Author: Eugene Kruger

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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H. E. Sandra McCardell – Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa

Excellency, as the High Commissioner of Canada to South Africa how would you describe your diplomatic tour in this country thus far? In our system, we are allowed to express preference for where we want to serve. I will admit that you don’t always get your preferences, but my first choice of a country that I wanted to come to and to represent Canada in, was South Africa – so I was thrilled when I got my first choice. We have had a great time here – I’m with my family of three boys. We really enjoy the country,...

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H. E. Joseph Gerard Angeles – Ambassador of The Philippines to South Africa

Excellency, as the Ambassador of the Republic of The Philippines to South Africa, how would you define your diplomatic tour here thus far? What moments or events stand out? I’ve been here for 3 years and my mission has been to promote trade, tourism, people-to-people exchanges, and culture. So far it has been a wonderful experience. Our focus for the past three years has been the promotion of trade and we’ve had numerous business delegations coming into South Africa, as well as South African delegations coming to The Philippines. We are very happy at the pace at which we...

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H. E. Helen Budliger Artieda – Swiss Ambassador to South Africa

Excellency, since the days of William Tell, your country has a history of standing by democratic institutions. What is the Swiss stance towards the resurgence of South Africa after the years of oppression under Apartheid? Switzerland is often referred to as the oldest democracy in the world. The people still vote four times a year on issues in Switzerland. You can imagine then that for us, the day Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa was actually also a moment of celebration and joy in Switzerland. Switzerland contributed to the transition in many ways. To name a few examples,...

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H. E. Park Jong-dae – South Korean Ambassador to South Africa

Excellency, you have recently arrived in the country. What diplomatic and personal expectations did you have of South Africa, and have they been reached thus far? South Africa is a beautiful country and a very important country in Africa. As an export to the region, before coming here I was an Ambassador in Uganda, and in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa. In those roles, I learned a lot about South Africa. I’ve been here for three months now. I’ve met many people – I see diversity in this country, and it offers many opportunities, not only in business but...

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