South African Ambassador, Ms Mmamokwena Gaoretelelwe, was hosted by Mr Paulo Ramalho, Councillor for International Relations at Maia Municipality on 17 May 2021. Counsellor Political, Mr Carl le Roux, and South Africa’s Honorary Consul in Porto, Mr António Schneider, joined the Ambassador during the discussions. At the meeting several areas of cooperation between South Africa and Maia Municipality were addressed, as well as the possibility of organising a seminar on business opportunities in South Africa, to take place in Maia later in the year. The current political and economic situations in both countries and in particular the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic were also discussed. On the same occasion,
Ambassador Gaoretelelwe also paid a visit to the Municipality of Gondomar. Gondomar is famous for producing filigrees, which are intricate pieces of ornamental jewellery consisting of fine wire of gold, silver, or copper, which is mainly applied to gold and silver surfaces. Gondomar is also only one of four municipalities that are authorized to authenticate deposits of gold and silver in Portugal. A jewellery manufacturing centre exists in Gondomar and is supported by a number of jewellery schools and institutions for young jewellers. In her discussion with the Mayor of Gondomar, the Ambassador expressed her interest in having young South Africans enrolling in the jewellery schools in Gondomar, to learn the skills to produce the intricate filigrees jewellery pieces.