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Heritage Day, 24 September 2015

The Ambassador of the South African Embassy, Ms Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Civic Education, Ms Paulette MENGUE (left), on 24 September 2015, Heritage Day celebrations cocktail, Gabon, Libreville at the National Museum of Gabon.
The Ambassador of the South African Embassy, Ms Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Civic Education, Ms Paulette MENGUE (left), on 24 September 2015, Heritage Day celebrations cocktail, Gabon, Libreville at the National Museum of Gabon.
 
The Minister of Culture, Arts and Civic Education, Paulette MENGUE (left), receiving a gift from Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), after giving a speech during Heritage Day Celebrations Cocktail, 24 September 2015. The Minister of Culture, Arts and Civic Education, Paulette MENGUE (left), receiving a gift from Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), after giving a speech during Heritage Day Celebrations Cocktail, 24 September 2015.
 
Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA, delivering a speech during Heritage Day Celebrations Cocktail, 24 September 2015, Gabon, Libreville at the National Museum of Gabon.
Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA, delivering a speech during Heritage Day Celebrations Cocktail, 24 September 2015, Gabon, Libreville at the National Museum of Gabon.

 

 
  Cultural Dance by the Gabonese cultural group organised by The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Civic Education entertaining the guests, during Heritage Day celebrations cocktail. The dance was demonstrating some of the cultures in Gabon, Punu (picture above) and Bwiti (below picture).
 
Cultural Dance by the Gabonese cultural group organised by The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Civic Education entertaining the guests, during Heritage Day celebrations cocktail. The dance was demonstrating some of the cultures in Gabon, Punu (picture above) and Bwiti (below picture).
 
Cultural Dance by the Gabonese cultural group organised by The Ministry of Culture, Arts and Civic Education entertaining the guests, during Heritage Day celebrations cocktail. The dance was demonstrating some of the cultures in Gabon, Punu (picture above) and Bwiti (below picture).
 
Vangile “Vangi” GANTSHO, Poet and Performing Artist, performing One of the poems from her book: “Undressing in front of the window” which is a collection of poems by her. Vangile “Vangi” GANTSHO, Poet and Performing Artist, performing One of the poems from her book: “Undressing in front of the window” which is a collection of poems by her.
 
Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), talking with the Ambassador of Egypt (left), Hisham Fathy M. MOSTAFA and his wife.
Ambassador Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA (right), talking with the Ambassador of Egypt (left), Hisham Fathy M. MOSTAFA and his wife.

 

South Africa / Year 21 of Freedom - Commemorating in a difficult context

Source: L’Union, p.21 Date: Thursday 7 May 2015
 
Ambassador Magaqa and Embassy staff at the Freedom Day Celebrations.
Ambassador Magaqa and Embassy staff at the Freedom Day Celebrations.
 
On 27 April 1994, a rainbow flag (black, yellow, green, white, blue) rose in the South African sky while the new official national anthem “Nkosi Sikelel’I Afrika” (God save Africa) was sung as a call and an ode to Africa. It was a highly symbolical mark of the birth of a new nation on the continent. Twenty one years later, South Africans, particularly those living in Libreville, remember this historical day which opened a new era for their country.
On the evening of this anniversary, the Ambassador of South Africa to Gabon, Pearl Nomvume MAGAQA, invited members of the Gabonese government, the diplomatic corps, business partners and South African citizens living in Libreville to a cocktail in a local hotel.
 
According to the South African diplomat, the context of this celebration is quite difficult due to recent events which took place in Gabon as well as in her country. She availed herself of this solemn occasion to address her “deepest condolences” to the Gabonese authorities for the passing on of Rose Francine Rogombé and André Mba Obame, recently ripped away from their compatriots.
“In South Africa, the recent attacks on our fellow African brothers and sisters have shocked us as South Africans as much as they have shocked the world. Our most cherished values of democracy, human dignity and non-racialism have been tampered with in the most undesirable manner by unwelcome criminal elements. In this regard, innocent, hard-working citizens from different parts of our continent have lost their lives, livelihoods and hopes for the future in the most cruel manner,” said Ms. Magaqa, indignant. “During these difficult times, Africa opened its doors to many South Africans who fled persecution perpetrated by the apartheid regime. We will never forget”, she reassured.

For the South African diplomat, her country’s foreign policy is driven by the vision of an African continent that is prosperous, peaceful, democratic, united and assertive in defence of its interests in world affairs. “Our relations with Gabon will remain forever strong and we continue to engage at appropriate levels. I reaffirm South Africa’s commitment to maintaining and strengthening its bilateral relationship with Gabon”, added HE Magaqa. She concluded with a word of wisdom by South Africa’s first Black President: “Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.”
 

Diplomatic Food Fair in Libreville

The diplomatic corps held a successful Food Tasting / Fair on 7 March 2015. The venue for this function was the Chamber of Commerce in Libreville. The Mission had a stall and provided visitors with a taste of what South Africa has to offer.

The majority of the diplomatic missions had a booth at the fair, and the First Lady, Ms Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, was the guest of honour.
 
Ms Stofile and Ms Nqweniso talking about South African cuisine at the Food Fai The First Lady, Ms Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, and the Ambassador of Morocco visit the South African stand.
Ms Stofile and Ms Nqweniso talking about South African cuisine at the Food Fair.
The First Lady, Ms Sylvia Bongo Ondimba, and the Ambassador of Morocco visit the South African stand.
 
Participants and visitors at the Food Fair.
From left: Ms Pauline Ossouka, Ambassador Magaqa, Ms Alexis September and Ms Ethel Mushwana.
Participants and visitors at the Food Fair.
From left: Ms Pauline Ossouka, Ambassador Magaqa, Ms Alexis September and Ms Ethel Mushwana.
 
The South African stand at the Food Fair. Embassy personnel at the Diplomatic Food Fair. From left: Ms Ethel Mushwana, Mr Marsho September, Mr Dickson Yungho and Ms Pauline Ossouka.
The South African stand at the Food Fair.
Embassy personnel at the Diplomatic Food Fair. From left: Ms Ethel Mushwana, Mr Marsho September, Mr Dickson Yungho and Ms Pauline Ossouka.
 
The ladies helping at the stand of the South African stand. Ms Alexis September and Ms Nwabisa Stofile.  
The ladies helping at the stand of the South African stand. Ms Alexis September and Ms Nwabisa Stofile.  

SA Embassy celebrates 20 years of Freedom in Gabon

 
Prime Minister Ona Ondo walking through the stands and looking at South African Wine at the exhibition.
Prime Minister Ona Ondo walking through the stands and looking at South African Wine at the exhibition.
 
From left to right: Mayor Ossouka Raponda, Ambassador Magaqa, Prime Minister Ona Ondo and the Regional Representaive for Paramount, Mr Mongis.
From left to right: Mayor Ossouka Raponda, Ambassador Magaqa, Prime Minister Ona Ondo and the Regional Representaive for Paramount, Mr Mongis.
 
A series of celebrations are taking place globally over the course of this year, as South Africans all over the world unite to mark 20 years of South Africa’s democracy.  One of these celebrations was the recent South African Embassy Dinner held in Gabon where South African and Gabonese government officials and business owners gathered to celebrate this significant milestone. Hosted by the South African Ambassador to Gabon, Nomvume Magaqa on behalf of the South African government, guests included  the Prime Minister of Gabon, Daniel Ona Ondo, who represented the Republic and the Mayors of Durban and Libreville.

Relations between Libreville and Durban have grown since the Twinning Convention agreement between Libreville and eThekwini Municipality was signed in Libreville in 2012 to facilitate business relations between the two countries and increase the volume of commercial exchanges.

South African Ambassador to Gabon, Nomvume Magaqa said, “It is fitting that we are celebrating during the South African Business Week here in Libreville. “ The week, which takes place from 19 to 22 May is hosted by the South African embassy in Gabon and includes numerous activities including exhibitions and business workshops with the Gabon Chamber of Commerce and academic exchanges with the University of Johannesburg.

“We are celebrating everything that has gone right in the last twenty years. And we are also remembering all of the lessons that we have learnt over the last twenty years,” said Ivor Ichikowitz, Executive Chairman of Paramount Group, Africa’s largest privately-owned defence business  and sponsors of the dinner.
The elections held in 1994 marked the end of over 300 years of colonial and minority rule, and it can be argued that one of the greatest achievements in the history of Africa is South Africa’s twenty years of democracy.

According to Ambassador Magaqa, this momentous occasion presents an opportunity for South Africa to reflect on how our freedom and democracy were achieved, and to celebrate the progress we have made in the past 20 years. She says, “While we are accelerating development and continuing with the good work the government has achieved so far, we do still recognise that we have more work to do in the journey ahead. Key to this is the National Development Plan which addresses issues around poverty and inequality reduction as a long term strategy for our country overall.

“South Africa established full diplomatic relations with the Republic of Gabon in 1992 and there is a strong relationship between the two countries. The Mayor’s visit is a continuation of the good relations that exist between the Republic of Gabon and the Republic of South Africa. Through this successful relationship we wish to work towards economic diplomacy to improve business partnerships between the two countries which will ultimately create jobs and empower small enterprises in South Africa. Our emphasis is to create a South African presence in Central Africa and to promote intra-Africa trade in the region while promoting investment to ensure both economies grow and exchanging expertise, particularly in significant areas of our commercial activities,” added Magaqa.

One of the first countries South Africa’s former president Nelson Mandela visited after he was released from prison was Gabon where President Mandela thanked the people and government of Gabon for their contribution towards South Africa’s freedom.
 
Statement by President Jacob Zuma to the National Assembly on the violence in Kwazulu-Natal directed at foreign nationals, 16 April 2015. During the past week we have witnessed shocking and unacceptable incidents of violence directed at foreign nationals in some parts of KwaZulu-Natal, which has now spread to some parts of Gauteng. Similar incidents had taken place in Soweto in January. No amount of frustration or anger can ever justify the attacks on foreign nationals and the looting of their shops.
 
2014 General Elections Third Update on Out-Of-Country Voter Registration South African Citizens, who are out of the country who are not already registered and wish to apply for registration to vote in the upcoming General Elections, are hereby invited to apply for registration. Registration is open daily during working hours from 08h30 to 15h30 at the SA Embassy at Villa No 3, House No 91, Street 1, Block 10, Salwa.  The last day for registration will be 7 February 2014. In addition, special registration will take place on Friday, 24 January 2014, from 09h00 to 13h00, for those SA Citizens who are not yet registered and cannot come to register during normal working hours. To be eligible to register at the SA Embassy, a person must :
  • Be a SA Citizen and be 16 years of age and older;
  • Submit a valid green bar-coded Identity Document, a valid Temporary Identity Certificate (valid for 2 months) or a Smart Card;
  • Submit  a valid SA Passport; and
  • Submit in person the application form, (available from the IEC website or at the Embassy), the identity document and a valid passport.
NOTE :  If you are already registered to vote in SA but are now living abroad, you are NOT required to re-register - please check your registration status on www.elections.org.za.   For any further enquiries, please phone Tel : 25617988 during working hours or visit the IEC Website at www.elections.org.za.  Special Registration Officers at the Embassy are: First Secretary, Ms L van der Walt and Third Secretary, Mr MC Kekae.
 
27 April 2013 - Freedom Day: The South African Embassy in Gabon celebrated the country's National Day with a reception at the Beach Club in Libreville on 30 April 2013.The theme of this year’s National Day was “Mobilising society towards consolidating our democracy and freedom” with the focus on the promotion  of economic cooperation.  The Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Legislature, Administration and business in Libreville attended the function, with the Government of the Republic of Gabon being represented by the Minister of Forestry and Water, Mr Gabriel Tchango. (photo with Ambassador Magaqa at the podium, DSC 1468.JPG) Ambassador Magaqa delivered the address and informed the audience that since the establishment of the South African Embassy in Libreville in 1993, South Africa has had 20 years of formal relations with Gabon.  She provided the audience with some of the outcomes of the BRICS Summit that marked another milestone in the history of South Africa and the continent.

The Ambassador’s address was well received and the celebrations continued in true South African fashion.
 
16 June 2013 - Youth Day: The day was commemorated by hosting 3 schools around Libreville namely; Lycée National Léon Mba, Lycée Paul Indjendje Gondjout, and Lycée d’Application Nelson Mandela. Activities of the day included a film screening and discussions.
 
18 July 2013 - Mandela Day: The South African Embassy in Libreville participated in an outreach to orphanages in Libreville, with the SAA country team. The Embassy also had a cultural event on the day, showcasing South African culture by performances by Ukhamba Dance group. Key messages were delivered by Mr Jean-Marc Mintso from the Department of Education in the Republic of Gabon, Ms Evelynne Petrus-Barry (Resident Coordinator of the UN in the Republic of Gabon) and Ambassador Nomvume Pearl Magaqa.                    
 
HE Ms Pearl Nomvume Magaqa
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