Toast Remarks by the Deputy President, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka,
on the occasion of the Official Visit to Indonesia
Your Excellency, Vice
President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla and Mrs Kalla;
Chairperson of the House of Representatives;
Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers from both Governments;
Members of Parliament;
Senior Officials from both Governments;
Ladies and gentlemen
allow me, on behalf of the South African Government, and its people to thank Vice
President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla for the kind invitation to pay an official visit
to Indonesia. South Africa's relations with Indonesia date back to the times when
slavery was the order of the day.
This relationship has seen people being
moved from country to country and from continent to continent, which in our case
resulted in people like Syekh Yusuf being displaced from Makassar in Indonesia
to settle in a place that is today called Makassar next to Cape Town, in South
Some of you may recall that Vice President Kalla paid an historic
visit to South Africa last year where the South Africa Government recognised the
contributions and sacrifices made by Syekh Yusuf.
To honour this martyr,
the OR Tambo award was posthumously bestowed at the National Orders Award ceremony,
which was held in Pretoria on 27 September. Not only has the honour on Syekh Yusuf
cemented the bond between South Africa and Indonesia, it has also presented our
two nations with opportunities that would probably never have surfaced.
political relations took root in 1955 at the Asia Africa Conference in Bandung
when Indonesia provided a venue for the struggle of the South African people against
Bandung's main aim was to promote solidarity and co-operation
among the countries of Asia and Africa. However, what came out of the conference
as witnessed by the growing relations between our two nations is political solidarity,
economic and social cultural co-operation.
Given the historical ties between
Indonesia and South Africa, it is quite appropriate that as strategic partners
and emerging economies representing different parts of the "South",
we should continue to play leading roles in bringing our regions together to the
mutual benefit of all our peoples.
Our countries have many issues that
they are in agreement with at an international terrain, and where we share common
We agree for example on issues such as the need for a fair
and equitable distribution of the benefits of globalisation and on the importance
of making an impact on the lives of millions of people internationally who continue
to live in conditions of deprivation and poverty.
As members of the Non-Aligned
Movement (NAM), we both realise our responsibilities in shaping a new and just
world order. We, therefore, have to work together as partners in promoting the
ideals of South-South co-operation, as well as to promote greater North-South
In conclusion, ladies and gentlemen, I would like once again,
to sincerely thank Vice President Muhammad Jusuf Kalla and the Indonesia people
for the kind invitation bestowed on my delegation and I.
May the special
friendship between our countries and the goodwill between our people continue
to blossom as we work towards achieving our shared vision of creating a better
world for all.
Please allow me, on behalf of the Government and the people
of South Africa to propose a toast on the excellent relations between Indonesia
and South Africa, as well as on the good health of Vice President Muhammad Jusuf
Kalla and the people of Indonesia.
I thank you!
Issued by: The
24 April 2006