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Chris Mullard - Honorary Consul for South Africa in the South West

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of the Honorary Consuls for the Republic of South Africa.

Since 2006 I have had great pleasure in representing the interests of South Africa in the South-West area of the UK, comprising the counties of Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, the Channel Isles and the Scilly Isles, including, of course, the numerous major conurbations and hubs of trade that flourish in these regions, such as Bristol, Bath, Southampton, Plymouth, Swindon, Gloucester, Exeter and Taunton.

I see my role as being essentially one of fostering links between South Africa and the South-West - business links, educational links, cultural links; not only promoting trade and investment, but also enabling these two very different societies to imbibe the best of each other’s cultures and traditions.

Whilst the office of the Honorary Consul is not an executive one and therefore cannot deal with issues to do with visas, passports, travel, etc, I would welcome any suggestions you might have for strengthening the bonds of friendship between South Africa and the South-West.