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Celebration of the National Day of Brazil

14 September 2017

The Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria held a reception in celebration of Brazil’s National Day on September 7th. The event was attended by South African authorities, artists, cultural agents, businessmen and investors, members of the diplomatic corps, the press, the Brazilian community, among others.

Photo: (l-r) Mr E.I. Ebrahim, Parliamentary Counsellor to the President of South Africa; Ms. Yvonne Chaka Chaka; Ms. Lira; Mrs. Ligia Kosin Jorge and Ambassador Nedilson Jorge.

On the occasion, Brazilian Ambassador Nedilson Jorge and his wife, Mrs. Ligia Kosin Jorge, welcomed the Parliamentary Counsellor to the President of South Africa, Mr. Ebrahim Ismael Ebrahim, as the representative of the South African Government at the event. Personalities such as singer and philanthropist Yvonne Chaka Chaka and singers Lira and Lady Zamar also attended.

Early in the afternoon, a group of students from the Dance Program of Tshwane University of Technology`s Performing Arts Department, with support from the SA Capoeira Foundation / Fundação Sul Africana de Capoeira, performed a show with acrobatics and steps from Brazilian folkloric cultural expressions “Frevo”, “Capoeira”, “Maculelê” and “Puxada de Rede”. The group was choreographed by Professor Jeannette Zyadi, in a partnership with the Capoeira Master "Estivador" (Steve Grunberg).

Guests were offered traditional Brazilian drinks and dishes (acarajé, feijoada, picanha, cheese bread, coxinha, brigadeiro, beijinho, guaraná, caipirinha). The cook offering acarajé was a very genuine “Baiana do Acarajé”, with traditional clothes.

In a short ceremony, the Ambassador of Brazil spoke about relevant aspects of the relations between Brazil and South Africa in several areas (trade, culture, multilateral, among others), in light of the Strategic Partnership that strengthens cooperation between the two countries. He recalled, in particular, the recent visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Aloysio Nunes, to South Africa for a meeting with the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.

In his speech, the representative of the South African Government reviewed the progress made in the bilateral relations in recent years and mentioned the tribute paid by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil to Oliver Tambo in May 2017, as an expression of the friendship and values shared between Brazil and South Africa – such as the fight for equality, social inclusion and non-discrimination.

Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria, South Africa




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