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Sun May 24 23:19:33 CAT 2015

Mampara of the Week: Maite Nkoana-Mashabane

Sunday Times | 18 December, 2011 02:12

Carbon footprint in the mud

HOGARTH was astounded to see that the Minister of International Relations, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, is being credited with the deadbeat outcome of the no-hope COP17 summit as if she'd brought about world peace.

This conference was the scene of unprecedented politically correct hand-wringing and spin-doctoring by world leaders all claiming to be green.

What was truly astonishing was the fact that South Africa, home of the coal-fired power station and acid-mine drainage, should claim environmental sainthood.

The minister herself spent no less than R10-million in 15 months on chartering private jets, including hiring one because she didn't want her handbag searched at the airport, parliament was told.

Never mind the wasteful spending, all those jets would give this Mampara the carbon footprint of a herd of pipe-smoking elephants.

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