Other Speeches

30 Jul 2015

We converge here a day before the African Union (AU) Pan African Women’s Day which is celebrated annually on the 31st of July. We are encouraged by this AU decision because it recognises one of the oldest women’s formations in Africa, The Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) formed in 1962.

11 Mar 2015

The African Union recognizes the value of multiple forms of education, including formal, non-formal, informal, distance learning and life-long learning, to meet the diverse needs of young people, including arts education.

11 Mar 2015


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.   

11 Mar 2015

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.

06 Mar 2015

I stand here this evening representing the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, H.E. Ambassador Ben Mpoko, of the Democratic Republic of Congo

12 Feb 2015

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.

11 Feb 2015

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.

16 Dec 2014

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.

11 Dec 2014

We have gathered tonight, for a very specific purpose – to celebrate our achievements. Our country is marking 20 years of freedom and democracy.

04 Nov 2014

It is a privilege and honour for me to make some remarks at this important South Africa-Burundi Business Forum meeting.