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   24 September 2019 Issue 248 - The dynamics of heritage





Resilient and Prospering Vietnam

Celebrating Vietnam’s 74th year of Independence, Mr Vu Van Zung, Ambassador of Vietnam in South Africa said that Vietnam has emerged much more resilient internally and more prestigious internationally, after colonialism, imperialism and years of war. The 2nd of September 1945 opened a new chapter of freedom, independence and happiness for the nation, said the Ambassador.

Sharing Vietnam’s successes Ambassador Vu Van Dzung said, ”in economics, whereas the world economy is facing multiple challenges, Vietnam’s economic growth stood at 7,08% in 2018, ranking first regionally and second internationally. Upholding multi-nationalism and a freer global trading system, Vietnam has ratified and put the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) into effect for the country since 14 January 2019. In June 2019, Vietnam signed a free trade agreement (EVFTA) and an Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) with the EU.



Endless opportunities between Uruguay and South Africa

On August 29th, Uruguay celebrated its National Day at the Residence of the Uruguayan Ambassador, Dr. César Rodríguez Zavalla, with the participation of about 200 people, including members of the Diplomatic Corp, Uruguayan citizens and South African authorities.

Photo: Dr. César Rodríguez Zavalla and Minister Khumbudzo Ntshavheni

Minister for Small Businesses, Khumbudzo Ntshavheni , represented the South African  Government at the event. She highlighted  the excellent bilateral relationship between  the two countries and the lessons that South Africa can learn from Uruguay, especially in areas like the development of the rural areas and energy resources based on clean technologies.




Bangladesh the “Development Miracle”

As current Chair of the ASEAN Pretoria Committee, Mr Thai-Keong Chua, High Commissioner of Singapore hosted a luncheon in celebration of the 52nd Anniversary of ASEAN. Gracing the occasion was Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of SA International Relations and Cooperation who said he was "a bit boastful" in sharing with the ASEAN members the recent signing of the African Continental Free Trade Agreement. He, however said that Africa is walking in the footsteps of giants, as ASEAN has been a free trade block since 1992.

Photo: Mr Dzulazhar Musa, Deputy High Commissioner of Malaysia, Mr Salman Al Farisi, Ambassador of Indonesia, Mr Joseph Gerard B. Angeles, Ambassador of Philippines, Mr Alvin Botes, Deputy Minister of SA International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Thai-Keong Chua, High Commissioner of Singapore, Mr U Myint Swe, Ambassador of Myanmar, Mr Vu Van Dzung, Ambassador of Vietnam and Mr Komate Kamalanavin, Ambassador of Thailand

Mr Thai-Keong Chua, High Commissioner of Singapore addressing guests said that the members of ASEAN are a diverse group of countries and are richer because of their differences.  “The ASEAN model is based first and foremost on mutual respect and self-respect.  We reject any one race, religion, ideology or state that claims a superior knowledge of human or divine truth or absolute right.  Diversity and differences do not have to be surrendered as precondition for closer political, economic and social integration.”




Austria and SA share choral tradition

Photo: Dr Johann Brieger, Ambassasor of Austria, Mrs Roswitha Brieger and Mr Marcus Cornaro, Ambassador of the European Union with members of the choir.
The St. Florian Boys’ Choir from Austria, which has a 1,000-year history, recently toured South Africa. Over the past decade, the choir has travelled all over the world, participating in significant musical festivals.

Today the St. Florian Boys’ Choir is an internationally active choir with a diverse repertoire and a clear goal, to convey the joy of making music to their audience, they say.

Dr Johann Brieger, Ambassasor of Austria and Mrs Roswitha Brieger hosted the choir at their official residence in Pretoria where they performed for an intimate audience. The Choir performed  a native dance, the Schuhplattler, Austria’s version of gumbooting. Among the songs they performed, a beautiful rendition of the South African national anthem received rousing applause.



Prestigious Cuban music band performs a successful tour in South Africa

The internationally renowned Cuban saxophonist at the helm of the Madre Tierra band elevated the Caribbean island to the top in the Arts Alive International Festival which was held on Sunday, September 1st in Johannesburg, with an attendance of 20 thousand people.

This Cuban band, composed of 7 talented musicians, is in South Africa for the second time this year. In January Madre Tierra had a successful presentation in the Marula Festival in Limpopo province.

The young musicians were special guests at a Cuban Night, a cultural gala organized by the Embassy of Cuba as part of the celebrations for the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Cuba and South Africa, which hosted representatives of the cultural sector, the press, the government, the diplomatic corps, among other friends of Cuba.









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