The South African Embassy participated again in the annual Portugal Exportador 2014

The South African Embassy participated again in the annual Portugal Exportador 2014 which took place in the Lisbon Congress Centre in Lisbon on 19 November 2014 . Organized by AIP (Portuguese Manufacturers Association) and sponsored by Novo Banco bank, the event was widely covered by all the Portuguese economic media and was well attended by business representatives. The Embassy participated in the foreign embassies’ stand area, together with other foreign economic representatives from Africa, Latin America, Middle East, Asia and Europe.

Portugal Exportador is a unique opportunity to promote South Africa as a sophisticated and promising emerging market for trade and investment and also to strengthen existing contacts. The interaction with AIP at this event forms part of the Embassy’s strategy to promote the trade relations between the South Africa and Portugal as a stepping stone to future Portuguese investment in South Africa

South Africa supports 2014 Diplomatic Bazaar


It was once again a pleasure to be a part of the Diplomatic Bazaar, held on 21 and 22 November 2014, the proceeds of which will go to institutions supporting the homeless and people in need.   The Embassy would like to thank the partners who helped to make its participation in the Bazaar once again a success, namely Joaquim and Rosário Alfaiate with their popular graphite statuettes and stone necklaces, the GB Store in Cascais for providing a selection of South African treats, including biltong (www.gbstore.org) and to Bill Godley of Prime Wines, who came from the Algarve with a fine selection of South African wines (www.primewine.eu.com). And again thank you to all of the members of the Associação do Bazar do Corpo Diplomático who always do a great job in organizing the Bazaar.  Your hard work and dedication are always appreciated!


Embassy participated in the 7th edition of the Art & Tur Tourism Film Festival in Porto


The South African Embassy in Portugal participated in the Art & Tur Tourism Film Festival which took place in the city of Porto on 24 and 25 October 2014. For the 2014 event, 166 films from 37 countries were submitted for judging.

The Embassy submitted thirteen (13)  SA Tourism films (TV commercials) to competition. Huenu, Event Organizer in Cape Town film was shortlisted in the Promotional Films Category, included in the Art&Tur 2014 Official Selection and eventually won the Porto City award.

At the Festival, the Embassy also made a presentation on South Africa as a tourism destination of choice and on the Portuguese landmarks in the country; at the end of the presentation there was a cocktail where typical South African culinary delicacies were served.

         Left to right: C Rodrigues, Tourism Section; R Stroebel, First Secretary; A Schneider, Honorary Consul


Teatro Griot debuts play based on Breytenbach's "True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist"


The debut of the adaptation to theatre of Breyten Breytenbach’s book, The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist, filled up the Teatro do Bairro on 2 September 2014.  South African author Breyten Breytenbach was himself in the audience as the seven actors from the Teatro Griot performed in this first-ever adaptation of the book, staged by veteran theatre director, Rogério de Carvalho.  Included within the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation’s Próximo Futuro programme, it was an honour for the Embassy to associate itself with this world debut, within the scope of the commemorations of South Africa’s 20 Years of Democracy.  Congratulations to the Teatro Griot for a fine performance!




As part of the celebrations commemorating South Africa’s 20 years of freedom, the Mission addressed a group of 11th year students from Jose Afonso High School in Seixal, who learned about the historical and political context that led up to apartheid, the struggle to bring about democratic order and the reconciliation process led by President Nelson Mandela that makes South Africa such a “good story to tell”.  We thank the students for their interest and particularly history teacher Elsa Mendes and school Principal Armando Pinto for their warm welcome and enthusiasm!



The Embassy inaugurated a painting exhibition by Luso-South African painter, Zitta, on 22 May 2014 as part of Africa Day (25 May). Zitta’s inspiration came from South Africa’s rich earthy tones and the diversity of its people. 

The exhibition will be on display at the Chancery until 6 June 2014 and will be open to the public from Monday to Friday between 2:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. The paintings are for sale and Zitta can be contacted at 917781656 (the painting of Nelson Mandela has been sold).