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  27 July 2016 Issue 177 - Honouring Mandela





Mandela Day

In recognition of the former South African President Nelson Mandela's contribution to the culture of peace and freedom, in November 2009 the UN General Assembly declared 18 July "Nelson Mandela International Day". The day acknowledges Madiba’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.
Donating their time and much needed supplies are:
DIRCO and Heads of Mission
 The South African Presidency and the Chinese Ambassador
Embassy of France in SA
Embassy of Germany in SA
Embassy of Norway in SA
South African Embassy in Greece
United Nations in Pretoria


Australian poverty ambassador laces up for walk across southern Africa

Australian Matt Napier’s mission to end world poverty is seeing him walk 2,250 kilometres across Southern Africa to raise awareness of the importance of reducing poverty around the world through sustainable development. 
Photo: Australian High Commissioner to South Africa, Adam McCarthy (left), joined Matt (as he commenced the final leg of his southern African trek, towards Maputo from Pretoria) in walking for 67 minutes in celebration of Mandela Day
As part of the Walk to a Better World campaign, Matt is travelling through Namibia, Botswana, South Africa and Mozambique – a journey that will take him around 2 months to complete.   He is kicking or carrying a football for the entire trip as a way of connecting with people from all walks of life and highlighting how sport is being used as a tool to help alleviate poverty in Africa.
“I’m hoping to help all Australians better understand the role they can play in ending world poverty in the next generation, and the importance of supporting sustainable development that works hand-in-hand with local communities” Matt said.



Be Unstoppable in Rio Olympic teams SA

A farewell gala dinner was hosted on 22 July 2016 for the South African Olympic and Paralympic teams who will be participating in the upcoming Rio Olympics. The Olympics officially opens on 5 August and the Paralympics on 7 September.
The teams were encouraged by guest speakers on the evening that South Africans fully supported them and would celebrate all their achievements at the Games.
Photo: Pictured at the Gala Dinner are (l-r) Mr. Elkhan Polukhov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan, Mr. Sam Ramsamy, Board member of SASCOC/ Member of the International Olympic Committee and Mr. Andrei Molchan, Ambassador of Belarus
Addressing guests Ahmed Kathrada, former Robben Island prisoner and political activist emphasized that sport is a great unifying factor. He said that even on Robben Island the prisoners participated in sports. In sport, he said, people are united in a winning course. "May our Olympic and Paralympic teams celebrate success and victory after victory," he said.


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