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Freedom Day (27 April 2015)

The High Commission celebrated Freedom Day on Monday, 27 April 2015 under the theme Celebrating the Beginning of the Third Decade of our Freedom through Accelerating Radical Economic Transformationat the Holy Trinity High School in downtown Kingston, Jamaica.

This year marked a departure from the traditional diplomatic reception usually held at the Official Residence in that a school was identified where the occasion was celebrated, a practical expression of one of our cardinal foreign policy objectives: People-to-people contact.  In acknowledging this initiative, the Jamaican Minister of Education, the Honourable Rev R Thwaites, MP commended the High Commissioner “for sharing the rich culture of South Africa with the people of Jamaica.”


Film Festival (30 March to 02 April 2015)

The South African High Commission held a film festival over a 4-day period which was patronised by members of Government, the Diplomatic Corps, Jamaica-South Africa Friendship Association (JASAFA), non-governmental organisations, civil society, corporate and academic institutions. 
Prominent members of society in attendance included the Most Honourable Lady Hall, the wife of Sir Kenneth Hall, former Governor-General, and the Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, MP.


International Women’s Forum (IWF) meeting (22 January 2015)

The High Commissioner hosted an IWF meeting at the Official Residence.  The IWF brings together an unprecedented global membership to exchange ideas, to learn and inspire, and to promote better leadership for a changing world.  The group consisted of women who will be travelling to South Africa in May to attend their annual conference.  The High Commissioner briefed the women on South Africa’s many tourist attractions.  As a result of that engagement, many of the participants have decided to extend their visit to South Africa to include other local destinations.


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