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Nelson Mandela International Day events: SA embassy in Madrid to remain closed on 18 July 2016
Since 11 November 2009, the United Nations General Assembly announced that 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, would become Nelson Mandela International Day, in order to honour Former President Mandela’s dedication to fight for social justice for 67 years in South Africa and around the world. Read More

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Press statement on the launch of the South African Chamber of Commerce in Spain on 9 June 2016.

The Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Spain is pleased to announce the launch of the new Spanish-South African Business and Culture Association. Read More
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  Ambassador Lulama Smuts Ngonyama, along with the Spanish Secretary of State for Investigation, Development and Innovation, Mrs Carmen Vela Olmo, presided over a highly successful Freedom Day Ceremony (including commemoration of South Africa’s Armed Forces Day) at the Madrid InterContinental Hotel on 27 April 2016, where approximately 300 guests, inclusive of major role players from the
Spanish State, business sector, civil society, education and tourism sectors, South Africans living in Spain and friends of the Embassy, attended the event. Read More

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Embassy organised highly successful Mandela day events in Móstoles and Madrid City on 17 and 20 July 2015
The South African Embassy in Madrid, in keeping with International Nelson Mandela Day campaign for peoples around the world to spend at least 67 minutes of their time on 18th July each year helping those in need in honor of the late Former President Nelson Mandela, held a series of highly successful events on Friday, 17 July and Monday, 20 July 2015. Read More
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South African Embassy in Madrid hosted a successful National Day on 16 June 2015
 
The South African Embassy in Madrid hosted a highly successful Freedom Day Ceremony at the InterContinental Hotel in Madrid on 16 June 2015, so as to combine with Youth Day and recognition of Armed Forces Day. During the event, speeches were delivered by Ambassador Lulama Smuts Ngonyama and by the Spanish Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ignacio Ybañéz Rubio. Read More
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Embassy participated in Africa Day events in Madrid on 25 May 2015.

The Mission in Madrid participated in three events on 25 May 2015 related to celebrations of the Africa Day.
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Ambassador Lulama Smuts Ngonyama Visits Malaga on 09-10 June 2015.

Ambassador Ngonyama visited Malaga on 9-10 June 2015 to participate in a Business Seminar, which focused on the promotion of trade and investment in South Africa.
 
The seminar was hosted by the Malaga Chamber of Commerce. Ambassador Ngonyama was received by the President of the Commission of Foreign Trade, Ms Maria Paz Hurtado.

The objective of the Seminar was to brief companies in the Province of Malaga about the existing opportunities for Spanish companies in the South and Southern African markets.

As such, Ambassador Ngonyama made a presentation on the investment environment in South Africa and the opportunities available to the 12 participating Spanish companies that came from the foodstuff, construction material, glass, and agro-processing, video games and clothing industries.

During the visit Ambassador Ngonyama also had meetings with Councillor Maria del Mar Martin, Deputy Mayor and Economic Advisor of the City Council of Malaga and Mr Felipe Romera, Director of the Technological Park of Malaga to explore value-add opportunities for South Africa.
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  Condolence message to Chabane family from Ambassador Smuts Ngonyama and staff at South African embassy in Madrid, Spain

Ambassador Smuts Ngonyama and the South African Embassy staff in Madrid, Spain would like to express their deepest condolences to the Chabane family on the untimely passing on of our compatriot, the Minister of Public Service and Administration- Mr Collins Chabane.

While we understand that it is very difficult to come to terms with parting way with such an important member of your family, you should also know that your loss is felt by all of us, especially that Minister Chabane was in the forefront in the development of an important tool of monitoring and evaluation for our Government system.

May his soul rest in peace and our prayers are with the Chabane family, including families of the two security personnel who also tragically lost their lives along with that of Minister Chabane on Sunday, 15 March 2015.

In one of his many eloquent quotes, Former President Mandela once said the following about mortality: “Death is something inevitable. When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace”.

Such is an apt description of the life of Minister Chabane.

Mintirho ya vulavula! Mintirho ya nwina hi ivonile. Ha khentsa. U exela kahle mutukulo wa ka Mhinga.

LALA NGOXOLO – REST IN PEACE

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President Zuma sends a message of condolences following Germanwings Flight  4U 9525 crash

On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has conveyed a message of condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of all the victims of the Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 that crashed in France on 24 March 2015.

President Zuma said: “We also extend our sympathies to the Governments and the peoples of all the countries whose nationals perished in the crash."
The Department of International Relations and Cooperation has been informed that no South African was on board.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

25 March 2015

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