Venezuela celebrates 205th Anniversary of Independence
7 July 2016, Pretoria
Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Mrs. Mairin Moreno Mérida held a reception to celebrate the 205th Anniversary of Independence of Venezuela.
Venezuelan musicians Darwin Guevara on cuatrista, Manuel Camero Sierra on arpista and Nestor Luis Fajardo on maracas entertained the guests. Ambassador Mérida joined in the entertainment singing "Venezuela" and "Alma Llanera" to resounding applause.
Photo: Ambassador Mairin Moreno Mérida and Mr. Godfrey Oliphant Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources toasting to Venezuela's National Day
Ambassador Mérida in her speech highlighted the growing relations between Venezuela and South Africa mainly in the areas of education and mining. She also said that from the South African mission they run a program "Sponsor a School in Africa", and currently sponsor a school in South Africa, in the Union of the Comoros, Swaziland, Lesotho, Seychelles and soon in Mauritius.
Remarks by Ambassador of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Mrs. Mairin Moreno Mérida at the reception to celebrate the 205th Anniversary of Independence of Venezuela
Good evening Mr. Godfrey Oliphant Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources, fellow Ambassadors, High Commissioners and members of the Diplomatic Corps, Members of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, your Highnesses, Comrades, friends, compatriots and special guests.
I would like to thank you for your presence and for joining us for the celebration of the 205 years of the historical fact that marked our independence, when, on fifth of July 1811, the Act that meant a definitive break with the nexus colonial was signed.
Two centuries later, we find ourselves fighting to maintain and reaffirm the libertarian feeling and nationalistic spirit of those who inhabit the sacred land of the father of the Homeland, Simon Bolivar.
Two hundred and five years have passed and the commitment to maintain a free, sovereign and independent Venezuela rumbles with greater force in current times.
Today, we reaffirm our anti-imperialist consciousness and full determination to defend, under all circumstances, the popular sovereignty of all Venezuelans coupled with the continuation of our foreign policy for solidarity that pursues the integration and the union of all the countries of the region, as well as of our brothers in Africa.
We have shown this by lending a helping hand (A drop of sand) in each one of the countries that we serve from our embassy, through the program "Sponsor a School in Africa", right here in South Africa, in the Union of the Comoros, Swaziland, Lesotho, Seychelles and soon in Mauritius.
I want to thank the South African Government for the good relations that we have and which have gradually increased. Mainly in the areas of education and mining and the relations that will continue to grow in other areas which we have been working on following the visit by our Vice President Aristóbulo Isturiz in the past month of May, during which he held meetings with Deputy President Ramaposa and President Zuma. I would also like to thank the comrades of the SACP, ANC, COSATU and of all its members and the Mkiva Foundation for the demonstration of solidarity that they have had with the Bolivarian Revolution.
This year the Republic of South Africa celebrated, with pride, 22 years of having carried out the first elections which were open to the participation of the entire population without the distinction of race, colour, class or political belief which led South Africa to be free. Now more than ever it must remain united to maintain that freedom. Today the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela adds to the celebration of the Freedom of the people of South Africa and we express our willingness to continue working together in the struggle for equality and social justice of our peoples.
Despite the circumstances, we remain committed to maintaining a free, sovereign and independent Venezuela.
Thank you very much