H.E. Erika Alvarez Rodriguez, Ambassador of the Dominican Republic, held a floral tribute to the Nelson Mandela Statue on Wednesday, 10th April 2024.

Greeting representatives of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of the Republic of South Africa (DIRCO), fellow ambassadors, members of the Diplomatic Corps, and International Bodies Accredited to the Republic of South Africa, H.E. Ms. Rodriguez thanked everyone for accompanying her as they remembered the legacy of Nelson Mandela. To mark this symbolic occasion, a few words were shared about one of the greatest leaders of the 20th century.

“As the first woman to become the ambassador of the Dominican Republic here in South Africa, I wanted to honour Nelson Mandela as he is a great source of personal inspiration. So, the first thing I did was add today‚Äôs ceremony to my calendar. The people of the Dominican Republic have always admired Nelson Mandela, so I felt that it was my duty as the ambassador to show our appreciation. Nelson Mandela is a symbol of resilience. He dedicated his life to the pursuit of justice, equality, and freedom. He inspired the world with his determination to achieve peace in South Africa and reconcile the nation. Mandela’s legacy reminds us of the power of forgiveness, unity, and the belief that change is possible. He continues to serve as a beacon of hope and a guiding light for current and future generations alike. Nelson Mandela holds a special place in the hearts of all Dominicans. To the government and citizens of the Dominican Republic, Nelson Mandela is an icon. Not only as a politician and a leader, but also as an activist, calling for equal human rights around the world. Dominicans recognise his struggles against a brutal and unjust system. His vision, compassion, and ambition allowed him to transform from a political prisoner to one of the most influential figures in history. South Africa and the Dominican Republic do not only share an admiration for such a significant leader. Our countries share the same roots and origins, especially our culture and gastronomy. Even more than that, both Dominicans and South Africans uphold common values such as liberty, equality, justice, and peace. We share a passion for achieving equal human rights for all and prioritise sustainable development. To conclude, allow me to express once again my appreciation for your presence here today to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s legacy with us and to convey my best wishes to you all.”

The Ambassador thanked everyone for attending the wreath ceremony.

by Marion Kate