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22nd Freedom Day Celebrations in Mumbai
The Consulate General in Mumbai hosted the 22nd Freedom Day celebrations under the theme “Together Building Better Communities – Local Government is Everybody’s Business”, with the aim of highlighting South Africa’s democratic processes and the forthcoming local elections to be held on 3 August 2016, and also to introduce the newly appointed Consul General, Ms Maropene Ramokgopa to the Consulate General’s stakeholders in Mumbai.

The occasion was utilised, inter alia, to heighten the profile of South Africa, promote closer cooperation between the South African Consulate General, the Maharashtra government and the diplomatic community as well as to recognise the role of India in the liberation of South Africa; and to inform invitees of the Government’s priorities and to highlight some of the achievements made to date with regard to SA – India relations.
Consul General Maropene Ramokgopa (Right), with Mr Shamlal Goyal, Principal, Government of Maharashtra on the Occasion of the 22nd Freedom Day Celebrations in Mumbai, India
Consulate Staff with the Musical Duo: Qadasi
Guests at the event
Consul General Ramokgopa with Mr Vinod Advani
VIP Guests at the event
Consul General with Consulate Staff
Consul: Economic (far right), with guests at the event
 
On 17 June 2016, Consul General Ms Maropene Ramokgopa met with the Regional Director of the Confederation of Indian Industry (Western Region), Dr Saugat Mukherjee. The purpose of the meeting was to identify areas of possible cooperation between the Confederation and South Africa businesses.

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Western Region is responsible for three of the States that fall under the Jurisdiction of the South African Consulate General, and these are: Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat. The CII spoke of the need to create a forum that would enable members to explore business opportunities in South Africa. It was agreed during this meeting that the Consulate and the CII will arrange B2B meetings between SA and Indian businesses in the areas of diamond cutting, tourism, and pharmaceuticals, agro-processing and financial services. These sectors are not limiting and should there be more areas of possible cooperation the CII and Consulate will continue to assist business.
Pictured here below is Consul General Ramokgopa (right) and Dr Mukherjee (left) at the conclusion of the meeting.
 
As part of her mandate, the Consul General regularly interacts with South African companies and entities in Mumbai. This interaction is mainly to have feedback on doing business in India, to discuss the achievements made and challenges faced.

On 22 June 2016, Consul General Maropene Ramokgopa visited First Rand Bank and met with the CEO and Country Head, Mr Rohit Wahi. The visit was also an opportunity to meet some of the staff members of the Bank.  On the very same day, the Consul General also met with the Country Head of South African Tourism, Ms Hanneli Slabber who gave feedback on tourism promotion in the Indian market.

The Consulate, on various occasions, partners with SA businesses and entities based in Mumbai, to promote South Africa as both a business and tourism destination.
The Consul General, Ms Maropene Ramokgopa, with the CEO Of First Rand Bank, India, Mr Rohit Wahi
Consul General Ramokgopa with Ms Hanneli Slabber, Country Head: South African Tourism, India
Mr Rohit Wahi, Ms Lerato Mashile, Consul General Ms Maropene Ramokgopa and Mr Luke Woodford (CFO: First Rand Bank)
Nelson Mandela International Day
Every year on 18 July — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN joins a call by the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others, as a way to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

This year the Consulate in partnership with South African State Entities, Businesses and Partners spent 67 minutes with underprivileged children, under the care of Smile Foundation, in Mumbai. This included painting of two classrooms and a lunch with the children. The Consulate also called upon others to take up this challenge too and join hands to helping those less privileged in India.

Smile Foundation is a national level development organisation directly benefiting over 400,000 children and their families every year, through 158 welfare projects on education, healthcare, livelihood and women empowerment, in more than 700 remote villages and slums across 25 states of India
Consul General Maropene Ramokgopa saying a few words on Nelson Mandela International Day,
Consulate Staff painting classrooms
Children of Smile Foundation dancing
 
To wrap up Nelson Mandela International Day, the Consulate also hosted a Screening of the Movie INVICTUS at Metro Cinema, Mumbai. This event was attended by Members of the Consular Corps and Business
Consulate’s Visit to the State of Gujarat
On 04-05 August 2016, the Consul General, Ms Maropene Ramokgopa undertook a visit to the State of Gujarat. The purpose of the visit was to explore possible areas of collaboration between the State and South Africa, especially its Provinces, with a main focus on the export of capital goods (e.g. mining equipment). The visit also served to further strengthen the existing cordial relations.

During this visit, Consul General Ramokgopa met with both the Government and business of Gujarat. The Consul General delivered a presentation, on Investment Opportunities in South Africa, during the CII Western Regional Council Meeting. The visit covered Gandhinagar, Vadodara and Ahmedabad.
Consul General Ms Maropene Ramokgopa with Mr Arvind Agarwal, Additional Chief Secretary: Industries and Mines Department
Consul General Ms Maropene Ramokgopa during the CII Members Interaction in Vadodara (Baroda)
 
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