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Graca Machel to Malawi’s Joyce Banda: Mandela’s MINDS at your service

Pres-Banda-left-Graca-MachelTHSWANE, South Africa--Wife to South Africa's former president, Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, said Wednesday the Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) believes African leaders should rely more on African institutions, wisdom and cooperation to strengthen the self confidence of Africans.

She was speaking to the media after meeting Malawi’s Pres Joyce Banda who is currently in South Africa, the continent’s economic giant, where she’s looking for cooperation and assistance for her government.

‘It is time that sons and daughters of this continent say we have the ability, we have the capacity and we know better than anyone else what our needs are and we want to shape our own destiny,” Mrs Graca Machel asserted.

She said she offered the Pres Banda MINDS to help Malawi with her development agenda.

Banda, said Machel, had expressed concern about food security and the need for new initiatives such as mechanization to increase productivity and make agriculture as a business and not just an activity.

Meanwhile ministers from the two countries have also been meeting to discuss issues affecting the two nations.

Malawi’s Ken Lipenga told the media the two countries discussed how to strengthen trade and investments. He also said Malawi thanked the South African government for the 35 US million grant during the funeral of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika.

South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ebrahim Ismael Ebrahim, said the relationship between Malawi and South Africa is based on respect, credibility and integrity of the two nations.

Ebrahin said South Africa was interested in large scale projects in Malawi to help reduce poverty.
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Graca Machel to Malawi’s Joyce Banda: Mandela’s MINDS at your service
Graca Machel to Malawi’s Joyce Banda: Mandela’s MINDS at your service

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