FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATIONS 2012 in Uruguay
300 guests over a broad spectrum of the Uruguayan society attended the Freedom Day celebrations in the prestigious Golf Club of Uruguay in Montevideo, co-hosted by Ambassador Tony Leon (based in Buenos Aires) and Ambassador Dawie Jacobs, Head of Mission/Charge D’Affaires.
Since Freedom Day attracts an influential and diverse audience the Embassy utilized the event to reflect the diversity of SA and its peoples. Freedom Day posters prepared for the event were very effective to portray the meaning and spirit of the Day.
The multifaceted event also had an African focus, in view of the upcoming Diaspora Summit in SA, with displays of paintings and sculptures by two leading Uruguayan artists of African descent. The Uruguay-Africa Chamber of Commerce also had a display with information on their activities. Additional features were ongoing projections of diverse South African images on a large screen; a banner on SA wines together with a display of a selection of top SA wines served at the event; a colourful banner of roses and rose gardens of South Africa together with pamphlets on the upcoming World Rose Convention in SA that will be attended by ladies of the Uruguayan Garden Clubs; various banners focusing on tourism, industry and agriculture; and a banner reflecting images of Embassy events at the “Republic of South Africa School” in a less privileged suburb in Montevideo.
The number and level of guests, over the whole spectrum of Uruguayan society, once again reflect the healthy bilateral relationship and the high standing of SA in Uruguay. Positive feedback has been received, also from the wife of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, on the quality and quantity of guests and on the organization and displays.
The event enjoyed positive media coverage.
SA EMBASSY, MONTEVIDEO