Message of welcome to South African Embassy Website
Welcome to the website of the Embassy of South Africa in Buenos Aires which serves to promote South Africa’s interest in Argentina. The Embassy is also accredited to the neighbouring countries of Paraguay and Uruguay.
South Africa is a major player on both continental and global economic landscape and an attractive destination for inward investment, trade and business as well as tourism. The country has the 27th largest economy in the world1 and is ranked as the world’s richest in terms of its mineral reserves, worth an estimated US $2.5 trillion2 and has the world's fifth-largest mining sector.
The country’s tourism sector has recently announced some very impressive tourism figures which indicate that South Africa continues to be an attractive international tourism destination.
Tourism is one of the country’s six job drivers in terms of the New Growth Path, the economic strategy within the umbrella of the National Development Plan.
In his announcement, Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk reported that the months from January until October 2012 showed an increase of 10, 4%, with 7 535 498 tourist arrivals compared to 6 823 517 tourist arrivals for the same period in the previous year. The impressive tourism figures were also lauded by President Zuma who said “We are pleased to see that the considerable investment by government and the private sector in the tourism industry and our continued targeted marketing around the world are beginning to pay off.”
Bilateral relations between South Africa and Argentina remain sound with the various common ideals and objectives of the two Governments providing a potential basis for enhanced bilateral relations as well as for cooperation at the multilateral level. Both countries have economies of similar size, are rich in natural resources and share membership of the G20, the pre-eminent body representing the world’s most significant economic powers.
It is trusted that citizens of both South Africa and Argentina will find this website useful and user friendly. The website contains sections outlining assistance the Embassy can offer as well as contact details with respect to arts and culture, consular services, defence, tourism and trade. Guests to the website are also encouraged to forward any suggestions for improvements or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. The website can also be used to view general information on South Africa and its people.
South Africa is proud to host the largest part of the SKA-Africa (Square Kilometre Array), the world’s largest radio telescope. The country successfully led the African bid with the support of Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia.
South Africa has been home to various big international events and is looking forward to playing host to the next prestigious gathering, the 5th BRICS Summit in Durban, 26-27 March 2013. The BRICS gathering will usher in a historic moment in the grouping’s history as it will represent the first full cycle of global gatherings and the first such gathering on the African soil since the formation of this powerful grouping of leading emerging economies in the world.
The Embassy remains committed to further engage Argentina in all diplomatic spheres that would contribute towards the further enhancement of existing friendly relations between the two nations.
HRH Princess Zenani Dlamini
Ambassador of South Africa
Freedom Day of the South African Republic – Friday 26 April – Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires
The South African Embassy celebrated its National Day on Friday 26 April 2013 at the Alvear Palace Hotel, Buenos Aires. HRH Princess Zenani Dlamini addressed the audience to celebrate the 19th anniversary of Freedom Day. Read more.
State of the Nation Address by His Excellency Jacob G Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa on the occasion of the Joint Sitting of Parliament, Cape Town on 14 February 2013
Good evening to you all, sanibonani nonke, molweni, dumelang.
Let me thank the Presiding Officers for affording me this opportunity to share our 2013 programme of action with the joint sitting of Parliament.
We greet all who are watching this broadcast from their homes and at GCIS viewing centres around the country, including those in Khayelitsha, Nyanga and Gugulethu here in Cape Town.
Let me also extend my gratitude to all who contributed to the preparation of this address. I received several messages via email, twitter and Facebook.
I also spent some time with Grade 12 learners who shared their own views on what should be contained in the speech. I found the inputs very informative and enriching.
Compatriots and friends,
On the 15th of August last year, the National Planning Commission handed over the National Development Plan, the vision of the country for the next 20 years, to the President in this august house. Read more
CDEA or Centro de Documentación para Estudios Africanos (African Studies Research Centre) is an initiative of CARI supported by the South African Embassy to promote a better understanding of the African continent and to thereby favor closer bonds between Argentina and the African peoples. The Centre is a collection of resources and materials open to students, researchers and the general public with an interest in extending their knowledge of African culture. Read more
40th Anniversary of Argentine -South African Chamber of Commerce
"Anniversaries are always important; they remind us of milestones and achievements and confer recognition on individuals and institutions. I am therefore very pleased to associate the South African Embassy in Argentina with the 40th anniversary of Argentine -South African Chamber of Commerce. The founding of this Chamber in 1972, occurred at a time of immense political difficulty for both countries, and in an economic world unrecognisable form the vantage point of today. In 2012, we can reflect with pride the transition of both countries to democracy and their joint membership of the G 20, a body whose size and relevance in the tumult of the current global financial crisis was unimaginable some 40 years ago. Like the countries, the Chamber has prospered and faced its difficulties. But its continuance is measured in part by the growth of bilateral trade and investment on both sides of the South Atlantic which link our lands together. I am very mindful of the truth in the adage which states, “Countries do not trade with each other, companies do.” All institutions in both our countries which help create and improve the environment and linkages for commercial exchange are important. The active presence and work of the Argentina-South Africa Chamber of Commerce has therefore been an integral pillar of this bilateral relationship and its dynamic growth. The long-time President of the Chamber, Oscar Hansen has been its driving force . He is a very fine Argentine, and a very dear friend of South Africa. On behalf of the Government and Embassy of South Africa, and in particular our trade Section, we say in this milestone year : “Saludos y Feliz”.
Durban conference delivers a historical breakthrough climate change talks
After months of preparation and a marathon two weeks of negotiations that ended in the early morning hours of 11 December 2011, the United Nations (UN) Climate Change Conference or COP17/CMP7 came to an end at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban. Parties delivered a breakthrough on the future of the international community's response to climate change, whilst recognizing the urgent need to raise their collective level of ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to keep the average global temperature rise below two degrees Celsius.
The Parties thanked the COP17/CMP7 President, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, for her leadership in guiding the conference to produce a positive outcome. Read more