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By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Really, a critical matter in the public service is radically to improve the quality of management.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I am quite convinced that we need to increase the resources that go to municipalities if we want the municipalities to do the things the Constitution and the law say they must do. It can't be avoided.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

You can say to this unemployed family, people are indigent, that they must pay for water and this and that and refuse removal and so on. They have no money. We may very well say that, but does the municipality have the capacity to do it? So, that's why we said that we need to have a thorough look at the functioning of local government and that will include the financing. So that this poor person does indeed access that water.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

If you sit in a position where decisions that you take would have a serious effect on people, you can't ignore a lot of experience around the world which says this drug has these negative effects.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

One of the things that became clear, and which was actually rather disturbing, was the fact that there was a view which was being expressed by people whose scientific credentials you can't question

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

As I said, the matter of the Pan African Parliament was raised with us by other African countries who said we should host.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Read a textbook. It will tell you. These are the things for instance on the African continent that will contribute to immune deficiency, various tropical diseases because of poor infrastructure, general levels of poverty don’t get treated. Syphilis untreated or not properly treated, which as it happens is a big problem as I hear, gets treated, the symptoms disappear but in fact… it … that impacts on the immune system. You’ve got to deal with these things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

As we mourn President Mandela’s passing we must ask ourselves the fundamental question - what shall we do to respond to the tasks of building a democratic, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa, a people-centred society free of hunger, poverty, disease and inequality, as well as Africa’s renaissance, to whose attainment President Nelson Mandela dedicated his whole life?

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

At the same time, you have got these traditional councils. And the challenge is how to make sure that they function together [with municipal councils], smoothly, and that is part of what this legislation is trying to address.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

As a consequence of the victories we have registered during our first ten years of freedom, we have laid a firm foundation for the new advances we must and will make during the next decade.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

While the WTO negotiations will continue, there are other trade negotiations of a bilateral nature, which among other things, should help to open up these markets for South African products.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I would regret it if I'd failed at school and university, because if I had, I would have lacked the levels of education necessary to making a serious contribution to building South Africa.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The matters I am talking about regarding the ports. That matter has been discussed with the unions, and agreed, and therefore there is no particular reason why there should be a problem about it. We will continue to move like that. We need the engagement of the unions in these processes.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The principal investors in the South African economy are South Africans. And this is something, I think, we should really pay attention to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

As Africans, we need to share common recognition that all of us stand to lose if we fail to transform our continent.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

We are in the process of negotiating an agreement with the United States. We will be negotiating agreements with India and China. We are in the process of negotiating an agreement with Mercosur, South America. So there are a number of these trade agreements in the major markets of the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I don't think there would be many examples of South Africa pushing its weight around the African Continent. I don't think the facts would substantiate that argument.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

You can see now with all the assurance that people have about the overall general management of the economy, they then ask more specific questions that we are able to answer.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

There are lots of problems in Transnet, which we are trying to sort out, but we are quite confident we will. We can't avoid the increase in the capacity of Spoornet. So, whatever problems there are in Spoornet, they must be solved. The same goes for the harbours. And the same goes for the airlines.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

You might indeed be able to provide this money that people need to start a business, but can they run a business? This new consolidated agency [National Empowerment Fund] focuses on that matter of preparing people so that they can run business successfully.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Gloom and despondency have never defeated adversity. Trying times need courage and resilience. Our strength as a people is not tested during the best of times.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The matter of people being attracted to other countries is a permanent problem in my view, it doesn't only face South Africa. A whole lot of countries in the world are faced with this problem.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

You can see that there is an increase in the volume of freight that moves by air. And so, we have got to solve the problem by making sure that that is done properly.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I must say that, in the first instance, we got the request from many African countries who said, look, you people had better host the Parliament. So, the general feeling around the Continent was that it would be better that the Parliament was based here. In part, because of what this country has done with regard to establishing a democratic system, and we have responded to that. We have said, fine.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The law enforcement authorities have got a fairly good idea of who are these principal criminals. Who are the people, for instance, who receive the cell phones? When a young person goes and snatches a cell phone, there's someone who is sitting somewhere who receives this. Lots of this kind of crime.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Certainly the Government has tried to handle the matter of our relations with the rest of the Continent in a very sensitive manner.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

What is the worst, is that you will have the meltdown of Zimbabwe that the IMF is talking about. And indeed what you will have is growing unemployment in Zimbabwe, growing impoverishment among the people, growing social conflict. And I think that is the worst sort of outcome, that collapse of Zimbabwe certainly would have a much, much worse effect on the region than mere image.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

One of the issues that I have raised in that context is our transport system, road, rail and ports. We have raised this before, that the South African economy has grown at a rate that has overtaken the capacity of the transport system. And therefore, we have said that it is necessary to expand our capacity in the ports.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

It's a big problem in South Africa up to this day: many people want to open factories, they want to invest, but then they discover that they don't have the skilled people to employ.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I come back to what I had said earlier: the policies might be there but are people benefiting from the policies? You do find that in many instances, though the policies exist, they are not having the necessary impact. That is a particular challenge in local government, because that is where all the services get delivered.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The problem is not a lack of understanding of what we are saying and doing; the problem is difference of opinion about what to do.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

There are established processes of consultation between the Government, the parastatals and the trade unions, which have worked in the past. And I don't see any particular reason why they shouldn't work.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

We want the National Intelligence, we want the Police, we want the Scorpions, any other institutions, the tax people, and so on, the totality of these bodies, to get together.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

A global human society, characterised by islands of wealth, surrounded by a sea of poverty, is unsustainable

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The point we are making is that the general global messages have been communicated, about the politics of South Africa, about the economy in general, all of these general questions. The rest of the world understands these things and are saying, let's now come to the specific things so that even we, as big corporate chiefs from around the world, can assist in these areas, which you have decided are your priority areas.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The reports from the scientific world are that, there is very sadly an escalating impact of HIV and Aids in South Africa. And it’s from what I have read assuming distinct characteristics which were atypical of how this phenomenon had developed in the States and therefore this meant that we look at what it is that results in all of this, specific to our country.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

That surely must be a concern to anyone who decides this drug must be given to stop transmissions, again from mother to child, which is extremely costly and must be taken into account.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Our troops are in Burundi. We were requested by African countries who said, look, the United Nations is not moving on this matter, can you people deploy people, so we can move Burundi forward.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Many of our own people here in this country do not ask about computers, telephones and television sets. They ask - when will we get a road to our village.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The question arose, how would the communities manage this land on their own. That's why the Communal Land Rights Bill then borrows an institution that is set up in terms of the role and function and powers of the institutional traditional leadership ( borrows that committee and uses that committee).

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Of course we run a very open economy, and therefore what happens in the rest of the world, in economic terms, obviously has an impact on us.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

Those who oppressed us described us as the Dark Continent!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

A number of African countries came to us and said, we request that South Africa should not field a candidate, because so many other African countries wanted to, and, in any case, South Africa would continue to play a role in terms of building the African Union, and so on. And they actually said, please don't field a candidate, and we didn't. As I have said, it is not because we didn't have people who are competent to serve in these positions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The National Empowerment Fund we established some time back. And one of the challenges was to build a strong enough asset base for it to operate in a credible manner. And we believe that it can.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

It will be a comprehensive response. The ID issue is one of them. It will make sure that Home Affairs has the capacity to reach people and to make sure that the people themselves know that they have got to get these documents and where to go to get them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

It is also important to respect the fact that Iran is a signatory to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty, which treaty spells out the rights and obligations of signatures to the treaty and therefore that we can’t deny Iran the rights due to it as a signature of the NPT.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

I am an African. I owe my being to the hills and the valleys, the mountains and the glades, the rivers, the deserts, the trees, the flowers, the seas and the ever-changing seasons that define the face of our native land.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The issue of racism and racial prejudice. It is very, very difficult to discuss. It is difficult to discuss the issue of apartheid. Many have made the observation that it is very difficult to find anyone in SA who ever supported apartheid because everyone was opposed, it was against our will and so on.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The public service needs lots of people, South Africa generally, needs lots of people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Thabo Mbeki

The concern around probable questions, which in a sense have been hidden, will grow around the world and the matter is critical, the reason we are doing all this is so we can respond correctly to what is reported to be a major catastrophe on the African continent.