Ho Chi Minh City celebrates South African Freedom Day

18:58 | 25/04/2016
The South African Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City recently celebrated South Africa’s  Freedom Day and expressed hopes towards a long-term relationship with Vietnam.

The celebration was attended by Kgomotso Ruth Magau, Ambassador of the Republic of South Africa to Vietnam, and Le Thanh Liem, Deputy Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, as well as other provincial leaders, diplomats, and corporate representatives.

South Africa’s Freedom Day, officially recognised as the country’s Independence Day, is celebrated on April 27 since 1994. The historic day commemorates South Africa’s independence from the colonial Apartheid government.

On this occasion, the Honorary Consulate of South Africa in Ho Chi Minh City has donated VND500 million ($25,000) to poor Vietnamese citizens in the southern province of Tay Ninh. VASS Assurance Corporation (VASS) also awarded 30 scholarships, altogether worth VND30 million ($15,000), to students of specialised school Nguyen Dinh Chieu.

Besides, the Hau Giang People's Committee expressed their gratitude towards Do Thi Kim Lien, South Africa’s Honorary Consul in Ho Chi Minh City, for her contributions to the province’s socio-economic development.

Eight years since its establishment, the South African Consulate has collaborated with various organisations, universities, and colleges in Ho Chi Minh City in a wide range of social and charitable programmes. Notable projects include house cleaning for Lunar New Year, blood donation for children, handing out scholarships to disabled students and gifts to the elderly.

The consulate has also organised numerous activities to enhance the Vietnam–South Africa relationship, especially between Ho Chi Minh City and its sister city Johannesburg.

By By Nam Phuong

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