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Ambassador Pakamisa Augustine Sifuba presents credentials to the Government of Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste
Having completed the presentation of credentials to the government of the Republic of Indonesia, the date for the presentation of credentials to the Government of the Republic of Timor-Leste had finally come.

The date was set for 18 September 2014. The designated Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste; H.E. Mr. Pakamisa Augustine Sifuba, accompanied by Messrs.

Moses Phahlane and Lungile Tawe (both First Secretary: Political – handling political and trade issues respectively) supported by Ms. Ita Arpianti, Secretary to the Ambassador travelled to the neighbouring country on 16 September 2014.

As a practice and tradition, the process begun on 17 September 2014 when Ambassador Sifuba paid a courtesy call to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Jose Luis Guterres and privately provided the copies of the Letter of Credence to open doors for engaging with the Foreign Ministry and the diplomatic colleagues.

As an envoy to Timor-Leste, Ambassador Sifuba also carried greetings from Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane to her counterpart in Dili, signifying South Africa’s continued engagement and interest on the issues affecting developing countries at a bilateral and multilateral level. The greetings were warmly received.

The appointment of Ambassador Sifuba as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa to the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste followed a formal ceremony on 18 September 2014.

Ambassador Sifuba presented his Letter of Credence which signified his appointment as a representative of President Jacob Zuma to the Government of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste under President Taur Matan Ruak. Prior to the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Sifuba was invited to make short remarks to President Taur Matan Ruak.

The remarks captured at length the friendly relations the two countries enjoy and further referred to the harnessing of the historical relations ascribed above in strengthening the cordial relations and good understanding that subsists between the two countries.
 
Statement on presentation of credentials by Ambassador PA Sifuba to the president of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Mrsusilo Bambang Yudhoyono
On 30 January 2014, the Ambassador to Indonesia, Mr Pakamisa Augustine Sifuba, presented his Letter of Credence to His Excellency, Mr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, (commonly known by his initials SBY), President of the Republic of Indonesia. Ambassador Sifuba devoted to use his period as South Africa’s Ambassador to Indonesia to strengthen and consolidate the fraternal, warm and cordial relations between South Africa and Indonesia that date back from the late 1600s when the Dutch banished many Muslim freedom fighters to the Cape from their homeland in the East. Read More
 
The Commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day held on 18 July 2013
In honour of President Mandela’s birthday, in November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July, President Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’. It is on this day that the international community observes a day of service in his honour by giving 67 minutes of their time to serve others in their communities. Sixty-seven minutes refers to the years of service and sacrifice President Mandela gave to the cause of freedom for the people of South Africa and whose life had been the ultimate definition of peace, both in South Africa and throughout the world.

The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia hosted the introductory Celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2013. The event was organized in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa and the Voice of Indonesia Radio (RRI) broadcasting service. Since this was the inception of the event in Jakarta, Indonesia, invitations were sent to Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Universities, NGO’s and various Media outlets in Jakarta. The Program was arranged in a form of a Round Table discussion and a recorded talk show which was later to be broadcasted on the Radio Program slot named “The Diplomatic Forum”.
 
The Commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day held on 18 July 2013

In honour of President Mandela’s birthday, in November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared 18 July, President Nelson Mandela’s birthday, as ‘Nelson Mandela International Day’. It is on this day that the international community observes a day of service in his honour by giving 67 minutes of their time to serve others in their communities. Sixty-seven minutes refers to the years of service and sacrifice President Mandela gave to the cause of freedom for the people of South Africa and whose life had been the ultimate definition of peace, both in South Africa and throughout the world.

The United Nations Information Center (UNIC) in Jakarta, Indonesia hosted the introductory Celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day on 18 July 2013. The event was organized in partnership with the Embassy of South Africa and the Voice of Indonesia Radio (RRI) broadcasting service. Since this was the inception of the event in Jakarta, Indonesia, invitations were sent to Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Universities, NGO’s and various Media outlets in Jakarta. The Program was arranged in a form of a Round Table discussion and a recorded talk show which was later to be broadcasted on the Radio Program slot named “The Diplomatic Forum”. Photographs

 
South African embassy’s 19th Anniversary Celebration of Freedom Day held in Jakarta, Indonesia
As part of the National Celebration of the Freedom Day of South Africa held at calendar day 27 April every year, the Embassy of South Africa held a Reception to commemorate the 19th Anniversary of the first democratic elections held on 27 April 1994 and the installation of a government under a new era of democracy and freedom. The event was held on 25 April 2013 at the Shangri-La Hotel.

The event was well attended considering other events which were taking place in the capital. The guest book recorded 270 attendees while the Mission is of the view that the number of guests could have reached 330 to 350 on the night.

Ambassador Noel Noa Lehoko rendered the opening remarks, while the guest of Honour, Minister of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Mohamad S. Hidayat gave a response speech. Minister Hidayat alluded to the steady growth of the bilateral trade between the two countries and further indicated that the bilateral relations have been solidified by a number of agreements and bilateral mechanisms. Both the Minister and Ambassador mentioned the frequency of visits to and from Indonesia and South Africa in consolidating people to people contact, business networks, civil society personalities and the tourism sector.
 
South African Embassy in Jakarta observed Parliamentary elections in Timor-Leste on 7 July 2012
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Jakarta, Indonesia compiled a three member Election Observer Team to the Timor-Leste Parliamentary Elections which took place on 7 July 2012. The Observer team was comprised of Ambassador N Lehoko (leading the team), Mr. M Phahlane and Ms I Cotan. The Observer team arrived in Dili, Timor-Leste on the 3rd July 2012. Prior to the voting day, the Observer team had the opportunity to interact with the local people and other members of the International Observer Missions, i.e. The European Union (EU) the European Parliamentary Team, The Australian Team and the Philippines Team. The observer team also attended a seminar arranged by Anti Corruption Commission of Timor-Leste (CAC) and a briefing by the EU during the press release and preliminary statement.
 
Commemoration of National Youth Day on June 16 2012
The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Indonesia, in collaboration with the Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation and Bellagio celebrated with the young people of Indonesia in the event of National Youth Celebration known as June 16 in South Africa. The event was attended by members of the diplomatic community and their families; South African students who study in Indonesia in the area of Arts and Culture through a scholarship programme and other expatriates.

The Mission adopted the theme: “Together We Can Do More to Build Infrastructure and Fight Youth Unemployment, Poverty, and Inequality”. Mr Moses Phahlane, First Secretary Political, gave the keynote address of the event. He reflected on the events which led to June 16 1976 tragedy. He further encouraged everyone present to create opportunities for young people.
In the keynote address, it was also indicated that “Together we can create a community of youth that not only study hard to get good jobs, but to search for entrepreneurial opportunities through which they can offer jobs. Rather than focusing on youth limitations, weaknesses and deficiencies, let us work together and focus on capabilities and opportunities that exist in and for young people”.

The event was made possible by the Maria Monique Lastwish Foundation and Bellagio Events Centre. The Foundation takes care of the interest of children in need. Currently the Foundation makes a difference to the lives of 13 000 children around the world. The founder of the Foundation, Ms Natalie Tjahja, through her deep love for Africa, went to South Africa on 2009 and opened her first project “Maria Monique Happy Room 1” at the place where Nkosi Johnson lived. Nkosi Johnson was a South African child with HIV/AIDS, who made a powerful impact on public perceptions of the pandemic and its effects before his death at the age of 12 in June 2001. He was ranked fifth amongst SABC3's Great South Africans.
 
Ambassador Lehoko’s visit to Timor-Leste
Following the successful presidential elections in March/April 2012, the Republic of Timor-Leste entered a new era with the inauguration of the new President, Mr. José Maria de Vasconselos who is popularly known as Taur Matan Ruak and the celebration of the 10th anniversary of independence on 19 and 20 May 2012 respectively. Ambassador N Lehoko attended the ceremony which was graced by various dignitaries including President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia, President of Portugal and Head of Government of New Zealand.

Ambassador Lehoko had successful meetings with Ex-President Ramos Horta, the new President Vasconselos, the current Prime Minister M Xanana Gusmão and  Foreign Minister Da Costa and Mr. Cabral, the chief electoral officer who was at the time preparing for the parliamentary elections of July 2012.
 
Ambassador Lehoko’s visit to East Kalimantan
As part of the South African Embassy in Jakarta’s projects outlined for 2012/13, Ambassador Lehoko paid a visit to the East Kalimantan Province from 2 – 6 May 2012 on a tour for trade promotional activities.

This is part of an ongoing programme by the South African Embassy to establish contact with senior representatives from the political and business community of some of the 33 provinces of Indonesia. During the visit, Ambassador Lehoko met with the Deputy Governor of East Kalimantan Province, Mr. Farid Wadjdy and the Mayor of Bontang City, Mr. Adi Darma. Ambassador Lehoko also had a tour of two prominent companies namely; LNG and a fertilizer company-Pupuk Kaltim.
 
Africa Day Celebration 25 May 2012
The Africa Day celebration in Jakarta, Indonesia on 25 May 2012 marked yet another milestone for Africa and Indonesia’s relations which have a historical linkage. Africa Day symbolises the day in which the African continent established the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963. The organisation heralded and pursued the agenda for the decolonisation of Africa and the attainment of political independence on the continent. In July 2002, the OAU was transformed into the African Union (AU), whose main thrust is the political, economic, social and cultural integration of the continent.

Africa Day celebration in Jakarta was in support of the overall continental thrust for political and economic aspirations between the ASEAN and the African Continent. Under the theme “Boosting Intra-African Trade” and the sub-theme of “Forging AU-ASEAN Partnership”, African Embassies in Jakarta endeavoured to turn Africa’s excellent international political relations into tangible economic benefits. Trade between the African continent and Indonesia is at the value of USD9, 7 billion with South Africa and Indonesia accounting to USD2, 142.36 billion.
 
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