It is was with great enthusiasm and honour that the African Union Commission (AUC) received the invitation to take part at this important gathering, the NEPAD Regional Conference on Arts Education being held in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.
I bring you warm greetings from H.E. Dr. Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko, Commissioner for Social Affairs, who wanted to be here with us today but could not due to other equally important previously arranged work commitments.
The present NEPAD Regional Conference is regarded as an inaugural regional platform for African Member States of the African Union to consolidate an African Position on Arts Education.
I stand here this evening representing the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Ambassador Ben Mpoko, of the Democratic Republic of Congo
The year 2015 marks 60 years of a historic moment in our history, when South Africans from all walks of life adopted the Freedom Charter in 1955, in Kliptown, Soweto.
It is a rare privilege and a great delight to be invited to speak on an issue that is close to my heart – the value and joy of reading. For an individual, reading opens up new worlds, reveals new ideas and suggests new opportunities.
We have gathered here today to celebrate the National Day of Reconciliation during an important year when we mark the 20th anniversary of democracy and freedom.
We have gathered tonight, for a very specific purpose – to celebrate our achievements. Our country is marking 20 years of freedom and democracy.
It is a privilege and honour for me to make some remarks at this important South Africa-Burundi Business Forum meeting.
Let me begin by extending a warm welcome to our guest of honour, His Excellency President Pohamba.
We are truly honoured that you took time off your very busy schedule to celebrate this historic day with us today, Your Excellency.
It is a distinct privilege for us to celebrate 20 years of freedom with you this afternoon.
Twenty years ago, this nation turned its back on apartheid colonialism, statutory racism, hatred and divisions.