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The South African Mission celebrated Mandela Day by undertaking 67 minutes of community service on the former President’s birthday, 18 July 2015

The South African Mission again celebrated Mandela Day by undertaking 67 minutes of community service on the former President’s birthday, 18 July.

This year Ambassador Calvert requested all diplomatic missions and representations of the international organisation to join the Mission in celebrating Mandela Day by donating books to the SA Embassy, which the Embassy handed over to the Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance “Amalipe” and to the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO

On 20 July at a ceremony taking place at the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Calvert donated more than a hundred books gifted by the different missions to the National Commission for UNESCO. The books were received by Ms Maria Donska, Secretary General of the Bulgarian National Commission for UNESCO and Mr Dimitar Filipov, Director of Human Rights Directorate of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. They will assist in distributing them.

At a touching event organised by Amalipe Center for Interethnic Dialogue and Tolerance, Ambassador Calvert donated more than 100 books at a school located in Trudovets – a small village near the capital Sofia. This event became part of the campaign "Together we are better in ... school". The aim of the campaign is to get Bulgarians and Romas together to support through their voluntary work schools in their respective towns or villages, and to share memories from their school years and their dreams of the schools of the future where children from different ethnic groups study together.

During the event Roma and Bulgarian parents did some voluntary work for the school. Together with the school principal and Amalipe representatives Ambassador Calvert shared memories about the schools in South Africa before and after the democratic changes in South Africa in 1994. The entire conversation was about tolerance.

The South African Embassy celebrated Freedom Day with a reception hosted by Ambassador Vanessa Calvert and Mr Calvert, the Royal Ballroom of Sofia Hotel Balkan (Sheraton), 22 April 2015

The South African Embassy celebrated Freedom Day with a big reception hosted by Ambassador Vanessa Calvert and Mr Calvert at the Royal Ballroom of Sofia Hotel Balkan (Sheraton) on 22 April 2015.

Some 300 guests attended the reception including MPs, the Chairman of the Constitutional Court of Bulgaria, many ambassadors, high ranking officials, journalists, South Africans residing in Bulgaria etc.

Two South African chefs were invited to cook for the guests, and they produced delicious typical South African cuisine made with South African condiments.

The South African Embassy participated in the International Tourism Fair-Veliko, 1 – 4 April 2015

The South African Embassy participated in the International Tourism Fair-Veliko.

Turnovo Cultural Tourism from 1 to 4 April 2015 within the framework of promoting travel,  tourism and cultural relations between South Africa and Bulgaria.

The stand was decorated with banners and posters related to South Africa’s culture and tourism. Various cultural, tourism and travel related advertising movies were played back with the use of an LCD Monitor.

A large number of visitors where interested to learn about South Africa as cultural and tourist destination.

The South African Embassy took the initiative to screen the South African film “Drum” in the frames of the International Sofia Film Fest, 31 March 2015

The South African Embassy took the initiative to screen the South African film “Drum” in the frames of the International Sofia Film Fest on 31 March 2015.

The screening of the film was received with great interest by both the Diplomatic Corps in Sofia and the Bulgarian public and has further contributed to the awareness of South African history, culture and film industry.
Ambassador Calvert hosted a dinner for some 20 Bulgarian professors in different fields of medical science and mathematics, 24 January 2015
On 24 January 2015 Ambassador Calvert hosted a dinner for some 20 Bulgarian professors in different fields of medical science and mathematics. The dinner was in honour of a South African, Philip Moloko who successfully graduated as a medical doctor from the Sofia Medical University. During the event exchange of expertise, specialists and students in the medical field between South Africa and Bulgaria was discussed.
Ambassador Vanessa Calvert invited Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO to deliver the annual Memorial Nelson Mandela lecture titled “The Legacy of Nelson Mandela”, Aula (Ceremonial Hall), Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski”, 13 January 2015
Ambassador Vanessa Calvert invited Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO to deliver the annual Memorial Nelson Mandela lecture titled “The Legacy of Nelson Mandela” at the Aula (Ceremonial Hall) of the Sofia University “St Kliment Ohridski” on 13 January 2015.

It was preceded by an exhibition of iconic photos of Nelson Mandela sized 100cmX70cm at the Sofia University and a short video about Madiba’s life.

The lecture was attended by ambassadors, academics, government officials, students and a wide range of interested citizens. The lecture received full media coverage in print and television.

Ambassador Calvert opened the event welcoming Ms Bokova who delivered a brilliant lecture followed by a Q&A session.

Ms Bokova highlighted poignant moments in Nelson Mandela’s life and in his role and leadership in the fight for freedom in South Africa. In her speech she drew parallels of Nelson Mandela’s emphasis on education in general, and girls’ education in particular, on gender equality as main UNESCO priorities. UNESCO celebrates its 70th anniversary this year and the beginning of the year of celebration commences with a day dedicated to Nelson Mandela – one of the most remarkable, if not the most remarkable Goodwill Ambassador of the organisation and Nobel peace laureate.

Following the lecture, Ambassador Calvert presented Ms Bokova with a portrait of Nelson Mandela.
 
   
Ambassador Calvert attended a reception hosted by Syrian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Ms Nadra Sayaf, 8 December 2014
On 8 December 2014 Ambassador Calvert attended a reception hosted by Syrian Ambassador to Bulgaria, Ms Nadra Sayaf.

Ambassador Sayaf organised the reception with the purpose of providing a brief overview of the situation in Syria and to present religious leaders calling for peace. Among those attending were Archbishop Theodosios “Atallah Hanna”, Archbishop of Sevastia – the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem and Dr Moh’d Rahwan Abuasi, Director of the Centre for Middle East Studies.
The South African Embassy participated with a stand proudly exhibiting all kinds of South African products at the International Women's Charity Bazaar which was held at the International Expo Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria, 7 December 2014

On 7 December 2014 the South African Embassy participated with a stand proudly exhibiting all kinds of South African products at the International Women's Charity Bazaar which was held at the International Expo Centre in Sofia, Bulgaria.

We are proud to inform that everything on the stand was sold out and our contribution to charity was the biggest one since the Embassy started taking part in the annual International Women's Club Charity Bazaar.

Ambassador Calvert had a meeting with Capt Bogdan Bogdanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Shipping to discuss possible cooperation in the field of shipbuilding and ship repair between South Africa and Bulgaria, in Varna, 26 November 2014

On 26 November 2014 in Varna Ambassador Calvert had a meeting with Capt Bogdan Bogdanov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Chamber of Shipping to discuss possible cooperation in the field of shipbuilding and ship repair between South Africa and Bulgaria. The meeting was attended by naval architect Ivan Daskalov, Chairman of the Managing Committee of the Bulgarian National Association of Shipbuilding and Shiprepair, Prof Dr Rumen Kishev, Deputy Director of the Institute on Marine Science and Technology, Mr Dimitar Todorov, Executive Director of Odessos Shiprepair Yard and eng. Ivan Ivanov from Hydroremont IG Ltd.

Ambassador Calvert had lunch by Mr Rumen Ganchev, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Varna and potential investors from Varna including Col Nasko Rafailov, MP, Mr Mihail Kulikov, General Manager of Project Consult Ltd, Adrian Petkov, CEO of AD Hold, etc, 25 November 2014
On 25 November 2014 Ambassador Calvert was invited to lunch by Mr Rumen Ganchev, Honorary Consul of South Africa in Varna and potential investors from Varna including Col Nasko Rafailov, MP, Mr Mihail Kulikov, General Manager of Project Consult Ltd, Adrian Petkov, CEO of AD Hold, etc. Some of the guests attending had visited South Africa as part of a delegation from Varna.

The purpose of the lunch was discussing further enhancement of the economic ties and means to encourage Bulgarian investment in South Africa.
The South African Embassy organized a South African Tourism Promotion Expo - presenting of South Africa and its potential in the field of tourism at Inter Expo Centre in the frames of Salon de’ Vin, 6 November 2014
On 6 November 2014 the South African Embassy organized a South African Tourism Promotion Expo - presenting of South Africa and its potential in the field of tourism at Inter Expo Centre in the frames of Salon de’ Vin.

Ambassador Vanessa Calvert, former Bulgarian Ambassador to South Africa, Volodya Neykov, Turkish Airlines representative as well as the Vice President of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Georgi Stoev were the main speakers at the Expo.

A similar event was organized on 26 November 2014 in Varna. There Ambassador Calvert hosted a tourism seminar for tour operators and travel agents from Varna to discuss opportunities for tourist exchange between South Africa and Bulgaria. Great interest was shown in the event.

All strategic partners in the field of tourism attended both events.
   
Ambassador Vanessa Calvert visited the Bulgarian town of Sandanski to meet with Mayor Andon Totev and to visit small subsistence farms in the region and see how they function, 19 September 2014
   

On 19 September 2014 Ambassador Vanessa Calvert visited the Bulgarian town of Sandanski to meet with Mayor Andon Totev and to visit small subsistence farms in the region and see how they function. Considering the fact that Bulgaria has a very rich and strong tradition in agriculture and has the necessary expertise, it would be beneficial for Bulgarian experts in that field to train emerging South African farmers.

Embassy staff visited the ‘Vrazhdebna’ refugee centre in Sofia to honour and celebrate our late President Mandela on his Birthday, 18 July 2014
 
On 18 July the Embassy’s staff visited the ‘Vrazhdebna’ refugee centre in Sofia to hand over educational materials to the children as part of our social responsibility to honor and celebrate our late President Mandela on his Birthday.

The donations were bought with personal funds of the Embassy staff as a sign of everyone’s personal commitment to recognizing Mandela’s legacy.
Ambassador Vanessa Calvert was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the International Children Roma Festival Open Heart, which took place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria from 6 to 8 June 2014
Ambassador Vanessa Calvert was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the International Children Roma Festival Open Heart, which took place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria from 6 to 8 June 2014. Ambassador Vanessa Calvert was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the International Children Roma Festival Open Heart, which took place in Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria from 6 to 8 June 2014.
South African dredger naming ceremony in Varna, 18 June 2014
(from left to right): Ms Lunga, Amb Vanessa Calvert and Ms Ncumisa Nkanunu, (both of Transnet) Ambassador Vanessa Calvert inside the Italeni dredger

(from left to right): Ms Lunga Ngcobo, Amb Vanessa Calvert and Ms Ncumisa Nkanunu, (both of Transnet)

Ambassador Vanessa Calvert inside the Italeni dredger

South Africa's National Ports Authority and Transnet named its new 750 m3 grab-hopper dredger ‘Italeni’ during a special ceremony hosted by the shipbuilders IHC Merwede (Dutch) and MTG Dolphin (Bulgarian).

The dredger was built in Varna (Bulgaria) and handed over to South Africa on 18 June 2014 at the official naming ceremony in Varna.

Speech by Ambassador Vanessa Calvert at the International Nuclear Conference - Bulgarian Nuclear Energy – National, Regional and World Energy Security, 4 – 6 June 2014 – Varna. South Africa: Nuclear Energy and Energy Security
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Reception for South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years since South Africa became a free and democratic country, on 24 April 2014
Reception for South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years since South Africa became a free and democratic country, on 24 April 2014
Reception for South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years since South Africa became a free and democratic country, on 24 April 2014
Reception for South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years since South Africa became a free and democratic country, on 24 April 2014
Reception for South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years since South Africa became a free and democratic country, on 24 April 2014

On 24 April 2014 the South African Embassy organised a reception on the occasion of South Africa’s national day – Freedom Day, which notes a very special anniversary - that of 20 years from South Africa’s becoming a free and democratic country. 

The new South African Ambassador to Bulgaria, Ms Vanessa Calvert was the gracious hostess and welcomed many diplomats, businessmen, academicians and politicians.

Traditional South African artifacts were presented during the reception and the dance group Sgila sase Mbhuleni from the province of Mpumalanga, South Africa presented their latest dance performance celebrating South Africa’s cultural heritage.

20 Years of Celebrations since South Africa became a free and democratic country – a South Africa Culture Week was organised by the South African Embassy in Sofia, from 22 to 26 April 2014
20 Years of Celebrations since South Africa became a free and democratic country - a South Africa Culture Week was organised by the South African Embassy in Sofia, from 22 to 26 April 2014
20 Years of Celebrations since South Africa became a free and democratic country - a South Africa Culture Week was organised by the South African Embassy in Sofia, from 22 to 26 April 2014
20 Years of Celebrations since South Africa became a free and democratic country - a South Africa Culture Week was organised by the South African Embassy in Sofia, from 22 to 26 April 2014

As part of the celebrations of a very special anniversary - that of 20 years from South Africa’s becoming a free and democratic country a South Africa Culture Week was organised by the South African Embassy, Sofia in the period 22 to 26 April 2014. A culture delegation from Mpumalanga visited Bulgaria. The dance group Sgila sase Mbhuleni presented their latest dance performance celebrating South Africa’s cultural heritage. Their performance was applauded during Freedom Day reception in Sofia, shoppers in one of Sofia’s most popular shopping hubs – Serdika Mall – delighted in watching them; the residents in the towns of Karlovo and Pravets admired their performance as did academicians and ambassadors in Sofia University.

The authentic South African beadwork exhibition brought by the delegation from the provincial government of Mpumalanga was highly appreciated by the Bulgarian lovers of art.

We can positively state that the friendship between our two countries and the knowledge about South African culture and traditions have been greatly enhanced during South Africa’s Culture Week in Bulgaria
Ms Vanessa Calvert presented her credentials to President Rosen Plevneliev and was accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Bulgaria, 15 April 2014
Ms Vanessa Calvert presented her credentials to President Rosen Plevneliev and was accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Bulgaria, 15 April 2014
Ms Vanessa Calvert presented her credentials to President Rosen Plevneliev and was accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Bulgaria, 15 April 2014
Ms Vanessa Calvert presented her credentials to President Rosen Plevneliev and was accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Bulgaria, 15 April 2014

On Tuesday, 15 April 2014 Ms Vanessa Calvert presented her credentials to President Rosen Plevneliev and was accredited Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Africa to the Republic of Bulgaria.

Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House
Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House.
Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House.
Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House.
Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House.

Celebrating 20 years of freedom at the Sofia International Film Fest - Screening of the film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on 20 March 2014 at Sofia Film House.

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On 14 September 2011 the Director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Astronomical Observatory
On 14 September 2011 the Director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Astronomical Observatory On 14 September 2011 the Director of the Institute of Astronomy of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and the National Astronomical Observatory, Dr Tanyu Botev invited Ambassador Sheila Camerer to an event celebrating the 30th anniversary of its founding followed by a visit to the Observatory (near Smolyan). Read More
Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane concludes succesful visit to Republic of Bulgaria
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane undertook a successful official visit to the Republic of Bulgaria on 2 to 4 September 2011 – the first by a South African Foreign Minister. The visit took place within the context of strengthening and renewing political, bilateral and diplomatic relations between South Africa and Bulgaria as the two countries move towards celebrating 20 years of diplomatic relations. Read More
South African Ambassador to Bulgaria Mrs Sheila Camerer presented her credentials to President Georgi Parvanov at 9.30 am on 24th September 2009

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Visit to Velingrad

On 22nd August Ambassador Sheila Camerer visited the spa-town of Velingrad at the invitation of Mayor Ivan Lebanov, a former Olympic ski champion. Read More
Visit to Bulgaria by the South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation

Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will visit Bulgaria at the invitation of Bulgaria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikolay Mladenov on 2nd and 3rd September 2011. Read More
The Uwekind Africa Day celebration

On 16th May 2011, the Director of Uwekind International School visited the Embassy to invite Ambassador Camerer for an Africa Day celebration on 03 June 2011. Ambassador Camerer requested that Mrs Motau (Admin Attache) and her two daughters (aged 6 & 11) participate in the event.
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Africa Day celebration 25 May 2011

In the picture:Ambassadors, Charge d’Affaires and the Honorary Consuls (in that order) lined up in front of their flags to greet the guests.

The African countries accredited to Bulgaria, with the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt as host, successfully organised the Africa Day celebration held on 25th May 2011 at the Sheraton Hotel. Read More

Press release - South African golf icon Gary Player (75) flew into Bulgaria to open his latest  signature golf course Thracian Cliffs on the coast near Balchik on Saturday,

When South African golf icon Gary Player (75) flew into Bulgaria to open his latest  signature golf course Thracian Cliffs on the coast near Balchik on Saturday, Ambassador Sheila Camerer was there as part  of the welcoming party

“Gary Player is perhaps one of the greatest in a long line of South African golfing greats”, she says starting with Bobby Locke in the 50’s, Gary was followed by the likes of Ernie Els ,Retief Goosen and now the younger generation of Trevor Immelman and Louis Oosthuizen.Read More

 
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