Bill Clinton wants to boost SA charity

2012-07-16 12:25

Johannesburg - Former US president Bill Clinton says he's trying to get more support for a charity he helped found that provides training for impoverished South African schoolchildren in hopes they can carve out a better future for themselves.

Clinton said on Sunday the charity wants to fill gaps that state services cannot meet by attracting private funding and volunteers.

"I hope to get more support and make it bigger," he said during a visit to a youth centre in Soweto on his first day of a tour through several African countries.

The City Year charity was launched by former South African President Nelson Mandela and Clinton in 2005. It provided after-school care for 23 000 children since then.

Clinton expects to meet Mandela on Tuesday, a day before he celebrates his 94th birthday.

  • Esther - 2012-07-16 13:02

    There will be no need for foreign aid if the government officials steal less,'vreet en suip' less and use the money for what they are supposed to

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 13:13

      This is not foreign aid. This is human charity. There's always a need for charity. Almost all countries in the world have charitable organisations. Try have a gentler heart. You'll be a better person for it.

      luvhani.mphagi - 2012-07-16 16:12


  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-07-16 13:07

    Clinton will do better getting a team of experts here to teach all in government and its public sector how to plan better and not to embezzle money at the expense of the whole nation.Then there will be money to help the poor not with hand outs but by creating jobs.

  • mzwandileplaatjie.master - 2012-07-16 13:07

    Good Samaritan!!!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-07-16 13:09

    Yeah, everyone gets to meet Mandela, but sadly not those who fought for his freedom for twentyseven years. In those days American politicians wouldn't give us the time of day because it wasn't politically correct to support the opposition in South Africa. People like the Kennedy's and Jesse Jackson ran a mile when they saw us coming. Hypocrisy is a special ingredient of politicians. Bill Clinton isn't any different.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 13:23

      Reminds me of former NATS voters, who now care about the people of Diepsloot :-) *shootMe

      Esther - 2012-07-16 14:09

      @'Sit well' -at least the former Nat-voters care, the same can not be said about the 'struggle comrades'.All they care about is the next top-of- the-range German model car and where the nearest McDonals is to go and buy a painting

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 14:44

      They care? About whom? As for the comrades, I hear you indeed. I do. That however does not diminish the irony of all this sudden caring, which I might say looks rather convenient.

  • charmaine.mcdonald2 - 2012-07-16 13:18

    Which section of the Human Race in South Africa benefits?

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-16 13:18

    Clinton and the world charity donors need to understand that every dollar, euro and pound that comes into SA for charities such as this means that an equivalent amount of SA taxpayer's money will be redirected elsewhere, and a significant part of it will be corrupted wasted and lost. I ask you, does this not encourage the 'gimme for free' attitude or what, On the other hand, if the US citizen is stupid enough to hand over their wallet then maybe they would like to ensure that the money is used to hold the SA government to account for it not delivering services.

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 13:36

      I do not buy your argument. We can both agree that your have no stats to back up your claim. In light of the obvious absence of stats, your "every dollar" and "an equivalent amount" phrasing is just for effect. You cannot be taken seriously and we should rather applaud Bill Clinton, a man seeking to do good work in aid of his fellowman.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-16 14:01

      salee: After many years of being involved with HIV, Clinton Foundation, USAID etc I can assure you that although I obviously do not have stats AND clearly my point is rhetoric, one of the outcomes of the massive donor programmes has been that the SA government was able to divert funds into other projects and pockets. Comsidering the wealth of SA I think it is wrong that it should need such support. Even so, do you think that it is a gift without benefit to the donor?

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 14:17

      Charity is something that a person does because it gives meaning to their own lives. ThIS is why people choose charities that are a close to their hearts. This is not foreign aid. So yes, it is a gift of the giver/donor. Moving along, name at least 5 counties that do not have charity - rich or poor. Moving along still, you cannot thumb-suck a correlation between charity and the diversion of funds. A correlation like that must be supported by far more than a claim that you were involved with HIV etc. Why? Because you need to convince us all that one event occurs because of the other and that this is not just your bias speaking. A man is wanting to do good work and our negativity will not allow us to his efforts for what they are. I cannot agree with that.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-16 14:28

      sailee: Do yourself a favour and look at:

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 14:55

      I participate in charities and am more than familiar with the standards. What I am asking for from you is something to show that there is a correlation between the two events that you highlight in your initial post. When you are done with that, give me a list of countries, rich or poor, that do not have charitable organisations. Let us than look at that list and see why SA is considered by you to be so bad.

      rob.bayliss.94 - 2012-07-16 16:17

      salee.sithwell - 2012-07-16 16:38

      Criticallyhonest - clearly you do not have any answers and you were just throwing things around without any facts. Further, judging by the link you just posted, you have no clue what the difference is between foreign aid and charity. Not only does the article provide no support for your statements, it also says clearly at the top, "Aid effectiveness". I do not know how you could miss that. Even the content is very clear.

  • ozzie.oz1 - 2012-07-16 13:29

    For WHAT! So they can still sit back and expect more and more because they are a nation of takers.

  • sesom - 2012-07-16 13:30

    Don't waste your time... It will be stolen by the ANC.

  • konanani.rachicoper - 2012-07-16 13:34

    I am sure what you comment here wont change his mind.

  • Solomon Mathoma - 2012-07-16 13:40

    Eish White South Africans are so negative

      Esther - 2012-07-16 14:01

      ......and I wonder why???

      ishmael.mona - 2012-07-16 14:39

      we all are. it's voetsek u and voetsek them. only a few are holding this country up.

  • robert.mevo - 2012-07-16 15:06

    just make sure dat dey use it in a proper way bcs we hv hungry lions waiting 2 give demselves aders belonging.

  • david.g.fosse - 2012-07-16 16:36

    Bring on Monica,about the only bit of good news to hit that clown.

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