News from the Consulate - Cape Town
Secretary of State Clinton's Visit to Cape Town Reinforces Ties with South Africa and the City
Cape Town (August 8, 2012) - U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton continued her multi-country Africa tour with a much-anticipated stop in Cape Town, South Africa on August 8, 2012.
Secretary Clinton began her day with a visit to the Delft South Clinic to witness U.S. Ambassador Donald Gips and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi sign the Partnership Framework Implementation Plan (PFIP) agreement, a roadmap that outlines the transition of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in South Africa from an emergency initiative to a sustainable and long-term program led by the South Africa Government.
In her remarks, Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for South Africa’s National HIV/AIDS and TB response, stressing that the United States is in it "for the long haul." She also highlighted the progress made over the last eight years in the fight against HIV/AIDS in South Africa -- milestones that include providing treatment to over 1.7 million South Africans and successfully reducing mother-to-child transmission from 8% in 2008 to 2.7% in 2011. Since 2004, the U.S. has provided more than $3.2 billion (approximately R25 billion) in support of the combat against HIV/AIDS in South African through PEPFAR. (Read full remarks)
Following her visit to the Delft South Clinic, Secretary Clinton delivered a major speech at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to a crowd of more than 1,000 students, educators, academics, civil society, media, government officials and other special guests. Speaking on the topic, "Going Global: The U.S.-South African Partnership,” she challenged the students present to "not only preserve, but build on the foundation" of South Africa's historic struggle and transformation. Secretary Clinton also called on South Africans to live up to the legacy left by Nelson Mandela by promoting human rights and democracy among its neighbors and around the world. (Read full remarks)
On August 6, a few days prior to her stop to Cape Town, Secretary Clinton paid a private visit to former South African President and anti-Apartheid hero Nelson Mandela at his home in Qunu, Eastern Cape.
Secretary Clinton's visit served to reaffirm the United States' longstanding commitment to the partnership between our two countries, and highlighted our strong support for South Africa’s efforts in its fight against HIV/AIDS, in building a stronger education system, and in driving economic growth. Her stop in Cape Town also reinforced the very strong personal ties she has not only to South Africa, but to the "Mother City" in particular.