SA pays R26m of Liberian debt

South Africa's tax system is a free piggy bank for Africa. Yes or No?

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protzkrog

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http://www.fin24.co.za/articles/default/display_article.aspx?Nav=ns&ArticleID=1518-25_2080468

Cape Town - South Africa is to pay off a portion of Liberia's debt to the African Development Bank (ADB), an amount exceeding R26m, government communications head Themba Maseko said on Thursday.

Briefing the media after Cabinet's fortnightly meeting on Wednesday, he said the meeting had approved a request from the ADB for South Africa "to contribute to clearing Liberia's unpaid debt to the bank".

Maseko told journalists: "South Africa will avail US$3.6m (about R26.3m), amounting to 6.25% of the amount requested from bilateral donors as our contribution to the clearance of Liberia's unpaid debt to the ADB."

Later, responding to a question, he said this meant South Africa was giving the money, and not lending it. It would come from Treasury's 2006/07 fiscal transfers budget.
eish...one of the two countries in africa that was never colonised...and they still need help from the countries that was colonised and pillaged by the europeans...
ironic

why not use the money to help South Africans, rather than Liberians....
oh ja, they can't even help themselves...the country was without electricity from 1990 until 2006...lol
 
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why not use the money to help South Africans, rather than Liberians....
oh ja, they can't even help themselves...the country was without electricity from 1990 until 2006...lol
Is it not also a good thing that African countries help each other instead of always looking to 'overseas' for help? We are a very wealthy country in comparison, and no where did I read that South Africans will go with out because of it.
 

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Yes, make a fuss because we decide to help out another country that is in far greater need than us.
Nice
 

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and no where did I read that South Africans will go with out because of it.
AIDS - fire Manto, get someone with a brain and a degree from a place other than the USSR
Crime - more police, better, swifter justice system, scare the criminals, string them up in church square, laat hulle k@k
Housing - 1000's of people live in shacks, build them houses
Water - more dams, more water, hydro electricity
Power - Eskom...Koeberg...moertoe...eish - so build some PBMR's
Education - more schools, better teachers, better results, better generation
Communications - Telkom...bleh
Roads - stop hippos wallowing in the potholes
Jobs - give them something to do and earn money and develop skills
Public transport - pull all taxis of the roads, some underground trains, or just a reliable bus service (like in Europe)
2010 - eish...hopefully it's not a f0k0p
etc.

we've got a m0erse load of problems

let Liberia help themselves...we owe them nothing and they can be of no help to us...
they were never colonised...their country was never pillaged en exploited by europeans, why do they need our help...
hehe, I wonder what their government blames all the problems on ?

bleh
 
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fivelza

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AIDS - fire Manto, get someone with a brain
Crime - more police, better, swifter justice system
Housing - 1000's of people live in shacks
Water - more dams
Power - Eskom...Koeberg...moertoe
Education - more schools, better teachers, better results, better generation
Communications - Telkom...bleh
Roads
Jobs
etc.

we've got a m0erse load of problems

let Liberia help themselves...we owe them nothing and they can be of no help to us...
they were never colonised...their country was never pillaged en exploited by europeans, why do they need our help...

bleh
Protz, off course let everyone just rot in their own back yard and we just stand and watch. R26m is little compared to the billions of extra money the Revenue Services has collected. Our problems with the above you mention has got very little to do with the availability of funds, more to the ability to apply the funds.
 

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R26m is little compared to the billions of extra money the Revenue Services has collected. Our problems with the above you mention has got very little to do with the availability of funds, more to the ability to apply the funds.
it's little in comparison, but it's a moerse lot for people that have to live in shacks, catch rusty taxi's to work (if they even have work). have to rely on the public education system, feed their kids and deal with AIDS. R26 mil can make a huge difference to a huge number of people's lives.

I pay my taxes to help SA's people, not Liberia's

Government officials are quite skilled in embezzeling funds...or using it for big parties or grand cars or trips overseas to look at cranes...and the people that voted for them have nothing

Protz, off course let everyone just rot in their own back yard and we just stand and watch.
well Mebki is doing it with Zimbabwe and that's fine ?
 

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protzkrog : That R26m will not do any real good in SA. We have more than enough money. Money isn't the problem
So, why not help other people out.
 

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If we have all this cash, why are so many cops without basic equipment? Why are some departments so slow when money could be pumped into systems to boost their effectiveness? Into qualified personnel?

Again, this is Mbeki playing saviour. Doesn't give a damn about us.
 

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Syndyre : No country, anywhere, ever, will have no problems. Or even major problems for that matter. So why, when what is required to fix out problems, isn't 26m, cant we help out a country that is so desparately poor compared to us?
 

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Syndyre : No country, anywhere, ever, will have no problems. Or even major problems for that matter. So why, when what is required to fix out problems, isn't 26m, cant we help out a country that is so desparately poor compared to us?
I'm just wondering, why are they so poor ? Liberia was never colonized ?
 

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protzkrog : So what. You think colonisation is the only way that countries end up poor?
 

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protzkrog : So what. You think colonisation is the only way that countries end up poor?
well, colonization is what most of the African governments blame the poverty and problems in their countries on

Yes, I am a nice person, I'd rather help South Africans than Liberians
 

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protzkrog : Cool. So you cannot understand that the poor in Liberia are much worse off than the poor in SA, and that people might want to help them out a bit. Ok
 
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