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#TweetOffRacism was born in 2013 as one of the outcomes of the project “Io tifo positivo” (I am a positive supporter) which started in 2006 for the first time to fight racism in sports and promote a free, democratic sport spirit. The NGO Comunita’ Nuova, headed by Father Gino Rigoldi, initiated the project to promote respect, education, co-operation, friendship amongst the younger generations. The project included some meetings in schools to raise the students’ awareness about the positive values of sports and the need to respect each other and to be tolerant. They are also invited to major sports events, like Premiere League soccer matches, or soccer clubs’ training session, both to learn the team spirit and to show what they have learnt through banners they put on display on these occasions.

The project is carried out thanks to the partnership between the NGO Comunita’ Nuova, whose President, Father Gino Rigoldi, plays a major role in the social rehabilitation of young people in the Milan Juvenile Prison, the City of Milan, the local Olympic Committee and the Candido Cannavo’ Foundation. The late Candido Cannavo’ was for many years the Editor of the main national sports daily newspaper, Gazzetta dello Sport, and was a great promoter of fair values in sports.

#TweetOffRacism is organized every year on 21 March. Students are invited to this full day event, where they have the opportunity to meet and interact with high profile sports and institutional testimonials on the theme of racism in sports.
The Mission is one of the key partners of the event as South Africa’s good story is considered of great value for the younger generations. The Consul-General addresses the student on the issue of racism based on South Africa’s history and experience.
 
On 17 July 2015 the staff of the South African Consulate-General in Milan honoured Mandela Day by visiting the Azimuth Centre in Milan - a rehabilitation centre for people addicted to psychoactive substances, both legal and illegal, who want to change their lives for the better.

The centre hosts 16 people, who choose this centre as an alternative measure to jail. The programme included: interaction with guests through gardening, cooking and braaing; discussion on Mandela Day and South Africa.

Upon arrival the staff was introduced to the centre’s guests and was allocated to different duties. While most staff members helped with gardening, some assisted with cooking the dessert and braaing the meat.

Once the activities were completed, all groups came together for lunch.

The event concluded with the handing over of a gift to the Mission’s officials, which was handmade by some of the centre’s guests.
NATIONAL DAY CELEBRATIONS
MILAN, 29 APRIL 2015
 
The National Day Celebrations took place at Hotel Melia in Milan in the form of a cocktail reception. A total of 120 selected guests from the institutions, the business community, NGO’s, media, African Diaspora, South African citizens and cultural institutions under the Mission’s jurisdiction took part in the event. The SA Embassy in Rome was represented by Mr Z Mnisi, Counsellor Political. The Honorary Consul in Genoa, Dr De Barbieri, was present, too.

After the welcome greetings by the Corporate Services Manager, Mr Mpiyakhe, Consul-General Molobi addressed the audience on the theme of the 2015 National Day as South Africa enters 21 years of freedom and democracy. He acknowledged the importance of the African countries and leaders and the global community in supporting South Africa during the struggle for freedom. He finally explained the reasons why South Africa does not participate in the Milan Expo2015 and mentioned that a South Africa Week will, however, be organized during the month of October. Councillor Mnisi concluded with the vote of thanks.

As usual, guests could taste a combination of Italian food served with South African wines, which enjoy more and more positive comments by the Italian wine lovers. The Mission branded the hall with South African colourful tablecloths; backdrops, banners and flags as well as with flower compositions of South African proteas, fynbos and pin-cushions prepared by the Mission staff.  
 
Small Business Development Minister, H.E. Ms Lindiwe Zulu, with a panel of ministers from other countries at the Global Entrepreneurship Congress held in Milan, Italy, from March 16 to 18.
 
Ms. TSD Nxumalo Consul-General
 
 
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