A Night with Maite Nkoana-Mashabane
It was a warm intimate reception for South Africa's minister of international relations and cooperation, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, at the residence of the South African High Commissioner Mathu Joyini on Monday night.
Entering the residence, guests were greeted with warm hugs from the high commissioner and laughter emanating from the inside.
Nkoana-Mashabane, who was making her first visit to the island since becoming a minister seven years ago, felt right at home. She expressed a love for the country and was happy to be here.
This was her third official event since she arrived, having being previously hosted by the Jamaican chapter of the International Women's Forum and making a courtesy call to Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller. Earlier that day, she had also visited the Bob Marley Museum.
Guests included members of the Diplomatic Corps, government officials and former Prime Minister P.J. Patterson, who Nkoana-Mashabane was very pleased to see.
In her speech, Nkoana-Mashabane noted that Patterson was awarded the South African Order of the Companions of O.R. Tambo, which is given to foreign nationals for the friendship shown to her country. After a speech filled with gratitude for the hospitality she has received during her visit, and noting the relationship both countries shared, she shared a toast with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade A.J. Nicholson.
His speech echoed that of Nkoana-Mashabane as it related to the relationship shared between both countries. He kept his short and sweet, also ending with a toast. The night concluded as one among friends.