Hillary Clinton in SA for 4-day tour

2012-08-06 08:20

Johannesburg - US secretary of state Hillary Clinton is to meet with former president Nelson Mandela on Monday, the US state department said, hours after her arrival in South Africa on the latest leg of her Africa tour.

The luncheon with the 94-year-old former president will take place in Qunu in the Eastern Cape.

Clinton, who met schoolgirls and Africa's second woman president during an unprecedented visit to Malawi on Sunday before jetting to South Africa, will be in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town until Thursday morning.

While in South Africa, Clinton is also expected to meet with senior government officials, as well as senior representatives from the South African private sector.

Business delegation

The state department announced earlier it was partnering with the US Chamber of Commerce to lead a business delegation of approximately 10 senior US executives to the three cities Clinton is visiting.

"South Africa is the leading market in Africa for American goods, and the United States is both an important export market and a source of foreign direct investment for South Africa," it said.

Members of the business delegation were said to include senior executives from Black & Veatch, Boeing, Chevron, EMD/Caterpillar, FedEx Express, GE, Symbion, Trimble, Wal-Mart, and Zanbato.

A trade mission meanwhile includes the heads of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, the Export-Import Bank of the United States, the US Trade and Development Agency, as well as Robert Hormats, under secretary of state for economic growth, energy and the environment, and Francisco Sanchez, under secretary of commerce for international trade.

"The mission showcases our commitment to highlighting investment opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in infrastructure, the state department said.

After trips to Nigeria and Benin, Clinton is due to travel to Turkey on Saturday for talks on the conflict in Syria.

  • Michael - 2012-08-06 08:49

    So who's going to arrest this war criminal?

  • walter.lebza - 2012-08-06 09:47

    She's here to see if we are really not buying tons of oil that we need so bad from iran. And she can't give us a drop. Americans, think they are kings over us. Their battle with middle east countries is not our battle.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-06 12:33

    Watch out Hilary, JZ's probably looking for another wife by now.....

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-08-06 12:45

    America has nothing to offer Africans. As the US model is militarily invading and killing people to expand it's empire, the Chinese use capital investment by putting their cash on the table and making an offer. Westeners are not prepared to make a better offer because they feel entitled to get it for free. This sanctimonius and dim woman without any redeeming features should go feed with the other wilde beast.

  • Amanda - 2012-08-06 15:26

    "South Africa is the leading market in Africa for American goods" says the quote. What? Where? All I see is Chinese manufactured goods everywhere. Dream on.

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