The Embassy of South Africa Celebrated Freedom Day

The Freedom Day marks 25 years of democracy in South Africa

April 30th, 2019
Niina Nukki, News from Berlin
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South Africans celebrate Freedom Day on 27th April to commemorate the day on 27th April in 1994, when South Africans from all backgrounds and ethnicities, genders and creed, went to the polls to participate in South Africa’s first democratic and free elections.

The Embassy of South Africa in Berlin hosted a successful Freedom Day celebration on Friday 26th April to celebrate the big day. This time the Freedom Day celebrations were dedicated to the 25 years of democracy in South Africa. On that day, Nelson Mandela became the first democratically elected black president of South Africa.

The Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Amb. Phumelele Stone Sizani, was honored to host H.E. Amb. Robert Dölger of the Federal Foreign Office as the guest of honour representing the German Government.

H.E. Amb. Phumelele Stone Sizani reflected on the role and contribution of South Africa’s foreign policy, particularly since South Africa and Germany are concurrently serving tenures on the United Nations Security Council. He further elaborated on the excellent state of bilateral cooperation that South Africa and Germany share across varied fields. H.E. Amb. Robert Dölger conveyed the congratulations on behalf of the German Government and German people to the South African Government and South African people on the celebrations of South Africa’s 25th Freedom Day.

The Embassy’s Freedom Day event showcased South African cuisine and entertainment. Special performances were rendered by the choir of the Nelson Mandela School in Berlin as well as by South African Maskandi musicians Qadasi and Maqhinga.

The Embassy’s partners and German companies which have a business presence in South Africa were invited to showcase products manufactured in South Africa. Afrika Verein, BMW, CapeSpan, Mellon Educate, Mercedes Benz, Standard Bank and Volkswagen were amongst the exhibitors.


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