Inauguration: Arrivals of Foreign Dignitaries: Update 1
Pretoria- Twenty nine Heads of State and Government and seven Deputy Presidents from around the world are expected to witness the inauguration of South Africa’s fourth democratically-elected President Jacob Zuma scheduled for Saturday 9 May at the Union Buildings, Pretoria.
The Inauguration is organised around the theme: “Together celebrating a vibrant democracy and building a better life for all.” The Inauguration is a culmination of positive mood generated by the success of South Africa’s fourth democratic elections. It will also be a moment of great pride for the nation and an opportunity for celebration of our democratic values and system of governance.
The Inauguration Ceremony provides South Africa with an excellent opportunity to express its gratitude to many people across the world who have shared both difficult and happy moments with the people of South Africa.
In this regard, several Heads of State and Government have begun arriving at Oliver Tambo International Airport to bear witness during the inauguration ceremony. These include at this stage:
Presidents: Laurent Gbagbo (Cote d’ Ivoire), Jikaya Kikwete (Tanzania), Theodore Nguema (Equatorial Guinea) and James Michel (Seychelles)
Deputy Presidents: Rafael Alburquerque (Dominican Republic), Joseph Boakai (Liberia), Didjob di Ndinge (Gabon), Noli de Castro of Philippines
Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ratnasisri Wickramanayaka and
His Majesties King Mswati III of Swaziland and King Letsie III of Lesotho.
Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa at 082-990-4853
Department of foreign Affairs
8 May 2001
NB: 2nd Update of arrivals expected at about 18h00.