EU pledges millions to SA schools

Pretoria - The European Union (EU) has pledged $165 million to improve primary education in South Africa.

The pledge was made during President Jacob Zuma's visit to Belgium - a country that will be working more closely with South Africa.

Zuma said on Tuesday he was pleased to see agreements being signed in various sectors, including education, saying the implementation of these would be for the mutual benefit of both countries.

"South Africa is committed to work closely with Belgium in the identification and implementation of various projects, which have the potential to assist SA in achieving its development objectives in a win-win situation with all stakeholders concerned," said Zuma.

The President said they planned to conclude a wide-ranging economic partnership agreement between the southern African regional economic body and the EU.

Zuma said the outcome of these discussions was a clear demonstration of the progress the two countries had made.

"We ... can continue to build on our excellent bilateral relations, which is indicative of the friendship that exists between our peoples," said Zuma.

The meetings between the two counties are also expected to discuss climate change and joint cooperation on regional and international issues.

It is the third such summit between the leaders of the EU and South Africa. - BuaNews