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Deputy Minister of Economic Development Mr MB Masuku was the Head of the South African delegation to the Oceans Meeting in Lisbon

The South African Deputy Minister of Economic Development and a Member of the Inter-ministerial Committee on Phakisa: Oceans Economy, Mr MB Masuku, was the Head of the South African delegation and deputised by Ambassador Gaoretelelwe, to the Oceans Meeting hosted by the Portuguese Ministry of the Seas from 7 – 8 September 2017 at the Champalimaud Foundation and the Jerónimos Monastery in Lisbon.

The Oceans Meeting included high-level representatives, many at ministerial level from 65 countries and 10 international organisations.

South Africa emphasized the need for nations to have tight individual national plans on the sustainable use and preservation of the Ocean that are canvassed with all stakeholders including government, business, NGOs and communities. Deputy Minister Masuku shared with the meeting the “Phakisa: Oceans Economy” concept and how it is being used as an economic driver, while ensuring preservation and protection through protection and governance and decision-making based on evidence of intense research. The common thread that ran through most statements were that our oceans require urgent and collaborative global action, especially needing sharing of information together with dedicated science & technology research and innovation.

South Africa sends condolences to the Republic of Portugal following the death of 13 people in Madeira

Media Statement

21 August 2017

The South African Government is saddened by the loss of life suffered when 13 people were killed and 49 injured (at least seven very seriously, including two children) when a tree collapsed on participants attending the Festa de Nossa Senhora do Monte religious festival in Madeira on 15 August 2017.

The South African Government extends its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of those who lost their lives and wishes the injured a speedy and full recovery.

The Department has confirmed with the Honorary Consulate in Madeira that no South Africans have been directly affected by the tragic event.

South Africa and Portugal have deep-seated historical ties with a large Portuguese community living in South Africa, many who have emigrated from Madeira to South Africa.

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37th SADC Summit held in SA

South Africa will host the 37th Ordinary SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government at DIRCO in August this year, where South Africa will take over from Swaziland as Chair of SADC, until August 2018. The event also coincides with the 25th Anniversary of the creation of SADC (Silver Jubilee). The Summit will take place under the theme: “Partnering with the private sector in developing industry and regional value-chains”.

Children from Cova da Moura celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day 2017 at the Pavilhão do Conhecimento Science Museum

In partnership with the Moinho da Juventude Cultural Association and the Pavilhão do Conhecimento Science Museum, the South African Embassy  this year celebrated International Nelson Mandela Day by taking a group of 46 children from the Cova da Moura neighbourhood in Amadora on an educational visit to the Museum.  On the bus to the Museum., the children were reminded of Nelson Mandela’s legacy and message, particularly his emphasis on education. Separate programmes were prepared according to the different age groups, which ranged between 3 and 16.  The group was welcomed by the Museum’s President, , Dr. Rosália Vargas and other members of the staff. During the three hours that the children spent at the Museum, they had the opportunity to try different science experiments and explore various exhibits.  Mid-morning, the children were provided with a snack consisting of a sandwich, juice and cereal bar. 

All the participants, including teachers and representatives from the Moinho da Juventude Cultural Association, were very satisfied with the special event that was provided to children who often have few opportunities to do activities outside their neighbourhood, particularly during the summer school break. Embassy staff also enjoyed this opportunity to dedicate a few hours of service to the community in honour of Madiba’s legacy, specifically with a focus on education and learning, which Mandela said was the most powerful weapon to help change the world!

The Mission wishes to convey its deepest appreciation to the Pavilhão do Conhecimento Science Museum and Moinho da Juventude Cultural Association for their energetic support and cooperation with this initiative.  Thank you also to the Portuguese-South-African Chamber of Commerce and Trade (CCILSA) and Padaria Portuguesa for their assistance with supporting the event and making it possible.  As Madiba used to say:“ it always seems impossible until it is done!”