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Motlanthe on four-day visit to US

2011-03-26 10:01

Johannesburg - Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe left for a four-day working visit to the United States on Saturday, the presidency said.

"Motlanthe's visit to the USA is within the context of strengthening bilateral, political and economic relations in support of South Africa's domestic priorities and foreign policy objectives," his spokesperson Thabo Masebe said in a statement.

Motlanthe would be visiting New York, Washington and Chicago.

Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, Agriculture Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim would be accompanying him, Masebe said.

Comments
  • Grant - 2011-03-26 10:11

    Being rewarded for standing in for Zuma while Zuma was galivanting around europe recently! Eish, you can't beat five star travel, specially when you are not paying for it. I wonder how many advisor's, secretaries, wags and luggage carriers are going with as 'support staff'?

  • threezero - 2011-03-26 10:30

    Hope he packed the good old begging bowl...

      Francois - 2011-03-27 07:24

      Hopefully the Yanks will not put anything into that begging bowl. Kgalema by his actions, like the support for Mugabe, said that we do not need any support, advice or aid - we can cope with it on our own, disregarding that the Zimmers have taken a million jobs of South Africans in the past ten years.

  • AndrewM39@24.com - 2011-03-26 10:46

    Well someone has to go and talk to Obama and ask why is he involved in Libya. Blade has to study education, the rest are along to hold hands and carry the briefcase. After all we have too much money in the kitty and it must be spent overseas.

      SAtoStay - 2011-03-26 12:12

      As deputy president he will not have access to Obama, but to Biden.

  • Ellie - 2011-03-26 10:48

    Watch how Walmart comes up??? Does SA really want to improve relations as this is not what we hear from the ANCYL, is this another waste of our tax or is there going to be some real commitment on our part?

  • gordon.parkin - 2011-03-26 11:12

    Do not under estimate Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. He is a clever man and very well educated. He has had experience as President of the country before President Zuma and has very good international relationships. Do not be surprised if he makes a come back in the ANC leadership at some point in the future. His behind the scenes negotiation skills and deep understanding of international affairs are powerful attributes that have worked well for President Zuma's tenure to date.

      Grant - 2011-03-26 11:59

      Agreed - he appears a better man for the position but is very quite. His personality and personal views are seldom on view and is not easy to read. Still waters run deep.

      exocist - 2011-03-26 12:14

      if he's so clever why is he still in the zombie party

      SAtoStay - 2011-03-26 12:18

      Doesn't take much to appear better suited to the position than Zuma. Are we satisfied with so little now that a little personal dignity on behalf of the candidate, and the absence of a criminal record or relations is impressive enough? Very few members of our cabinet has the depth that is required.

      Grant - 2011-03-26 12:49

      SAtoStay...he's certainly a huge improvement on the current 'ledar'

      Francois - 2011-03-27 07:26

      It also worked wonders for the Matabele women raped by Bob's cronies in Zim?

  • YasButIDunno - 2011-03-26 11:55

    What is the communist idiot Joemat-Petterson doing in the home of capitalism I wonder? Perhaps she is going to try to get the Americans to consider nationalising the farms over there?

  • exocist - 2011-03-26 12:10

    YIPEE ANOTHER FREE FOR ALL HOLIDAY FOR THE ANC ZOMBIES TO ACHIEVE NOTHING, SHOULDN'T THEY BE VISITING THEIR ALLIES CUBA AND HAITI AND CO. ?I WONDER IF THEY PACKED IN THEIR BEGGING BOWLS

  • coolwaynie - 2011-03-26 12:18

    He's got shopping to do.

  • Scoop - 2011-03-26 20:32

    Off to see Walmart no doubt...they have to get a deal with Walmart before otehr US companies will even consider investing in SA

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