Message of welcome to South African Embassy Website
Welcome to the website of the South African Embassy in Argentina, which serves to promote South Africa's interest in Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay.
Let me start by thanking you all for the outpouring of support from across this region and the world, during the passing away of my beloved father. It is one thing knowing that your father is a world icon and its quite another seeing that Madiba touched so many lives and continues to inspire countless more, and that he was not just our father, but that his patriarchal spirit transcended boundaries. Siyabonga!
This year South Africa is celebrating 20 years as a democratic country. It is twenty years since South Africa cast off the yoke of more than 300 years of colonial and minority white rule. In the past 20 years we managed to build a democratic state founded on values of human dignity, non-racialism, non-sexism, the rule of law and universal adult suffrage enshrined in our Constitution. This hard won freedom is built on the efforts of our liberation heroes whom we will never forget (both the known and the not so well known) as well as the tireless efforts on the international community. We salute you.
Argentina, is also celebrating. In fact, the country celebrated 30 years of democracy in 2013. This year a programme of events have been coordinated with the South African Department of Arts and Culture and will take place throughout South Africa. We wish the Argentine Embassy in Pretoria all the success with the events.
My Embassy, as well, has drafted a programme of events, which has so far seen the Embassy's participation in the 40th International Buenos Aires Book Fair. This year also marked the first ever participation of a South African poet, Ms Natalia Molebatsi, in the Poetry Festival, which took place under the umbrella of the Book Fair. Natalia captured many an audiences' heart and is looking forward to return to Argentina. For more details on upcoming events kindly consult the events calendar.
Bilateral relations between South Africa and Argentina remain sound and last August, Minister Nkoana-Mashabane co-Chaired the 5th South Africa/Argentina Bi-National Commission. Off course our relations go beyond the political and sport is another important tool of cultural exchange between the two countries. This year the 3rd Four Nations match between the Springboks and Pumas will take place in Salta during the course of August 2014. A strong delegation will represent the Embassy at this match. Hope to see you there!
This Embassy remains committed to further engage Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay in all diplomatic, cultural as well as trade spheres that would contribute towards the enhancement of existing friendly relations between our countries.
CARI hosts CEO of NEPAD
Cognisant of the centrality of the Promotion of the African Agenda, Ambassadors of the African Embassies in Buenos Aires agreed during the course of 2013 to invite a senior African specialist to Buenos Aires to promote mutual understanding of the continent’s opportunities and challenges. In this regard, the CEO of NEPAD, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki agreed to give a public lecture on 11 March 2014 at the Africa Research and Resource Centre (ARRC) of the Argentine Council of International Relations (CARI).
Embassy participates in the 40th International Buenos Aires Book Fair
The Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, participated in the 40th International Buenos Aires Book Fair, which took place, 24 April – 12 May 2014. This is one of the biggest book fairs globally. This is the first time that the Mission participated with its own stand at which South African published books, which were generously donated from South Africa over the past three (3) years, where exhibited and two publishers, Blue Weaver and Snapplify, participated.
Freedom Day Celebrations on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of democracy
Ambassador Dlamini hosted successful South Africa Freedom Day celebration at Lo de Aberg Cobo on 20 May 2014, in an event that was attended by approx. 200 people across the diplomatic, business, arts and cultural and military spheres
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