Pretoria - Beijing's top envoy in South Africa, Ambassador Lin Songtian on Thursday praised South Africa's developmental ambitions, adding that with China's support, President Cyril Ramaphosa has the potential to save millions of South Africans from the grips of poverty and unemployment.
"We are happy now the [May 8 general] election is concluded. Sometimes I tell my friends that I am confident with the prosperity of this country...the economy and social development. South Africa is not a poor country, it has very unique strengths for development," Lin said while speaking to local and international journalists on the sidelines of a symposium hosted by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute in Pretoria.
"The number one challenge for President Ramaphosa is poverty, but the main mission for him is development for common prosperity. The first strength of South Africa is is the resources...the mineral resources, agricultural resources, ocean resources and more importantly the human resources. The human resource here in South Africa is one of the best in the world. You are not poor."
He said South Africa's massive human resource is a key ingredient for a nation to prosper.
"The other strength is the location. You are the only country in the continent embraced by two oceans. You could be a production base for the continent and the world. We can produce here and export to the world. The third unique strength of South Africa is the foundation and condition for development. I travel around the country, your infrastructure is not poor. The highways system [in South Africa] is one of the best in the world. South Africa is one of the best in the world, especially in emerging markets."