Oxfam response to Justine Greening's announcement that the UK will stop giving direct aid to South Africa in 2015

Posted by Sarah Dransfield Senior Press Officer

30th Apr 2013

In response to the announcement today from International Development Secretary Justine Greening that the UK will stop giving direct aid to South Africa in 2015, Oxfam's head of Development Finance & Public Services, Emma Seery, said:

"Whilst South Africa should be in a position to fund its own development, there remains widespread poverty and inequality so UK aid is still a lifeline for poor people.

"Today, UK aid is helping to provide life-saving medicines to people living with HIV in South Africa, so the UK must ensure that this announcement doesn't put these lives on the line. It will be crucial for the UK Government to work with South Africa on a concrete plan to make sure the poorest people will get the help they need."

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Sarah Dransfield: sdransfield@oxfam.org.uk +44 (0)1865 472269 // 07767 085 636

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