Post-democratic South Africa has gained membership to a number of organisations that lend support to the country’s efforts to create a thriving society for all.
When the first democratic elections took place in 1994, the eyes of the world were on South Africa. We became a rare example of a country that had managed to peacefully emerge from many years of struggle. Since then, South Africa has played an important role on the world stage.
South Africa is currently a member of international organisations such as the United Nations (UN), the African Union (AU), the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS), all of which benefit the country.
Membership of the UN
The UN provides millions of rands in aid to its member countries. It supports disaster relief efforts, provides funding for health programmes and has a number of agencies that deal with various issues, such as human rights, disease and economic development.
In addition, UN special agencies such as the World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund have provided loans which have allowed the South African Government to fast-track programmes that support millions of needy South Africans.
South Africa joined the BRICS group in 2010.
Our relationship with these countries has presented an opportunity to join other developing nations to improve economic growth, learn from successful initiatives and improve trade. South Africa’s involvement in BRICS has greatly improved our political position on the world stage. Investments from other BRICS nations have now created over 20 000 jobs.
Membership of the AU
Many African countries share common problems and through the AU, members are able to collectively find solutions. The AU has created a sense of unity amongst countries around the continent, helping our government to build strong relationships with our African counterparts. In 2020, President Cyril Ramaphosa will chair the AU, which will give South Africa the opportunity to further improve its influence and leading position on the continent.
Membership of the SADC
South Africa is one of 15 SADC countries, which gives us the opportunity to be part of an organisation that focuses on the unique issues in our immediate region. The SADC has greatly boosted our economy by promoting trade with southern African countries.