Preparing to tee-off at the 1st South Africa-Turkey Golf Tournament.
South Africa celebrates Freedom Month during April. April will forever resonate in the history of South Africa as the month that saw the first democratic elections in 1994 that gave birth to freedom and constitutional democracy in South Africa. This election marked turning point that saw the previously disadvantaged become part of the South African political processes. South Africa belongs to all who live in it.
This year South Africa also focuses on the centenary of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, who is viewed by many as South Africa’s premier diplomat due to his tireless effort to gain international solidarity in the fight against apartheid.
The South African Embassy in Ankara will celebrate the 23rd South African Freedom Day in 2017 and aims to strengthen relations between Turkey and South Africa, and will gather with the representatives of the Turkish Government, Ambassadors, and Business people to exchange ideas and establish new contacts.
The South African Embassy in Ankara will be celebrating this Freedom Month with a series of events from 24-28 April 2017. H.E. Ambassador Pule I. Malefane had prioritised Bursa, Ankara and İstanbul for official interactions with organs of state and dialogue with business during South Africa-Turkey economic seminars.
Commencing with the visit to Bursa, the Ekurhuleni Municipality and business delegation led by the Executive Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality in the Gauteng Region, Cllr Mzawandile Charles Masina will meet the Governor and Mayor of Bursa to sign a twinning agreement with the city as well as participate in an economic seminar with South African and Bursa Chamber of Industry members.
The visit of the Mayor to Bursa is followed by a Golf Tournament hosted by H E Ambassador Pule I Malefane in Ankara on 26 April with participants from South Africa and Turkey at the Ankara Golf Club.
On 27 April a Media Breakfast hosted by H E Ambassador Malefane with the participation of Mayor of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, Cllr Mzawandile Charles Masina will be held with leading Turkish media people at the Green Park Hotel.
An economic seminar with South African and Turkish business will follow the Media Breakfast, including B2B business meetings at the Radisson Park Inn Oran Hotel.
The final event of the Freedom Day commemoration is a reception hosted by H E Ambassador Malefane at the Green Park Hotel to promote the values of freedom and democracy that are an integral part of South African Constitutional democracy.
“O.R. Tambo…In His Footsteps”
INTEGRITY, PASSION, PATRIOTISM, HUMILITY
The year 2017 marks the centenary of the late Oliver Reginald Tambo, who played an integral role in the liberation of South Africa. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of equality and justice for all South Africans and was one of the founding fathers of our constitutional democracy.
Oliver Tambo is viewed by many as South Africa’s premier diplomat due to his tireless effort to gain international solidarity in the fight against apartheid.
The Embassy joins millions of South Africans who have been touched by the demise of Rivonia Treason Trialist and stalwart of the liberation struggle for a free and democratic South Africa, Mr Ahmed Kathy” Kathrada, who sadly passed away in hospital this morning.
"Uncle Kathy" was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment on Robben Island prison along former President Nelson Mandela and Mr Walter Sisulu. He was one of the longest serving political prisoners in the country.
The African National Congress bestowed its highest honour, Isithwalandwe/Seaparankoe on Mr Kathrada in 1992 for his selfless dedication to the struggle for a free democratic non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.
The South African Embassy sends its deepest condolences to his wife and family,our government and its people and his political home, the African National Congress, which Uncle Kathy served selflessly throughout his adult life.
MAY HIS SOUL REST IN ETERNAL PEACE!
The South African Embassy in Ankara has great pleasure in welcoming the new Ambassador to the Republic of Turkey, H.E. Mr Pule Isaac Malefane and his family.
Ambassador Malefane presented his letter of credence to the President of the Republic of Turkey, H. E. Mr Recep Tayyib Erdogan, at a reception at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on 22 March 2016. Ambassador Malefane previously served as the Consulate General of South Africa in Mumbai, India. Ambassador Malefane also, as part of the presentation of his letter of credence ceremony, laid a wreath at the Aniktkabir, the monument where the founder of the Republic of Turkey, Kemal Ataturk, is buried on 24 March 2016.
In 2016 South Africa celebrates its 22nd year of Freedom and Democracy. During this time South Africa has focussed on addressing the inequalities of the past. The focus of South Africa’s endeavours on a regional and global level is also to work together with the international community to make life better for Africa and the world through enhancing the African Agenda and Sustainable Development and strengthening its relations with all countries. South Africa continues to face the challenges of development and South Africa’s government will continue to address these to achieve the aim of making life better for all South Africans and those who live in it.