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  12 October 2016 Issue 184 - Dynamic partnerships







South African High Commissioner designate Robina Marks aims to enhance trade relations


Srimal Fernando, Global Editor of The Diplomatic Society interviews South Africa’s incoming High Commissioner Marks to Sri Lanka
Photo: High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ms R P Marks

South Africa’s designate High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, Ms R P Marks will serve in Sri Lanka for the next four years.
During her posting, she is expected to also serve as South Africa’s High Commissioner to The Maldives and Bangladesh; as well as Ambassador Plenipotentiary to Nepal. She is looking forward to enhancing trade relations with all four countries, to encourage investment and technology transfer to South Africa and showcase her beautiful country as a tourist destination. Her rich background in grassroots activism, particularly for gender equality, should also benefit new areas of engagement with these South Asian countries. 
In addition to this, she also brings expertise in economic diplomacy gained in her previous posting, where she was able to elevate South Africa’s trade relations with countries of accreditation to new heights with impressive increases in trade and partnerships. She is excited by the range of possibilities and hopes to see many high level visits, as well as trade delegations to and from South Africa.
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President Jacob Zuma received Letters of Credence from new Heads of Mission accredited to South Africa on 4 October 2016.

Pictured standing l-r: Ambassador Abdilatif Jumabaev of Republic of Kyrgyzstan, General Mosese Tikoitoga of the Republic of the Fiji Islands, High Commissioner Cyril Kenrick Hunte of the Co-Operative Republic of Guyana, Ambassador Kari Alanko of Republic of Finland, High Commissioner Roger Gopaul of Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Ambassador Javier Esteban Figuera of Republic of Argentina.

Pictured seated l-r: Ambassador Cecilia Julin of Kingdom of Sweden, Ambassador Chuluun Bayarmunkh of Mongolia, Ambassador Nedilson Ricardo Jorge from Federative Republic of Brazil, President Jacob Zuma, Ambassador Kim Chan Ryop of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Ambassador Mohsen Movahhedi Ghomi of Islamic Republic of Iran, Ambassador Eugenia Correa Orlate of Republic of Colombia.



Ambassador of Mexico Mr. Mauricio Escanero hosted a reception at his official residence in Pretoria to commemorate the 206th Anniversary of the Independence of Mexico.

Photo: Ambassador Mauricio Escanero and Minister Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development of South Africa toasting to Mexico's 206th Anniversary of Independence.
H.E. Mr Amrit Bahadur Rai, Ambassador of Nepal to South Africa and Mrs Manju Rai hosted a reception to celebrate the National Day of Nepal.

Photo: (l-r) Mr B P Gautam - Counsellor, Ambassador Amrit Bahadur Rai and Kelebogile Sethibelo, Deputy Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture of South Africa.

H.E. Ambassador Tian Xuejun and Madame Qiao Jie hosted a reception on the occasion of the 67th Anniversary of the Founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Photo: Raising a toast are Ambassador Tian Xuejun and Madame Qiao Jie with Mrs Tobeka Madiba Zuma, First Lady of South Africa.

German National Day celebrations

Ambassador Lindner and his wife Laura Susteric welcomed over 800 guests to celebrate the Day of Reunification, the German national day.

Photo: LIRA and Ambassador Lindner

The garden of the Ambassador’s residence in Waterkloof was transformed into a dance floor when South African artist LIRA entered the stage as this year's musical surprise. LIRA entertained the audience with some of her greatest hits. To everybody’s surprise Ambassador Lindner joined the band for one her songs.
Republic of Korea

Ambassador Yeon Ho Choi hosted a reception to celebrate the Republic of Korea's National Day and Armed Forces Day. He is pictured with Ms Elizabeth Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport of South Africa.

Children from Ramokoka, North West, performed Taekwondo and sang the national anthems of the two two countries. About 20 years ago, a Korean NGO established community development projects in Ramokoka, a remote, rural village in the North West Province.
Botswana celebrates 50th Independence Anniversary
Botswana celebrates 50th Independence Anniversary


GHANAFEST SA 2016, Another Resounding Success

GHANAFEST SA 2016, which commenced on Saturday, 17th September, 2016, with a colourful display of Ghanaian traditional cultural performances, alongside a trade show of apparel, artifacts, made-in-Ghana products, drumming, dancing, and rhythmic musical talents, came to an end on Monday, 19th September, 2016, with a two-day well-stocked business exhibition of Ghanaian textile and garments, Ghanaian processed and canned foods, unique hand woven traditional cloth, bags, slippers, alcoholic beverages, chocolates etc, as well as ready-to-be worn off the rack Ghanaian designed apparel, which were brought in by business operators from Ghana.

Welcoming the large crowd to the event on Saturday, 17th September, 2016, at the Magnolia Dell Park, His Excellency Mr. Kwesi Ahwoi, High Commissioner of the Republic of Ghana to South Africa recalled the virtues and vision of our Great African Leader and First President of the Republic of Ghana, Osagyefo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, as well as his revolutionary leadership in Africa and Ghana in particular, a vision of one united Africa, which the GHANAFEST SA celebration epitomised.



Thai Festival 2016

The Royal Thai Embassy in Pretoria in cooperation with the Thai Marketing Organization for Farmers and the Food Lover's Market of South Africa organized the first Thai Festival on 23 September 2016 at Woodlands Boulevard Mall in Pretoria.

The Festival showcased Thai fresh fruits, namely Monthong Durian, Namdokmai Mango, Sriracha Pineapple and Tamarind, as well as dried Jack Fruit and dried Pineapple. Thai silk and fruit and vegetable carvings were also in the show.

Photo: H.E. Dr. Pornchai Danvivathana, Ambassador of Thailand in South Africa and Mrs Danvivathana pictured with Mr Ajay Sooklal, Attorney at Law.

GRULAC Film Festival -A fiesta of Latin American and Caribbean cultures

 From 6 to 9 October the Open Windows Institute welcomed the Latin American and Caribbean Cultures through the exhibition of movies from Argentina, Chile, Cuba, Mexico, Suriname, Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Jamaica and Peru, as part of the GRULAC film Festival.

At the opening ceremony, a group of Latin American and Caribbean kids delighted the public with the interpretation of Ode to Joy directed by the Cuban Musician Wilmia Verrier and accompanied on the violin by Ambassador Roseval from Suriname who is also the GRULAC Dean.

During his opening speech Ambassador Roseval highlighted the relevance of this Festival as way to share the values and diversity of Latin American and Caribbean cultures with the people of South Africa. 

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