She began the day at about 9:30am meeting with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Pretoria, South Africa. They spoke to the press after their meeting. Read the full text of their remarks here!
During the press conference following their meeting, Secretary Clinton urged government officials in Pretoria to press for reform in neighboring Zimbabwe. She said the chaos just across the northern border in Zimbabwe was a crisis for South Africa.> Nkoana-Mashabane said at the press conference that South Africa and the United States would work together to help Zimbabweans. She cited the recent easing of restrictions on foreign media that has allowed CNN and the BBC to resume broadcasting from Zimbabwe as a sign of progress. Comparing Zimbabwe’s coalition to an arranged marriage, she said, “Over time you get used to it and feel that it’s better than no marriage.”
Afterwards, there was a very special meeting with former South African President Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa. Their meeting was of course behind closed doors and it was followed by a tour of Mandela’s private archives. These are her remarks following their meeting released by the State Department:
"I had a chance to see Madiba today. But I also got to see the archives and some of the archival material that is being displayed for the first time. And I saw with my own eyes the very careful recordkeeping that Madiba did do during his life which will be a treasure trove of information, of memories, of lessons and guidance that generations to come will be able to learn from. And to be there and to see the pictures of him as a young man and to know so much about his life, it of course inspires in me not only an even greater admiration for his publc work, but an even greater affection for the man. This was such a challenge that he bore and bore with such grace. And as he has often said, he kept improving on himself, which I think is a lesson for us all. And you can see that in the recordings of his days. What he was doing. What he was thinking. The discipline that he brought to a life filled with so many great achievements, not only for him personally but for South Africa and the world."This is clearly a very special meeting for the two of them. Reports stated that Hillary clasped hands with Mandela for some photos and when the shutters stopped clicking, she joked she didn’t want to release his hands. Mandela responded with a smile and a thumbs up. How freaking adorable.
The day then went on to a meeting before South African business leaders in Johannesburg. The Secretary delivered remarks saying, "And the economic success of Africa today, as well as our future hopes, hinges in great extent on the economic success of South Africa. It is both a responsibility and an opportunity for all of you to lead the economic work in this country."
"it is a great honor to be here at this clinic. This clinic represents a partnership and collaboration between the people and government of the United States and the people and government of South Africa. We are proud to support the work that is done here through PEPFAR and USAID.Read her remarks given at the dinner here.
I also appreciated the conversation that I just had with the minister. It was very specific and very frank about how we can work better together. We have the challenge that everyone is aware of. We have to make up for some lost time, but we are looking forward. And I am very pleased that we have some people here who are willing to talk about their experience at the clinic, because the minister and I can talk and our distinguished guests can talk, but what’s important is what this clinic mean in the lives of the people in this area and what it represents for what can be done for people across South Africa."
"It is a special pleasure for me to be back in South Africa at this time of such excitement, anticipation, and commitment. I appreciate greatly all of the good wishes and very encouraging words that many of you during the day, and certainly before, have said about our new President and his administration.CNN's report on Hillary Clinton in South Africa:
And, of course, I bring you his greetings, his absolute commitment to elevating our relationship between our two countries to a new level of breadth and depth and strength, and his belief, which I certainly share, that South Africa's leadership, not only in this region, and not only on this continent, but globally, is so necessary for the 21st century.
It is exciting also to hear about the plans that this new government has. I have had just a brief time today to learn more, both from the minister and from the business community, from my wonderful visit with (inaudible), and of course, talking about our joint efforts against HIV/AIDS.
I am delighted that the minister and I have agreed that she and I will chair a new bilateral strategic dialogue that will involve our government holistically, looking for very clear direction as to how we can solve problems together. And it's especially appropriate in this month dedicated to recognizing and honoring women, that two women ministers would, on behalf of each of our countries, make this commitment."
Reuters news report on Hillary Clinton in South Africa: