Statement by Ruth Magau on the SA Development Agency

04 November 2010

The ANC welcomes the announcement by the Minister of International Relations and Co-operation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane on the creation of a development aid agency that will enable South Africa to expand its donor funding programmes in Africa. The South African Development Partnership Agency, which has already been approved by the Cabinet, will operate along the same lines as USAid, a United State initiative that provides developing countries with funding for economic and humanitarian projects.

The planned agency will not only enhance our contribution in institutional and capacity building on the continent, but will also ensure that our post-conflict reconstruction and development efforts are centrally co-ordinated.

Through the multimillion-rand African Renaissance Fund managed by the Department of International Relations and Co-operation, South Africa is one of the largest development aid providers in Africa. The fund`s activities will eventually be absorbed by the new aid agency, a move that will reduce bureaucracy and duplication. We applaud the ANC-led government`s commitment to continuously provide aid in Africa.

Ruth Magau,MP
Tel: 021 403 2911