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Clinton named 'the one who brought snow'

2012-08-08 11:41

Johannesburg - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been named Nimkita - “the one who brought the snow” - by her hosts in South Africa.

This comes as snow fell in all nine provinces on the same day for the first time ever.

"Nimkita will be a name that I will proudly bear," Clinton laughed.

Clinton is visiting the country with a business delegation to hold talks on strengthening trade and investment relations between South Africa and the US.

The US secretary of state told delegates at a gala dinner in Pretoria that the real task of the 21st century is to expand the circle of opportunity.

"Freedom [and] democracy are great accomplishments of the 19th and 20th centuries. But now comes the hard part - how does democracy deliver?

"How does it make it possible for more and more people to enter that circle of opportunity to make lives better for themselves and their families?"

Clinton commended the work done by her South African counterpart Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in the past three years.

"We work together in order to produce results. Minister Mashabane is effective. She is effective, so grounded in the needs and aspirations of the people of South Africa," she said.

"Having these jobs is not an end in itself... they are prestigious, they carry status, people drive you around, they protect you. But having a job is not the point, it's using the job to make life better."

She announced a number of partnerships with South Africa in areas including education, small business development and the fight against HIV/Aids.

Comments
  • OSSY24 - 2012-08-08 11:54

    MET EISH JA

  • hallo.daar.56 - 2012-08-08 11:59

    Thanks Hilldog!

  • silvia.vaneck2 - 2012-08-08 12:11

    Phew, For once it's not apartheid! ;-)

  • batandwa.malingo - 2012-08-08 12:12

    i love her.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-08 14:41

      Batandwa, what has she done to deserve your love?.

  • lulama - 2012-08-08 12:13

    Love this woman....she should have been a president of the USA.

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-08 14:15

      And stayed there.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-08 12:16

    Nimkita - Zulu for 'Not Monica'?

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-08 12:21

    Some interesting comments from the ignorant gutter people here. I do question whether she even knows or understands what the ruling party are doing to this country. But my goodness, when someone donates this kind of money to assist a cause such as HIV, and then you read some of the hate comments here you have to wonder who is in fact evil.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-08 14:45

      Big chief, it must be frustrating for you to stoop to such a low level to address the gutter people. If none of her fellow Americans had to depent on charity because they can't afford anti AIDS medication, fine, If none of her fellow Americans need to die because they can't afford medical aid, fine. As long as these practices continue, she has no right to buy Africa with dollars needed in America. Take that from one of the gutter people here.

  • Jeremy.Traygon.Opperman - 2012-08-08 12:21

    Watch this cow - she is trying to push Agenda 21 through and if you have a brain and the patience to read through that dispicable document you will see that at its base it is calling for the culling of human life, and that its goal is to de-populate the planet down to 500 million - Dont believe me - go read it for yourselves and see this demon cow for what she is, because truthfully EVERYBODY reading this comment is in the sights for depopulation, or rather a better term: Extermination.

      Antipoaching - 2012-08-08 12:30

      I reckon some human culling isn't a totally bad idea....... mankind is stuffing up the planet

      Desilusionada - 2012-08-08 12:46

      Traygon, your political underwear is hanging out by displaying your anti-US bias. Agenda 21 is 20 years old and support by your government. Let us write Hillary Clinton a letter and ask her to take the HIV donation back, then we will prevent her from reaching her extermination goal by preventing Agenda 21. Oh wait.... what will happen to the HIV positive people? Oh yes.... they will be exterminated won't they. If you think a government that cannot deliver textbooks, clean water and sufficient electricity will implement and actively assist in steps to carry out Agenda 21, then you must really think about exporting whatever you are smoking. BTW, Does "Sword Fighting warriors that enjoy living life the Viking way making there ancestors proud and building comradery with brothers and sisters of like mind" sic, make you forget common decency and manners as well? It is one thing slapping an open hand handing a gift, but it is another calling a woman a demon cow. Her boss approved her gift and pronouncements.

      Antipoaching - 2012-08-08 12:55

      Heres a link to Traygons favourite conspiracy theory website: http://agenda21conspiracy.com/Agenda_21_Conspiracy.html Its typical ultra-right twaddle!

      keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-08 14:17

      That is a good idea; as long as SHE isn't one of the 500 million and I am.

  • malcolm.baillie.50 - 2012-08-08 12:26

    I still prefer Hitlary

  • steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-08-08 12:37

    I'm not entirely sure what to make of all these comments, but there is one thing I do understand looking at Mrs Clinton, is now I know why handsome cousin Bill did what he did. He made hay while whatever shone!

  • rikhoula.joy - 2012-08-08 12:38

    Wow we r all bcuming whites in SA, same colour yepeee, no mo rasicm

  • bam.boo.5621 - 2012-08-08 12:41

    She's not being called the "Ice Lady" for nothing.

  • Barryboots - 2012-08-08 12:47

    "Having these jobs is not an end in itself... they are prestigious, they carry status, people drive you around, they protect you. But having a job is not the point, it's using the job to make life better." Thank you Nimkita, well said, just hope it didn't fall on deaf ears.

  • stephen.j.dickson.3 - 2012-08-08 13:01

    It figures.Well she is quite the Ice Queen. Just ask Bill, who publicly claimed he never had sex with that woman.

  • rodney.currie.79 - 2012-08-08 13:03

    The Ice Maiden. I suppose that explains Monica.

  • yolanda.dali - 2012-08-08 13:08

    Excuse me, in what South African language is snow called \nimkika; mkita or kita\?

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-08-08 14:11

    Nothing other than the ICE "queen" herself. Sticking her nose where it does not belong! Damn these fools who want to make a god out of her, because she is nothing but! Nothing is for free and the USA fees definately are not cheap! Some will still learn this the very hard way!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-08 18:35

      Don't worry, Africa dances to its own music - for appearance's sake or to benefit from donations we will from time to time pretend we're agreeing with her, but as soon as things settle down to normal our hips begin to sway to the beat of our forefathers.

  • keith.roberts.98434 - 2012-08-08 14:14

    But does she realise that she should have at least Eleven names, one for each official language. And judging by the comments here a few more highly unofficial and quite unrepeatable names.

  • lionel.defrontignac - 2012-08-08 14:22

    I seem to recall her claiming, not too long ago, that Mubarak was a family friend; self-serving Americans sponsor dictators and terror when it suits them...

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-08 18:33

      Americans have always spoken with out of both side of their mouth!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-08 14:34

    A pity' Nimkita' was no where in sight when we were protesting in the snow for Mandela's release from prison. Strange none of us have ever been invited to meet him. But then we were just foot soldiers weren't we?.

  • sesom - 2012-08-08 14:50

    Naa, IT WAS VERVOED...

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-08 18:32

    I hate this snow, it's turning my country white!

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-08-08 21:41

      Fidel is no better than the Klu Klux Klan. Truly. He holds the same racist ideas, just on the other side of the spectrum.

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