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            PRESIDENT RAMAPHOSA ARRIVES IN LONDON TO ATTEND CHOGM 2018

President Cyril Ramaphosa is on a working visit in London in the United Kingdom where he is leading a South African Delegation to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2018) under the theme “Towards a Common Future” between 19th and 20th April 2018.

CHOGM 2018 will provide Heads of Government with an opportunity to discuss common international challenges facing the membership, including:

·         Weak global trade and investment flows;

·         21st century security threats;

·         Increasing the resilience of small and vulnerable states facing climate change (especially its impact on oceans);

·         Advancing the Commonwealth’s shared values and democracy, good governance and inclusivity as set out in the Commonwealth Charter.

The Commonwealth consists of 53 members including: 19 African members, 7 Asian members, 13 members from the Caribbean and the Americas, 3 members from Europe and 11 members from the Pacific and meets every two years to discuss issues affecting both the Commonwealth members and the international community in general.

The Heads of Government will, at the conclusion of the meeting on Friday, 20 April 2018, adopt an Outcome Document which covers a wide range of issues which will serve as a Programme of Action for the organisation in the next two years.

For South Africa, the CHOGM 2018 is an opportunity for the marketing and promotion of South Africa as an investment destination.  President Ramaphosa will utilize the opportunity to engage with major investors and business leaders based in the United Kingdom.  The President will thus extend an invitation to leading investors and leaders of business to attend the Investment Summit scheduled for later this year. 

While in London, President Ramaphosa will pay a courtesy call on Her Majesty the Queen, hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Theresa May, deliver keynote addresses at the Commonwealth Business Forum banquets, attend CHOGM opening and closing sessions and participate in a number of executive and retreat sessions.

President Ramaphosa and the South Africa delegation will also utilize the opportunity of the meeting of heads of government to continue to lobby for South Africa’s candidature to the UN Security Council for the term 2019 – 2020 with the elections to be held on the 8th of June in New York.

The South Africa delegation will continue to promote the centenary year of the birth of President Nelson Mandela. President Cyril Ramaphosa will return to South Africa on Friday 20th April, 2018.

PRESIDENT CYRIL RAMAPHOSA CONGRATULATES TEAM SOUTH AFRICA ON COMMONWEALTH GAMES SUCCESS 

President Cyril Ramaphosa has congratulated Team South Africa on bringing home 37 medals from the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast of Australia.

Team South Africa won 13 gold, 11 silver and 13 bronze medals across a broad range of disciplines.

Team South Africa ended in sixth position on the medals table in a competition that featured some of the world’s strongest sporting nations as well as emerging states.

Among South Africa’s top achievers were swimmers Tatjana Schoenmaker, Chad le Clos and Cameron van der Burgh, who achieved six medals combined, while sprinter Akani Simbine won the country’s first gold medal in the 100 metres sprint.

Runner Caster Semenya won gold for the 800 and 1 500 metres, while Martin Erasmus won South Africa’s first Commonwealth wrestling gold medal in 60 years.

“We are  immensely proud of our team for this outstanding performance that has placed the spotlight not just on our sporting prowess but also on how our society is creating opportunities for all South Africans to realise their human potential,” said President Ramaphosa.

“I wish encourage all South Africans to support our athletes and the governing structures to ensure even greater performance moving forward.”

President Ramaphosa further reiterates the importance of sports in building a healthy and cohesive society.

President Ramaphosa will personally congratulate the athletes when he meets the members of Team South Africa following his return from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in London this week. 

       

The Nelson Mandela statue on London’s Parliament Square, a wonderful tribute from the City of London to South Africa’s iconic freedom fighter and first democratic president, symbolises our mutual friendship and respect. Mandela speech to the Palace of Westminster on 11 July, 1996 characterise the nature of the relationship between The Republic of South Africa and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

         PUBLIC HOLIDAYS OBSERVED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN HIGH COMMISSION IN LONDON - 2018

      DATE

     DAY

     HOLIDAY

1 January

Monday

New Year’s Day

21 March

Wednesday

Human Rights Day

30 March

Friday

Good Friday

                                               

2 April  

Monday                              

Family Day

1 May   

Tuesday

Workers Day

 

7 May

Monday

Early May Bank Holiday

28 May

Monday

Spring Bank Holiday

9 August

Thursday

National Women’s Day

27 August

Monday

Summer Bank Holiday

24 September

Monday

Heritage Day

25 December

Tuesday

Christmas Day

26 December

Wednesday

Day of Goodwill