Wednesday, 13 November 2013

South Africa as Donor Nation - R100m for Namibia Drought Relief

South Africa has announced a R100 million drought relief package to Namibia. Namibia is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years. Namibia also received N$100 000 from Turkey in June. South Africa has been talking about becoming a donor nation since at least 2010 but the idea has met with quite a lot of resistance in the country, most of which appears to relate to concerns that other countries might not like it if South Africa gives them money and that admitting that South Africa is a donor nation might cause developed countries to decide that the country doesn't need their aid (which is ridiculous, but that is a different rant). It appears the South African government is going ahead with being a donor anyway. Perhaps a move towards finally creating the South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA)? If so, one hopes it will be more efficient than the in-country aid relief where the National Treasury last week accidentally paid R4.6 million instead of R43.6 million to the drought-stricken North West Province.

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