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South African Freedom Day celebrated in HCMC

Released at: 21:59, 26/04/2018

South African Freedom Day celebrated in HCMC

Photo: South Africa Consulate

Embassy celebrates 24th South African National Day in city on April 21.

by Khanh Chi

Joining in the festive celebrations with more than 60 million South Africans, the South African Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on April 21 celebrated the 24th anniversary of South African National Day (April 27). South African Honorary Consul Ms. Do Thi Kim Lien donated around $220,000 to many worth causes.

Ambassador of South Africa to Vietnam, H.E. Mpetjane Kgaogelo Lekgoro, highlighted the increasingly developing relations between the two countries, who have agreed to intensify their time-honored friendship and multifaceted cooperation, especially in politics, trade, justice, science and technology, and defense.

Bilateral collaboration in telecommunications, training, and crime prevention has also been stepped up since the South Africa-Vietnam Inter-Governmental Partnership Forum was set up in 2004, he added.

Speaking about the role of the Honorary Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, Ms. Lien, the ambassador affirmed she has made major contributions to boosting bilateral ties by initiating and organizing various exchange programs and trade promotion activities.

She has also received a letter of compliment from the South African Government for her active contribution to promoting its images in Vietnam, Ambassador Lekgoro said.

Ms. Lien emphasized the significance of South African Freedom Day and affirmed that 2018 will mark a turning point in diplomatic relations between Vietnam and South Africa.

Mr. Le Quang Long, Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Foreign Affairs, said Vietnam always attaches importance to the partnership with South Africa for cooperation and development. He believes that the bilateral relationship will develop more strongly this year thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, for the common interests of their people.

Ms. Lien provided an aid grant worth VND5 billion ($220,000) to support charitable activities in Vietnam, including building houses for the poor, caring for Vietnamese Heroic Mothers, and presenting scholarships to poor students with good studies and to disabled students.

Many exchange programs and activities supporting, linking, and promoting trade between the two countries have been effective over the years.

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