Month: February 2019

Ron Mackenzie – Editor of Embassy Direct

Could you talk a bit about the history of Embassy Direct, and how it all started eight years ago? I certainly have enjoyed the road that Embassy Direct has taken. If I look at where Embassy Direct stands today and where it originated from, various conversations and certain occurrences stand out. There were a few factors that led to the start of Embassy Direct: a conversation with Eugene Kruger who compiles the magazine, and quite an amusing occurrence around Chihuahuas which I’ve shared many times. I was looking after a Princess and an Ambassador’s wife in our VIP travel...

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H. E. Hubert Cooreman – Belgian Ambassador to South Africa

Excellency, as Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to South Africa, how have you experienced your diplomatic tour in the country thus far? I’ve been here for four years. My wife and I have enjoyed this time very much, it has been a terrific experience. I am also Ambassador of Belgium to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. It is a large area of the region to discover, and that has been a great pleasure for me – that personally, and as a diplomat, you are able to travel. How would you define the historic relationship your country...

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H. E. Issa Sharriff – Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa

The phrase “Cape to Cairo” describes the immense journey across the African continent. Excellency, as the Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa, how does your diplomatic tour in this country relate to such a journey? First, let me thank you very much for inviting me to be part of this edition. As Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa, one of my main aims is the Cairo-Cape Town project. This is an initiative by NEPAD (The New Partnership for Africa’s Development), under the auspice of the President of South Africa. The project is a dream – we are trying to connect...

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H. E. Francisco Edu Ngua Mangue – Equatorial Guinea Ambassador to South Africa

Excellency, you have been in South Africa for a number of years representing your country as its Ambassador, which moments of your diplomatic experience stand out? Firstly, I wish to thank you for the opportunity to highlight my country in this interview. From the moment I was appointed to this post, it became relevant to my diplomatic career. I am learning the customs and cultures of this country, enhancing both my professional and social life. One specific moment I can highlight is a state visit of my President to South Africa, and his subsequent multiple visits here after that...

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Counsellor Liubov Abravitova – Ukrainian Charge D’Affaires to South Africa

Miss Abravitova, please share your personal and professional experience in this country. How would you describe it thus far? I have been here a year and a half already and I must say that this is an absolutely amazing country. A country with huge potential, a country of huge diversity and that makes it really interesting to live and to work here. Of course, when you come from another culture, another country, the first thing you investigate is the way people live and solve different problematic issues. For me, it is really interesting and pleasant that the country is...

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