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“Hatred, revenge, bitterness -these are negative emotions. The person harboring those emotions suffers more." 

Ahmed Kathrada


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A constitutional referendum was successfully held in The Republic of Turkey on Sunday, 16 April 2017. 
As a result 51.3 % said “Yes” and 48.1 % said "No" in a tight race to decide on whether to shift to an executive presidential system.


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White hair

One day a little girl was sitting and watching her mother do the dishes at the kitchen sink. She suddenly noticed that her mother had several strands of white hair sticking out in contrast on her brunette head. 
She looked at her mother and inquisitively asked, "Why are some of your hairs white, Mom?" 
Her mother replied, "Well, every time that you do something wrong and make me cry or unhappy, one of my hairs turns white."

The little girl thought about this revelation for a while and then said, "Momma, how come ALL of grandma's hairs are white?"

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Advancing the gains of freedom through economic diplomacy in the footsteps of O.R.Tambo

The South African Embassy in Ankara celebrated Freedom Month with a series of events from 24-28 April 2017. Commencing with the visit to Bursa, the Ekurhuleni Municipality and business delegation was led by the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in Gauteng, Clr Mzwandile Charles Masina. A cooperation agreement was signed between Ekurhuleni and Bursa and an economic seminar with South African business people and the Bursa Chamber of Industry members was held during the visit.

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As part of the Freedom Day celebrations, the first South Africa-Turkey Golf Tournament was hosted by H E Ambassador Pule Malefane on 26 April 2017 with participants from South Africa, city of Ekurhuleni and Turkey at the Ankara Golf Club. Many prizes were awarded the winning participants including invitations to the BMW Pro-Am Tournament in South Africa for the top 6 men’s finishers and the top 2 women finishers.

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On 27 April 2017, a successful South Africa Media Breakfast was hosted by H.E. Ambassador Pule Malefane. Ekurhuleni Head of the Department of Marketing, Ms Rego Mavimbela, and editors from Turkish newspapers participated in the Media Breakfast.


A successful South Africa-Turkey Trade and Investment Business Seminar was held in cooperation with the Turkish Industrialists Businesswomen and Businessmen Confederation (SANKON) as an economic diplomacy activity preceding the South African Freedom Day Reception. H.E. Ambassador Pule Malefane highlighted the importance of increasing the trade volume between the two countries.

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Later in the evening the 23th South African Freedom Day Reception was hosted by H.E. Ambassador Pule Malefane and Mrs Olivia Malefane with the participation of members of the Ekurhuleni Municipality, Honorary Consul of Istanbul Mr Remzi Gür, representatives from the Turkish Government, members of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of the Business Sector and Turkish Media. Turkish Minister of Education, H.E. İsmet Yılmaz attended the event.


H.E. Ambassador Pule Malefane and Mrs Olivia Malefane with Captain Shawn Wright and Mrs Lesley Wright


Honorary Consul of Istanbul Mr Remzi Gür, Representatives of Ekurhuleni City, Ms Rego Mavimbela and H.E. Ambassador Pule Malefane


Cake Cutting Ceremony with Minister of Education, H.E. Mr İsmet Yılmaz and guests