Lilongwe: Malawi government has accepted an apology from South African government over President Jacob Zuma's disparaging remarks about the country. Zuma sparked controversy on Tuesday with disparaging remarks about Malawi and Africa generally when discussing South Africa's road infrastructure, he said: “We can’t think like Africans in Africa generally. We’re in Johannesburg. This is Johannesburg. This is not some national road in Malawi.”
Cape Town: Africa is a major growth frontier. Also important is the fact that Africans are actively beginning to do business amongst themselves, in addition to trading with other parts of the world. A case in point is that South Africa was the single largest investor in the rest of Africa in 2012. We are playing our part. The presence of South African companies in many capitals in the continent demonstrates that as government we are achieving our goal of opening up the continent to South African business.
Pretoria: As part of the strengthening of the friendly, fraternal and cooperative relations between the Republic of Senegal and the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Jacob G. Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, at the invitation of His Excellency Mr. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, undertook a State Visit to Senegal on 1-2 October 2013, accompanied by a high-powered delegation.
New York: We are meeting here today to follow up on efforts made towards achieving the MDGs as mandated by Resolution 65/1 entitled “Keeping the promise: united to achieve the Millennium Development Goals”. South Africa is honoured to have played a role together with the Republic of Ireland in the facilitation of this process and thank fellow member states for the support and trust that had been bestowed on us to ensure that this event is meaningful.
New York: The theme for our debate this year, "The Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage!" is most appropriate. In the year 2000, the commitment was made by world leaders in the Millennium Declaration to eradicate extreme poverty and adopted Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are measurable and achievable targets that were specifically crafted to address the most pressing development needs of the most vulnerable. The full implementation of the MDGs remains the key priority on the development agenda for the next two years.
Johannesburg: The ANC on Monday threw its weight behind President Jacob Zuma’s international relations special advisor, Lindiwe Zulu, after she came under fire for making premature statements about the Zimbabwean elections. ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe said Zulu had simply fulfilled her mandate of dealing with communication matters in the Zimbabwe task team set up by Zuma.
Pretoria: The Presidency has noted with great concern, recent unfortunate statements made on the situation in Zimbabwe, which have been attributed to a member of the technical team supporting the Facilitator, President Jacob Zuma. South Africa was appointed by SADC to assist the Zimbabwean political parties to resolve their differences.
Pretoria: Mr. President, let me welcome you, your family, and your delegation to South Africa. This is your second visit to South Africa, and your first as President of the United States. We are delighted to host you. Let me also congratulate you on a reelection as President of the United States. Our talks have taken place against the background of the ill health of our beloved former President Nelson Mandela, the founding President of our democracy, who is much loved by our people and the world. I know that he is your personal hero as well, Mr. President. The two of you are also bound by history - as the first black Presidents of your respective countries -- thus, you both carry the dreams of millions of people in Africa and in the diaspora who were previously oppressed. We continue to pray for Madiba's good health and wellbeing.
Johannesburg: In the international balance of forces, we note a move towards a more multi-polar world. The West can no longer determine the global agenda, as there is a major shift accompanied by increasing economic and political power of countries of the South, especially those organised around Brazil, Russia, India, China and, recently, South Africa (BRICS). Also in the South, we have seen the resurgence of left parties and movements in Latin America who have largely rejected policies of neo-liberalism. These developments have opened more space for progressive alternatives than there has been since the end of the Cold War. But the balance of forces in favour of the progressive forces should not be exaggerated.
Cape Town: Your visit has generated a lot of interest, excitement and optimism in our country, given the historical relations between Nigeria and South Africa. As we head towards celebrating 20 years of freedom next year, we remain highly appreciative of the solidarity that the South African liberation struggle and our people enjoyed from successive governments and the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. We have a duty to take these historical relations further.