Press Releases

Press Releases

PRESIDENT ZUMA SENDS HIS CONDOLENCES ON PASSING OF MR HUGH MASEKELA

President Jacob Zuma has expressed heartfelt condolences on the sad passing of internationally acclaimed jazz artist, legendary trumpeter, cultural activist and liberation struggle veteran Mr Hugh Masekela, who has passed on at the age of 78.

Mr Masekela was one of the pioneers of jazz music in South Africa whose talent was recognised and honoured internationally over many years. He kept the torch of freedom alive globally fighting apartheid through his music and mobilising international support for the struggle for liberation and raising awareness of the evils of apartheid.
President Zuma bestowed the National Order of Ikhamanga in Gold in 2010 to Mr Masekela for his exceptional contribution to music and the struggle against apartheid in South Africa.

“The nation mourns one its most recognizable signature talent in the person of Bra Hugh Masekela. It is an immeasurable loss to the music industry and to the country at large. His contribution to the struggle for liberation will never be forgotten. We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family and peers in the arts and culture fraternity at large. May his soul rest in peace,” said President Zuma.


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Issued by: The Presidency

Pretoria

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PRESIDENT ZUMA CONGRATULATES MISS UNIVERSE DEMI-LEIGH NEL-PETERS

President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the reigning Miss South Africa, Ms Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, on being crowned Miss Universe 2017 at the beauty pageant held yesterday in Las Vegas in the United States of America.

Ms Nel-Peters became only the second South African to win the title after Margaret Gardiner won the title in 1978.  Last night she competed against 91 contestants from around the globe, the biggest number of entrants in the history of the competition.

"Our nation is immensely proud of Ms Leigh for this tremendous achievement.  She has hoisted the South African flag higher and continues to inspire many young women who look up to her, to reach even higher for their dreams.  We congratulate her most heartily and wish her all the best during her reign which is South Africa's reign," said President Zuma.

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Issued by the Presidency 

Pretoria 

Diplomatic Bazaar After-Sale at the Embassy

Dear Friends,

Thank you for supporting the Diplomatic Bazaar held under the auspices of President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on 17-18 November 2017 (see photo selection below).

You can still buy SA goodies such as wines, Rooibos tea, biltong, crafts and other products as we are having an After-Sale.  You are welcome to visit us at the Embassy during our regular working hours (Mon-Thur 8H00-12H30 / 13H15-17H00; FRI 8H00-13H00).

Come and help support Portuguese institutions that help the severely disabled!

 

Ambassador visits Madeira to meet students from Free State Province

Ambassador MJ Gaoretelelwe and a team from the Embassy travelled to Madeira on 26-27 September 2017 to meet with students from the Free State Province studying at the Madeira Professional Hotel and Tourism School.

During the visit, the SA Embassy delegation comprising of Ambassador MJ Gaoretelelwe, Ms. Keledi Sambo, Ms Stella Freire and Mr Miguel Alves were invited to the official residence of the President of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Dr. Miguel Albuquerque, where the choir of the Free State hotel students put on a fantastic performance. The delegation also had a guided tour of the Funchal Hotel School premises and was invited to a working lunch prepared by the students.

The delegation also met with officials from the Office of the Free State Premier, Ms. Charlene Rabie and Ms. Segomotso Rapulana, to discuss the student exchange programme.

Ambassador visits Madeira to meet students from Free State Province

Ambassador MJ Gaoretelelwe and a team from the Embassy travelled to Madeira on 26-27 September 2017 to meet with students from the Free State Province studying at the Madeira Professional Hotel and Tourism School.

During the visit, the SA Embassy delegation comprising of Ambassador MJ Gaoretelelwe, Ms. Keledi Sambo, Ms Stella Freire and Mr Miguel Alves were invited to the official residence of the President of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, Dr. Miguel Albuquerque, where the choir of the Free State hotel students put on a fantastic performance. The delegation also had a guided tour of the Funchal Hotel School premises and was invited to a working lunch prepared by the students.

The delegation also met with officials from the Office of the Free State Premier, Ms. Charlene Rabie and Ms. Segomotso Rapulana, to discuss the student exchange programme.

President Zuma sends condolences to Portugal following tragic fires

On behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, President Jacob Zuma has extended the country’s condolences to the Republic of Portugal following tragic fires ravaging parts of the country that have claimed the lives of many and destroyed property and land. This is especially sad coming so soon on the heels of the summer blaze four months ago that claimed 64 lives in one night.

South Africans from all walks of life, especially the thousands of South Africans of Portuguese descent are shocked to hear of the tragedy, and join the President in offering condolences to the Portuguese citizens who lost their loved ones in this catastrophic event. 

ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND COOPERATION

OR Tambo Building

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Pretoria