aid. #arrogantfools.

  • nthabiseng.magatikele - 2013-04-30 21:06

    Well what do you expect SA,you are friends with UK's foes besides,some official hooligans are misusing the funds.thanx UK,we can all go hungry now!

      Silvia Van Eck - 2013-05-01 12:30

      Well Nthabiseng, the solution is easy! Get rid of the reason why UK is stopping aid and they may just start it up again. But as long as the government have cash to build fancy abodes for 1 president and give away cash to other countries, they shouldn't cry foul!!

  • Justin Adan - 2013-04-30 21:07

    Why on earth do we need aid? We've got 200 mil to spend on a house for one guy ;)

  • Colleen Erasmus - 2013-04-30 21:08

    Hats off to the UK, they have smelt the coffee. The train is running out of coal and steam to keep going! Development se voet, it to enrich there pockets our men in charge.

  • Faith Keabetswe Leburu - 2013-04-30 21:08

    Yeah actually S.A doesn't need aid coz it gets bulldozed on the luxurious lives of politicians... CUT the aid pls so that we can see even more clearer where the priorities of these politicians lie!

  • Dennis - 2013-04-30 21:09

    How embarrassing again for SA. Firstly that we get aid and secondly we shake our pathetic begging bowl once it is taken away. Have these people no moral fortitude.

  • Anthony Stumbo - 2013-04-30 21:10

    The powers that be have already decided to enrich themselves and their following generations to the detriment of the rest of the nation. They have already given up on a country which could be the land of opportunity for all it's people. It is short sighted and so within the limited intelligence of a tribe mentality hell bent on promoting it's own cause.

  • iYesss - 2013-04-30 21:13

    I don't blame them for cutting aid to SA when they waste what we have. Waste money by giving it to a very corrupt Zimbabwe. Waste money by not controlling spending by our corrupt, uneducated government. South Africa has learnt nothing about not wasting money and stopping those that legally steal, preventing more to be done to the poor, the uneducated, and to improve our infrastructure.

  • Jan Henning - 2013-04-30 21:13

    Good riddance! Looking at the Arms deal scandal, the Brits also seemed to bribe their way into it. They pay a pittance and expect a major say in the running of things. Time we put away the begging bowls and become a productive country, working for our money.

  • Kobus Hattingh - 2013-04-30 21:15

    Throwing a spanner on our politicians gravy train railtrack are they ;)

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:52

      No, it's just going to force the politicians to be creative on how to squeeze more out of you.

  • Tamara Aspeling - 2013-04-30 21:16

    Lol. 'Imperialist colonialists.' and 'Go home, we don't need you.' 'NNNNNOOOOO don't take your money!'

  • Anthony Stumbo - 2013-04-30 21:16

    The US is also re considering it's 'No Questions Asked' handouts.

  • CitizenOfSA - 2013-04-30 21:18

    In other words, Nkandla's maternity wing project has to be fast tracked to be completed prior to end 2015?

      lacrimosewolf - 2013-04-30 21:28

      No, that's been shelved, pending a study. All the money will go into Nkandla International Airport, staffed by SANDF

      CitizenOfSA - 2013-04-30 21:49

      Possibly, and via young Zuma Airlines at Nkandla Gupta International Airport.

      Ronald - 2013-04-30 23:34

      No, you are all wrong. The extension to tuck shop will now have to be funded by the Guptas or E-Tolls.

  • Bernard Ngwira - 2013-04-30 21:20

    Britain like th rest of th firstworld they ar ant black, so let them stop their meagre aid. After all we know they supported th oppressive regime.

      Tmash Brown - 2013-04-30 21:24

      in the name of stupidity, you should go back to wherever you coming from.

      Megan Angelina Carelse - 2013-04-30 21:38

      STOP LIVING IN THE PAST!!! anc made you free from unequalty,name one more thing that they gave you!please I'm begging you,I would like to know.you are just as all the other working class that needs to struggle for ends meet,so you can please stop sitting on your brain,ai dom bly maar dom

      Oscar Blade - 2013-04-30 21:54

      Learn to type Bernard, or rather hit your head against the keyboard and rid us of your stupidity...

      Andrew Crawford - 2013-04-30 21:58

      Bernie, you sound like a Zimwhenwhenwean... you should really adopt an ethnic "Christian" name!

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-01 11:09

      Bernard Ngwira. You don't have a clue what you are talking about Billions of dollars are spend on aid every year. You know how many Aids Clinics run because of that money?.

      timothy.tanzer.5 - 2013-05-01 18:00

      @bernard who the f%vk do you think educated your beloved ANC...and funded them during apartheid... it was europeans and the first world. and you claim meagre aid,... ask Zimbabwe the meaning of meagre aid.

  • Democrazy - 2013-04-30 21:20

    Waste not, want not...

  • Derrick van Niekerk - 2013-04-30 21:28

    Well maybe they can see how much money we are wasting. I would not "help" someone if they are not using it effectively for the greater good.

  • Annemarie White - 2013-04-30 21:29

    Maybe it is because of our corruption levels? Just asking.

  • Freddy van Wijk - 2013-04-30 21:31

    Because "South African Taxpayers" in the minority group are absolutely "gatvol".

  • Martin Liebenberg - 2013-04-30 21:35

    what arrogant asses. how dare you tell someone how they may or may not announce their plans to support you. wake up SA foreign aid is not an income stream!

  • Sue du Preez - 2013-04-30 21:35

    The value of the aid just about equals what was spent on the upgrade at Zuma's home.

      Levi Barrachus - 2013-04-30 21:48

      80 Billion GDP /SA Auditor Generals report 33 Billion ZAR go the way of corruption every year.not long now peeps relity will bite you in the stomach.Plant asap and forget about goverment grants they are secured for you by the luxury of the honest law abiding tax payer who has no equal rights in SA,

  • Nico Eksteen - 2013-04-30 21:38

    Perhaps they don't like SA spending their aid to aid Zim

  • Dnev Barnes - 2013-04-30 21:40

    what goes around comes around

  • Levi Barrachus - 2013-04-30 21:41

    tribalism ,pathetisism = ridicule and corruption , YES PEOPLE, CORRUPTION ,YOU ARE COMPETING WITH INDIA

  • Levi Barrachus - 2013-04-30 21:43

    with the ammount of Africans and Indians flocking to the UK they need to look internally, god bless

  • Angus Bradley - 2013-04-30 21:43

    Considering SA is supposed to be a "super" economic power with BRICS by then why would the UK want to give them financial support. Oh I'm sorry, Nkandla won't be complete by then but I suppose the Guptas could always help

  • Rudolph Stoltz - 2013-04-30 21:44

    It maybe shows that England cannot wait ... pending Bankruptcy (for England).

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-05-01 11:11

      Rudolph Stoltz. Yu don't know what you are talking about either.

  • iYesss - 2013-04-30 21:45

    This is the mentality created in SA today. 'What's in it for me?' cupped hand out in front 'demanding' everything instead of learning how to earn for themselves.

  • Matt Cumming - 2013-04-30 21:45

    the African culture of entitlement...

  • Dazza22 - 2013-04-30 22:06

    As a Saffa living in the UK I agree 100% with the UK. They are closing hospitals here due to lack of funds due to austerity measures, why give money to a corrupt government? I don't want my taxes heading to corrupt ANC hands, stop the corruption and SA can fund themselves.

  • Gareth le Roux - 2013-04-30 22:10

    Whoooa..what...where, we had aid from the UK??!! Seriously, where did the money go to?! Not a loss to us but rather to the ANC