Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni’s Insights on Global Security Matters

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The global landscape is fast-paced and constantly changing, presenting humanity with both opportunities and challenges. At the International Meeting of High-level officials responsible for Security Matters, South Africa’s Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni shared her observations on international security matters.

Climate Change and its Impact on Africa

As the world tackles climate change, developing countries, particularly those in Africa, face significant challenges. South Africa has recently experienced severe floods that devastated public infrastructure and economic growth in several provinces, leading to the need for a redesign of spatial plans. The resettlement process is lengthy and complex, with families displaced and needing to be relocated.

COVID-19 Pandemic and Africa’s Challenges

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the global community’s priorities, leaving Africa questioning the lack of affordable vaccines for diseases that continue to plague the continent. Additionally, securing affordable financing for economic recovery and reconstruction programs is challenging. South Africa is an example of a nation affected by these challenges, still grappling with over 60% youth unemployment.

South Africa’s Technology-Neutral Approach

Despite pressure to reject certain technologies, South Africa has adopted a technology-neutral approach to digital transformation. The country has chosen to adopt the best and most affordable technologies available, regardless of their origin.

South Africa’s Non-Alignment Stance

South Africa’s non-alignment stance in international relations has made it the target of various attempts to sway its position. In the context of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, South Africa has been accused of siding with Russia. However, the government maintains its commitment to a peaceful resolution of disputes and non-interference in choosing its allies.

Cooperating for Global Security

As humanity faces increasingly intense and cascading global challenges, including disease, climate change, technological disruptions, and financial crises, the need for cooperation among nations becomes paramount. South Africa’s commitment to the principles of national sovereignty and equal treatment in the multilateral system has become more critical than ever, given the multifaceted and dynamic global security threats.

A Prosperous Africa for Global Peace and Stability

A prosperous and conflict-free Africa is necessary for global peace and stability. International efforts must be directed not only towards resolving African conflicts but also investing in the continent’s economic development. South Africa is a reliable partner in protecting the sanctity of a multilateral system against unilateral hegemony.

Ending Conflict through Peaceful Negotiations

The ongoing conflict in Ukraine underscores the need for peace and stability in the global community. South Africa and the African continent have already experienced the adverse effects of this conflict, including rising energy prices, food costs, and inflation. South Africa supports efforts to end the conflict through peaceful negotiations and engagement, offering its experience in conflict resolution to facilitate negotiations between Russia and Ukraine.

As the world grapples with the complexities of international security matters, South Africa’s commitment to the principles of sovereignty, multilateral cooperation, and peaceful conflict resolution provides valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

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