H.E. Ms Anna Raduchowska-Brochwicz, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Pretoria, South Africa
DS: Last country where you were based before coming to South Africa
HE: My last post abroad was Brussels, but before coming to SA I spent 4 years in Warsaw at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs being in charge of all EU related affairs with respect to Africa and the Middle East. In parallel I assumed the function of a special envoy of the Minister of Foreign Affairs for the Union for the Mediterranean.
DS: Most interesting place in South Africa
HE: I am glad to still have the possibility to explore SA and to get to know new places, but from the ones that I have visited so far I would say I love the South African veld!
DS: Your impression about South Africa in 3 words
HE: Complex in its diversity.
DS: One place you would like to be posted to or visit
DS: Most memorable appointment thus far
HE: New York.
DS: Most challenging situation that you had to handle thus far
HE: There were many challenging situations that I needed to handle, just to mention last year’s 6 day visit of the Polish Prime Minister to SA and to Zambia, and Madiba’s funeral.
DS: My inspiration is/comes from.
HE: From my late father who taught me to be a decent person with a clear system of values and principles not to be compromised.
DS: Place in your country that you love to visit.
HE: Zelazowa Wola in Warsaw, where Frederic Chopin was born.
DS: Most interesting place to visit elsewhere
HE: La Provence.
DS: Favourite dish of your country
HE: Fruit dumplings (pierogi).
DS: Tastiest dish of another Country.
DS: The best book I have ever read.
HE: Difficult question, but I would say “Pierre et Jean” de Guy de Maupassant.
DS: At the moment I am reading
HE: “The Almond Tree” by Michelle Cohen Corasanti.
DS: I spend my leisure time
HE: Reading books and newspapers, watching news, walking, exploring local cultures.
DS: One sentence describing a lesson that you have learnt from being a diplomat
HE: You need to respect your partners.