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Connecting Africa from Cairo to Cape Town

29 July 2019

The Embassy of Egypt in Pretoria celebrated the 67th anniversary of the revolution of July 23, 1952. At a celebratory reception, Mr Sherif Issa, Ambassador of Egypt to South Africa, addressing guests said that the dream of the road linking Cairo, Egypt’s capital in the north to Cape Town, Africa’s south most metropolis, was reaching near completion. This among others is a clear indication of a new united, integrated and interdependent Africa.

Photo: Mr Sherif Issa, Ambassador of Egypt and his spouse Ms. Dina Zeidan with young pilots and members of U-Dream’s Cape to Cairo Program.

As current chair of the African Union, Egypt is committed to achieve the objectives as defined by Agenda 2063 and will hand over chairship to South Africa next year to preside over the Union.

Hosting the celebration in Mandela month Ambassador Issa said that Egypt had the honour to host Nelson Mandela three times; in 1962, 1990 and 1997. On his last trip there he was awarded with Egypt’s highest honor the “Collar of the Nile”.

Present at the celebration were a few members of a group of 20 South African students who built a four-seater Sling 4 plane which they flew from Cape Town to Cairo. Six of them obtained pilots' licences and flew the 12,000km trip landing in Namibia, Malawi, Ethiopia, Zanzibar, Tanzania and Uganda during their three-week journey.

Ambassador Sisa Ngombani, the representative of South Africa, referred to the signing of a memorandum of understanding for cooperation between the Federation of Egyptian Industries and the Federation of South African Chambers of Commerce and Industry last March as strengthening and coordinating effective cooperation between the respective countries. He also praised Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi’s support for the Continental Free Trade Area which was announced at the Extraordinary Summit in Niamey, the capital of Niger.




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