Minister Sexwale's visit to Buenos Aires on 06 February 2012
On the occasion of a visit to Argentina by the Human Settlements Minister Tokyo Sexwale, Ambassador Tony Leon hosted a mini reception at the official residence on 06 February 2012.
Minister Sexwale and his family were in Buenos Aires en route to South Africa following their participation in a climate change expedition to the Antarctica on 29 January to 05 February.
Minister Sexwale had had a stopover in Buenos Aires on his way to the Antarctica on the week end of 27 to 29 January 2012. The Minister and delegation was met upon arrival on 27 January by Ambassador who provided a briefing on the current political economy of Argentina and accompanied the Minister to a reception hosted in honour of Vice President Gore by Ms Vilma Martinez, US Ambassador to Argentina. Vice President Gore expressed to Ambassador “high appreciation” for South Africa and its leadership role in the recent COP 17 Climate Change talks on Durban.
On 28 January, Ambassador and Mrs Leon led the group on a tour of Buenos Aires, whereafter a luncheon was hosted by Minister Sexwale on behalf of the diplomatic couple.
The Minister later joined the expedition, called Destination: Reality 2012, as a guest of the Climate Reality project founder and chairperson, former US Vice President Al Gore. The expedition was aimed at resolving doubts about the seriousness of climate change and the crisis facing the world. The climate change expedition team consisted of global scientists, business people, philanthropists, artists and global decision makers to the Antarctic. The 116-strong group departed for the Antarctica from Ushuaia, in the Tierra del Fuego Province, Argentina aboard the National Geographic Explorer on the January 29 and returned on February 5 where after a reception was hosted by Ambassador and Mrs Michal Leon.
Issued by the South African Embassy in Buenos Aires