Freedom Day celebrated in Mexico City, Mexico
Ambassador Sandile Nogxina and his wife Nqabakazi Nogxina pictured with the Nigerian Ambassador to Mexico H.E. Mr Zhiri James Gana (centre)
A full 19 years since South Africa’s first democratic elections, South Africa’s Ambassador to Mexico, Sandile Nogxina and his wife Nqabakazi Nogxina marked Freedom Day late last month with a dynamic afternoon reception at their residence. The South African community in Mexico attended the event as usual and showed Mexico and the international visitors what the Rainbow Nation is all about.
Ambassador Nogxina went on to say that South Africa reached its “hour of destiny in 1991, when the circumstances of the time called forth the leaders of the opposing political formations to bring to an end the cataclysmic events that were plunging our beautiful country into wasteland.”
“Indeed, great men and women responded to the call of time and initiated the negotiation process which ushered in the birth of our Rainbow Nation in 1994, thus grabbing our beloved country from the jaws of destruction,” he continued. “South Africa is a product of many streams of history and culture, representing the origins, dispersal and reintegration of humanity over hundreds of thousands of years.”
“From the early manifestations of intellectual activity, the settlement of pastoral communities characterized by foundries, artisanship and trade across oceans, colonization by Europeans, the slave trade and indentured labour, South Africa has emerged as one of the most diverse nations across the globe,” he said.
“South Africa’s foreign policy objectives are therefore essentially an outward projection of the country’s domestic imperatives. These include the promotion of democratization and respect for human rights, the prevention of conflict and the promotion of peaceful resolution of disputes.” He said that these same pillars of policy constitute the foundation of South Africa’s relationship with Mexico.
“This year, South Africa and Mexico celebrate 20 years of strong, prosperous and growing relations,” he said. “These are characterized by a high-level political dialogue through the bi-national commission and a battery of bilateral agreements in a number of areas of human endeavour.”
He said that his government is currently preparing to host the next round of bilateral consultations in Pretoria, where both countries will seek new avenues of cooperation in the political, scientific, social and commercial arenas.
“Over the past decade, South Africa and Mexico have seen a sixfold growth in total trade, moving up from $176 million in 2016 to $1 billion in 2012,” he said.
After the speech, guests were invited to savour a buffet of traditional South African cuisine and wines.
SA Embassy Mexico City, Mexico