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Mandela Photo Exhibition opened in Paraguay - 17 August 2011


South African Ambassador to the Republic of Paraguay, Mr Anthony “Tony” James Leon (resident in Argentina), undertook an official visit to Asuncion, Paraguay, on 17-19 August 2011 to hold meetings with various Paraguayan interlocutors with the view to consolidate the existing cordial bilateral relationship between the two countries.

During the visit, Ambassador Leon held high-level meetings with Paraguayan Government representatives and also engaged in two other important events, i.e. (a) handing over the 2010 FIFA World Cup Official mascot, ZAKUMI to the authorities of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) on Wednesday, 17 August 2011, as well as, (b) open a historic Photo Exhibition about South Africa’s Former President Nelson Mandela on the same day at the Centro Cultural de la República El Cabildo.

At the ceremony to hand over ZAKUMI to the authorities of CONMEBOL (on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 at 12:00), Ambassador Leon gave an address to the sizable contingent of media representatives that attended the function. The Executive Secretary of CONMEBOL, Mr Francisco Figueredo Britez received ZAKUMI on behalf of CONMEBOL and thanked the South African Embassy for the kind gesture The Mascot ZAKUMI, will be kept in that auspicious South American football museum in Asuncion as a reminder of South America’s highly successful participation in the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament held for the first time on African soil on 11 June – 11 July 2010, which saw the Spanish national team emerging as champions.
Ambassador Tony Leon, SA’s Hon Consul, Mr Aguad and Secretary of CONMEBOL,
Mr Francisco Figueredo Britez addressing members of the media at the Conmebol Headquarters in Asuncion
In celebrating with the people of Paraguay during their bicentennial year, Ambassador Leon, on behalf of the South African Government and its people also opened a photo exhibition (organised in collaboration with the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg) about Former President Nelson Mandela at the Centro Cultural de la República El Cabildo in Asuncion, under the theme, “Mandela: character, leader, comrade, negotiator, prisoner and statesman”. The event took take place on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 at 17:00.
The opening function was also attended by the Vice–President of Paraguay, His Excellency Dr Federico Franco who also made some brief remarks about former President Mandela and on the good relations between Paraguay and South Africa. Members of Paraguayan Parliament, Diplomatic Corps and few South African Citizens who are resident in Asuncion attended the exhibition’s opening function. The exhibition will remain open to the public from 17-31 August 2011.
Ambassador Leon (r)  being introduced by South Africa’s Honorary Consul, Mr Angel Aguad at the Mandela Photo exhibition.
Standing next to Ambassador is Mrs. and Dr Federico Franco, Vice-President of Paraguay.

SA Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:02

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