Former US President Bill Clinton was in Tshwane/Pretoria on Wednesday to attend the crucial encounter between the United States and Algeria, and while at Loftus Versfeld Stadium he met with FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter.
Clinton is currently in the middle of a tour of Africa to visit the various projects being undertaken there by the Clinton Foundation, the majority of which – including the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) – are concerned with the protection of health. Having first touched down in Tanzania, he will be in South Africa for a few days before making his way to Malawi.
During their discussions, both he and President Blatter stressed the importance of investing in development projects, particularly in the realm of health. “The official campaign of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, '20 Centres for 2010', ought to leave a legacy in Africa and above all in the fields of education and health, which are two of the programme’s key areas,” said the FIFA President.
The Clinton Foundation has been active in Africa since 2002, when the Clinton HIV/AIDS Initiative (now the CHAI) first saw the light of day with the support of Nelson Mandela. In addition, the Clinton Climate Initiative works closely with the major African cities Addis Adaba, Lagos, Cairo and Johannesburg to reduce gas emissions through various means, while the Clinton Hunter Development Initiative develops agri-business and promotes sustainable development in Malawi and Rwanda.
“I’m very honoured to have again met an individual like President Clinton,” added President Blatter. “We share the same opinion on the importance of an event like the World Cup and its impact on South Africa. We know we need to continue our efforts in the realms of health and education.”