Freedom Day Celebrations at the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo
“Songs of Freedom” performed stunning songs at the celebration
Ambassador Zondo together with the Director of the Nobel Peace Center, Bente Erichsen (right).
Ambassador Zondo hosted a successful Freedom Day commemoration at the Nobel Peace Center on 16 May 2014 in central Oslo, which welcomed a significant number of members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), South Africans, peace advocates and Embassy friends and business contacts.
The event started with some welcoming words from Ambassador Zondo and continued with the playing of the national anthems of both South Africa and Norway. Thereafter South African percussionist and singer, Bafana Nhlapo, entertained the audience with his music.
Ambassador Queen Anne Zondo then delivered a speech where she reaffirmed the strong and close-knitted relationship between South Africa and Norway.
Ambassador Zondo also acknowledged the outstanding Norwegian support in conjunction with South Africa´s liberation struggle and recognized the exceptional courage of the heroes and heroines who paved the way to where the rainbow country is today.
Ambassador Zondo also took the opportunity to congratulate Norway on their upcoming bicentennial celebrations of the Constitution.
Following Ambassador Zondo’s speech, the Director of the Nobel Peace Center, Bente Erichsen took to the stage, emphasizing the important milestone that the 20 years of freedom represents in SA history. Then the talented choir “Songs of Freedom” performed stunning songs, led by Mr Alfsen, while the attendees enjoyed a traditional South African braai accompanied by South African wine and soft drinks. The commemoration of South Africa’s 20 years of freedom and democracy on Norwegian soil was indeed a beautiful event, rightfully celebrated at a center that honours extraordinary champions of peace like Mandela and Tutu, and the attendees were thrilled to be sharing this very special day with the Oslo Mission.
SA Embassy in Oslo, Norway