Minister Dlamini Zuma Extends Government Condolences on the Death of South Africa's High Commissioner to Uganda, Bavumile Vilakazi

Jakarta- South African Foreign Minister Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma was deeply saddened and shocked on learning of the untimely death of South Africa's High Commissioner to Uganda, Bavumile Vilakazi who passed away on Thursday 21 April 2005 in Kampala.

"Once more death has robbed us of the rich diplomatic experience and skill that Bavumile Vilakazi contributed to our overall work for the renewal of Africa and the creation of a better world" said Minister Dlamini Zuma
" Bavumile understood fully well that South Africa could not reach its full potential without the development of the continent of Africa. In this regard Bavumile was prepared to sacrifice the comfort of his home in pursuit of the overall objective of advancing the interests of our country at an international level." Continued Minister Dlamini Zuma

"Yet throughout his career Bavumile continued to be characterized by humility and dignity in the service of his people and country. We are proud to have been associated with him in the trenches of diplomacy.

" On behalf of President Thabo Mbeki, the government and people of South Africa we extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, the children and the entire Vilakazi family during these trying moments" concluded Minister Dlamini Zuma.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of Foreign Affairs
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22 April 2005.

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