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:: National Freedom Day 2016

The Embassy in Madrid hosted successful Freedom Day on 27 April 2016

The Embassy hosted at the Madrid InterContinental Hotel its Freedom Day Ceremony on 27 April 2016, an event that also served to celebrate South Africa’s Armed Forces Day.  The event was attended by approximately 300 guests, inclusive of role players from the Spanish State, business sector, civil society, education, tourism sectors, South Africans living in Spain, friends of the Embassy, etc. Ambassador Lulama Smuts Ngonyama delivered his speech which was followed by the Guest of Honour, Mrs Carmen Vela Olmo- the Spanish Secretary of State for Investigation, Development and Innovation.

In his speech, Ambassador Ngonyama underscored the growing strategic bilateral relationship between South Africa and Spain, which is aimed at direct contribution towards South Africa’s national priorities. One notable area relates to the extensive involvement of Spanish companies in the ongoing major South African infrastructure development programme, with targeted focus on the renewable energy sector. The event also served as an important platform for Ambassador to announce about the envisaged launch in June 2016 of the South African Business Chamber in Spain, and invited interested South African and Spanish companies/investors to join this important initiative, which provides opportunity “to unlock the full potential of our relations, securing win-win cooperation between our companies and countries.” In her speech, Secretary Carmen Vela, extensively covered areas that provide opportunity for further collaboration between both countries, especially Science and Technology. She further expressed her optimism in the rise of bilateral tourism between the two countries; especially that IBERIA will launch three direct flights per week between Madrid and Johannesburg from 01 August 2016.

During the event, South African Airways and IBERIA handed over return air-tickets to three lucky winners who will have an opportunity to visit South Africa and explore the country’s tourism opportunities. The Mission also used the event to mount stalls around the venue in order to popularise South African commercial products currently being distributed in Spain such as, a variety of South African Wines, Appletiser, Amarula, and South African cultural artefacts. South African artists based in Spain entertained the invited guests with traditional South African songs and dance. The Embassy is also highly grateful to Echalar Fishing Company, SAA, Compañia Cervecera, Comercial Masoliver and IBERIA for their collaboration that ensured that the event was a resounding success.

For more information access the following documents:

Amb L. S. Ngonyama
Head of Mission
Ambassador's Corner
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Department of Trade and Industry
Department of Home Affairs
South African Tourism
Department of Arts and Culture
National Parks of South Africa
South African Airways
South Africa Broadcasting Corporation
South Africa - The Good News
Department of Water Affairs
Food and Agriculture Organization
Africa - The Good News
UNEP South Africa water profile
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