The United States Government wants to continue to build on the strong and lasting partnership that we have with the people and Government of South Africa. We can’t do that from behind our compound gates. So, we reach out to communities, big and small, in a variety of ways. One way we do that is by establishing partnerships with local institutions called American Corners. We have American Corners in Cape Town, in and around Pretoria, in Soweto, and in the Free State and KwaZulu-Natal – and yesterday we signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Municipality of Westonaria to establish a new American Corner in the West Rand. This new American Corner, to be located at the Westonaria Municipal Library, will add substantial resources to the very effective library services already offered there. This year, we will provide R570,000 worth of new books and reference materials, new computers and internet access, audio-visual equipment, and training for library staff. We will also take advantage of the connection we have with the library to conduct programming there, for instance with visiting musicians or expert speakers. Ultimately, our shared objective is to build bridges of learning and to give today’s youth the tools they need to become tomorrow’s leaders.