Media Advisory on Credentials Ceremony

President Thabo Mbeki will Friday afternoon, July 29, 14H00, receive Letters of Credence from three high commissioners and an ambassador designate at the Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria. The event is open to members of the media.

The ambassador and high commissioners to be received are the following:
1. Ambassador Ondongui-Bonnard - Republic of Gabon;
2. High Commissioner PNM Mswane - Kingdom of Swaziland;
3. High Commissioner S Pal - Republic of India; and
4. High Commissioner N Haider - Republic of Bangladesh.

The ceremony is not only meant to officially accredit ambassadors/high Commissioners appointed to represent their respective countries in South Africa. It also provides an opportunity for countries to consolidate and strengthen bilateral relations.

Details are as follows:
Date: Friday, July 29
Venue: Presidential Guesthouse
Time: 14H00

Arrival time for participating journalists: 13H15.

Please use Gate 9 and kindly bring along press cards for access purposes.
RSVP by Thursday, July 28, 13H00, by calling Lindy Cele on 012 300 5437.
Enquiries: David Hlabane on 082 561 9428 or Brenda Nkosi on 082 770 2369.

Issued by The Presidenc

27 July 2005

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