Pretoria: The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has stressed the importance of the local government sphere in the implementation of South Africa's foreign policy.
Johannesburg: The BRICS nations of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa have come together to form an economic and political opposition to the dominant power of more developed nations in matters of global importance.
In a recent interview with me published in Mail & Guardian Business ("SA presence drags down Brics", March 23), readers may have got the impression that I was not a fan of South Africa because I believe it is not big enough to be a true Bric (Brazil, Russia, India and China) economy. But there is a big difference between the two, which I would like to make clear.
Johannesburg: As the Brics grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA began its annual meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday, it became clear that membership of the group is an emotive issue at home. Many South Africans have been outraged by comments by the man who coined the acronym a decade ago.
Johannesburg: The idea of global leadership is an enchanting one for emerging economies such as Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (Brics). With the exception of SA, these countries have earned the attention they have attracted in recent times. In addition to their impressive economic growth, they have fast-growing middle classes, some exercise visible influence over global energy markets and are home to dynamic global cities. They have become magnets for trade and investment, especially now that established economies are sluggish. This is the familiar story.
New Delhi: Our Summit theme is most appropriately entitled “BRICS partnership for Global Stability, Security and Prosperity’’. I am convinced that all nations of the world share our desire to forge stronger partnerships and to ensure greater global stability, security and prosperity for all humanity. This is also an appropriate theme as we are experiencing unprecedented global political and economic developments.
New Delhi: It has been a great honour for South Africa to participate in the Fourth BRICS Summit. The summit has been very successful. The Delhi Declaration will reinvigorate our collective resolve to find global solutions to global challenges. We are pleased that BRICS Leaders will continue to support Africa and South Africa's comprehensive infrastructure development programmes, as part of supporting sustainable development and prosperity.
Johannesburg: When President Jacob Zuma announced early last year he had secured South Africa an entry ticket into the Brazil-Russia-India-China (Bric) alliance, we were made to feel as if our ship had finally come in. We were told we would now reap the reward of government's insistence that the Dalai Lama could not come to say happy birthday to his friend, the Arch.
New Delhi: India on Monday said the BRICS forum of emerging countries have no plans to field or rally behind a common candidate to head the World Bank, but stressed that it supported "an open and merit-based process".