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South Africa to technically support South Sudan towards elections and referendum


By James Gatdet Dak

October 23, 2009 (JUBA) — The Republic of South Africa has pledged to carry out trainings in multiple institutions and technically support Southern Sudan in preparation for the upcoming elections and referendum.

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It also pledged to play the role of ambassador by encouraging domestic and international investors to invest in the semi-autonomous region.

This was discussed in the bilateral talks held in Juba on Friday between the delegation of the Republic of South Africa headed by the Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Southern Sudan’s team headed by the Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar.

South Africa expressed willingness to lead the way in the investment by exploring the possibility of establishing joint ventures with the indigenous investors in Southern Sudan.

It will also train the police and other law enforcement agencies on how to keep law and order during the elections and referendum.

The country has been supporting capacity building programs by taking and training Southern Sudanese officials for all these years since 2005 during which more than 3,000 civil servants had completed their training.

In the Friday’s meeting, however, it was agreed that South African trainers will instead be relocated to Southern Sudan and conduct the training in the country.

The delegation also expressed willingness to technically assist Southern Sudan in the civil aviation through its national airline.

Several presentations highlighting different investment opportunities in the region were made by a number of ministers comprising governance and economic sectors.

Among the other issues discussed included the need to support financial institutions, oil, agriculture and livestock sectors as well as to empower women.

The visiting South African Vice - President, Kgalema Motlanthent, discussed in Khartoum with the Sudanese President Omer Al-Bashir means to develop bilateral ties. He met also with Vice - President, Ali Osman Mohamed Taha, and Chairman of the General Elections Commission, Abel Alier.


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  • 24 October 2009 04:17, by Pee-Funk

    Thank to South Africa for their support toward southern Sudan referendum. southern Sudan need more help from you Africa countries. they need any kind of help they get.

    by: Mr. P-funk

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    • 24 October 2009 06:09, by Dengtaath

      Yes this is the real support we need from long independent African countries, South Africa has understood it right and that is what we really wanted so far.
      Thanks to South Africa government

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      • 24 October 2009 07:15, by Gatwech

        Bravo South Africa,

        That is a very wonderful and helpful decision. South Sudan needs to be assisted in its preprations for elections and referendum. Thanks Dr. Riek Machar for the strategic thinking.

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    • 24 October 2009 09:21, by Greater Equatoria

      That’s a good move by South Africa;we need your support.
      Do not follow Gadaffi,South Africa.

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    • 24 October 2009 11:55, by Francis

      My thankful to the great people of Southern Africa and their government, I knew Jacob Zuma is a leader of action rather than words of his mouth or position.

      I would like anybody to read this simple story, of KwaZulu-Natal Kid and President, am proud from South Africa.

      Zuma was born in Zululand (now part of KwaZulu-Natal). His father was a policeman who died when Zuma was still a young boy.

      His clan name is Zuma and he is affectionately known by his praise name Msholozi. He only attended school up to standard 3 (the fifth grade at school) and did not receive any formal schooling after primary.

      He spent his childhood moving between Zululand and the suburbs of Durban in the area of Umkhumbane (near Chesterville).
      Zuma engaged in politics at an early age and joined the African National Congress in 1959.

      He became an active member of Umkhonto we Sizwe in 1962, following the banning of the ANC in 1961.

      He joined the South African Communist Party (SACP) in 1963.[7] In 1963, he was arrested with a group of 45 recruits near Zeerust in the western Transvaal, currently part of the North West Province.

      Convicted of conspiring to overthrow the government, he was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment, which he served on Robben Island with Nelson Mandela and other notable ANC leaders who were also imprisoned there.

      After his release, he was instrumental in the re-establishment of ANC underground structures in the Natal province.
      He left South Africa in 1975, based first in Swaziland and then Mozambique, and dealt with the arrival of thousands of exiles in the wake of the Soweto uprising, he became a member of the ANC National Executive Committee in 1977.

      He also served as Deputy Chief Representative of the ANC in Mozambique, a post he occupied until the signing of the Nkomati Accord between the Mozambican and South African governments in 1984.

      After signing the Accord, he was appointed as Chief Representative of the ANC, he served on the ANC’s political and military council when it was formed in the mid-1980s, and was elected to the politburo of the SACP on April 1989.

      Zuma was forced to leave Mozambique in January 1987 after considerable pressure on the Mozambican government by the PW Botha regime, he moved to the ANC Head Office in Lusaka, Zambia, where he was appointed Head of Underground Structures and shortly thereafter Chief of the Intelligence Department.

      If power is assumed by liar Honourable Jacob Zuma, wouldn’t have reached the stage, he is in so people who wish to be Southern Sudan future Presidents should do more and try hard for us to accept them like Jacob Zuma accepted in Southern Africa.

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  • 24 October 2009 04:33, by Deng Wel Deng

    South Africa is the best example to southern Sudan because of too many carnages the went through during the colonisation periods of nearly a century.Use the right intelligents and you will benefits out because you are already government that is standing on your own feets with powers.

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  • 24 October 2009 04:56, by Dinka Boy

    Nowdays, no single individuals reject education,so we Southerners will give special thanks to South Africa for their task if applicable. We Southerners will next be your immdediate help for sure. I believed that" a Friend in need is afriend in deed". Please we need those kind of investments, avaition trainings,and other source of training that could benefits Southerners in long-run.

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    • 24 October 2009 05:11, by Maruon Ayiei

      Kim deng,

      Burning of Duk-Padiet will not be like going to Mcdonald, and you know we can do counter-burning in your area. No joke, get it in your chickenhead. An Arab buyout then is still an Arab buyout now no supprise. Keep enjoying your miltitia like activities before we kick your nutts off the south. Your days are dime and we will get you.

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      • 24 October 2009 05:22, by Pee-Funk

        you people are so stupid because the only think u coward people talk about is tribal issue, but you don’t talk about how southern sudan will separated from northern government. please would recommended you people to get a long and united yourself to win election in 2010 and referendum in 2011. after that you can kill yourself later but free yourself from Arab. I feel sorry for ya.

        by: Mr. P-funk

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        • 24 October 2009 06:01, by Maruon Ayiei

          Mr: Pee-Funk,

          At least we eliminate a vernin like Kim Deng among us. This parasite is nothing but a dilusional quagmire in our mist. In an event we need our unity, this sicko is enjoying slaying innocent civilian by his kinsmen militia. I been in SPLA uniform before and I will not hesitate to put them on again to uproot those skunk in the south. I am outraged by those idoitic individual who veer in instignating conflict among us. Yes, it is important we united before 2011 referendum but do this self-insane know that it is important. I for second will not let this pyschopath torn my hometown for fun. Kim is not from Lou, he is from Bentiu. He still make those chilly statement of instignation unrest between Lou and Hol. He will not lose no body if the ill-like him respond to his intended manslauhgtering. I wish and hope I will meet this man face to face in some time in the future and ask him face to face if he still believe in his writing. Those individual will not let loose or we will be in more trouble. I appreciate your challenge.

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  • 24 October 2009 07:16, by Gatwech

    Thanks South Africa,

    That is a very wonderful and helpful decision. South Sudan needs to be assisted in its preprations for elections and referendum. Thanks GOSS VP, Dr. Riek Machar for the strategic thinking.

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    • 24 October 2009 09:52, by ngor martyn jok


      u think everything comes from Riek Machar.
      Why just boring yourself every each day,pushing interests for the traitor.We know all our leaders,so don’t just stand behind him every each day.
      Government ’s everyone’s onus,just know that all ’re involved to transform the situation in S.Sudan.
      Give credit to all of them (government OF...) when u try to open password for appreciation!


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  • 24 October 2009 07:27, by Gatwech

    Jealous Lobengula and the likes,

    Why do you criticise somebody who is doing his journalistic job very well on national and international issues? James Gatdet Dak is the best journalist in Juba as we write who feeds us with good news about what is rarely going on well in our government. Do you want him to sit idle like you? Why do you think it is wrong to write about these important issues being tackled by Dr. Riek Machar? Stop tribal jealousy. My friend the world has known you better through your childish tribal comments on this website. They now know that Dr. Riek Machar is doing his job very well, but you hate him simply because of tribalism. No body will take your tribal comments serious. You are wasting your time.

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    • 24 October 2009 07:34, by Dinka Boy

      Please my fellew Southerners, I like the condition written by Mr Trueman and you guys have to read them because people will benefits from this trueman criteria. I hope you will enjoy.

      Conditions Riek Machar must fulfil to be SouthSudan president.

      1) He must convert to Dinka( i doubt if Dinka will accept him).

      2) Riek must accept and apologise for 1991 massacre.

      3) He must call Dinkas saviours

      4)He must acknowlegde Dinka as their brave and heros.

      5) Riek must accept Dr Garang as his hero.

      6)He must denounce and condemn Ngundeng prophesies as evilish and refute being called the anointed one.

      7)He must go to Dr Garang’s Bortown school and learn politics.

      8)He must believe in God and pray to Dinka for forgiveness.

      9)Riek must arrest his greed for power and believe in Dinka as a ticket to his leadership.

      10)He must not be slave-hearted as Arabs’ stooge.

      11)He must confess that he is Omar El bashir’s second wife.

      12)Riek must declare Nuer as second class to Dinka.

      13)He must believe in Dinka prophet KON Ajith.

      14)He must confess that he had a hand in Dr Garang’s death.

      15)Riek must vow to Kiir as his hero.

      16)Riek has to confess that he has a hand in Jonglei conflicts.

      All the above conditions can give Riek Machar the south presidency. He either accept them or go to hell with his evilish Nuer.

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      • 24 October 2009 07:51, by Sudan virus

        Dinka Boy,

        Your article is obsoletely irrelevant to the Subject.


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      • 24 October 2009 09:28, by David Deng Makuei Nhial

        True Dinka Boy,

        Those conditions you have mentioned are real for some one who is mentally sound, but with Machar who is evil oriented will not even immplement one of them. His presidency will come forth if he stop bilateral political interest as mentioned in the Bible that you should not save two masters who must hate one and love the other hence his services were good in early 1980s and got spoiled when he developed attitute of being moment leader in ealy 1990s. However the history he had created to himself made all moves negative to thoes who have had follow his behavior well, there is nothing that he achieved in his life, just prasitic being.

        Kim, Gatwech and others have failed during muocrot du time in army, that’s why they support even misconduct of Machar, but Gatdet is a reporter whose his reports are spoiled by those wrong advisers. He has right to report any thing in this nation but should not always made Machar s an important person in the GOSS. Machar is just there for the sake of formlarity but not is capability.

        Dinka Boy your articles always made me happy and from now you are my friend.

        Write to me via dengenhial@gmail.com

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      • 24 October 2009 10:34, by Rambang Deng

        A slave trying to fool himself and pretend to be somebody.

        Your coward tribe will bark, but the great Nuers will always walk tall pass your lazy butts.

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      • 26 October 2009 09:40, by Nyadihdih

        You are actually not trueman, if you do,no lies could come out of your lips ok...? sure you were been born of polluting this website, I know you very well you’re outgoing guys whose inner statements do not sleep in their hearts even one day, I don’t know how you been created to live such ways of hatred.Dr. Machar will never vow infront of any one like you Jaang to confess what? He is not pulling the dead fishs that belong to other person, just learn through your mistake inorder post good message on this website rather than your lie words. Ok.... yes Thank you very much.

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  • 24 October 2009 07:40, by ngor martyn jok

    Thanks to His Excellency,Kiir Mayardit!
    It’s a nice cooperation between the dual countries.
    It’s just an outcome of your decision to have a visit to Southern African countries!
    excited on also making the civil aviation more of a concern just like to any other issue such as election and referendum!!!


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  • 24 October 2009 07:41, by Sudan virus

    Thanks a lot.

    But also ensure these do not go into only two tribes in south Sudan.

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  • 24 October 2009 10:24, by M.Cool.J

    That is good our friend South Africa.
    Don’t make it loose.

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  • 24 October 2009 10:56, by Critic_Ngueny

    I belief in what I see and not what I hear.Let them start their help.

    Critic_Ngueny from Bor town

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    • 24 October 2009 18:31, by Dinka Aliap Chawul

      Congritulations.....!!! to the people of Rainbow nation;

      We are very proud for technical supports towards election & referendum for S.Sudan,

      I think Southern Sudan should learns from S.Africa experient because all of us do shares a common problems and a common goal.

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