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MANDELA CENTENARY EXHIBITION - SOUTHBANK CENTRE, LONDON

On the eve of the Mandela Centenary Exhibition opening, the Southbank Centre will be hosting a debate under the title “The Mandela Legacy” to explore Mandela’s achievements and what his life has meant and continues to mean for future generations, against a back drop of ongoing challenges in South Africa. The debate will be chaired by the BBC’s Zeinab Badawi and panelists will include former anti-apartheid activist, Lord Peter Hain, former South African Cabinet Minister, Pallo Jordan, a South African student studying in Scotland, Lebeko Matabane and the South African High Commissioner H.E Nomathemba Tambo.

Date: 16 July 2018

Time: 7.30pm to 8.45pm

Click here to obtain Free Tickets 

A free Nelson Mandela Centenary Exhibition will run at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 17th July – 19th August 2018.

Jointly presented by the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives in the UK, the Apartheid Museum in South Africa and Southbank Centre, the exhibition follows the life of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) through 6 themes – Character, Comrade, Leader, Prisoner, Negotiator and Statesman.

The exhibition is free and will be accompanied by a series of associated events and activities including an opening panel debate, film screenings, a children’s trail and more. The full calendar of events will be announced shortly, to ensure you don’t miss out on any information sign-up to our monthly e-updates.

For more information follow @Mandela100UK on Twitter and Facebook, search #Mandela100UK or visit Southbank Centre’s website.

 

OUT OF COUNTRY REGISTRATION - INDEPENDENT ELECTORAL COMMISSION

Registration out of country will take place at all Embassies, Consulates-General and High Commissions as designated on the DIRCO website.

Citizens can check whether they are registered on the voters’ roll via the website of the Electoral Commission (EC) at www.elections.org.za

If registered inside South Africa then it is not necessary to register again abroad.

In order to be eligible to vote abroad, the voter will have to inform the Chief Electoral Officer via the completion of an online VEC10 of their intention to vote outside of the country. The online VEC10 will only be available on the website at www.elections.org.za  from the date that the NPE2019 election is proclaimed, for a 15 day period.

                Requirement for Registration

The following are needed for the voter to register abroad:   

The period for registration abroad/out of country is open until the proclamation of the NPE 2019 election. There may be a registration weekend that will be announced for South African citizens abroad.

OUTCOMES OF COMMONWEALTH HEADS OF GOVERNMENT MEETING IN LONDON 2018

Commonwealth Heads of Government met in the United Kingdom from 19 to 20 April 2018 and discussed how the Commonwealth can contribute to a future which is fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous.

Given that 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s population are under the age of 30, Heads of Government affirmed that youth empowerment, as well as gender equality, are critical in realising the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (2030 Agenda) and the aspirations of the Commonwealth Charter.

Considering that small states constitute over 60 percent of the Commonwealth’s membership, Heads of Government recognised that the Commonwealth has always been a strong advocate for the causes of small states, and has consistently raised international awareness of their inherent vulnerabilities. Heads recognised that the strength of the Commonwealth lay in the collaboration among its member countries, people-to-people organisations and the Commonwealth Secretariat.

In this context, Heads of Government made the following political commitments and agreed to these practical actions. 

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Communiqué “Towards a Common Future”

Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Leaders’ Statement 2018

The fifty-three member countries of the Commonwealth met at Windsor Castle on 20 April, 2018, at the generous invitation of Her Majesty The Queen.  As Her Majesty enters her seventh decade as Head of the Commonwealth, CHOGM leaders’ statement put on record their continuing gratitude for the duty and commitment Her Majesty has shown to all members of the Commonwealth over those decades.  Heads of Government recognised the role of The Queen in championing the Commonwealth and its peoples. The next Head of the Commonwealth shall be His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales. Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting Leaders’ Statement 2018

Declaration on the Commonwealth Connectivity Agenda for Trade and Investment

Commonwealth Blue Charter         

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, 11 July, 1996.

         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