S. Africa committed to enhancing investor confidence: president

02 September, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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"The United States President recently tweeted around one of the most sensitive issues in post-apartheid history, land reform", Ahmad said.

In its quest to rebalance trade relationships, Trump's administration is giving no quarter as it targets friend and foe alike, from the European Union to China. The average household income for white-person-headed households in South Africa, according to a 2016 survey, is five times the average income of a black-headed one.

"This issue of the land; this issue that Donald Trump fears so much", said the South African leader.

"Some journalists and lobby groups have simplified complex land disputes to serve their own ends", the cable says.

Earlier, the Russian embassy in Pretoria stated that South African port authorities detained the vessel on August 23 because they did not have a permit to carry industrial explosives on board.

However, the ANC reiterated its commitment to pursue the country's controversial land reform program.

Now, as a effect of his "America First" trade strategy, Trump's decision to impose tariffs on steel and aluminium has reignited the poultry clash, threatening almost $2 billion of South African exports to the United States under Washington's flagship African trade legislation (AGOA).

White farmers own nearly three-quarters of South Africa's agricultural land, according to an audit by lobby group Agri SA published previous year, down from 87% during white rule.

Government officials said they would summon US diplomats to explain the Trump administration's position, although Trump has yet to name an ambassador to the country. So we are now withdrawing it for that committee to present their report in parliament. Obama urged Africans and people around the world to respect human rights and equal opportunity in his speech to mark the late Nelson Mandela's 100th birthday.

He said the NEC had called on President Cyril Ramaphosa to move swiftly and appoint an expert panel on land reform, adding, "We have called on our municipalities to ensure they give people service sites so that we speed up this programme of expropriation of land without compensation.

The inference, while unstated, was that Big Brother would come calling to mete out justice on behalf of the farmers who have found ready allies in Trump's white nationalist base.

"607 black troops from the South African Native Labour Corps who set sail from Cape Town just over a century ago, like so many others, never returned home to their families".


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