South African municipalities will raise up to R20-billion to fund major infrastructure projects over the next three years, a National Treasury official said on Tuesday. South Africa is planning massive capital expenditure to help push economic growth to at least 6% by 2010 in an attempt to cut widespread poverty.
Reflecting on concerns raised at a Cape Town municipal imbizo (meeting) on Wednesday, mostly around service delivery, President Thabo Mbeki emphasised the critical importance of local government. "Everything that government does will stand or fall ... depending on what happens at local government level," he said.
It is inevitable that poor countries will compete for donor aid, Tanzania's President Benjamin Mkapa told delegates at the World Economic Forum's Africa Economic Summit in Cape Town on Thursday. Steve Booysen, chief executive of Absa, said business has been slow to take advantage of the changing political landscape in Africa.
Leading industrial countries should look at the positive examples elsewhere in Africa and not concentrate solely on the crisis in Zimbabwe, British high commissioner designate to South Africa Paul Boateng told the World Economic Forum's Africa Economic Summit in Cape Town on Wednesday.
With Africa expecting $25-billion by 2010 if the Commission for Africa's recommendations are implemented, Tanzania's President Benjamin Mkapa said each country should be assessed individually to see if previous aid was misused. Mkapa was part of a panel that spoke on how aid can be allocated and used effectively.
The Cape Town Anti-War Coalition (ATC) called on the South African government on Thursday to expel the Israeli ambassador as well as cut all trade and diplomatic ties with Israel, which it accuses of "ethic cleansing". The ATC will be supporting a protest before the gates of Parliament on Friday.
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