UK enhances bilateral relationship with SA
The Diplomatic Society’s roving reporter Girisha Naidoo with British High Commissioner to South Africa, Judith MacGregor
On Wednesday, 18 June, the British High Commissioner to South Africa, Ms Judith MacGregor, hosted a reception in Bishopscourt, Cape Town, to mark the State of the Nation (SONA) address.
The reception featured the United Kingdom’s bilateral relationship with South Africa and showcased their 20:20 Vision programme to mark 20 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa.High Commissioner MacGregor went on to mention the celebrations and work that has been done over the last 6 months, and that will continue for the rest of the year.
The “20:20 Vision is all about celebrating 20 years of Democracy with 20 Partnerships for the Future”. It looks back to the achievements of democratic South Africa, and forward to the future with new and vibrant partnerships in the fields of arts, culture, education, skills, science and research, trade, business and sport.
Present at the reception were young people who have been engaged in a whole series of these partnerships between the United Kingdom and South Africa in this 20th year.
Included were some young creative entrepreneurs that the High Commissioner awarded.
They have contributed to a campaign that the British Council has been running called the Connect ZA programme.
The programme has connected with young people in both countries, “and we have through it, awarded a number of the most talented young South Africans and young creative entrepreneurs.
“They have won an award to go to the UK to meet with other young creative entrepreneurs in different areas of creativity,” said MacGregor.
There is also an agreement between South Africa and the UK on Science and Technology, which is particularly going to take forward co-operation in medicine, healthcare, food security and the environment. It’s very exciting because it is bringing people in our countries together in a very real and meaningful way.” said MacGregor.