SOUTH AFRICAN FREEDOM DAY IN ANKARA TURKEY
27 APRIL 2016
The South African Embassy in Ankara is celebrating the South African Freedom Month with a series of events. H.E. Ambassador Mr Pule I. Malefane has prioritised İzmir, İstanbul and Mersin for official interactions with organs of state and dialogue with business during South Africa-Turkey investment seminars.
April 27 is an annual commemoration of South Africa's freedom and democracy since the non-racial democratic elections of 1994. It marks the end of over three hundred years of colonialism, segregation and white minority rule and the establishment of a new democratic government led by Nelson Mandela and a new Constitution. It is an opportunity for South Africans to reflect on the progress made in achieving the vision of a better life for all.This year’s commemoration also coincides with the 20th anniversary of the signing of the final draft Constitution into law, the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Women’s march to the Union Buildings and the 40th anniversary of the June 16 Student Uprising. The Constitution laid a foundation for a democratic and open society in which government is based on the will of the people.
Coinciding with this commemoration will be the fifth municipal elections to elect Councillors who will be responsible for governing municipalities for the next five years. This will be done in keeping with our Constitutional obligations of respecting every citizen’s right to choose their government of choice given that the right to vote is enshrined in the Bill of Rights in our Constitution. We therefore will be commemorating this year’s Freedom Month under the theme; ‘TOGETHER BUILDING BETTER COMMUNITIES-LOCAL GOVERNMENT IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS’!
The occasion of the Freedom Day also provides an opportunity to thank all those people in the world who supported and assisted South Africa in its fight for freedom from the discriminatory apartheid regime. South Africa and Turkey has strengthened its relations at the highest levels with the visit of President Jacob Zuma in November 2015 to attend the G20 Summit hosted by President Erdogan. South Africa has worked closely with Turkey in important global fora such as the G20, the United Nations and the Africa-Turkey Forum, amongst others. South Africa and Turkey are in agreement on many international issues, one of which includes the peaceful settlement of disputes and the eradication of the global phenomenon of terrorism. South Africa has demonstrated its support to the Turkish people in the attacks levied against them through the public statements of condolence by President Zuma, and will continue to work with Turkey in strengthening relations between the two countries.
As part of the Freedom Day celebrations, there will be a media breakfast for the senior media community in Ankara on April 26th and in the morning of April 27th 2016 a breakfast meeting will be held for 20 senior business leaders in partnership with MUSIAD. Following the CEO Engagement for the South African Freedom Day, a reception will be hosted by H.E. Ambassador Pule I. Malefane with the participation of representatives from the Turkish Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Business Sector, media, fellow Africans in the Diaspora and South Africans living in Turkey.