Thursday, April 01, 2010

Graca Machel Gets It. Or Does She?

Graca Machel, wife of Nelson Mandela, appeared to take a leaf out of Dambisa Moyo's book at a nutrition conference in South Africa, suggesting that the decrease in Western Aid may be good for Africa:

"If we are clever enough, and we are responsible enough... it's time... to rely more and more on our own resourcefulness and the ability to engage our own people," Machel said.

It's hard not to be cynical about a statement like that, but I am trying. I promise.

Want to know what I am going to be cynical about? This statement by the same lady just a few months ago:

"The message which our colleagues from Europe have to take to parliaments, to governments has to be reshaped so that it will touch the consciousness... to say we have an obligation to keep our brothers and sisters alive,..... We need to make the message much clearer - that aid means saving lives, it's not a luxury."

So, which is it, Graca?

Worryingly, she also claimed that poverty in African is a threat to the "security" of Western Nations.

What could she mean by that? Terrorism springs to mind, although I can't see African suicide-bombers anytime soon.

Somali pirates? Now we're getting warm. Of course the Somali pirates are the "victims" of poverty: entirely self-made poverty.

Or could she possibly mean the hordes of illegal immigrants who pitch up on Europe's beaches (and airports) every week?? These aren't a threat to security - more of a threat to Social Security maybe - unless she implies that they are dangerous. Which is interesting in and of itself.

The whole article is worth reprinting:

West must help Africa - Graca

2009-10-02 21:28

Somerset West - It is in Western states' interest to help reduce poverty in Africa, Nelson Mandela's wife Graca Machel said on Friday, urging European MPs to do more to help Africa meet development targets.

The world's poorest continent, where millions survive on $1 a day, has been hard hit by a global economic crisis experts fear will undermine recent progress in lessening poverty.

The crisis has also raised concerns that developed nations may not honour their aid commitments to Africa.

Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger by 2015 is one of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) drawn up by the United Nations.

Mozambican-born Machel told delegates at the 25th anniversary conference of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (Awepa) that it was in the developed world's interest to help Africa reduce poverty.

The developed world needs to feel "that these huge levels of poverty (are) a threat to their own security. When their interests are at risk, money can be found", she said.

Saving lives

"The message which our colleagues from Europe have to take to parliaments, to governments has to be reshaped so that it will touch the consciousness... to say we have an obligation to keep our brothers and sisters alive," Machel said.

Around 1 500 parliamentarians in Europe are members of Awepa, which has its headquarters in the Netherlands and nine African offices.

Machel acknowledged the problems facing developed nations because of the global economic crisis but said aid for better education and health cost less than bailing out the West's distressed banks.

"We need to make the message much clearer - that aid means saving lives, it's not a luxury."

Africa must also honour its own commitments to help meet the millennium development goals, Machel told the two-day gathering.

"We promised ourselves that we would spend 10% of the (national) budget for agriculture... how many African countries are allocating 10%?" Machel asked.

- Reuters

10 Opinion(s):

Laager said...

Oh dearie me!
The solution is so simple.
Here is a 10 point action plan for Ms Machal

(1) Manufacture mens trousers without zip or button flies
(2) Manufacture ladies panties with steel braces
(3) Ensure that everyone wears them all the time
(4) Stop killing white farmers
(5) Stop driving white farmers off the land
(6) Copy the proven successful practices of the white farmers
(7) End the entitlement culture
(8) End the victimhood culture
(9) Stop stealing
(10) Start working

Max said...

"Illegal immigrants who pitch up on Europe's beaches" are a threat to civilization and mankind as a whole, not just security.

eduard said...

The African Continent with it's rich Flora and Fauna should be saved, which means the black savage should be wiped out, once and for all. He is nothing but an oxygen thief. They want everything but they don't create anything. Bring on the biological warfare!

Anonymous said...

Nobody can seriously think these people decide what to say, surely!?

Vavi came up with "the ANC better watch out or the SACP/Cosatu would go it alone" story again this morning. It was on the "opinion" section of IOL, so I responded with:
"Vavi should watch his back! Remember what happened when Hani told the ANC they (the SACP) would vote ANC for only one election??? He wasn't around for the next election, and his deputy (Naidoo) donned a suit and never again raised the issue of the SACP going it alone.
Forget it guys, very BIG capitalists run the world - they put the alliance in power on their terms. The White Africans have forever been the scapegoat and the "workers" will just be reminded of how evil the "Boers" are."

They actually published it, but then removed the story as a whole.

Jim Beam said...

"Worryingly, she also claimed that poverty in African is a threat to the "security" of Western Nations."

-- Worringly that was also noted in the Global 2000 report which was drafted in April 1974. I think they called it the Kissinger report. Its got to do with illegal migration, spreading of disease and energy shortages. They feel that Africa cannot be allowed to develop as it would threaten the West by using resources that the West needs to grow. More oil is now coming out of Africa today than 10 years ago. The West needs the oil and if Africa would develop - Africans would be using the oil. Hence a threat!

Viking said...

Good point, Jim.

I wonder if Africa was in any real danger of "developing"?

In 1974 the optimism of the 1960s may still have been there, and many thought that good intentions and international support were enough to allow them to develop.

But Rule of Law, an open economy, good infrastructure and strong property rights, coupled with a working legal system are the essential elements for development, and these are severely lacking in almost all African countries. Sad.

Jim Beam said...

@VI

1 in 4 barrels of crude oil globally goes to the US. You know what - India and China also want their share of resources to live a wasteful existence like the Americans and their 1 mile per gallon cars.

I think it was Paul Kruger who said that when they discovered gold in Transvaal that they were about to get trouble from the British over it - they did!

Open economy, rule of law, property rights - you really think that makes the world turn? Do you think the Chinese in Sudan give a damn about property rights or infrastructure - they exporting huge amounts of oil out of a disputed region.

The SME's don't make the world turn, they just create employment at a high cost per head compared to the large resource companies.

Take an Exxon operation then compare it to a company with the same amount of profit margin and see who employs more people.

Where do they refine the oil? Where are diamonds sold and polished? Where is the iron ore processed into steel? Africa ... no Africa is just a resouce pit and if you don't like to play along - guess what, much like the Boers at the turn of the century you get huge trouble!

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Viking said...

@Jack Daniels

I wish people would stop confusing me with VI....

To answer your question, yes I do believe that.
The Chinese will never be a superpower until they abandon "communism" and even then it's not clear they can do it.

The relationship between resources and a developed economy is complicated, and can't be expanded upon here. Suffice it to say, countries with large amounts of resources, but no infrastructure and advanced economy, actually suffer as a result of their mineral wealth - something Malema and his buddies need to understand.

VI said...

@Viking. I know, it is annoying. You are much smarter, and I am much better looking.

Anonymous said...

"VI said...

@Viking. I know, it is annoying. You are much smarter, and I am much better looking."

AND with a good dose of Common Sense you can both become far more learned ;-)