Thursday, May 27, 2010

Kippa Mali (give money)

I bet the Norwegians could not believe their ears.

Take this little sentence from the below article, “….. before they could do so, they had to conclude credible BEE transactions. For that they needed BEE partners”

And that BEE partners are obviously only a select few, like Manyi himself, or his “associates”?

So, as a conclusion. If any foreign country wants to invest in South Africa, they first have to get a BEE partner?

Manyi is proving Malema’s point.I think Malema is telling the truth about the nationalization of the mines. The ANC is just slow to let the rest of South Africa know about it.

Foreigners fume over Manyi
May 27 2010 07:13 Jan de Lange
Johannesburg - The Norwegian ambassador in South Africa, Tor Christian-Hilda, has lodged a complaint with government against labour department director-general Jimmy Manyi because Manyi attempted to promote private business interests at an official meeting.

At the meeting the ambassador wanted to offer the Norwegian government’s help for job creation projects in South Africa, but Manyi was not interested in these projects.

Instead, he wanted to broker deals for private investors, while as the director-general for labour he should have met with the Norwegians in that capacity.

Manyi has for many months received heavy criticism about the conflicts of interest arising from his government position, while he flatly refuses to relinquish his position as president of the Black Management Forum (BMF).

On Wednesday, in response to the ambassador's complaint, Manyi said that he had simply offered to help Norwegian companies with black economic empowerment (BEE) transactions.

Sake24 established that on March 2 this year Christian-Hilda and his two most senior embassy officials, Ingrid Hkjolaas and May Elen Stener, had been to see Manyi in his office in Laboria House in Pretoria.

After the meeting they were seriously disturbed about Manyi’s proposals and his lack of interest in what they had had to say.

A couple of days later the ambassador decided to express his misgivings in a diplomatic note to Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation. In it he mentioned that they had found Manyi’s behaviour unacceptable and asked for an alternative way to make contact with government on labour issues.

Nkoana-Mashabane is accompanying President Jacob Zuma on an official visit to Algeria and Turkey this week and could not be reached for comment.

Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana was in a cabinet meeting but his personal assistant, Nzobanzi Jikazana, told Sake24 that the minister had acknowledged receipt of the note and had already discussed it with Manyi.

Jikazana said that the director-general had denied acting inappropriately. But the minister had indicated he would get to the truth of the matter, and was arranging a meeting with the ambassador.

'Great deal of experience'

Christian-Hilda told Sake24 that he and his officials had wanted to meet Manyi, who had become director-general in August 2009. Among other things, they had wanted to chat with him about Norway’s direct involvement in the International Labour Organisation in South Africa's Decent Work Programme.

They wanted to speak to him about a group of Norwegian members of parliament who were concerned with labour opportunities and who would be visiting southern Africa in September this year. They were coming, inter alia, to examine progress in terms of the Decent Work Programme, said Christian-Hilda.

He declined to say what had happened during the discussion.

On Wednesday, Manyi said he had merely offered to do a presentation to Norwegian companies about how to apply BEE when they came to South Africa on business.

It had been a discussion simply to meet the new ambassador, he insisted. In fact, Christian-Hilda became Norway's ambassador to South Africa in September 2007.

Manyi was nonplussed when Sake24 informed him that the Norwegians had wanted to meet him in his capacity as the new director-general of labour.

Manyi was also totally unaware of the impending visit from Norwegian members of parliament. He said he was unable to remember those details of the discussion.
According to him, the Decent Work Programme involved Norwegian companies in South Africa setting up shop in South Africa, thus creating jobs.

But, he said, before they could do so, they had to conclude credible BEE transactions. For that they needed BEE partners.

He said that he had a great deal of experience in this field through his time spent at the BMF. He regularly made such presentations and in fact had two days previously made just such a presentation to the National Empowerment Fund.

4 Opinion(s):

Viking said...

bloddy hell..... well, that's the African way I suppose.

Anonymous said...

Liberals getting their arse bitten. Bugger them and send them packing. You might recall that it was Norway and Sweden who were one of the main backers of the ANC in exile financially. Dont forget where Boesak got his lolly from.

Anonymous said...

Forgot to add:

From 1974 to 1995 approximately USD 40 million were granted by the Foreign Ministry to Church of Norway's partners inside South Africa and Namibia.

Anonymous said...

Anyone that believes that the ANC is not quietly working to the realization of their freedom charter is an idiot.

The problem with liberals is that they are idiots. Apart from this one obvious defect they are perfectly normal people.

That and of course the fact that they don't know what the freedom charter is about.