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WINETASTING EVENT IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN AND SA HERITAGE
 
TOURISM SEMINAR AT THE SA EMBASSY IN OSLO
12 September 2017: The successful seminar led by 1st Secretary: Political, Ms Mepha, gathered travel agents and magazine editors for a day in the name of South African tourism.
 
CELEBRATION OF AFRICA DAY AT THE AFRICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE
Africa united: The Oslo Africa Group Ambassadors together with State Secretary, Tone Skogen (Conservatives) on 26 June 2017.

Musical performance by Mr Zwai Mbula with band and Ms Xoliswa Roaldsoy, Director of the Institute, Mr Niava, proudly wearing on vocals.  A gift from the Oslo Mission.
 
SIGNING OF MoU AT THE OSLO MISSION

21 June 2017: SA and Norway joining forces in the biomedical science industry.   
The Parties have agreed to explore the possibility of jointly establishing production

facility/facilities for producing diagnostic and therapeutically isotypes.
 
EMBASSY WORLD CUP 2017
The annual Embassy World Cup kicked off at Ferd stadium in the Norwegian capital on 17 June 2017,
bringing together teams from 16 diplomatic missions for a fun-filled and unusually sun-soaked day
in the name of sportsmanship and team-spirit. Pictured: The SA team.
 
FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATION AT THE OFFICIAL RESIDENCE

100+ attendees, including the majority of the diplomatic corps, business contacts and fellow South Africans gathered at the Official Residence to celebrate Freedom Day.

Pictured; Amb Zondo and 1st Secretary: Political, Ms Mepha.
 

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY COMMEMORATION AT THE OSLO MISSION

Amb Zondo and Programme Director, Ms Nordvik from FOKUS:
Forum for Women & Development.
 
FLYING THE SA FLAG HIGH AT THE 2017 TRAVEL EXPOS

OSLO & BERGEN TRAVEL EXPOS 2017:

Successful SA promo tour in the cold and snow-drenched month of January.

The Expos gathered approximately 50 000 visitors.
Oslo Travel Expo – Telenor Arena has become one of the most popular and important international meeting place for the travel industry worldwide, and it is hence the ideal platform for promoting stunning SA
to a large and travel eager Scandinavian audience.
 

NABA SUMMIT 2016

NABA 2016: AMBASSADOR ZONDO AND 1ST SECRETARY MEPHA PICTURED DURING THE SPEED-MEETING SESSION

The Norwegian-African Business Association (NABA) hosted the leading Nordic-African business summit in Oslo for the 6th year in a row. On October 13, 38 speakers and around 400 African and Nordic business delegates and participants, including more than 20 ambassadors from African and Nordic countries discussed how best to invest in the rapidly growing cities in Africa. Welcoming remarks were given by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Børge Brende and plenary sessions and panel debates included key speakers such as former President of SA, Mr. Thabo Mbeki, who focused his speech on the African State of Affairs and what it means for the future development of the continent.

 

HAPPY HERITAGE DAY FROM THE OSLO MISSION!

 
Heritage Day celebrations at the Oslo Mission:
Beautiful speeches, musical entertainment (pictured: Inkululeko choir whose music
revolves around traditional SA songs), food, images and artefacts all paid a homage to the rich and diverse cultural make-up of the rainbow nation.
 

STUNNING CELEBRATION OF WOMEN’S DAY

 
 
MINISTER MASUTHA IN OSLO IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE WORLD CONGRESS AGAINST DEATH PENALTY
Justice Minister Masutha (Adv) and Ambassador Zondo in the SA Embassy Oslo Board Room 21 June 2016.
Minister Masutha and Deputy Director Mokushane at the Oslo Mission before attending the 6th World Congress Against the Death Penalty which is taking place at the Oslo Opera House 21-23 June 2016. 1300 participants from over 80 countries part take, including 20 ministers, 200 diplomats, parliamentarians, academics, lawyers and members of the civil society.
SUCCESSFUL AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE NORWEGIAN CAPITAL
The Oslo Mission co-hosted the Africa Day celebrations together with its African
counterparts at the Center for African Culture in central Oslo. The sunny afternoon was filled with speeches, musical entertainment and stands where the different African embassies displayed some of their mantelpieces, promotional material and culinary treats. Attendees included Ambassadors from the African embassies in Oslo, State Secretary Tone Skogen (Conservatives) members of the diplomatic corps, business contacts as well as friends of Africa.
OSLO & SANDEFJORD TRAVEL EXPOS 2016:
 
SUCCESSFUL PROMOTION OF SOUTH AFRICA
 
The Oslo Mission participated in the annual Oslo Travel Expo 15-17 January 2016, which gathered 600 travel exhibitors and approximately 40 000 visitors over the time span of a weekend in Norway’s snow-drenched capital.

Oslo Travel Expo – Telenor Arena has become one of the most popular and important international meeting place for the travel industry worldwide, and it is hence the ideal platform for promoting South Africa to a large and travel eager Scandinavian audience.

On 13 – 14 February 2016 the Oslo Mission continued their tourism promo trail, this weekend to the seaside city of Sandefjord.
Women’s Day  2015
(photo courtesy of Rune Stenseth)
Women’s Day  2015: On 21 August, the Oslo Mission-in collaboration with the creative meeting point; Oslo Trend, Celebrated Women’s Day in a grand manner. Close to 300 attendees witnessed a panel discussion focusing on women’s rights, a fashion show displaying beautiful SA jewellery from The Legacy Collection and AoE sustainable clothing brand, as well as an installation piece of a life size representation of Nelson Mandela’s cell on Robben Island made from the original prison fencing. The guests also enjoyed a feast for the taste buds, in terms of South African wine tasting alongside delicious finger food. Various stands graced the Mission premises, displaying SA beadworks and artefacts (Zulufadder), SA travel material and Panthera Africa, which is a non-profit sanctuary where rescued big cats are protected.
Oslo Mission events
Mandela Day 2015: The Oslo Mission, with Ambassador Zondo at the forefront, worked alongside the regular employees at the Lighthouse on Friday 17 July; preparing and serving of food as well as assisting with the cleaning, gardening, general maintenance and conversing with the users of the facility.  

The Lighthouse is a safe haven and sanctuary for the city’s homeless and drug addicts where a roof over the head, food, clothes and compassion are being provided by an idealistic staff on a daily basis. 
AFRICA DAY CELEBRATIONS 2015 AT THE CENTER FOR AFRICAN CULTURE IN OSLO. AMBASSADOR ZONDO TOGETHER WITH HER AFRICAN COUNTERPARTS AND STATE SECRETARY BRATTSKAR.
EMBASSY WORLD CUP 2015 HOSTED BY THE SA EMBASSY. THE OSLO MISSION WON OVER ARGENTINA IN THE THRILLING FINALS.
HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2015: STUNNING EVENT WITH A SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON WOMENS’ RIGHTS. AMBASSADOR ZONDO TOGETHER WITH DIRECTOR OF PAWA (PAN-AFRICAN WOMEN ASSOCIATION), REGINA ADAHADA (LEFT) AND DIRECTOR OF FOKUS (FORUM FOR WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT), GRO LINDSTAD.

SUCCESSFUL FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS 2015 AT THE OSLO MISSION: AMBASSADOR ZONDO TOGETHER WITH HER COUNTERPARTS.

DESTINATION SOUTH AFRICA: RUNE ENGSTROM OF DESTINATION
AFRICA AND AMBASSADOR ZONDO JOIN FORCES TO PROMOTE SA
AT THE OSLO AND SANDEFJORD TRAVEL EXPOS JAN/FEB 2015.
OSLO WORD MUSIC FESTIVAL 28 OCTOBER 2014: AMBASSADOR ZONDO, RUNE ENGSTROM AND BRAZILIAN AMBASSADOR MACIEIRA AT THE HOUSE OF CULTURE.
MESEMERIZING: THE LIVING LEGEND HUGH MASEKELA GAVE AN EXCELLENT PERFORMANCE AT SENTRUM SCENE IN OSLO DURING OSLO WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL.
OSLO CATHEDRAL 21 SEPTEMBER 2014: AN EXTRAORDINARY CHURCH SERVICE COMMEMORATING 20 YEARS OF FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.
ARCHBISHOP TUTU AND AMBASSADOR ZONDO OUTSIDE THE OSLO CATHEDRAL
21 SEPTEMBER 2014.
OSLO TREND, 12 AUGUST 2014: AN EXHIBITION SHOWCASING FASHION COLLABORATION BETWEEN NORWEGIAN RAIN AND SOUTH AFRICAN MAXHOSA BY LADUMA MADE POSSIBLE BY OSLO TREND, CAPE TOWN FASHION COUNCIL, INNOVATION NORWAY AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN EMBASSY.
MANDELA MONUMENT FUNDRAISER, TROMSO 11 JUNE 2014: SPOKESMAN FOR THE CHOIR ULTIMA THULE, ROALD KARLSEN, TOGETHER WITH AMBASSADOR QUEEN ANNE ZONDO.
EMBASSY WORLD CUP; WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS: SOUTH AFRICA TOOK HOME THE GOLDEN TROPHY AFTER BEATING SPAIN IN THE FINALS
OSLO MISSION FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE NOBEL PEACE CENTER ON
16 MAY 2014. AMBASSADOR ZONDO TOGETHER WITH THE DIRECTOR OF THE
PEACE CENTER, BENTE ERICHSEN.
MANDELA MEMORIAL SERVICE AT THE OSLO CATHEDRAL ON 12 DECEMBER 2013: AMBASSADOR ZONDO WITH PM SOLBERG, FOREIGN MINISTER BRENDE AND OSLO MAYOR STANG.
PM SOLBERG ON 6 DECEMBER 2014: “WE WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER MANDELA FOR HIS GREAT CONTRIBUTION TO HOPE, FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.”
STATE SECRETARY PEDERSEN AND DEPUTY MINISTER FRANSMAN WITH NORWEGIAN AMBASSADOR TO SA, MS BJORNSGAARD (LEFT) AND SA AMBASSADOR TO NORWAY, MS ZONDO, AT THE HLC IN OSLO 27-28 NOVEMBER 2014.
AMBASSADOR ZONDO (FRONT, MIDDLE) TOGETHER WITH AFRICAN COUNTERPARTS AND BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES AT THE NABA SUMMIT IN OSLO ON 1 NOVEMBER 2013.
THE SA MILITARY OMBUDS OFFICE MEETING WITH AMBASSADOR ZONDO (MIDDLE) AND  2ND SECRETARY ZONDI (LEFT) OF THE OSLO MISSION ON 22 OCTOBER 2013
29 AUGUST 2013: ZULU MEDICINAL PLANTS HISTORIC HANDOVER:  MR NIELSEN GIVES THE TRANSCRIPTS TO AMBASSADOR ZONDO AT THE NORWEGIAN MFA.
BRAAI AT THE EMBASSY ON 30 JULY 2013: AMBASSADOR HOSTED A MOST PLEASURABLE EVENT FOR THE TWO SOUTH AFRICAN TEAMS PARTICIPATING IN THE WORLD’S LARGEST FOOTBALL EVENT; NORWAY CUP.

AMBASSADOR ZONDO WAS THE MAIN SPEAKER AT A CHURCH CONCERT HOSTED
BY CHILDREN OF THE WORLD, WHERE SA FOOTBALL TEAM ‘NORSA FUTURE STARS’
GAVE A MESMERIZING MUSICAL PERFORMANCE ON 26 JULY 2013.

MANDELA DAY 2013: THE OSLO MISSION VOLUNTEERED AT THE
SALVATION ARMY’S LIGHTHOUSE.

TWELVE AMBASSADORS AND OTHER DISTINGUISHED GUESTS WERE PRESENT AT
THE DEDICATION CEREMONY FOR THE ETERNAL PEACE FLAME AND THE STATUE
OF SRI CHINMOY AT HOLMENKOLLEN ON 27 JUNE 2013, WHERE
AMBASSADOR ZONDO DELIVERED A SPEECH.

MINISTER OF WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL AFFAIRS, MS MOLEWA, TOGETHER WITH AMBASSADOR ZONDO AND 1ST SECRETARY MR DOMBO, AFTER SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM AND MEETING WITH THE NORWEGIAN MINISTER OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MR HOLMAAS, IN OSLO ON 21 JUNE 2013.

THE OSLO MISSION TEAM IN THE ANNUAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT FOR EMBASSIES ON 24 MAY 2013.

THE OSLO MISSION TEAM IN THE ANNUAL FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT FOR EMBASSIES ON 24 MAY 2013.

FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS AT THE EMBASSY PREMISES ON 26 APRIL 2013 GATHERED THE MAJORITY OF OSLO-STATIONED AMBASSADORS ALONGSIDE REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE MFA, BUSINESS CONTACTS AND FRIENDS OF SOUTH AFRICA.

AMBASSADOR ZONDO ALONGSIDE FELLOW OSLO-STATIONED AMBASSADORS VISITING THE OFFSHORE VESSEL SKANDI BERGEN IN ÅLESUND 25 APRIL 2013, COURTESY OF THE NORWEGIAN SHIPOWNERS ´ASSOCIATION.

DG MATJILA PAID A VISIT TO THE OSLO MISSION ON 14 APRIL 2013 IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE SA-NORWAY COLLABORATION; CONFERENCE ON HUMAN RIGHTS, SEXUAL ORIENTATION AND GENDER IDENTITY, TAKING PLACE IN THE CAPITOL.

 
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