On 11 November 2011, the staff of the South African Embassy had a wonderful get-to-gether with participants in the Academia Ubuntu, a programme to teach leadership skills to young people of African origin, which culminated in a week-long visit to South Africa last September.  Following a lunch which combined South African wors, pap, chakalaka, koeksisters and milk tart with São Martinho´s typical chouriço, caldo verde, chestnuts and água pé, the staff had the opportunity to view a photo presentation and video of the Academia Ubuntu’s visit to the Western Cape, which took them to places such as District Six Museum, Slave Lodge Museum, Castle of Good Hope, Guguletu, Cape Point and Robben Island, where they also spent a night. 


 In South Africa, the group of 20 participants was generously hosted by the family of Professor John Volmink, who among other things is the President of the Cornerstone Institute – Christian Higher Education for Leadership in Africa.  With the continued support of Portugal’s Gulbenkian Foundation, the Academia Ubuntu plans to go on working with this marvelous group of young people who certainly deserve to be supported in their efforts to become leaders in their respective communities and fields of work.  The Embassy wishes them much success!


Rui Nunes da Silva from the Academia Ubuntu hands First Secretary,

Rudolph Stroebel, some souvenirs of the Academy's year-long experience




Embassy staff with participants of the Academia Ubuntu