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Ambassador Farnaud of France honours Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba with France’s highest civil award

28 November 2017

Ambassador of France to South Africa, H.E. Mr Christophe Farnaud, hosted a reception in honour of Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, acting chairperson of the South African National Aids Trust, who received the insignia of Officier de la Légion d’Honneur (Officer in the Legion of Honour).

Dr. Ntsaluba is a medical doctor and well-known political activist during the fight against apartheid. After working as a medical doctor in Umtata, Eastern Cape, between 1982 and 1985, Dr. Ntsaluba went into exile in 1986. He studied international relations in Moscow before working at health centres for South Africans in exile in Zambia, Angola, Tanzania and Uganda until 1991. In 1995, he was appointed Deputy Director-General for Policy and Planning in the National Department of Health before serving as Director-General of the same department until 2003. He then joined the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) as Director-General. After a stint in the private sector, he joined the South African National Aids Trust as acting chairperson in 2017.

In his speech, Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba thanked H.E. Christophe Farnaud and the French government: " I know for certain that South Africa has over the years stood ready fundamentally to embrace the partnership with France."
"I consider as a great honor and privilege to have had the opportunity to serve my country and contribute to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between our two countries."

Embassy of France in South Africa




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