Zuma: World must check progress

2012-06-21 21:32

Johannesburg - The world must assess what progress has been made in creating a sustainable future, President Jacob Zuma said in Brazil on Thursday.

"Have the financial, technical and capacity constraints of developing countries been enhanced to such an extent that they can achieve poverty eradication and sustainable development?" Zuma said in a speech prepared for delivery at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

Zuma said for decisions made at the event to be effectively implemented, it was crucial that the required financial systems were available.

"These would be aimed at ensuring sustained finance for sustainable development and poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and social cohesion."

New financial resources would help developing countries pursue outcomes arising from the conference.

"By the same token we recognise the need for countries to explore more innovative finance mechanisms to upscale implementation in this regard."

Zuma cited the creation of the Green Fund and the role public-private partnerships played in implementing sustainable development programs within South Africa.

Public-private partnerships would also help nurture small and medium-sized enterprises to boost the green economy, green policies, job creation, and reduce poverty levels.

However, while much had been achieved, more needed to be done, Zuma said.

"Our key objective is to ensure that sustainable development imperatives remain central in our planning and execution at local, national and global levels."

  • Boy - 2012-06-21 21:45

    Sais the thief who stole millions from the arms deal....... How about YOU(ZOOMER)give that money to the poor in order to eleviate some of the poverty!

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-21 22:44

      "New financial resources would help developing countries pursue outcomes..". Translation... The begging bowl is out for more dollars to steal. Get real. Those with the dollars can read the news, see the corruption, see the murders, the rapes of children. Be very ashamed. The gravey train has left the station.

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-21 21:48

    Why does he say these things in Brazil? And if he put in an effort to get rid of government corruption he would not have to beg.

  • bernpm - 2012-06-21 22:09

    "Our key objective is to ensure that sustainable development imperatives remain central in our planning and execution at local, national and global levels." At least we know now. Let us start with the local bit.

  • Ken Jay May - 2012-06-21 22:11

    What an absolute idiot!

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-06-22 05:09

      What a magician, doing his usual smoke and mirrors act, problem is Zipper, the other 19 intelligent members have heard it all before. If you and your cronies stop stealing you won't have to take your begging bowl with you.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-21 22:13

    The problem is that capitalism, in its present form, is not sustainable. While one side, a company, community or country, earns growth there is another side that experiences negative growth or is left out. I believe that a gift economy is the most equitable form of an economy. Every gets what they work for and only consumes what is vital to a fair standard of living.

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-21 22:47

      Move to Disneyland. It's just as real as your economic plan.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-22 02:43

      Mathew is right is some regards. Capitism is not sustainable. However it's far better then other systems... kaylee... Mathew wasn't talking about it from ANCYL's perspective.

      Mark - 2012-06-22 10:13

      Matthew everything ending in an ism does not work. Our problem is we are too connected to the Western world to find another form that is unique to us. In the first instance we have too many people in parliament earning massive salaries receiving fantastic perks while our people on the ground is suffering. Lets face it it is our money, taxes etc. Start by lessening your political cronies who in any event does nothing and from my view we should be left with at least a quarter. Imagine their salaries to be R10,000.00 across the board. Immediately your fiscal will grow. Start creating sustainable employment opportunities giving people decent salaries also across the board. Employment can be eradicated but government does not have the will.

      Keith - 2012-06-22 12:19

      I am sorry to say that it is wishful thinking to expect such altruism from anyone. I think I work harder that Mr B who thinks he works harder than Mr C who thinks he works harder than me; now who gets what? I save my money and start a factory, shouldn't I get something for that, while Mr D has a good time on his surplus money; shouldn't he lose something for that? "Four legs good, two legs bad." and so on. Orwell and "1984" says it all

      Mark - 2012-06-22 12:45

      I'd like to answer Keith by saying that that is Capitalism and the Western world ideology. Capitalism ensures that greed and corruption becomes the order of the day and that is what is currently happening in our country. We need to find an economic balance to ensure that the needs of all our people are served. Wouldn't it be nice to live in a country where everyone has decent house, everyone has jobs and everyone is part of a growing economy of which they are shareholders. Look at it this way. Would there be reason to steal or murder me if we all earn the same salary?? Lets face it the previous government tried keeping the money in a few hands giving their colour the best houses, best jobs etc. The current government are using the same tactics. If it did not work in the NP Regime and it does not work after 18 years under the ANC Regime surely you need to find other mechanisms to uplift all the people. You see today it is not about working. The correct terminology is slaving. Your money should be used for your personal enjoyment. Building of factories should derive from a fiscal policy of what your contribution should be part of. Everybody in the factory is then part owners, again are you then going to bugle a premises which is partially yours?? This is not about handouts but creating a culture in which we all work, get paid a standard wage and we are all equal. Instead of putting a few people on a pedestal to our detriment.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 22:55

    Peckerspear has spoken!! WTF does he know??

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-06-21 23:00

    Peckerspear has spoken!! WTF does he know other than porking an unsuspecting buddy's daughter !!

  • allen.bullard.9 - 2012-06-21 23:03

    "explore more innovative finance mechanisms to upscale implementation in this regard." In English? Drivel as sprouted by our subsidised tourist leader who wouldn't have a clue what this actually means! But it sure sounds great when read out at an international conference. Makes him sound sort of intellectual.

      kayley.segal - 2012-06-21 23:20

      I love when he gives a speech. He reads off a card and it appears that it's the first time he's ever seen the words. Do you think this is lost on the leaders of the 19 other world leaders? I don't think so.

      Irene - 2012-06-21 23:25

      I bet the minute he opens his mouth to speak, they either all nudge each other and wink, wink or fall asleep out of sheer embarrassment on his behalf.

      smili.fication - 2012-06-22 02:46

      The fact that he herded sheep doesn't help :< I am so embarrassed to be South African...

      Rob - 2012-06-22 07:44

      Great leader has spoken or is that great breeder ?

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-06-21 23:39

    One wonders whether he actually believes the things he says. Notice how few Zuma supporters have had their say tonight?

  • anneck.cranke - 2012-06-21 23:55

    When Jacob Zuma speaks, we all must listen! Lol. He is a joke! Doesn't even know what he's talking about. Can't even keep his own progress in check!

      Irene - 2012-06-22 00:57

      or his pecker!

      pisciotta - 2012-06-23 14:40

      A democratic country is only respectable as its elected leader.

  • Sandile Old-Chum Mnyandu - 2012-06-22 01:47

    Zuma shall lead, ANC shall lead. Put it in your pipe and smoke it hater!

      smili.fication - 2012-06-22 02:47

      No thanks... would bring cANCer near my mouth.... it's a health hazard.

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 12:35

      @DOMSANDILE, now we all know that you are also a DOMPOPO education refugee. Please confirm that you only received your text books after you failed grade zero 6 times and your parents realised that you too stupid for school and you became a grade 0 drop out!

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-23 15:38

      Zuma is also an embarrassment to the sheep he once herded.

  • Andricca - 2012-06-22 01:55

    Zuma must be rejected - he remain a factory fault

      Nicolaas - 2012-06-23 12:36

      @Adricca, you sure he is factory fault? COSATU, please demand that this factory, who is producing idiots by the millions to be closed down!

      balan.morgen - 2012-06-23 15:41

      @Sandile, you should operate Zuma's double head and investigate whats going in there.

  • vernon.samuel.7 - 2012-06-22 06:20

    Oh dear, is it wise to preach to the world about sustainable global development when you cannot fix potholes in your own backyard? Tread carefully Mr Zuma.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-22 06:51

    Is there any evidence that these words are not just mere words? We have seen many of these "summits" before. Each one costs many millions of dollars and this practice certainly is not sustainable.

  • GrantE - 2012-06-22 08:45

    The only comment worth saying here, Mr Zooooooooma you are a joke,

  • Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-22 09:32

    My heart goes out to all those delegates in Brazil who had to sit through yet another of Zuma's read speeches. But the answer to his question "Have the financial, technical and capacity constraints of developing countries been enhanced to such an extent that they can achieve poverty eradication and sustainable development?" is quite simply "No!, because you the leaders of most developing countries, haven't done anything worthwhile to enhance the opportunity and environment in which this would have been possible." So, stop begging, dude. Do your job properly in government and things would improve but alas! you are incapable and so is your flippen ANC. Just understand that very basic principle!!!

  • Alf - 2012-06-22 09:50

    The usual story - begging for money on the condition that the Zipper and his cronies can fill their pockets! He really "let it all hang out" in his speech! Is he hoping to spearhead a new initiative to save the endangered species, in particular the rhino? How did it feel to sit in the meeting in Rio when the movie on rhino poaching in South Africa was shown? Obviously Zipper Zuma could not say too m uch, because his bosses from China were watching!

  • carl.debeer.33 - 2012-06-22 12:19

    Asses your own Country first! The speech you read should be put up on your toilet door so you can read it every morning.

  • Ayanda Mathunjwa - 2012-06-22 18:58

    We need a young president, enough with these old people who are greedy, corrupt, bigamous and delusional, who keeps voting for these clowns, the ANC has failed us and people think things will get better:(

  • pisciotta - 2012-06-23 14:38

    A democratic country is only as respectable as its elected leader.

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