Week of Liberators
Pretoria 31 July 2015
The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in South Africa welcomed the Week of Liberators “sowing of the seeds of love, we reap homeland"
The Week of Liberators, carried out Friday 24 of July was the 232nd Anniversary of the birth of the Liberator Simon Bolivar and on 28 July the 61st Anniversary of the Commander Hugo Chavez. The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of South Africa started the activities with a floral tribute at the bust of the Liberator Bolivar under the slogan "Sowing of the seeds of love, we reap the Homeland".
The intention of creating a programme of cultural, sports and educational activities of the 24 to 31 July was to celebrate the birthdays of the Liberator Simon Bolivar and the Commander Hugo Chavez; Ambassador Mairin Moreno, explained that the week is dedicated to "the birthdays of the Liberator Simon Bolivar (24 July 1783) and of the Commander Hugo Chavez (28 July 1954). It is also in tribute to "the beloved South African leader Nelson Mandela, who would have reached his anniversary 97 on July 18.
The Ambassador Mairin Moreno, commented that when we speak about Simón Bolívar we refer to a legacy of history, an endless struggle, freedom and justice for the people. She mentioned that Bolívar lives in every Venezuelan and had always been an inspiration for "our Commander Hugo Chávez, who at all times highlighted successful and visionary thinking of the liberator".
On the 28th of July, two school kitchens were opened and kitchenware was donated to the sponsored schools, Shirinda Primary School and Mahlasedi Masana Primary School in Mamelodi. It is worth mentioning that these school kitchens benefit, about 2500 children of this community. There was also an opening of the "Salon de Profesores Hugo Chavez", at the Mahlasedi Masana School, also located in this popular neighbourhood of Pretoria.
On Wednesday 29th,there was the screening of the film "Bolivar: The man of difficulties" (2013) at the headquarters of the Diplomatic Mission. The feature film, directed by Luis Alberto Lamata, combines drama, romance and adventure. The film, based on the obstacles that the Liberator faced during the years of 1815 and 1816, was exhibited to the representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Pretoria. In addition the screening was attended by officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation- DIRCO, as well as the African National Congress, among other guests.
On Thursday 30th, in the city of Bela Bela, the boys and girls of the College Heleketani of the South African province of Limpopo in the Waterberg district, 130 kilometres north of Pretoria, received hundreds of school supplies. The educational centre is attended by children of the poorest communities. Ambassador Mairin Moreno stressed that the work in the school had a very special connotation as it was the great efforts of the Commander Chavez for the education of the people and the children of the world.
That is why she also listed the different educational missions that Commander Chavez urged in the 14 years of his government and that it still continues with his legacy through President Nicolas Maduro. She added that “the school supplies are just a small contribution to the future of children in this school". At the end of her speech, the Ambassador reiterated the ties that bind to South Africa and Venezuela as sister countries.
Hleketani Primary School is a public institution founded in 1995. It possesses a faculty of 31 teachers, who teach 1105 children between the ages of five and 13 years, distributed between 21 classrooms.
The week of liberators "sowing of the seeds of love, we reap homeland" culminated on Friday July 31 with the II Cup Mandela –Chávez Soccer Championship between the students from the sponsored schools of Shirinda and Mahlasedi Masana in Mamelodi as well as the invited school of Morakoma. This carried out in the morning hours on the sports field of the Mahlasedi Masana in Mamelodi.
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of South Africa